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Consumer Trends: Retail Foods Are Strong Competition For Restaurants

June 21, 2012 12:53 pm

Restaurants and retailers have a long history of competing over consumers' share of stomach. That competition becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what's for dinner. If money is tight, retailers often win the family dinner battle by offering appealing ready-to-eat center-of-plate options, easily paired with sides.

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ConAgra Posts 4Q Loss

June 21, 2012 9:52 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, weighed down by a charge related to pension accounting changes. But its adjusted earnings and revenue topped Wall Street's expectations as did its fiscal 2013 earnings forecast.

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Ice Cream Man Not Laughing At Good Humor Shortage

June 21, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU,Associated Press

Good Humor's parent company Unilever PLC said a sales spike during the unusually warm spring and challenges linked to next month's closing of its Hagerstown manufacturing plant have limited its ability to supply ice cream trucks with Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair bars.

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Starbucks Opening First Tazo Tea Shop

June 21, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Seattle-based cafe chain says its first Tazo tea shop will open near its headquarters and will include a tea bar where customers can blend their own tea mixes with the help of a store worker the company is calling a "tea partner."

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Ammonia Leak Forces Tyson Plant To Close For A Day

June 21, 2012 9:45 am

Officials say an ammonia leak Wednesday forced a beef slaughterhouse in western Iowa to close down for a day.

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Senate Retains Sugar Program

June 21, 2012 9:42 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The Senate voted Wednesday not to tamper with the Depression-era program that protects U.S. sugar growers as it sped toward completion of a $500 billion bill to operate farm and food programs over the next five years.

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Photo Of The Day: Tea Time

June 21, 2012 9:40 am

Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday, June 20, 2012, that it is planning to open its first tea shop, under its Tazo Brand.

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Burger King Returns To NYSE

June 20, 2012 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's No. 2 hamburger chain had last traded as a public company between 2006 and 2010 before it was purchased and taken private by investment firm 3G Capital.

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Getting The Most Nutrients From Your Salad

June 20, 2012 12:57 pm

The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won't get much benefit without the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows.

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Uneviscerated Fish Recalled Due To Botulism Risk

June 20, 2012 12:55 pm

Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. is recalling fish that was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

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Senate Rejects Proposal To Trim Food Stamp Program

June 20, 2012 12:52 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The Senate on Tuesday began plowing through 73 amendments to a $500 billion bill that will set farm policy and fund the food stamp program over the next five years. One of its first votes was to reject a proposal to trim food stamp spending.

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Suit Claims Hebrew National Products Aren’t Kosher

June 20, 2012 12:49 pm

ConAgra Foods Inc. says a lawsuit that claims its products aren't really kosher is without merit. The suit claims that ConAgra, based in Omaha, Neb., charges premium prices for Hebrew National meats, which it says aren't really 100 percent kosher.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Want Meat Raised Without Antibiotics

June 20, 2012 12:45 pm

A majority of Americans want meat raised without antibiotics to be sold in their local supermarket, according to a new national poll conducted by Consumer Reports.

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Dairy Farmers Welcome New Immigration Policy

June 20, 2012 10:01 am

The Dairy Farmers of America said they "are pleased to see the White House use administrative authority to address an important component of the immigration debate. At the same time, we cannot ignore that the agriculture sector continues to face labor shortages and deeper changes are needed."

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Liquor Privatization Advocate Gives Up On Bill, For Now

June 20, 2012 9:58 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

The Legislature's leading advocate of privatizing liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania gave up the fight Tuesday until lawmakers reconvene after their summer break, acknowledging that he lacks majority support in the House and does not want the issue to be a distraction from passage of a state budget.

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Senate Defeats Feinstein's Egg Bill

June 20, 2012 9:55 am

The Senate has rejected Senator Dianne Feinstein's "Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012" (S. 3239) to the farm bill. S. 3239 and H.R. 3798 would codify a deal between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Mass. City Also Considering Large Soda Ban

June 20, 2012 9:52 am

The mayor of Cambridge has proposed limiting the size of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages sold in city restaurants, saying she was inspired by a similar measure in New York City.

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Pet Food Company Owner Found Dead

June 20, 2012 9:50 am

A Missouri pet food company owner indicted earlier this month in a federal fraud case has been found dead in an "apparent suicide."

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Photo Of The Day: Counting Your Eggs

June 20, 2012 9:46 am

The British Columbia Egg Marketing Board is using analytics to capture and analyze production data from 130 egg producers to ensure safety & availability of 816 million eggs produced in the province each year.

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Condiment Company Buys Vinegar And Pickle Business

June 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Mizkan Euro-Americas, a global condiment manufacturer, today announced the signing of an agreement to purchase a UK-based vinegar and sour pickle business from Premier Foods plc.

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