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Agencies Say Campbell Deal May Lead To Downgrade

July 10, 2012 8:13 am | by The Associated Press

Campbell Soup Co. may face some credit rating downgrades as a result of its plans to acquire natural-food maker Bolthouse Farms.

Planned Carp-Processing Plant Gets State Help

July 10, 2012 7:52 am

Developers hoping to build an Asian carp processing plant in the Mississippi River town of Grafton could soon get help from taxpayers.

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Sector Snap: Food producers Fall On Corn Concerns

July 10, 2012 7:50 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of a number of food producers fell in trading Monday as concern grew about how corn costs may weigh on the companies.

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USDA Reports Corn In 18 States Hurt By Drought

July 10, 2012 7:46 am

Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop.

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Whaling Meeting Ends With Mixed Results

July 9, 2012 1:02 pm

The International Whaling Commission ended its annual meeting on Friday amid dissatisfaction from a variety of members, including Japan, which sought permission for coastal communities to carry out small-scale whaling.

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Smithfield Foods To Open Restaurant

July 9, 2012 1:01 pm

The Smithfield, Va.-based company plans to open the Taste of Smithfield restaurant on Tuesday. Customers can buy salads and sandwiches made with Smithfield pork products as well as ribs and burgers.

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Ocean Acidity Threatens Seafood Security

July 9, 2012 12:59 pm | by KRISTEN GELINEAU,Associated Press

Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, and the potential impact of all of this is huge because seafood is the primary source of protein for many people around the world.

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IDFA Wants Limits On Milk Supply Removed From Farm Bill

July 9, 2012 12:56 pm

The stabilization program will hamstring a growing dairy export business, discourage investment into processing facilities and ultimately hurt new or expanding dairy farms by limiting increased demand for more milk production, says the International Dairy Foods Association.

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Heinz CEO’s Pay Drops 8 Percent

July 9, 2012 12:53 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Writer

H.J. Heinz Co., the world's biggest ketchup maker, says it gave its CEO a pay package worth $14.4 million in its fiscal 2012, down 8 percent from last year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

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Consumer Trends: Rise Of The Millennials

July 9, 2012 12:51 pm

Over the next decade the baton will be passed from one mega-generation to another as Millennials come of age and Baby Boomers enter the next phase of their lives and spending patterns. As a result, established food brands and traditional grocery stores will be pressured at both ends by sets of consumers with very different value equations.

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Farming Parody Video Goes Viral

July 9, 2012 10:12 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

Peterson said the brothers aimed the video at their city friends on Facebook because they "hardly knew anything about the farm." They ended up educating the world. "I'm Farming and I Grow It" video has become an Internet sensation with more than 3.2 million views since it was posted June 25 on YouTube.

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Wash. Wineries Hope Gallo Will Lift Industry

July 9, 2012 10:08 am | by MAI HOANG,Yakima Herald-Republic

Washington wineries are hopeful that the recent acquisition of Washington brands Columbia Winery and Covey Run Winery by Modesto, Calif.-based E. J. Gallo Winery, the world's largest privately owned wine company, will boost the state's industry.

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Campbell Soup To Buy Juice Maker For $1.55B

July 9, 2012 10:05 am

Campbell Soup Co. is buying carrot and juice maker Bolthouse Farms for $1.55 billion in cash as it seeks to bolster its struggling business with fresher offerings.

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PepsiCo Enters Yogurt Market

July 9, 2012 10:03 am

PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out its first yogurt in the U.S., as the company known for its sodas and Frito-Lay snacks continues bulking up its cupboard of offerings with a more nutritious appeal.

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324K Pounds Of Meat Recalled For Bacteria Contamination

July 9, 2012 10:00 am

A southern New Jersey-based meat company has recalled more than 324,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to a possible bacteria contamination.

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Photo Of The Day: Sugar Rush

July 9, 2012 9:56 am

With New York Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial proposition to ban 16 oz. sodas, many have begun to question the true effects of soda on one’s health. The following infographic examines some of the facts and figures that go along with soda consumption, and might make you think twice before you pop the tab on that can of cola.

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U.S. Objects To South Korean Whaling Plan

July 6, 2012 10:02 am

A number of countries assert their right to carry out whaling for scientific purposes, although the whale meat and other products are often sold for food, leading environmental groups to label the research as a pretext for hunting.

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House Seeks To Cut Food Stamps, Farm Subsidies

July 6, 2012 9:59 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday unveiled its approach for a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by $3.5 billion a year, almost half of that coming from cuts in the federal food stamp program.

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Scientists Develop Foot-And-Mouth Disease Vaccine

July 6, 2012 9:57 am

At the high-containment Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located off the tip of Long Island, N.Y., scientists have produced a molecular vaccine against one strain of foot-and-mouth disease.

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Wis. Food Plant Lays Off 50 Workers

July 6, 2012 9:53 am

Provimi Foods is laying off 50 workers at a plant in the town of Seymour, Wis., near Green Bay.

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