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Photo Of The Day: It's All About The Wax

May 10, 2012 9:43 am

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals court says a liquor bottle with a red dripping wax seal by any name other than Maker's Mark would be illegal. The decision comes in an appeal brought by London-based Diageo North America and Casa Cuervo of Mexico, which used a dripping red wax seal on special bottles of its Reserva tequila.

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Aramark Hires Former Pepsi Exec As CEO

May 9, 2012 12:53 pm

Aramark Corp. says that it hired former Pepsi manager Eric J. Foss to be chief executive of the food service company.

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Employers Posted 3.74M Jobs In March Despite Slowdown

May 9, 2012 12:51 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. companies in March posted the highest number of job openings in nearly four years, a sign that hiring could strengthen in the coming months after slowing this spring.

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TreeHouse Foods 1Q Beats Market Expectations

May 9, 2012 12:49 pm

TreeHouse Foods' first-quarter profit beat market expectations thanks to higher prices. But the company lowered its revenue expectations for the year, citing weakness at groceries.

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Hostess To Lay Off Up To 180 Workers In Wis.

May 9, 2012 12:47 pm

Wholesale baking company Hostess Brands Inc., has notified the state it may lay off more than 180 workers in Wisconsin as part of its plan to get out of bankruptcy.

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Cattle Prices Rise As Texas Ranchers Rebuild

May 9, 2012 12:45 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Last year's historic drought forced ranchers to cut their herds because they had no grass and couldn't afford high hay prices. Hundreds of thousands of cattle were slaughtered or sent out of the state, leaving Texas, the largest livestock producer in the nation, with its smallest herd since the 1950s.

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Consumer Trends: Top Sweets & Snacks Trends

May 9, 2012 12:41 pm

Fun fruits and shared sweets, foreign flavors and healthy snacks are emerging as the 2012 trends to meet the ever-evolving appetites of consumers.  Thousands of new confectionery and snack foods will be revealed May 8 – 10 during the 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® in Chicago. The SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® features the hottest new products from more than 560 companies leading the industry with the new flavors that meet consumers' tastes and invite them to unwrap a little happiness.

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Molson Coors Shuffles Execs As Profit Drops

May 9, 2012 9:44 am

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income dropped 4 percent, hurt by the cost of its pending acquisition of StarBev, but earnings still topped analysts' expectations thanks to higher beer prices. The brewer also shuffled its executive ranks, naming a new head for the unit that will hold StarBev, a new CEO for its U.K. and Ireland business and a new chief financial officer.

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R.I. Park To Honor 'Chocolateville'

May 9, 2012 9:42 am

Rhode Island's newest park is set to be dedicated in Central Falls this weekend as a tribute to the city's history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is formally dedicating the Chocolate Mill Overlook in Rhode Island's smallest city on Saturday.

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Gov't Spending $4M To Help Farmers Markets Accept Food Stamps

May 9, 2012 9:39 am | by ALLEN G. BREED,AP National Writer

The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation's roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, said she hopes these grants will bring another 4,000 of those outlets on line with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Frozen Food Company To Pay $84K To EPA

May 9, 2012 9:37 am

An Idaho frozen food company has agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $84,000 for failing to report its possession of hazardous chemicals to safety officials.

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Waters Closed, Oysters Recalled After 14 Illnesses

May 9, 2012 9:36 am

Louisiana health officials say they closed a harvesting area and ordered a recall of oysters taken from there since April 26 after 14 people became ill with norovirus.

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Photo Of The Day: Funding Food Stamps

May 9, 2012 9:33 am

The federal government is spending $4 million to make such markets more accessible to food stamp recipients.

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Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork

May 8, 2012 12:23 pm

The nation's second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs. Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it's planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

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Report: Schools Should Lead Fight Against Obesity

May 8, 2012 12:22 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says.

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Kraft Pushes Dressing Beyond Salad

May 8, 2012 12:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Salad dressing on your fish? How about on your stir fry? In a new ad campaign launching next week, Kraft Foods Inc. is hoping to boost sales by encouraging consumers to use its dressings in a limitless variety of dishes — as a dip, a spread, a marinade or perhaps a glaze. In case the message isn't clear, the packaged foods giant is even rebranding its lineup of dressings as "Anything Dressing."

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Kosher Food Maker Settles Working Conditions Case

May 8, 2012 12:17 pm

Twenty former food manufacturing employees who complained about working conditions have reached a $577,000 settlement with a Brooklyn kosher food manufacturer after engaging in a five-year campaign that led more than 120 supermarkets to stop selling the company's products.

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Mushroom Farm Workers 'Didn't Have To Die'

May 8, 2012 12:15 pm

Three men who died at a Fraser Valley mushroom farm after being overcome in a shed by a mix of toxic gases, despite repeated warnings from workplace safety authorities, didn't have to die, a coroner's inquest has been told.

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Consumer Trends: Predicting Children’s Snack Choices

May 8, 2012 12:12 pm

Attitudes, relationships, intentions and personal behavior control are all factors that could affect a child’s decision in either reaching for an apple or grabbing a bag of chips, according to a new study out of the University of Cincinnati.

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Dutch CSM To Sell Bakery Operations

May 8, 2012 10:04 am

Dutch company CSM NV plans to sell its main operations, the bakery ingredients division, which makes processed flour and products such as bagels, English muffins, pizzas, tortillas, and sweet glazes.

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