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Photo Of The Day: Europe's Easter Egg Quandary

March 30, 2012 9:49 am

Demand for eggs traditionally reaches its peak around the Easter holiday. This year, the egg industry has been hit by the European Union's new requirements for bigger, more animal-friendly cages for hens. The changes it brings have affected production and, combined with high feed cost, boosted consumer prices.

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Sweetener Group Urges USDA To Increase Sugar Supplies

March 29, 2012 1:06 pm

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) today sent a letter to Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse, urging USDA to take immediate action on April 1 to ensure U.S. industry adequate supplies of sugar at reasonable prices by increasing the tariff rate quota (TRQ).

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Snacks Plant Closing, 230 To Lose Jobs

March 29, 2012 1:02 pm

Officials say 230 people will lose their jobs when the Bremner Food Group plant closes in Poteau. The company laid off 100 workers Wednesday night and says the plant will shut down on June 29. The plant produces snack foods, including crackers.

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Pa. Bill Allowing Wine Shipments Moves Forward

March 29, 2012 12:59 pm | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

A bill that would allow Pennsylvanians to have domestic wines shipped directly to their homes won the state Senate's unanimous approval Wednesday, but it faces obstacles in the House.

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S.D. Group Ends Attempt To Acquire Assets Of Sunflower Seed Co.

March 29, 2012 12:57 pm | by CHET BROKAW,Associated Press

A South Dakota regulatory commission has abandoned its attempt to seek the assets of a sunflower seed company that owes farmers in South Dakota and North Dakota an estimated $4 million.

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Starbucks Customers Petition For Bug-Free Beverages

March 29, 2012 12:50 pm

South Carolina resident Daelyn Fortney launched a campaign on Change.org following allegations that Starbucks quietly replaced ingredients in its strawberry flavoring to include cochineal extract, a product made from crushed insects.

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Consumer Trends: Craft Brewing Volume Jumps 13 Percent

March 29, 2012 12:41 pm

Craft brewers saw volume rise 13 percent, with a 15 percent increase in retail sales from 2010 to 2011, representing a total barrel increase of 1.3 million. “While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association.

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Puerto Ricans Build Island's Third Rum Distillery

March 29, 2012 10:13 am

The Club Caribe LLC distillery in Cidra is expected to open later this year at the site of a former pharmaceutical plant. The company is affiliated to Cc1, a Puerto Rican company that distributes Coca-Cola products locally.

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Northern Vintners Look To Improve Wine Quality

March 29, 2012 10:11 am | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press

A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant  has university researchers from a dozen states gathering information about cold-hardy grapes and teaching viticulturists and winemakers how to improve their products and market them to a wider audience. Led by Cornell University, the Northern Grapes Project will work with more than 330 wineries and 1,300 growers managing more than 3,000 acres of grapes from the Upper Midwest to New England.

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S.D. Governor Says China Trade Mission Will Benefit Agriculture

March 29, 2012 10:06 am | by CHET BROKAW,Associated Press

With 1.3 billion people, China has 20 percent of the world's population but only 7 percent of the world's farmable land, the governor said. South Dakota, with efficient, mechanized farms, can provide the food and other agricultural products China wants to buy, he said.

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Cornish Pasty Tax Highlights Class War In Britain

March 29, 2012 10:03 am | by ROBERT BARR, Associated Press

The British government's intention to tax the humble Cornish pasty, a cheap pastry savory snack much beloved by workers and students, has opened a new front in the country's never-ending class war.

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Convincing Consumers To Rethink 'Pink Slime' Is A Hard Sell

March 29, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSH FUNK,AP Business Writer

The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists.

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Photo Of The Day: Grapes Thrive In Extreme Cold

March 29, 2012 9:55 am

A bunch of cold-hearty Marquette grapes grow on a vine in Carver County, Minn. Marquette is the newest of four grape varieties developed by the university to resist temperatures that can dip into the negative-30s.

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Organic Food Maker's Shares Soar In Debut

March 28, 2012 1:34 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Investors are gobbling up shares of pasta maker Annie's Inc., the latest sign of the pull of natural and organic foods for consumers.

Bill For Stronger Beer Heads To Miss. Governor

March 28, 2012 1:33 pm | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is not yet saying whether he'll sign or veto a bill that would allow the sale of stronger beer in the state, including some craft brews that have been unavailable because of current regulations.

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Co-op Votes Down Israeli Product Ban

March 28, 2012 1:24 pm

A New York City co-op's proposed boycott against Israeli products to protest the Israeli government's policies toward Palestinians has been overwhelmingly defeated.

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Group Seeks Right To Keep Common Food Names

March 28, 2012 1:22 pm

A number of food producers and organizations from multiple countries today launched the Consortium for Common Food Names, an international initiative that seeks to stop efforts to restrict the use of generic food names, including such efforts by the European Commission.

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Governors To Visit 'Pink Slime' Plant

March 28, 2012 1:15 pm | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

The leaders of at least four states plan a visit to the only place where a beef product known as "pink slime" is still made, an effort aimed to support its embattled manufacturer, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Fuel Their Morning With A Mix Of Eating And Drinking

March 28, 2012 1:08 pm

U.S. consumers, from ages two and up, fuel themselves for the day with a variety of eating and drinking occasions from the time they awake in the morning until 11 a.m., according to a recently published morning meal study

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Organic Food Maker Prices IPO

March 28, 2012 10:04 am

Natural and organic food maker Annie's Inc. priced its initial public offering of 5 million shares at $19 late Tuesday, according to Renaissance Capital.

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