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Photo Of The Day: Ice Wine Feels The Heat

January 9, 2012 3:51 am

(AP) — In this Nov. 25, 2005 file photo, Vidal grapes hang on the vine covered in snow waiting to be harvested and pressed for ice wine in Branchport, N.Y. Winery and vineyard operators from Michigan to New York and parts of Canada have waited nervously for temperatures to get low enough to harvest the tender fruit.

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U.S. Navy Rescues Iranian Fishing Boat From Pirates

January 6, 2012 7:13 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just days after Iranian leaders warned the U.S. to keeps its aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf, a U.S. Navy ship that had just finished operations in the Gulf rescued an Iranian fishing boat that had been commandeered by suspected Somali pirates. U.

Chef And Assistant Die From Poisonous Mushrooms

January 6, 2012 7:07 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A chef and assistant from China died after eating poisonous mushrooms in a meal they prepared for a private dinner at a restaurant in Australia's capital. Chef Liu Jun, 38, and his female kitchen hand Tsou Hsiang, 52, died from liver failure at a hospital Tuesday night after eating death cap mushrooms on New Year's Eve at Canberra's Harmonie German Club.

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Smart Balance CFO Leaves Company

January 6, 2012 7:02 am

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — The chief financial officer at Smart Balance has resigned, the food company said Friday, as it reaffirmed its 2011 and 2012 revenue outlooks. CFO Alan Gever, whose resignation became effective Saturday, will be succeeded by Christine Sacco. She will also take on the role of treasurer.

Chick-fil-A To Offer Grilled Nuggets

January 6, 2012 6:58 am

ATLANTA (AP) — With fast food companies scrambling to show parents that they can offer healthier food for kids, Chick-fil-A Inc. is about to take a swing. The Atlanta-based chain plans to announce Monday that it is adding grilled chicken nuggets to its kids menu. Though many fast-food chains, including big names like Wendy's Co.

CDC: 19 Sickened By Tainted Ground Beef

January 6, 2012 6:55 am

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A total of 19 people from seven states have become sick from salmonella linked to ground beef sold by Hannaford supermarket. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday most of the victims indicated they bought the beef between Oct. 12 and Dec. 10.

Consumer Trends: The Dining Habits Of Teens

January 6, 2012 6:32 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — Tweens and teens influence the decision making of their friends and families, playing a large role in their dining choices. Fifty-eight percent of teens and 54 percent of tweens report that their family decides together which full-service restaurant to visit.

Consumer Trends: Best Diets For 2012

January 6, 2012 6:29 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) — It's a new year, and many Americans are dieting with new resolve. To help them, U.S. News & World Report has released its second annual Best Diets rankings. The centerpiece of Best Diets 2012 is U.S. News's first-ever ranking of Easiest Diets to Follow .

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Sara Lee Taps Campbell's Exec For Key Role

January 6, 2012 4:07 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. is naming a Campbell Soup Co. executive to head up its North American retail and food service business, which is being split from the food maker's international coffee and tea business. Sara Lee announced on Friday that Sean Connolly will serve as CEO of MeatCo, which is what the North American business will be called once it's separated from the beverages business.

Kona Farmers Want More Labeling Details

January 6, 2012 4:04 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Kona coffee growers want Hawaii's labeling law modified to provide more details on packages of coffee blends that contain Hawaii-grown beans. Currently, coffee blends sold in the state that contain Hawaii-grown coffee must disclose what percentage is grown in the islands, and it must be at least 10 percent.

Cargill To Upgrade One Plant, Close Another In Iowa

January 6, 2012 4:02 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cargill Inc. says it will invest $20 million to modernize its soybean crushing plant in Cedar Rapids and close a similar plant in Des Moines to optimize its operations in Iowa amid an overcapacity in soymeal production. The Minneapolis-based company says Thursday that 22 jobs will be eliminated when its Des Moines plant closes Feb.

Constellation Brands 3Q Profit Falls On Weak Sales

January 6, 2012 3:57 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Constellation Brands Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter profit slumped 25 percent on weaker wine and beer sales in North America, price hikes that hurt sales of two popular wine brands and stepped-up promotional costs. The results narrowly missed Wall Street estimates.

Two Dead In Beef Plant Murder-Suicide

January 6, 2012 3:54 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An employee opened fire outside a northeastern Georgia food processing plant Thursday, fatally shooting his wife before killing himself, authorities said. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office did not immediately say what prompted the slaying and suicide at FPL Food in Augusta, Ga.

Photo Of The Day: Parasitic Fly Plagues Bees

January 6, 2012 3:48 am

(AP) — In this photo provided by San Francisco State University, the larvae of an Apocephalus borealis fly emerges from the dead body of a host honey bee. The A. borealis fly is suspected of contributing to the decrease in the honey bee population. Researchers say the fly deposits its eggs in the abdomen of honey bees and as the larvae grow within the body of the bee, the bee begins to lose control of its ability to think and walk, flying blindly toward light.

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Tyson Expands Tortilla Plant, Adds 60 Jobs

January 5, 2012 7:17 am

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. is nearing completion of a $7 million expansion of its Mexican Original tortilla plant in Fayetteville and plans to hire an additional 60 workers. The Springdale-based company said Thursday that the hiring is to begin in January. The plant already has 500 workers.

Kraft, SodaStream Partner To Create Diet Drinks

January 5, 2012 7:14 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft and SodaStream are teaming up to deliver carbonated summer and diet drinks, the companies said Thursday. The food company will produce a version of its Country Time lemonade, as well as Crystal Light, the powdered-diet drink, for the for the soda system maker.

Mo. Company Ordered To Stop Processing Meat

January 5, 2012 7:11 am

JEFFESON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State agriculture officials have ordered a western Missouri meat company to stop processing meat. The Agriculture Department says inspectors found records indicating Alma Meats sold meat that was improperly handled and not inspected. State officials say 320 pounds of meat has been recalled, including summer sausage, snack sticks, beef jerky and roast pork.

Sale Of 'M.A.S.H.' Diner Falls Through

January 5, 2012 7:09 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The sale of an Ohio hot dog diner made famous on TV's "M-A-S-H" has fallen through, with the potential buyer saying he will not complete the $5.5 million deal because of bank-required changes. The news surfaced on Tuesday, the same day that two officials with Tony Packo's Inc.

Scientists Say Parasitic Fly Could Explain Bee Die-Off

January 5, 2012 7:06 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California scientists say they have found a possible explanation for a honey bee die-off that has decimated hives around the world: A parasitic fly that hijacks the bees' bodies and causes them to abandon hives. Scientists say the fly deposits its eggs into the bee's abdomen, causing the infected bee to exhibit zombie-like behavior by walking around in circles with no apparent sense of direction.

Budvar Beer Exports Reach Record High In 2011

January 5, 2012 4:07 am

PRAGUE (AP) — State-owned Czech brewery Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with American brewer Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its 2011 exports rose by 7.8 percent to reach a record high. Budejovicky Budvar NP says it exported more than 650,000 hectoliters (17.

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