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Photo Of The Day: Patchwork Of Potato Chips

August 9, 2012 9:42 am

Though thin and flat may be America's general standard — and bestselling variety — of this ubiquitous snack, regional and sometimes hyper-local preferences for different calibers of crunch, thickness, seasonings and endless other elements have created a surprisingly diverse culinary patchwork of chip styles around the country.

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Starbucks To Accept Square Mobile Payments

August 8, 2012 12:56 pm

Starbucks Corp. will soon be the first national chain to let customers pay with Square's mobile payment application.

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Chiquita Seeks New CEO

August 8, 2012 12:54 pm

Chiquita Brands International Inc. said yesterday that it has started a search for a new CEO and began a cost-cutting plan in an effort to turn around results.

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Coca-Cola Bottling 2Q Net Income Falls

August 8, 2012 12:53 pm

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler, reported a dip in its second-quarter profit yesterday.

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World Beer Production Hits New High

August 8, 2012 12:51 pm

A new report says the world's appetite for beer hit a new high last year, with China leading the way.

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Heineken Still Intent On Netting Tiger Beer

August 8, 2012 12:50 pm | by TOBY STERLING,AP Business Writer

Dutch brewer Heineken NV said today it will keep fighting to buy the shares it doesn't already own of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd of Singapore, the owner of Tiger beer, despite efforts to upset the deal by a Thai tycoon.

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Consumer Trends: Opportunities For A ‘Better Burger’

August 8, 2012 12:47 pm

The limited-service burger segment is the largest menu segment by revenue in the restaurant industry. It is driven on one hand by McDonald's, which accounts for half of the segment's business, and on the other hand by a growing number of "better burger" concepts, upscaled fast-casual burger players.

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McDonald's Does Breakfast At Midnight

August 8, 2012 9:54 am

McDonald's says some of its locations are offering items from the breakfast menu — such as Egg McMuffins, Sausage McMuffins and hotcakes — starting at midnight.

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Fewer Trans Fats Cited As Kids' Cholesterol Drops

August 8, 2012 9:52 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Some experts think that while most kids may not be eating less or exercising more, they may be getting fewer trans fats. That's because the artery-clogging ingredient has been removed or reduced in many processed or fried foods such as doughnuts, cookies and french fries.

Beverage Companies Pay Big Money To Conserve Water

August 8, 2012 9:50 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

There is no total available for how much the beverage industry has invested in water conservation projects in the past five years, but experts believe it's more than $500 million dollars.

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Soybean-Sucking Bugs Reach Miss.

August 8, 2012 9:47 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

Kudzu bugs, pea-sized Asian insects with hearty appetites for soybeans as well as the weed they're named after, have hitchhiked from Alabama to western Mississippi. Farmers and entomologists in Arkansas and Louisiana are keeping a wary eye out for an invasion.

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Canadian Lobstermen Protest Cheap Maine Lobster

August 8, 2012 9:45 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Canadian lobstermen set up blockades at factories, and six to eight plants in Atlantic Canada stopped processing operations Tuesday amid intensifying protests demanding that the plants not accept low-priced Maine lobster.

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Photo Of The Day: Spending Millions On Water

August 8, 2012 9:43 am

Beverage companies have been teaming up with environmental groups to preserve and conserve water and watersheds, most recently Dr. Pepper with the Nature Conservancy on watersheds that the company draws on directly for its product.

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Dried Basil Recalled Due To Salmonella

August 7, 2012 12:45 pm | by The Canadian Press

A recall order has been issued for Spice Kingdom brand dried Egyptian Basil due to possible Salmonella contamination.

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Price Hikes Help MillerCoors 2Q Profit

August 7, 2012 12:43 pm

Beer maker MillerCoors said Tuesday that higher prices and cost management helped lift its net income by 10 percent in the second quarter.

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Campbell Completes Acquisition Of Bolthouse Farms

August 7, 2012 12:42 pm

Campbell Soup Company announced it has completed the acquisition of Bolthouse Farms from a fund managed by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, for $1.55 billion in cash.

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Snyder’s-Lance Returns To Profit In 2Q

August 7, 2012 12:39 pm

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. returned to profitability in its second quarter as it faced lower expenses related to the merger of its two businesses.

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USDA: Half Of U.S. Corn In Poor Condition

August 7, 2012 12:37 pm

The USDA says the condition of the country's corn and soybean crops hasn't gotten much worse in the past week but large portions remain in poor shape amid widespread drought.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Concerned About Drought’s Impact

August 7, 2012 12:35 pm

With the recent USDA forecast that food prices will rise throughout the next year due to widespread drought, many Americans report they are concerned about the upcoming high costs.

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New Allergen Labeling Rules Take Effect In Canada

August 7, 2012 10:00 am

New allergen labelling regulations for most foods sold in Canada took effect last Friday.

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