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Daily Sound Bite: The Fight over Watery Beer

March 4, 2013 9:33 am

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser, is hitting back after a class action lawsuit was filed against the company in several states alleging that it waters down its beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev took out newspaper ads touting its involvement in relief work with the Red Cross, providing drinking water in the wake of natural disasters.

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Cage-Free Eggs Find a Perch in a Changing Market

March 4, 2013 8:40 am | by ERIC MORTENSON, The Oregonian

In addition to the many grocery chains that carry cage-free eggs, Burger King committed to using 2 percent cage-free eggs in 2007 and more than doubled that in a year, and by 2008 reached 6 percent of the total. Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts and other chains have followed suit.

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Tough Year for Fla. Citrus Crop

March 4, 2013 8:37 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Florida's citrus crop has suffered huge losses this year, with fruit falling from trees and the overall production forecast declining about 10 percent, but the problems shouldn't translate to a price increase at the breakfast table — yet.

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Tyson to Close Ark. Plant, Move Workers

March 4, 2013 8:34 am

Tyson Foods has announced plans to close its small processing plant in Springdale. The company announced this week that "changing demand for certain specialty products" led to the decision to shut down the plant.

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Splashy A-B Ads Tackle Lawsuit over Watery Beer

March 4, 2013 8:31 am | by The Associated Press

The maker of Budweiser is using splashy newspaper ads to poke fun at a lawsuit that alleges its beer is watered down. In full-page ads in 10 U.S. newspapers on Sunday, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Anheuser-Busch InBev shows one of the 71 million cans of drinking water it has sent to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations responding to disasters.

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Bidder Offers $5.5 Million for Golden Guernsey

March 4, 2013 8:27 am

The parent company of Superior Dairy hopes to add a Golden Guernsey Dairy plant. A company trustee says LEL Operating Co. has made a $5.5 million bid for the plant and put down a $500,000 deposit. The plant closed two months ago and its owner filed for bankruptcy. 

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Photo of the Day: Putting Meat to the Test

March 4, 2013 8:00 am

Lenka Cernikova takes samples of food to test it on traces of horse meat in a widening European food labeling scandal at a veterinary laboratory in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Horsemeat has turned up across Europe in frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna, in beef pasta sauce, on restaurant menus, in school lunches and in hospital meals.

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Maine Considers Helping Lobster Industry

March 1, 2013 12:34 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Lawmakers are looking to boost Maine's troubled lobster industry with proposals that would pump more money into marketing the state's signature seafood and offer tax breaks to encourage more lobster processing. The moves follow last year's chaotic fishing season that saw a lobster glut, a crash in wholesale prices and tensions boil over.

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Chances of a Horsemeat Scandal in U.S. Are Slim

March 1, 2013 12:32 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The horsemeat scandal hitting Europe has yet to spread to the United States, allowing American consumers to rest easier when buying ground beef. The United States has rigorous meat inspections and horsemeat isn't readily available.  So, while it's certainly possible that small amounts of hidden horse meat have made their way into the United States, it's unlikely to become a larger problem.

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Spill at UK Plant Sends Scotch into Sewer

March 1, 2013 12:30 pm

A massive spill at a Chivas plant has sent the smell of spirits flowing through a Scottish sewer and sorrow coursing through the hearts of Scotch whisky fans. Chivas Brothers Ltd. spokeswoman Jennifer Stevenson says the group is investigating what she described as an "accidental loss" of spirit at the company's bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland on Feb. 26.

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Iowa Meatpacking Town Fears Impact of Budget Cuts

March 1, 2013 12:29 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

Automatic federal budget reductions set to take effect Friday could fall like a meat ax on the small Iowa town of Columbus Junction, where a sprawling Tyson Foods hog processing plant dominates the economy. The White House has warned that 6,300 meat and poultry plants could slow production or temporarily shut down under the across-the-board cuts, which may force USDA to furlough meat inspectors for up to 15 days through Sept. 30.

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Taco Bell Drawn into Horsemeat Scandal

March 1, 2013 12:24 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press

Taco Bell has become the latest restaurant chain to acknowledge that its beef has been adulterated with horse meat, yanking an unspecified number of products from its three British outlets and issuing a statement saying sorry to its patrons Friday. Meanwhile, in Iceland, a food official said his team had found a beef product which contained no meat at all.

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Consumer Trends: Embracing Innovation

March 1, 2013 12:00 pm

After decades of steady and predictable market conditions, iconic food and beverage leaders are struggling to adapt to a new, innovation-dependent era of growth, according to a new report from Hartman Strategy, an innovation and strategy consultancy serving major food and beverage companies.

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Daily Sound Bite: Food Safety in Peril

March 1, 2013 11:36 am

The FDA joins the USDA in expressing concerns about how the looming so-called sequestration budget cuts will impact food safety. The FDA estimated the cuts will force the agency to reduce inspectors by 2,100, even as the Food Safety Modernization Act requires the agency to increase total inspections year-over-year.

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Monster Beverage Expands Energy Drink Sales

March 1, 2013 9:50 am

Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. advanced Thursday after the company said its profit rose 5 percent in the fourth quarter, despite the bad publicity surrounding the caffeine content in its energy drinks. Monster said after the market closed Wednesday that its net income increased to $68 million, or 39 cents per share, from $64.5 million, or 35 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Hostess Picks Grupo Bimbo to Buy Beefsteak Bread

March 1, 2013 9:48 am

Hostess is choosing Mexico's Grupo Bimbo as the buyer for its Beefsteak bread brand. Hostess said a $31.9 million bid by the maker of Entenmann's cakes beat out another offer by Flowers Foods, which makes Tastykakes and Nature's Own bread. Beefsteak is a regional rye bread available in some states.

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Chefs Whip Up Tobacco Cuisine at Cigar Festival

March 1, 2013 9:46 am | by PETER ORSI,Associated Press

Tobacco: It's what's for dinner. A team of Croatian chefs whipped up a pungent meal Thursday, infusing the flavor of the tobacco leaf synonymous with Cuba into baked stone bass filets, bread and butter, a rich demi-glace sauce, even ice cream.

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4 Charged in Salmonella Outbreak Plead Innocent

March 1, 2013 9:44 am | by JAMES L. ROSICA and KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

Four people charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine and sickened hundreds pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges. Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, Georgia plant manager Samuel Lightsey and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson entered their pleas in a south Georgia federal court.

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FDA Commissioner: Budget Cuts Risk Food Safety

March 1, 2013 9:42 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Fewer food safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the upcoming across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.

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Photo of the Day: Cooking with Tobacco

March 1, 2013 9:38 am

A chef breaks cigar leaves into a measuring instrument as he prepares a dessert seasoning during a cooking event at the 15th Cigar Festival in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. A team of Croatian chefs whipped up a pungent meal Thursday, infusing the flavor of the tobacco leaf synonymous with Cuba into baked stone bass filets, bread and butter, a rich demi-glace sauce, even ice cream.

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