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American Crystal, Union Reps Remain Deadlocked

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm

American Crystal Sugar leaders and union representatives aren't making progress on contract talks in a dispute that has locked out workers and dragged on for 10 months.


Consumer Trends: Celebrating National Jerky Day

June 11, 2012 12:57 pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 marks the inaugural National Jerky Day celebrating the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. The fourth highest-grossing sector within the overall salty snack universe, meat snacks — including jerky — outsell other popular salty snacks, including popcorn and pretzels.


Diamond Foods To Miss Financial Filing Deadline

June 11, 2012 10:09 am

Shares of Diamond Foods fell more than 5 percent in premarket trading as the food company announced that won't be able to file some quarterly financial reports by Monday and expects a delisting notice from Nasdaq.


J&J Snack Foods Buys Pretzel Business

June 11, 2012 10:07 am

J&J Snack Foods Corp. said Friday it acquired Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, a soft pretzel maker based in Chicago.


‘Cake Boss’ To Sell Creations In Stores

June 11, 2012 10:06 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE,Associated Press

"Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro says he's long wanted to give fans of his popular TLC reality TV show an opportunity to taste the cakes viewers watch him bake and decorate.

Oreo Birthplace Expansion Draws Criticism

June 11, 2012 10:04 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS,Associated Press

One hundred years after the introduction of the Oreo, an expansion plan at the iconic cookie's New York City birthplace has left a bitter taste in the mouths of its neighbors.

Canada Raises Max Food Safety Fine To $5M

June 11, 2012 10:00 am | by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Anyone who meddles with Canada's food supply will soon get more than a slap on the wrist, the Conservative government said Thursday as it introduced new measures to streamline the food inspection system and impose towering fines against violators.


Photo Of The Day: A Taste Of 'Cake Boss'

June 11, 2012 9:57 am

Buddy Valastro says he's long wanted to give fans of his popular TLC reality show an opportunity to taste the cakes viewers watch him bake and decorate at his Hoboken, N.J., bakery. So Valastro gave his recipes to a company that supplies his bakery with goods like sugar and flour to come up with a cake line for bakeries and grocery stores across America. That line rolls out this summer.


Kraft Moves To The Other Side Of Wall Street

June 8, 2012 12:47 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Kraft Foods Inc. is spurning the New York Stock Exchange and moving its stock listing to the Nasdaq, a move the company says will cut costs as it prepares to split into two publicly traded companies.


Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Alleging Dole Paramilitary Payments

June 8, 2012 12:44 pm

Dole Food Company, Inc. announced that the Los Angeles County Superior Court has dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit brought by Colombian plaintiffs, claiming damages against Dole from alleged payments to Colombian paramilitary organizations.


Horse Processor Chooses Mo. City For New Plant

June 8, 2012 12:42 pm

A Wyoming-based company plans to build a horse-slaughtering plant in Rockville in western Missouri, after its first choice in southwest Missouri was met with fierce opposition from residents.


Crystal Sugar Workers Rally Outside Company HQ

June 8, 2012 12:41 pm

Locked-out American Crystal Sugar factory workers have completed a 200-mile journey by foot and hay wagon in advance of an expected Friday meeting between union officials and company representatives.


Officials Probe Mysterious, Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

June 8, 2012 12:39 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Health officials are investigating a mysterious and scattered outbreak of the E. coli bacteria linked to 14 illnesses and one death.


Consumer Trends: Bananas As Beneficial As Sports Drinks

June 8, 2012 12:36 pm

A study found that bananas provided cyclists with antioxidants not found in sports drinks as well as a greater nutritional boost, including fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6. In addition, bananas have a healthier blend of sugars than sports drinks.


Turkey Processor Moving Ahead With Indiana Plant

June 8, 2012 9:51 am

Work could start this month on a new turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana a company expects to open with about 350 workers.


Midwest Warned To Brace For Drought

June 8, 2012 9:50 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Farmers in Nebraska and Iowa should prepare for drought conditions this summer that could devastate their crops, climatologists said Thursday. The warnings echoed what ranchers and farmers reported from their fields this week — dry conditions unlike anything they've seen.


Groundwater Depletion Threatens U.S. Food Security

June 8, 2012 9:47 am

The study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across space and time in California's Central Valley and the High Plains of the central U.S. Researchers hope this information will enable more sustainable use of water in these areas, although they think irrigated agriculture may be unsustainable in some parts.


Five Wives Distiller: Special Order Not Good Enough

June 8, 2012 9:44 am | by PAUL FOY,Associated Press

A Utah distillery is happy Idaho will sell its cheeky Five Wives vodka by special order. However, Ogden's Own Distillery lawyer Jonathan Turley said Thursday the company also wants Idaho regulators to stock Five Wives on shelves at state liquor stores.


Coke Official: Proposed Soda Ban 'Demonizes' Industry

June 8, 2012 9:42 am | by JASON KEYSER,Associated Press

A senior executive with Coca-Cola said Thursday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks unfairly singles out and demonizes an industry and will do nothing to address the problem of obesity.


Photo Of The Day: Water Worries

June 8, 2012 9:39 am

The nation's food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across space and time in California's Central Valley and the High Plains of the central U.S.



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