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Tropicana To Raise Prices On Orange Juice

March 9, 2011 3:57 am

Tropicana says it will raise prices on some of its juices by 4 percent to 8 percent to cope with higher costs it is facing due to cold weather's impact on citrus crops in Florida. The juice maker, which is owned by PepsiCo Inc., is the largest purchaser of Florida fruit and juice. The company said Tuesday that it is coping with two extreme freezes, the coldest December on record and a smaller-than-expected crop for second year in a row.

Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Celebrates 40th

March 9, 2011 3:50 am

(AP) — Starbucks Corp. employees wave for a photograph after CEO Howard Schultz unveiled the company's new logo, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Starbucks' headquarters in Seattle, on the day marking the 40th anniversary of the company. The new logo drops the word "Starbucks," but still features the coffee company's signature "Siren" figure.

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Smithfield Unveils Pork Production Videos

March 8, 2011 3:42 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc. is giving consumers a behind-the-scenes look at the world's largest pork producer on the heels of animal abuse allegations at one of its hog farms. The Smithfield, Va.-based company said Monday that it has released a new series of videos that provide an in-depth look at pork production at the company's Murphy-Brown livestock production subsidiary, based in North Carolina.

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled For Salmonella

March 8, 2011 3:39 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that makes Skippy peanut butter is recalling two of its spreads that may be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been linked to the recall of the Skippy reduced fat creamy and reduced fat chunky brands. Unilever United States Inc. did not specify how many jars have been recalled.

Beech-Nut Plant Roof Collapses

March 8, 2011 3:37 am

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the roof on a section of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp.'s new food plant in the Mohawk Valley has collapsed. Company President and CEO Jim Schneider says in a release that no one was injured when a small portion of the roof in the production area caved in Monday.

Subways Outnumber McDonald's Worldwide

March 8, 2011 3:35 am

Subway now has more restaurants worldwide than McDonald's. The sandwich chain surpassed the world's largest hamburger chain in terms of number of stores in the U.S. in 2002 and now it has taken the global lead. Subway had 33,749 restaurants worldwide at the end of last year, according to the company.

Brown-Forman Boasts 30 Percent Profit Increase

March 8, 2011 3:32 am

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. posted a 30 percent increase in its third-quarter profit on Tuesday, beating Wall Street estimates on the strength of surging international sales and a robust showing by its flagship Jack Daniel's brand. The Louisville-based company also raised its full-year earnings outlook and reported improving results in the United States, where the economic downturn has made consumers less inclined to venture out to drink at bars and restaurants.

Photo Of The Day: A Sea Of Chilies

March 8, 2011 3:18 am

(AP) — Indian women sort red chilies at a field near Ahmadabad, India, Monday, March 7, 2011. Giving women better access to land, technology and other agricultural resources could reduce the number of hungry people by up to 150 million, said a U.N food agency report, released in Rome on the eve of international women's day.

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Pacific Seafood Group Criticized For Pricing Power

March 7, 2011 3:56 am

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Jeff Boardman has been a shrimp fisherman for three decades, plying the waters of the Oregon Coast at the helm of the Miss Yvonne. He's an agile businessman, moving his homeport from Yaquina Bay to Charleston last year because that's where the shrimp were, so he could cut fuel costs.

Hazelnuts Recalled Because Of E. Coli

March 7, 2011 3:54 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Certain packaged and bulk containers of in-shell hazelnuts and mixed nuts made by DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles have been recalled because they could contain E. coli bacteria. Seven cases of E. coli infection, possibly linked to the nuts, have been reported in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Global Foods Announces Expansion Plans

March 7, 2011 3:51 am

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Global Foods Processing Inc. has announced plans to expand its operation in Sioux City with the construction of a new facility on the site of the former John Morrell & Co. meatpacking plant. The company already has a plant in Sioux City. It employs 175 people and KTIV-TV in Sioux City reported that the $10 million expansion would add nearly 200 jobs.

Organic Advocate Files Complaint Against 'Natural' Cereal

March 7, 2011 3:49 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An organics watchdog group's criticism of a cereal company that describes its products as "all natural" is the latest in the debate about whether the term is being used to confuse consumers or simply give them more information. The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Hearthside Food Solutions, makers of Peace Cereal.

Tin Mill Accident Injures Four

March 7, 2011 3:45 am

WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four workers have been injured — one of them seriously — in a steam accident at a West Virginia tin mill. The plant in Weirton, about 30 miles west of Pittsburgh, Pa., is owned by the world's largest steel maker, Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal. It makes rolled steel sheets for use in cans for food and other products.

Photo Of The Day: Sugar Prices Leave Bitter Taste

March 7, 2011 3:38 am

(AP) — Jaye Cuccia, owner of Evans Creole Candy Factory Inc., makes pralines in the confectionary store in the French Quarter section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. Cuccia said she raised prices in late November for the first time in about eight years, from $14.95 to $18.90 for a box of 10 pralines.

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Wendy's Relaunches Chain In Japan

March 4, 2011 3:49 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Wendy's is relaunching its fast-food chain in Japan, with plans to open its first restaurant in Tokyo later this year. Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. said Wednesday that it has formed a joint venture with Japanese food importer and distributor Higa Industries Co, to develop and operate the chain in Japan.

AB InBev 4Q Profit Drops 24 Percent

March 4, 2011 3:46 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev saw fourth-quarter net profit fall by 24 percent largely on lower asset sales, but investors were cheered to hear that the dividend was more than doubled and that growth in Brazil and Asia was compensating for a more subdued performance in the U.

Campbell CEO Takes Leave For Surgery

March 4, 2011 3:44 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. says President and CEO Douglas Conant will take several weeks off work following surgery scheduled for Monday. The company says the procedure has long been planned and will be a follow-up to treatment he received after he was injured in a car crash in July 2009.

Feds Re-examine Raw Milk Cheese Rules

March 4, 2011 3:37 am

In the pastures of northeastern Vermont, Jasper Hill Farm's Ayrshire cows feast on grass and clover, producing a fresh, sweet milk that fuels some of the country's most beloved cheeses. "Our approach is to distill the landscape," says Mateo Kehler, cheesemaker and co-founder of the creamery.

Pork Board Switches Slogans

March 4, 2011 3:33 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — "The Other White Meat" has another slogan. The National Pork Board on Friday replaced the decades-old ad campaign with a new message: "Pork: Be Inspired." Board officials said after nearly 25 years, it was time to move on from the old message that compared pork to chicken and instead try to increase sales by focusing on the estimated 82 million Americans who already eat pork.

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