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American Crystal Workers Reject Proposed Contract

June 25, 2012 9:50 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar Co. rejected the company's contract proposal a third time Saturday in a nearly 11-month dispute that focuses on seniority and job security.


Iowa Hog Farmer Gets 8 Years For Bank Fraud

June 25, 2012 9:49 am

An Iowa hog farmer who admitted defrauding a bank out of millions of dollars has been given eight years in a federal prison.


Photo Of The Day: Fukushima Returns To Fish

June 25, 2012 9:47 am

The first fishing catch from Japan’s Fukushima coastline since last year’s nuclear disaster went on sale Monday, but was limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation.


Tyson Partners With Program To Reduce Hunger In Miss.

June 22, 2012 12:59 pm | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

The nonprofit National Urban League and meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. are starting a yearlong program to alleviate hunger for about 19,000 people in three Mississippi counties.

Growers In Flooded Areas Urged To Check Produce

June 22, 2012 12:57 pm

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says flood water can contain numerous contaminants, so growers and gardeners in flood-impacted areas are urged to carefully assess the status of their fruits and vegetables.


United Fresh Applauds Farm Bill

June 22, 2012 12:56 pm

“The bill supports fruits and vegetables in ways that will boost consumption and help provide healthful options to Americans — through block grants, nutrition programs and pest and disease research," said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO.


Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled For Possible Salmonella

June 22, 2012 12:53 pm

Leasa Industries Co., Inc. is recalling 433 cases of LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.


Russell Stover To Pay $585K For Violations

June 22, 2012 12:47 pm

Russell Stover Candies has agreed to pay $585,000 to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its facility in the east-central Kansas town of Iola.


Consumer Trends: Top Trends From Summer Fancy Foods Show

June 22, 2012 12:36 pm

The top five food trends for 2012 have been picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 58th Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.


Coca-Cola Sued Over Beverage Packaging

June 22, 2012 9:55 am

Ethox Chemicals, LLC has filed a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company in U.S. Federal District Court in South Carolina for misappropriation of technology, including a new molecule that Ethox says may revolutionize beverage packaging.

Mass. Food Industry Group Plans To Boost Recycling

June 22, 2012 9:52 am

The Massachusetts Beverage Association and the Massachusetts Food Association today announced they will launch a two-year initiative aimed at increasing recycling in Massachusetts communities.

Duff Goldman Opens Make-Your-Own-Cake Shop

June 22, 2012 9:49 am | by MICHELE KAYAL,For The Associated Press

Celebrity baker Duff Goldman, the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," on Thursday opens Duff's Cakemix, a make-your-own-cake shop next to his Los Angeles bakery Charm City Cakes West, where novices and experts alike can dabble in fondant, cake tattoos and airbrushed designs.

Okla. Supreme Court Considers Wine In Groceries

June 22, 2012 9:47 am | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

Allowing grocery stores in Oklahoma's largest counties to sell wine would create a new convenience for people who now must buy it at tightly regulated package liquor stores, an attorney for supporters of the proposal told the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday.


Towns Try To Loosen Food Regulations

June 22, 2012 9:46 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Towns in several states are adopting local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.


Photo Of The Day: Make Your Own Cake

June 22, 2012 9:43 am

Customers can create make-your-own cakes at Duff's Cakemix, a new venture owned by chef, Duff Goldman, next door to his bakery, Charm City Cakes West.


Snack Dip Company To Expand Va. Plant

June 21, 2012 1:05 pm

Snack dip company Sabra plans to expand its manufacturing plant and establish a research and development facility in Chesterfield County.


Senate Brings Big Changes To Food And Farm Policy

June 21, 2012 1:03 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

Briefly putting election-year politics aside, the Senate on Thursday moved toward strong approval of legislation assuring that farmers hit by bad times will be protected and that millions of others hurt by the bad economy won't go hungry.


Hershey To Help Restore Cocoa Growing In Mexico

June 21, 2012 1:02 pm

The Hershey Company and cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas de Cacao SA de CV, a member of the Ecom Cocoa Group, have launched the Mexico Cocoa Project, a 10-year, $2.8 million initiative to reintroduce cocoa growing in southern Mexico and help restore the country’s beleaguered cocoa farming industry.


Snyder Chip Plant Marks 65 Years

June 21, 2012 12:59 pm | by MICHELLE GANASSI,Daily American

Every day about 10,000 cases of snacks leave the Snyder of Berlin plant and travel around the country. This year the Berlin Borough business will celebrate its 65th anniversary. Although ownership may have changed a few times since 1947, the company has continued to operate and grow.


Quaker Oats Workers Claim $241M Jackpot

June 21, 2012 12:57 pm | by LUKE MEREDITH,Associated Press

Workers at a Quaker Oats plant claimed their share of the largest lottery prize in Iowa history on Wednesday, sporting bright red T-shirts and traveling into town on a chartered bus before smiling for news cameras as confetti flew during a celebratory news conference.


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