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Venezuela Struggles with Sporadic Food Shortages

January 15, 2013 11:38 am | by CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER and VIVIAN SEQUERA,Associated Press

Venezuelans have long had to shop around to find scarce foods, and lately consumers have had particular trouble finding staples like chicken, cooking oil, sugar and coffee, as well as toilet paper and some medicines. The shortages are a potential political vulnerability for the government while President Hugo Chavez lies bedridden in Cuba, unheard from more than a month after his fourth cancer operation.


Falling Food, Gas Costs Lower Wholesale Prices

January 15, 2013 11:34 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesale prices fell for the third month in a row last month, pushed down by falling food and gas costs. The drop is the latest evidence inflation is tame. The producer price index dropped 0.2 percent in December, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That follows a decline of 0.8 percent in November.


Budvar Secures Budweiser Trademark in Britain

January 15, 2013 11:33 am

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a British court has rejected for good Anheuser-Busch's request to have Budvar's Budweiser trademark declared invalid in the country, the latest ruling in a long legal battle over the brand name.


NYC: 3-Month Reprieve from Sugary Drink Fines

January 15, 2013 11:31 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Soda sellers are set to get a three-month grace period from fines for violating New York City's upcoming crackdown on supersized sugary drinks, but a size limit still is set to take effect as planned in March, officials said Monday. The reprieve on fines comes as soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses are suing to try to block the unprecedented rule from going into effect at all.


Consumer Trends: Demand for 'Farm-to-Table' to Grow in 2013

January 15, 2013 10:35 am

Consumer demand for "Farm-to-Table" will continue to grow in 2013 if shopper behavior matches responses to new research conducted for Plainville Farms turkey and FreeBird chicken. Shoppers said their motivation for wanting "Farm-to-Table" products is based on a belief that they are "fresher" (95%) and "healthier/ more nutritious" (90%).


Candy Maker Recalls Product due to Undeclared Milk

January 15, 2013 9:41 am

An Ohio candy maker recalled 492 bags of its product because it contains milk that is not declared on the label. Island Delights Inc. of Seville announced the recall of the bags of Coconut Haystack candy earlier this week. An audit by the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the candy contained milk that could be harmful to the health of people who are allergic to it.


Virginia Wine Sales Break Record in 2012

January 15, 2013 9:39 am

Virginia wineries enjoyed record-breaking sales in fiscal 2012. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday that nearly 485,000 cases were sold during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. The previous record was about 477,000 cases sold in fiscal 2011.


Vilsack to Remain Ag Secretary

January 15, 2013 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will keep his job in President Obama's second term. USDA communications director Matt Paul said Monday that Obama asked Vilsack to stay in his post and Vilsack accepted. Vilsack is the former Democratic governor of Iowa.


Flowers Foods Stock up on Hostess Deal

January 15, 2013 9:35 am

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares soared Monday on the bakery's plans to buy Hostess Brand Inc.'s bread business, including its iconic Wonder bread brand. Flowers announced late Friday that it had signed two asset purchase agreements with Hostess that made it the "stalking horse bidder" that sets the bar for the court-supervised auction of the company's bread business.


Calif. Cold Snap Damages Citrus, Lettuce

January 15, 2013 9:32 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

As an unusual cold spell gripped parts of the West for a fifth day, some California citrus growers reported damage to crops and an agriculture official said national prices on lettuce have started to rise because of lost produce in Arizona. The extreme chill in the West comes as the eastern U.S., from Atlanta to New York City, is seeing spring-like weather.


Photo of the Day: Coke Focuses on Calories

January 15, 2013 9:30 am

Coca-Cola said it will start airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health.

Snyder’s Lance CEO to Retire in May

January 14, 2013 12:42 pm

Pretzel maker Snyder's-Lance said Monday that it is promoting its president and COO Carl Lee to lead the company, as CEO David Singer plans to retire in May. Singer will step down after the snack food company's annual shareholder meeting on May 3.


Case Sheds Light on Inner Workings of Maple Leaf Foods

January 14, 2013 12:39 pm | by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

The CEO of Maple Leaf Foods has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $175,000 a month in interim spousal support after an Ontario judge struck down parts of a marriage contract meant to keep the family's wealth within the bloodline. The case lays bare intimate details of the McCain's marriage and lavish lifestyle, as well as the inner workings of one of Canada's largest food empires.


Thought of the Day: Coke Gets Serious About Obesity

January 14, 2013 12:37 pm

New ads by Coca-Cola, the world's No. 1 beverage company, will address obesity. The two-minute ads will air during prime time on major networks and will coincide with the company's pledge to provide more diet options at soda fountains across the country.


ConAgra Names New Lamb Weston President

January 14, 2013 12:35 pm

Lamb Weston, the ConAgra-owned company that operates a sweet potato processing plant near Delhi, will have a new boss in February. ConAgra Foods has announced Greg Schlafer will join the company on Feb. 25 as president of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business.


Judge Approves Dempsey Purchase of Tully’s Coffee

January 14, 2013 12:32 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press

The auction for the beleaguered Tully's Coffee chain concluded Friday in federal bankruptcy court, with a judge approving the sale to an ownership group led by actor Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey had claimed victory last week after bidding concluded, but a company that teamed up with Starbucks to make an offer for Tully's filed an objection.


Drought Cut Corn Crop by 25 Percent

January 14, 2013 12:29 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

The final report on the 2012 growing season showed farmers harvested 10.78 billion bushels of corn, less than three-fourths of what the agency predicted last spring. Corn was the crop hardest hit by the drought that settled in just as the plants were maturing.


Consumer Trends: Obesity Crisis Ignites Individual Rights Debate

January 14, 2013 12:26 pm | by LIZ SIDOTI,Associated Press

Where does government's duty to protect its people end and an individual's right to choose begin? And when someone's choice impacts society, how far is too far? These questions are at the core of the national conversation over America's obesity epidemic, a private issue that's become more public as rates rise and stress our healthcare system.


NY Birds Eye Plant Sold

January 14, 2013 9:55 am

A company that has purchased the closed Birds Eye plant in central New York plans to open a food-processing facility that will employ 183 people. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the plant was purchased last week by a real estate holding company. New York is giving the company up to $1 million in Excelsior tax credits in exchange for a commitment to create 183 jobs.


ADM Restarts Illinois Plant After Explosion

January 14, 2013 9:53 am

Archer Daniels Midland has restarted operations at a corn processing plant in Illinois two days after an explosion forced the facility's closure. ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said Friday that the company plans to be back at full production in Peoria by Saturday.



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