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Photo Of The Day: Pepsi's Plant Bottle

March 16, 2011 4:16 am

This product image provided by PepsiCo., shows the company's new beverage bottle made entirely of plant material. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.

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Nercon Joins Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program

March 15, 2011 5:51 am

Oshkosh , Wis. – Nercon has joined the Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program, part of Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork framework which includes business enterprise, sales and solutions, and product technology partners. To become a member of the program, Nercon demonstrated innovation and market leadership with conveyors and equipment that incorporate Rockwell Automation solutions.

Ag Industry Looks To Make Undercover Videos Illegal

March 15, 2011 5:08 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals, Iowa's agriculture industry is pushing legislation that would make it illegal for animal rights activists to produce and distribute such images. Agriculture committees in the Iowa House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit such recordings and punish people who take agriculture jobs only to gain access to animals to record their treatment.

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Poultry Plant Claims Double Jeopardy In Pollution Case

March 15, 2011 5:03 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A criminal case against a poultry processor accused of intentionally dumping untreated turkey remains into waterways is advancing unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order issued Friday clears the way for federal prosecutors to proceed with their case against House of Raeford Farms.

Pepsi Unveils 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

March 15, 2011 4:59 am

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — Remember the Cola Wars? Get ready for the Bottle Wars. PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a bottle made entirely of plant material, which it says bests the technology of competitor Coca-Cola and reduces its potential carbon footprint. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials.

Nestle Recalls 10,260 Pounds Of Lean Cuisine

March 15, 2011 4:57 am

WASHINGTON (USDA) -- Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Kraft Executive Refuses To Attend Cadbury Probe

March 15, 2011 4:52 am

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have expressed anger that Kraft Food Inc. Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld has refused to appear for the third time before an inquiry into the U.S. company's takeover of chocolate maker Cadbury. Several lawmakers from the cross-party Business Select Committee on Tuesday grilled three other senior executives, including executive vice president Marc Firestone, about Rosenfeld's absence.

Photo Of The Day: Scenes From Japan's Food Crisis

March 15, 2011 4:37 am

(AP) — A man shops in a convenience store where shelves on food aisles are left empty in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (AP) — Meat products are in short supply at a super market Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Tokyo.

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Worker Dies In Pepsi Plant Accident

March 14, 2011 4:56 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the collapse happened just before 1 a.m. Friday when a lift system that was undergoing maintenance collapsed on two workers.

Coffee Linked To Lower Stroke Risk In Women

March 14, 2011 4:54 am

DALLAS (AP) — Women who enjoy a daily dose of coffee may like this perk: It might lower their risk of stroke. Women in a Swedish study who drank at least a cup of coffee every day had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less coffee or none at all. "Coffee drinkers should rejoice," said Dr.

Kellogg CEO's Pay Package Down 23 Percent

March 14, 2011 4:50 am

Kellogg's former CEO, David Mackay, received a pay package valued at $6 million in 2010, his final year at the helm of the world's largest cereal maker, according to a document the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's 23 percent less than the $7.8 million Mackay got in 2009.

80 Rescued From Floating Restaurant

March 14, 2011 4:46 am

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Crews moved a floating restaurant back to shore on Sunday after it partially tore loose from its moorings and stranded more than 80 people on board for hours. By late in the afternoon, the crippled Waterfront restaurant was sitting in the river near a landing, waiting for crews to secure it.

Meat Plant Recalls Mislabeled Jerky

March 14, 2011 4:43 am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota company is recalling some jerky products because they contain known allergens soy, wheat and milk that are not noted on the label. Old World Meats of Duluth is recalling about 83 pounds of individually packaged hot and teriyaki-flavored red meat jerky products The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the jerky was produced on one of the following dates — Feb.

Photo Of The Day: Brewing Success

March 14, 2011 4:40 am

(AP) — In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. say they have reached a deal that will bring single-cup Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea pods to Keurig users.

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Skippy Recall Targets Less Than 3,000 Jars

March 11, 2011 3:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that makes Skippy peanut butter says fewer than 3,000 jars possibly contaminated with salmonella made it to store shelves. A spokeswoman for Unilever United States Inc. declined to name the states where the peanut butter ended up on shelves. The recalled jars were distributed to — but not necessarily sold in — 16 states.

Ivory Coast To Seize Unexported Cocoa

March 11, 2011 3:44 am

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — More than $1.5 billion worth of cocoa beans stalled on the piers of the world's largest cocoa producer will be seized by the government if they're not exported by the end of the month, the president of Ivory Coast's cocoa board said. The ultimatum presents an impossible choice to some of the world's largest chocolate producers: either risk breaking European Union sanctions against doing business with sitting president Laurent Gbagbo, or risk having your cocoa beans seized.

Starbucks, Green Mountain Strike Single-Cup Deal

March 11, 2011 3:41 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. have reached a deal that will bring single-cup Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea pods to Keurig coffee machines. Starbucks has been looking to beef up its presence in the fast-growing single-cup coffee market and Green Mountain is considered one of its leaders.

Smithfield Foods May Raise Pork Prices

March 11, 2011 3:38 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Smithfield Foods benefited from a large insurance claim recovery in its third quarter, pushing its net income significantly higher as demand for pork continues to rise. But the world's biggest hog producer also said Thursday that it will likely face higher costs over the summer, which will mean higher pork prices for consumers.

Coca-Cola's 4Q Profit Nearly Doubles

March 11, 2011 3:35 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated said Thursday its profit nearly doubled in the fourth quarter as revenue rose while expenses for sales, interest and income taxes fell. The nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler said its net income rose to $3.8 million, or 41 cents per common share, for the last three months of the year from $2 million, or 22 cents per common share, a year ago.

Photo Of The Day: Massive Fish Kill In Calif. Marina

March 11, 2011 3:31 am

(AP) — Dead fish float in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. An estimated million fish turned up dead on Tuesday, puzzling authorities and triggering a cleanup effort. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson) FDA: Agriculture Uses 80 Percent Of U.

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