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UN: Egypt's Foot-And-Mouth Disease Could Spread

March 22, 2012 1:23 pm

A U.N. agency is warning that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Egypt could spread and threaten livestock in North Africa and the Middle East, leading to possible food shortages.

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Conn. Backs Labels For GM Food

March 22, 2012 1:22 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER,Associated Press

Connecticut took the first step requiring producers to label genetically modified food Wednesday, as a legislative committee overwhelmingly backed a measure promoted as giving consumers more information while avoiding the debate over health concerns.

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Strawberry Pesticide Pulled From U.S.

March 22, 2012 1:20 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

A pesticide used primarily in the strawberry industry is being pulled from the U.S. market by its Japanese manufacturer, a surprising move that comes after harsh criticism from environmentalists and farmworkers who claim the chemical is toxic and may cause cancer.

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Pork Producers: Consumers Will Pay For Spacious Pens

March 22, 2012 1:18 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

As pork producers build new barns and retrofit old ones to give hogs more space, they say consumers opposed to keeping pregnant sows in tight cages can expect to pay for their clearer consciences with higher food prices.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Open To Purchasing Wine From Various Countries

March 22, 2012 1:13 pm

While wine drinking is not linked as closely to American dining and culture as it is with that of some European nations, most Americans buy and drink wine — only 38% say they never buy a bottle of wine. 

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McDonald's CEO To Retire

March 22, 2012 10:22 am

McDonald's Corp. said Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner will retire later this year, handing over the responsibility of running the world's largest burger chain to the company's president.

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Store Brands Move To Premium Shelves

March 22, 2012 10:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Once stigmatized as a second-rate alternative, store brands are taking on their name-brand counterparts with splashier packaging and a growing number of organic, all-natural and higher-end products.

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Bagel Guru Murray Lender Dies

March 22, 2012 10:18 am | by DAVE COLLINS,Associated Press

Lender's father, Harry Lender, founded Lender's Bagels in New Haven in 1927. After Harry Lender died in 1960, his sons Murray and Sam ran the company and oversaw its expansion. Lender's Bagels was sold to Kraft Foods in 1984. It's now owned by Pinnacle Foods Group.

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Starbucks Opening Georgia Plant

March 22, 2012 10:15 am

Starbucks is building a new plant in Georgia that will make its Via instant coffee and ingredients for Frappucinos sold both in Starbucks outlets and in grocery stores.

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National Grocers Stop Buying 'Pink Slime'

March 22, 2012 10:12 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer

Supervalu Inc. — which operates owns stores under the Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's/Star Market, Shop 'n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy banners — said Wednesday that customer concern prompted it to stop carrying products containing the filler.

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Photo Of The Day: Honoring A Bagel Legend

March 22, 2012 10:10 am

Murray Lender, who helped turn his father's small Connecticut bakery into a national company that introduced bagels to many Americans for the first time, has died in Florida. He was 81.

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Conn. Committee Passes Sunday Liquor Sales Bill

March 21, 2012 12:50 pm | by SHANNON YOUNG,Associated Press

The legislature's Committee on General Law voted 15-3 in favor of the proposal, but the modified bill eliminates the governor's recommendations to allow convenience stores to sell beer, extend restaurant hours and increase package store hours until 10 p.m.

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Krispy Kreme Posts 4Q Profit

March 21, 2012 12:48 pm

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. delivered some tasty news to investors on Tuesday as it moved to a fourth-quarter profit.

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McDonald's Removing Foam Cups From 2,000 Restaurants

March 21, 2012 12:43 pm

In response to a 2011 shareholder resolution filed by shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow, McDonald's Corp. recently confirmed that it is taking a major step toward possible phase-out of polystyrene foam beverage cups.

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Starbucks And Green Mountain Extend Partnership

March 21, 2012 12:40 pm

Starbucks Coffee Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. are expanding their partnership to make, market, distribute and sell Starbucks' Vue coffee packs for use in Green Mountain's Keurig Vue single-cup machines.

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Kraft Foods Renames Snacks Company Mondelez

March 21, 2012 12:38 pm

Kraft Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that its new global snacks company will be named Mondelez International Inc. Mondelez was inspired by the suggestions of two Kraft employees. It is intended to evoke the idea of a "delicious world" as "monde" is derived from the Latin word for "world" and "delez" as an expression of "delicious."

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Consumer Trends: Pecans As A Healthy Snack

March 21, 2012 12:33 pm

 April is National Pecan Month, and the National Pecan Shellers Association shows consumers how to incorporate pecans into healthy snacks. 

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Farmers Plant Spring Wheat In Warm Weather

March 21, 2012 10:04 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Some farmers began planting their spring wheat as early as St. Patrick's Day thanks to unusually warm weather.

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General Mills 3Q Profit Falls

March 21, 2012 10:01 am

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Natural Valley granola bars and Hamburger Helper remains one of the most popular food brands in grocery stores. But like most of its peers, it has struggled with higher costs for everything from ingredients to labor and has raised its prices to help alleviate some of the pressure.

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TreeHouse Foods Acquires Naturally Fresh

March 21, 2012 9:59 am

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Naturally Fresh, Inc., a privately owned Atlanta, Ga.-based maker of refrigerated dressings, sauces, marinades, dips and specialty items.

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