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Consumer Trends: Hot For The Holidays

November 26, 2012 12:27 pm

The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends spotlight the year’s hottest food trends, each with a delicious new recipe that adds a fresh twist to the holiday festivities. Whether food lovers are entertaining guests at home or bringing must-have treats to a party, Betty Crocker is helping them this holiday season with ideas and recipes inspired by today’s hottest trends.


Black Friday Ale Lives Up To Its Name

November 26, 2012 9:52 am

One Milwaukee brewery is getting in on the Black Friday action. Lakefront Brewery created Black Friday Imperial India Style Black Ale and even trademarked the name. Brewery President Russ Klisch says there were 150 people lined up by 8 a.m., with one guy claiming he arrived just after bar time.


Canadian Meat Plant Suspended Over Food Safety Concerns

November 26, 2012 9:50 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the license of an Edmonton meat-processing plant over concerns for food safety. The decision involving Capital Packers Inc. came Thursday. The CFIA says adequate controls for food safety "are not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis."


Drought Worsens After Weeks Of Improvement

November 26, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.


Hostess Begins Liquidation Process, Fires 18,500 Workers

November 26, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike with Hostess' bakers union failed and Judge Robert Drain on Wednesday approved the company's request to shut down its business and sell the pieces to the highest bidder.


Three Dead From Poisonous Mushrooms In Calif.

November 26, 2012 9:44 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday. The 90-year-old man died on Saturday. The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified him as Frank Warren Blodgett.


Photo Of The Day: Winter Warmers

November 26, 2012 9:42 am

Santa’s not the only one making a list this year. Displaying the spirit, passion and imagination of America’s small and independent brewers, — the beer lover-oriented site of the Brewers Association (BA) — released its own list of winter seasonal craft beers, produced by BA members.


Heinz Rolls Out Jalapeno Ketchup

November 21, 2012 10:20 am

This Cyber Monday, Heinz® Ketchup is giving its more than 1 million Facebook fans in the U.S. a hot holiday offer with the chance to purchase its newest limited edition flavor, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño, before it hits retail store shelves. To celebrate “12 Days of Jalapeño Ketchup,” fans can purchase the product exclusively through Facebook from November 26 to December 7.


USDA Releases Tips For Safe Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 10:17 am

The holiday season is famous for its hustle and bustle, and all of that merriment would not be possible without the hard work of party hosts. This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is sharing tips that can take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness.


Judge Rejects Farmer’s Claim Over Rice Quality

November 21, 2012 10:12 am

An Arkansas farmer who claimed a supplier sold him inferior rice seed in 2009 was ordered Tuesday to pay for it anyway, according to the company that sued him. RiceTec Inc. of Houston had sued Scott Meredith of Delaplaine, saying he hadn't paid for rice seed he planted three years ago.


Turkey: Main Course Or Animal Companion?

November 21, 2012 10:11 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

According to the industry group National Turkey Federation, more than 46 million of the big birds will be served as Thanksgiving dinner this year. Just a few hundred will get to experience the holiday as a pet, said turkey rescue Farm Sanctuary.


Hostess Unable To Reach Deal With Baker’s Union

November 21, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and other snake cakes, said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, New York, will decide if the company can shutter its operations.


Consumer Trends: Consumers Support Nutritional Disclosure At Restaurants

November 21, 2012 10:02 am

In a recently completed survey of restaurant user attitudes, Technomic found that 65 percent favor nutritional labeling in restaurants, with the strongest demand for listing of calories and sodium content. Seventy percent of consumers say they care that chain restaurants disclose calorie and other nutritional information on their menus.


Photo Of The Day: The Wonka Experience

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Unwrapping this fall at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Sweet! Hollywood is a colorful, colossal candy extravaganza that lets both kids and adults immerse in the splendiferous joy of chocolate and lollipops, jelly beans and bubble gum, and, at last, the amazing world of eminent chocolatier Willy Wonka.


Judge In BPI Lawsuit Recuses Himself

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

A federal judge overseeing a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota beef processing company against ABC News has recused himself from the case. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from the case that is being heard in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.


Pesticide Accusations Hurt Teavana Shares

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Shares of tea maker Teavana, which Starbucks is in the process of acquiring, fell on Tuesday after a short-seller of its stock, Glaucus Research Group, said it found pesticide in its teas. Teavana responded that its teas are safe, and Glaucus stands to benefit by making claims that would hurt Teavana stock.


Oysters Available For Holiday Tables

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | by KEVIN McGILL,Associated Press

Tradition will hold tor Cajun chef John Folse this Thanksgiving. "I'm confident enough that I've got a big ol' pot of oyster dressing going right now," Folse said, when asked about the availability of Gulf of Mexico oysters more than two years after the BP oil spill — and months after Hurricane Isaac raked the Louisiana coast.


Canada Beef Sales Hold Steady Amid XL Foods Recall

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The fallout from a massive tainted beef recall is still being felt as the Harper government prepares to pass legislation aimed at making the food system safer. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canadian beef sales, domestic and international, have not declined in the wake of the XL Foods scare.


Smithsonian Explores Wine, Food In New Gallery

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Julia Child's kitchen is returning to public view as the National Museum of American History opens its first major exhibit about food. Child donated her kitchen to the museum in 2001. Now it serves as the opening story for the gallery opening Tuesday, showing her influence on culinary arts, food television and the way Americans view cooking.

Coffee Company Adding 200 Jobs

November 20, 2012 12:45 pm

A company that makes coffee and other beverage products in Concord, N.C. says it will add 200 jobs over the next five years. S&D Coffee Inc. said Monday it will spend $97 million to expand its operations. The company produces roasted whole bean and ground coffee, specialty coffees, hot chocolate, tea and other products. It supplies restaurants, hotels, vending machines and offices.



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