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Lean Cuisine, Local Business Clash Over Name

December 19, 2011 7:45 am

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When Judy Paynesmith left her job as a medical transcriptionist, she wanted to open her own business. The goal: Help people eat better and live healthier lives for a few years until she retires. She's operated Lean Green Cuisine at 908-D Rolling Hills Drive since February 2010, offering prepared organic, vegan food to Northwest Arkansas customers who pick it up once per week or have it delivered.

California Lifts Quarantine Of Raw Milk

December 19, 2011 7:41 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials have lifted the recall and quarantine of most of the raw organic milk products from a Fresno County dairy. The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Friday they were ending the recall of Organic Pastures raw milk after determining the dairy met sanitation requirements and complied with state food safety regulations.

Consumer Trends: UK Food And Drink Trends For 2012

December 19, 2011 7:35 am

LONDON (Leatherhead Food Research) — Leatherhead Food Research, a leading UK-based independent research organisation, has predicted the food and drink trends set to make an impact in 2012. “2012 looks set to be one in which on-going trends will be stretched to their full potential, particularly as consumer concerns about health and wellness have prevailed and continue to be high on the agenda,” says Laura Kempster, Senior Market Analyst.

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Kraft Maps Environmental Footprint

December 19, 2011 4:13 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (PRNewswire) — Kraft Foods today shared results of a pioneering survey that measured its impact on climate change, land and water use.  The multi-year footprinting project -- in partnership with Quantis Inc. and reviewed and analyzed by World Wildlife Fund and notable academics at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment – goes far beyond the company's walls.

Maryland Company Creates Chicken Substitute

December 19, 2011 4:10 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Maryland-based company using University of Missouri Research plans to launch a new soy-based product that looks and tastes just like chicken. Savage River Farms says it will produce and initially sell the chicken substitute in markets across the country through food service companies, hospitals, universities and corporate dining operations.

Tyson Recalls 40,000 Pounds Of Ground Beef

December 19, 2011 4:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacker recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Congress Delays Children's Marketing Guidelines

December 19, 2011 4:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says it is taking another look at guidelines designed to limit the marketing of unhealthy foods to kids after Congress delayed the effort. The voluntary guidelines proposed by the government earlier this year set maximum levels of fat, sugars and sodium and ask food companies not to market foods that go beyond those levels to children ages 2 through 17.

Grand Canyon To Move Forward With Bottle Ban

December 19, 2011 4:01 am

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Disposable plastic water bottles in shops, vending machines, hotels and grocery stores at Grand Canyon National Park will disappear early next year under a plan by park officials to ban the sale of them. But first they'll have to demonstrate they've met guidelines issued late Wednesday by the National Park Service that require a review of water availability, visitor health and safety, cost and benefits, and get the approval of the regional director.

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Photo Of The Day: The Best Cheese In America

December 19, 2011 3:58 am

(PRNewswire) — Sartori Limited Edition Cognac BellaVitano was named "Best USA Cheese," received a Super Gold Medal and finished Third In The World overall in a 2011 competition of over 2,500 entries at the World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, UK.   Sartori also took home an additional 5 gold medals and a bronze.

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Coca-Cola Elects Former Chicago Mayor To Board

December 16, 2011 7:19 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Drink maker The Coca-Cola Co. said its board has elected former Chicago mayor Richard Daley as a new member effective immediately. Daley will also serve on the board's committee on directors and corporate governance. Coca-Cola said Daley's expertise in public policy, business and community growth will help the company's development.

USDA Releases New Food Safety Tool For Farms

December 16, 2011 7:15 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a free online tool aimed at helping farmers lower their risk of contamination on the farm by generating customized food safety plans. How farmers grow, pack, and trace produce has become a major concern following numerous deadly foodborne safety illness outbreaks in recent years.

Gummy Bears Recalled For Metal Contamination

December 16, 2011 7:12 am

(AP) — Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: WINN), is voluntarily recalling Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears sold in the self-serve bulk area of select store produce departments between November 14 and December 13 due to a remote possibility of metal contamination. The gummy bears included in this recall have been sold in five Winn-Dixie stores in Florida and Louisiana:   St.

New Parts Of Ga. Immigration Law To Take Effect

December 16, 2011 7:09 am

ATLANTA (AP) — With the arrival of the new year, a key section of Georgia's new law targeting illegal immigration will begin to take effect. Starting Jan. 1, any employer with 500 or more employees will have to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of all new hires.

Beam To Buy Cooley Distillery

December 16, 2011 7:06 am

DEERFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Spirits company Beam Inc. said Friday it agreed to buy Cooley Distillery, the industry's last remaining independent Irish whiskey distiller, for about $95 million. Cooley owns and produces the Kilbeggan, Connemara, Tyrconnell and Greenore brands. It currently sells about 250,000 9-liter cases per year and has enough production capacity to support future growth, Beam said.

Diamond Foods Faces SEC Investigation

December 16, 2011 4:06 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. is facing a formal investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over crop payments to walnut growers, the food company has disclosed. The company, which makes Emerald Nuts and Pop Secret popcorn, said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it received a formal order of investigation from the SEC on Wednesday.

Coca-Cola Advances Plant Bottle Technology

December 16, 2011 4:04 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. announced a deal Thursday with three biotechnology companies that it says will speed its development of plastic for its bottles that will be made entirely from plants. Beverage makers are trying to use new types of bottles to cut their environmental impact and lower their costs.

Threshold Met For $750M Rice Deal

December 16, 2011 4:01 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Rice growers met a threshold to move forward with a $750 million settlement over genetically modified rice, the company blamed for the problem said Thursday. Bayer CropScience had agreed to the settlement this summer, five years after the company inadvertently introduced a strain of genetically altered long-grain rice into the U.

Texas Drought Expected To Raise Beef Prices

December 16, 2011 3:59 am

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The worst drought in Texas' history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state's cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong. Since Jan. 1, the number of cows in Texas has dropped by about 600,000, a 12 percent decline from the roughly 5 million cows the state had at the beginning of the year, said David Anderson, who monitors beef markets for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

UPDATE: India Raids Distilleries As Bootleg Death Toll Hits 170

December 16, 2011 3:56 am

DIAMOND HARBOUR, India (AP) — Police raided illegal distilleries and dismantling dozens of liquor dens Friday across an eastern Indian district where 170 people have died after drinking bootleg alcohol that had been mixed with toxic methanol. Twelve people have been arrested in connection with making and distributing the cheap, illicit liquor, but police were still searching for the kingpin of the operation, District Magistrate Naraya Swarup Nigam said.

Photo Of The Day: 600K Cattle Lost To Texas Drought

December 16, 2011 3:50 am

(AP ) — In this Aug. 12, 2011, file photo a cow grazes in a dry field near Westbrook, Texas. Texas' historic drought brought the biggest one-year decline in cows with an estimated 600,000 fewer bovines in the state now than on Jan. 1. Beef economist David Anderson said the declining cow numbers will lead to tighter supplies from fewer calves and as much as a 5.

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