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Down Economy, Locavore Movement Spur Young Farmers

December 21, 2011 3:49 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas. While fresh demographic information on U.

Organic Food Plant Delayed

December 21, 2011 3:45 am

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A California organic food maker says its plans to open a plant in South Carolina and hire 700 workers have been put on hold. Amy's Kitchen says it has encountered unexpected problems renovating a former bakery along Interstate 85 in Greenville. The company says demand for its products are so great it needs more manufacturing capability now, so it is expanding some existing facilities instead.

Saudi Dairy Giant Spends $83M On Argentina Farms

December 21, 2011 3:43 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company said Wednesday it is buying Argentine farm operator Fondomonte S.A. for $83 million in a bid to secure access to animal feed. The acquisition will give Riyadh-based Almarai Co. control of roughly 30,000 acres of farmland in the South American nation.

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Photo Of The Day: More Young People Pursue Farming

December 21, 2011 3:38 am

(AP) — In this photo made Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, Laura Frerichs, 31, is shown with husband Andy carrying infant son Eli on her organic farm outside of Hutchinson, Minn. Frerichs discovered her passion for farming about a year after she graduated from college with an anthropology degree and is among more people in their 20s and 30s going into farming.

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Sanderson Farms Posts $29.5M Loss

December 20, 2011 7:59 am

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Sanderson Farms Inc. said higher feed costs and lower demand from restaurants weighed on its bottom line as losses exceeded expectations in the most recent quarter. The chicken producer said Tuesday that it lost $29.5 million, or 97 cents per share, in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Oct.

Crab Report: Chesapeak Bay Not Overfished

December 20, 2011 7:57 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs are not overfished, but fisheries managers should keep a close eye on this year's harvest because of a cold winter that cut the population. That's the assessment of the bay's blue crab stocks released Monday by federal officials.

Sara Lee Plans $3M Meat Plant Expansion

December 20, 2011 7:54 am

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. has plans to build a $3 million expansion that will create 55 new jobs at its St. Joseph meat-processing plant. Mike Cummins, Sara Lee's spokesman, told The St. Joseph News Press that the company is starting a construction project in St.

ConAgra 2Q Income Beats Expectations

December 20, 2011 7:51 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Food maker ConAgra Foods on Tuesday reported fiscal second quarter net income fell 15 percent but results beat expectations as the company raised prices to offset continuing higher prices. ConAgra Foods Inc., like many food companies, is dealing with higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel and has raised its prices to offset those increases.

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Fire At Animal Feed Plant Forces Evacuations

December 20, 2011 7:48 am

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A fire at an animal feed plant forced authorities to evacuate some nearby residents Monday as they tried to keep chemicals from getting into the air. City spokeswoman Trina Duerksen said health officials and Utah National Guard were monitoring air quality at Fur Breeders Agricultural Cooperative, which houses containers of ammonia and other chemicals, she said.

Swanson Recalls Tainted Celery Seed

December 20, 2011 4:03 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Swanson Health Products says it is recalling some packages of organic celery seed because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The recall affects Swanson Organic Celery Seed (Whole) packaged in plastic bottles with a net weight of 1.4 ounces.

General Mills' Profit Hurt By Higher Costs

December 20, 2011 4:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills' second-quarter net income slipped 28 percent in the second quarter, the company said Tuesday, citing rising costs. Revenue jumped by double digits as it was able to successfully raise prices. The food company maintained its adjusted full-year earnings guidance, but cautioned that second-half gross margin as a percent of sales will be below year-ago levels.

Judge Approves Sale Of 'M.A.S.H' Diner

December 20, 2011 3:56 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is getting a new owner, but the role of its founding family is still unsettled. A judge on Monday approved a $5.5 million deal transferring ownership of Tony Packo's Inc. to a private restaurant group.

Seattle Bans Plastic Bags

December 20, 2011 3:54 am

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council voted Monday to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values. The ordinance, which was approved unanimously following months of discussion and debate, takes effect in July 2012.

Cargill Turkey Plant Resumes Production

December 20, 2011 3:51 am

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas meat processing plant that was linked to a salmonella outbreak this year is producing ground turkey again, meat Giant Cargill Inc. said Monday. The move comes after the Minnesota-based company improved safety measures in response to the outbreak that left one person dead and prompted the recall of millions of pounds of turkey.

Photo Of The Day: Gay Coffee Promotes Quality & Community

December 20, 2011 3:48 am

WILLIAMSBURG, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Gay Coffee, which debuted at this year's Castro Street Fair on October 2, announced new merchandise to complement the company's hand-roasted coffee celebrating gay history and culture and enhance holiday gift guides with kitsch, camp and quality.

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Consumer Trends: Ten Trends For 2012

December 19, 2011 8:47 am | by <SPAN lang="PT-BR">Food as the New Eco-Issue</SPAN>

JWT’s “10 Trends for 2012” is the result of quantitative, qualitative and desk research conducted throughout the year and for this report. It includes input from nearly 70 JWT planners across more than two dozen markets and interviews with experts and influencers across sectors including technology, luxury, social responsibility and academia.

Consumer Trends: Top 2012 Food Predictions

December 19, 2011 8:41 am

OMAHA, Neb. (PRNewswire) — A continued desire to save money will lead more Americans to eat at home in the coming year, and consumers will rely even more on technology to shop for bargains and make community connections, predicts Supermarket Guru ® Phil Lempert. And that's just the beginning.

Consumer Trends: Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market Is Booming

December 19, 2011 8:37 am

NEW YORK, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research, " Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market: Global Analysis and Forecast (2007 - 2017)," Global Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market is estimated to be USD 38.1 billion in 2011 and expected to reach USD 41.

Consumer Trends: Foodservice Trends Set To Shape 2012 Restaurant Menus

December 19, 2011 8:31 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — Competition in the foodservice industry is always fierce and restaurant chains are constantly jockeying for your business, money and attention in an overcrowded marketplace. However, in 2012 five trends outlined by Mintel Menu Insights will shape how operators appeal to their customers with regional and imported menu options, double-sided menus, customization and time-intensive preparation methods.

Louisiana Sugar Refining Announces Shift In Ownership

December 19, 2011 7:59 am

GRAMERCY, La. (PRNewswire) — Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC (LSR), announced today that Cargill and Sugar Growers and Refiners, Inc. (SUGAR) have acquired all of Imperial Sugar's interest in LSR. Cargill and SUGAR now each have a 50 percent interest in the million-ton-per-year sugar refinery.

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