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House GOP Won’t Extend Farm Bill

August 1, 2012 12:52 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press

With Republicans badly split over farm subsidies and cutting food stamps, House GOP leaders yesterday decided to drop plans to extend the current farm program for one year and instead will press for immediate help for drought-stricken livestock producers.

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General Mills Completes Acquisition Of Brazilian Food Maker

August 1, 2012 12:50 pm

General Mills Inc. said Wednesday that it has completed its acquisition of Brazilian food company Yoki Alimentos SA.

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Drought Dragging Down Midwestern Economy

August 1, 2012 12:49 pm

The ongoing drought, combined with global economic turmoil, is hurting business in nine Midwest and Plains states and boosting worries about the possibility of another recession, according to a monthly report released Wednesday.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers More Aware Of Omega-3 Benefits

August 1, 2012 12:46 pm

The number of consumers who perceive omega-3 as a healthy fatty acid rose five points to 84 percent, according to the United Soybean Board's 19th annual Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition survey.

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Burger King Focuses On Overseas

August 1, 2012 9:53 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writer

The home of the Whopper is on a mission: bring more food options to customers and expand overseas. Burger King's plan appears to be working so far, with the casual dining chain's net income surging 60 percent in the second quarter.

Shrimpers Battle Over Turtle Rules

August 1, 2012 9:50 am | by CAIN BURDEAU,Associated Press

Efforts to protect endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico have prompted strenuous complaints from the dwindling fleet of shrimpers blamed for drowning them in their nets, who say their own livelihoods are threatened.

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Gluten-Free: Epidemic Or Fad?

August 1, 2012 9:49 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.

U.S. Manufacturing Stopped Shrinking In July

August 1, 2012 9:46 am

U.S. manufacturing activity likely stopped shrinking in July, a modest improvement from June. Still, consumers and businesses remain cautious and are spending less on factory goods, which likely kept manufacturing from gaining much strength.

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British Booze Recalled For Glass Fragments

August 1, 2012 9:45 am | by The Canadian Press

The Manitoba Liquor Control Commission says it is voluntarily recalling a brand of British booze after finding it contaminated with glass fragments.

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Photo Of The Day: Going Gluten-Free

August 1, 2012 9:43 am

Scientists suggest that there may be more celiac disease today because people eat more processed wheat products than in decades past, which use types of wheat that have a higher gluten content.

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Drought Worsening In South Dakota

July 31, 2012 12:52 pm | by CHET BROKAW,Associated Press

Drought conditions are intensifying in South Dakota and little relief is expected in the next three months, State Climatologist Dennis Todey said Monday.

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Fresh Del Montel 2Q Profit Rises Despite Fewer Banana Sales

July 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Weaker sales of bananas, other produce and prepared foods pulled Del Monte's revenue down in the second quarter, but net income rose 63 percent thanks to lower charges and expenses.

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Whale Activist On The Run Vows To Continue Work

July 31, 2012 12:48 pm

Paul Watson, the fugitive founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd, vowed Tuesday to continue disrupting Japan's whaling fleet when it heads for the southern oceans this winter, despite authorities in at least three countries seeking his arrest.

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AB InBev Revenues Up

July 31, 2012 12:46 pm

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's biggest brewer, says its second-quarter revenues rose by 4.7 percent despite a slight decrease in the volumes of sales.

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Coca-Cola, Will.i.am Take Recycling Upscale

July 31, 2012 12:44 pm

In hopes of giving products made from recycled materials a little more cachet, musician will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Co. are partnering to make a line of clothing and gear called Ekocycle. The idea is to brand recycled products with a hipper image that resonates with young consumers.

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Consumer Trends: Building Trust In Food Labels

July 31, 2012 12:39 pm

A recent survey showed health professionals, scientists, government health and regulatory bodies and health-related associations were the most trusted sources of food product information.

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U.S. Consumer Spending Flat

July 31, 2012 10:11 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

Americans spent no more in June than they did in May, even though their income grew at the fastest pace in three months.

Cantaloupes Recalled For Listeria

July 31, 2012 10:10 am

Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling 580 cases of whole Athena cantaloupes due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria.

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Some Farmers Struggle As Drought Kills Vegetables

July 31, 2012 10:08 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Small fruit and vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest are struggling with unusual heat and a once-in-decades drought.

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Assets From Failed Sweetener Plant To Be Auctioned

July 31, 2012 10:05 am

The bondholder trustee for a failed artificial sweetener facility that was supposed to have brought more than 600 jobs in central Missouri said it will auction off assets this fall because it could not find a buyer for the plant.

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