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Grainger Presents Lighting Readiness Questionnaire

August 10, 2012 12:16 pm

The next phase of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy-efficiency lighting legislation went into effect on July 14, 2012 and requires all impacted lighting to be manufactured to be more energy-efficient.

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CDC Software & Consona Corporation Merge, Form Aptean

August 10, 2012 12:11 pm

CDC Software (CDC) and Consona Corporation (Consona), both enterprise application software (EAS) providers of on-premise and cloud technologies, today announced they have merged to form Aptean.

Consumer Trends: Female And Older Consumers More Likely To Buy Local

August 10, 2012 12:00 pm

A new study found that farmers should be marketing more to female and older consumers because they are more likely to buy local products, and that farmers should promote local agriculture in their marketing messages.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought-Tolerant Cattle

August 10, 2012 9:39 am

Gill has been cross breeding cattle with more drought tolerant breeds that can withstand heat and droughts better. Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather.

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Monster Shares Drop On 2Q Miss

August 10, 2012 9:31 am

Monster Beverage Corp. reported explosive growth in its second quarter as consumers downed more of its energy drinks, but its shares fell in after-hours trading Wednesday as the results missed analysts' expectations.

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Dean Foods Shares Skyrocket On IPO

August 10, 2012 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Dean Foods Co.'s shares skyrocketed Wednesday after it posted a better-than-expected second-quarter profit, raised its full-year guidance and announced the initial public offering of one of its subsidiaries.

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Treehouse Cuts Profit Outlook Citing Soup Sales

August 10, 2012 9:27 am

Shares of Treehouse Foods Inc. fell Wednesday after the company cut its forecast for the year and said it was shutting down two plants in part because of declining soup sales.

Judge Dismisses Pesticides Injury Lawsuit Against Dole Food

August 10, 2012 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by nearly 3,000 Filipino workers claiming injury from pesticide exposure while working for Dole Food Co.

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Canada Prepares To Improve Food Safety

August 10, 2012 9:24 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing a single approach to food inspection that will provide consistent and appropriate oversight across all regulated food commodities — either imported or produced domestically.

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Ore. Ice Cream Plant Closing, Layoffs For 75-Plus

August 9, 2012 12:53 pm

The owners of a nearly century-old ice cream plant are planning to shut it down, saying its age and location in downtown Salem, Ore., make it too difficult and costly to upgrade.

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Corn, Soybeans Pricees Keep Climbing

August 9, 2012 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Prices for corn, wheat and soybeans continued their long march upward on Wednesday, pushed higher by a crippling drought across the Midwest.

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Farmers Seek Pause In Ethanol Production

August 9, 2012 12:44 pm | by JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press

Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

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Senators Ask EPA To Relax Ethanol Rule

August 9, 2012 12:42 pm

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says she is among a group of senators asking the Environmental Protection Agency to relax renewable fuel standards to require less corn.

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PepsiCo To Claim Early Stake In Myanmar

August 9, 2012 12:40 pm

PepsiCo Inc. will start selling its drinks in Myanmar, following the U.S. government's decision to suspend investment sanctions on the country for its democratic reforms.

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Consumer Trends: Canadians Will Pay Premium For Local Food

August 9, 2012 12:00 pm

A recent study suggests that most Canadians try to buy local products when they shop for groceries and are willing to pay a premium to put local food on their kitchen tables.

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Canadian Lobstermen Continue Protest

August 9, 2012 9:53 am

New Brunswick fishermen staged a protest outside the Canadian fisheries minister's office yesterday in their ongoing dispute over the import of lobsters from Maine, while a U.S. senator called on the province to ensure the smooth flow of goods across the border.

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Target Products Recalled For Listeria

August 9, 2012 9:51 am

Market Pantry and Archer Farms Deli Salad lines at Target stores are being voluntarily recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria.

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Potato Chip Trends

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

Potato chips are America's number one snack, according to the Snack Food Association's 2012 state of the industry report, and Americans spent $9 billion on them in 2010, 50 percent more than on the number two snack, tortilla chips.

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Nestle Posts Strong First-Half Profit

August 9, 2012 9:47 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA posted an 8.9 percent rise in first-half profits today, but predicted that the remainder of 2012 will be challenging and warned of a slowdown in its key U.S. market.

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Global Food Prices Up In July

August 9, 2012 9:45 am | by VICTOR L. SIMPSON,Associated Press

International food prices rose sharply in July after three months of decline, driven by a spike in grain and sugar prices, a United Nations report said today.

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