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Former CEO of Mamtek Released from Mo. Jail

March 27, 2013 12:36 pm

The former CEO of a failed artificial sweetener facility has been released from a Missouri jail after posting $10,000 bail while awaiting trial on theft and fraud charges, officials said Tuesday. Bruce Cole was released Monday after the cash bail was paid, Randolph County jail officials said.


Consumer Trends: Parents Aware of Unlabeled GMOs

March 27, 2013 12:00 pm

Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveal that as U.S. families are becoming increasingly aware of the presence of unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods in the marketplace, they turn to organic as the food labeled by law to not have been made with genetically engineered ingredients.


Convenience Food Maker Announces Va. Expansion

March 27, 2013 9:29 am

An international company that produces convenience foods for 7-Eleven and other retailers is adding 350 new jobs at its Stafford County plant. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Ireland-based Greencore Group's plans Tuesday. He said the company will spend $5.75 million to expand the food processing facility.


New Beer Distribution Rules Clear Texas Senate

March 27, 2013 9:27 am | by MICHAEL BRICK,Associated Press

The Texas Senate has approved new rules to help small brewers expand. Under a bill passed 31-0 on Monday, changes to the beer industry's pricing structure would accompany an overhaul of regulations that apply only to craft breweries. The bill still must pass the House.


Hot Chicken Takes Over Nashville

March 27, 2013 9:25 am | by CHRIS TALBOTT,AP Music Writer

Born as cheap, flavorful fare for Nashville's working class community and offered late into the night for its party-goers, hot chicken has long been a staple in town. But its reputation has grown in recent years. Taylor Swift and B.o.B. even featured one of the city's best known hot chicken shops in a video they did together.


Consumer Confidence Falls in March

March 27, 2013 9:23 am | by MARCY GORDON,AP Business Writer

Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty. It's just the latest swing in the way Americans feel about the economy. Their views have fluctuated between optimism and angst over the months as they've weighed an advancing stock market and housing recovery against new economic challenges.


Montana House Backs Raw Milk Bill

March 27, 2013 9:20 am

The Montana House is backing a measure that would allow small-scale dairy farmers to sell their unpasteurized milk directly to consumers. House Bill 574 would allow farmers with as many as 15 lactating cows, 30 lactating sheep or 30 lactating goats to obtain permits exempting them from certain regulation.


Photo of the Day: Hot Chicken

March 27, 2013 9:19 am

In this Friday, March 23, 2013 photo, a diner reaches for a piece of hot chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tenn. Hot chicken — fried chicken with varied amounts of seasoning that make the heat level run from mild to extra hot — is a signature dish of Nashville.


USDA Looks To Help Producers in Rural Areas

March 26, 2013 12:32 pm | by MEG KINNARD,Associated Press

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was expected in South Carolina on Tuesday to announce the expansion of the so-called StrikeForce initiative, which already operates in 10 states. The goal of StrikeForce is to help farmers, food producers and other businesses get access to money for projects such as new wells, greenhouses, community gardens, kitchen space, and summer meals for low-income school children.


2013 To Be Strong Year for Food M&A

March 26, 2013 12:30 pm

With today's $3.3 billion SuperValu supermarket deal as an example, 2013 looks to be a strong M&A market for sellers in the food and beverage space. Here’s a look at M&A in F&B in 2012/2013. The number of announced U.S. M&A F&B transactions increased by 5.8 percent last year, making it the best year for transactions by volume since the record-setting 2007.


Daily Sound Bite: Canadian Mining Killing U.S. Fish

March 26, 2013 12:27 pm

A new study by researchers at the University of Montana found that the pollutants from the Canadian mining industry, including a metal-like element called selenium, are finding their way downstream into Montana and threatening fish populations there.


Mount Vernon To Sell Washington’s Rye Whiskey

March 26, 2013 12:26 pm

Rye whiskey using George Washington's own recipe will soon go on sale at the first president's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The presidential home reconstructed Washington's distillery and will make more than 1,100 bottles of unaged whiskey available beginning April 4. The bottles sell for $95 each.


Monsanto, DuPont Choose Licensing Agreements over Suits

March 26, 2013 12:25 pm

Agricultural products giant Monsanto and DuPont on Tuesday said they reached a deal to dismiss pending patent lawsuits against one another and entered a series of multi-million dollar licensing agreements. The lawsuits included antitrust and first-generation Roundup Ready soybean patent lawsuits pending in U.S. federal court in St. Louis.


U.S. Sen. Durbin: Stop Marketing Energy Drinks to Kids

March 26, 2013 12:24 pm

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is asking energy drink companies to stop marketing their products to children. The Democratic senator from Illinois sent a letter Monday to the CEOs of Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster asking for an explanation for the companies' sponsorship of sporting events that target children.


Consumer Trends: Americans Lack Trust in Food Industry

March 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Nearly 6 out of 10 Americans have little knowledge about food production, according to a new white paper, "Building Trust in What We Eat," released today by Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink. In fact, FoodThink research shows Americans know more about movies, politics and music than what's on their plates.


Manufacturing's Energy Use Down Since 2002

March 26, 2013 9:43 am

Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. Taken together, these data indicate a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output.


Activist Group Says Common Food Additive May Cause Cancer

March 26, 2013 9:39 am

 The Cornucopia Institute formally requested that the FDA remove the common food additive carrageenan from the US food supply. Last year the FDA rejected a 2008 citizen petition, which presented scientific studies linking carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, including cancer. 


Pollution from Canada Threatens Fish Downstream

March 26, 2013 9:28 am | by TRISTAN SCOTT,MISSOULIAN

A study by University of Montana researchers shows that pollutants leeching into the heavily mined Elk River drainage in southeastern British Columbia have reached alarming levels, particularly as a metal-like element called selenium threatens critical fish habitat in Canada, as well as downstream in Montana.


What’s Next for Unions?

March 26, 2013 9:25 am | by SHARON COHEN,AP National Writer

With 14.4 million members, unions still can be a potent political force at the ballot box. But protests in recent years over the passage of right-to-work laws in Michigan and Indiana, clashes over collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio and a sharp drop in union elections across the US have raised larger questions.


Fizzy Drink Consumption Falls Again

March 26, 2013 9:24 am

Americans' consumption of fizzy soft drinks, on the decline since 2005, fell last year to its lowest level since 1996. If it weren't for increasingly popular energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, the decline would have been worse. The declines come amid heavy attention on soda's role in obesity and related health problems.



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