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Court Revives Suit Against Iowa School Foods Group

February 27, 2012 12:57 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

In a case closely watched by food companies and schools, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday revived a lawsuit that challenges the legality of a nonprofit corporation formed to negotiate discounts from vendors who serve public schools.

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Kellogg Rolls Out New Products

February 27, 2012 12:54 pm

Kellogg Company is continuing to build momentum with new product innovations by introducing nearly two dozen new U.S. products in early 2012.

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Mars Chocolate Unveils Solar Garden

February 27, 2012 12:49 pm

Mars Chocolate North America, makers of Las Vegas' own Ethel M Chocolates, announced today the grand opening of a new solar garden at its Henderson chocolate factory. The state-of-the-art solar installation provides 100 percent of the electrical energy to the Ethel Ms plant during peak operating hours.

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Plant Fire Forces Popcorn Plant To Move Some Operations

February 27, 2012 12:45 pm

A western Kentucky popcorn plant shifted some operations to Illinois in the months after a fire destroyed the business's processing and packaging center.

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Filming On Farms Could Be Banned In Utah

February 27, 2012 12:43 pm | by JOSH LOFTIN,Associated Press

Filming on farms, ranches and dairies could be prohibited in Utah by a bill moving to the Senate this week, despite concerns that animal abuse will go unreported.

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Consumer Trends: Convenience Stores Step Up Food Offerings

February 27, 2012 12:39 pm

In a sign that convenience store operators are successfully ramping up their foodservice efforts, industry consultants Technomic found that average unit volumes for c-stores offering prepared food and dispensed beverages jumped to more than $136k in 2011, up from $123k in 2007.

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Palm Oil Group Comments On Environmental Criticism

February 27, 2012 10:11 am

A number of environmental groups have unfairly and inaccurately misled the public about the palm oil industry's positive efforts to minimize environmental impact and maintain animal habitats, especially in Malaysia.

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'Failed City' Has Sweet History

February 27, 2012 10:07 am | by ERIKA NIEDOWSKI,Associated Press

While Central Falls is often called a "failed city" that was taken over by the state and later filed for bankruptcy, a new project is highlighting a very different story: its history as a chocolate manufacturer during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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China Brings Supermarket Culture To North Korea

February 27, 2012 10:04 am

The market-savvy Chinese are introducing the pleasures of the megamart to a small niche of North Koreans, and flooding the country's border regions with cheap goods.

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Congress Urges Iraq To Buy U.S. Rice

February 27, 2012 10:01 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Congress members from the largest rice-growing states are urging Iraq to resume buying U.S. long-grain rice, saying the country's "unreasonable" quality standards put American farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

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CDC: Majority Of Dairy Outbreaks Related To Raw Milk

February 27, 2012 9:58 am

The rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk (often called raw milk) and products made from it was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Photo Of The Day: North Korea's Consumer Culture

February 27, 2012 9:53 am

A new culture of commerce is springing up, with China as its inspiration and source. The new consumerism is part of a campaign launched three years ago to build up the economy, and so the image of new leader Kim Jong Un.

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Man Admits To Mislabeling Vt. Maple Syrup

February 24, 2012 12:54 pm

Fifty-year-old Bernard Coleman of West Warwick, R.I., said he initially sold pure maple syrup over the Internet. But when the price of syrup increased, he decided to make his own out of water, sugar and maple flavoring. He said he made the syrup in his home and sold it since 2009.

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Paula Deen Ready To Lighten Up Recipes

February 24, 2012 12:52 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

A month after being widely criticized for revealing she has diabetes — as well as a lucrative endorsement deal for a drug to treat it — Paula Deen says she's ready to show a lighter side to her famously fatty Southern-style cooking. Just don't expect her to swear off butter.

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FDA Stops Farmer From Selling Raw Milk Across State Lines

February 24, 2012 12:47 pm

A central Pennsylvania farmer has been prohibited from selling unpasteurized milk to out-of-state customers, which the government says can be unsafe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday it obtained a permanent injunction against Daniel Allgyer (AL'-guy-ur) and his Rainbow Acres Farm in Kinzers.

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Bill Gates: World Must Help Poor Farmers More

February 24, 2012 12:44 pm | by FRANCES D'EMILIO,Associated Press

Bill Gates pressed U.N. food agencies on Thursday to become more efficient in helping poor farmers and to set up a kind of accountability "report card" system for countries receiving aid, as he announced nearly $200 million in grants from his foundation.

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Horse Meat Plant Proposed In Mo.

February 24, 2012 12:42 pm

A Wyoming-based company has been considering building a horse meat processing plant in southwest Missouri, where some residents welcome the possibility of new jobs but others are concerned about possible stigma.

Consumer Trends: Low-Income Kids Drink More Juice Than Recommended

February 24, 2012 12:39 pm

A new report from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health shows that many kids in low-income families are getting more than the recommended amount of juice.

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Hormel Profit Squeezed By High Prices

February 24, 2012 9:53 am

Foodmaker Hormel Foods Corp. reported a fiscal first-quarter profit on Thursday that fell 14 percent as it was squeezed by high pork prices and sales volumes fell 2 percent.

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Immigrants Push For Guest Worker IDs

February 24, 2012 9:49 am

A group of Mexican farm workers and several dairy farmers have testified in support of a guest worker program for the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 immigrants who work on Vermont's dairy farms.

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