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PepsiCo Says It Doesn’t Need a Big Acquisition

March 22, 2013 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. issued a statement Friday saying it doesn't see the need for any major acquisitions after a newspaper report suggested activist investor Nelson Peltz could push for a merger between the snack-and-soda giant and Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International.

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Ore. Lawmakers Weigh GMO Bills

March 22, 2013 12:16 pm | by LAUREN GAMBINO,Associated Press

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on several bills to require labels on genetically modified food and prohibit importing genetically modified fish. Supporters say consumers should know what kind of food they are buying at the grocery store, and genetically engineered fish threaten Oregon's native fish.

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Consumer Trends: Canada Sets Stage for Barley

March 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Canada's third largest crop, barley received approval from Health Canada for a new food claim which concluded that daily consumption of barley helps to reduce blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease.

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16K Pigs Pulled from Rivers Feeding Shanghai

March 22, 2013 9:41 am

The number of dead pigs recovered in the last two weeks from rivers that supply water to Shanghai has risen to more than 16,000. The government in China's financial hub said Thursday that 10,570 carcasses have been pulled from its Huangpu river. That is in addition to 5,528 pigs plucked from upstream tributaries in the Jiaxing area of Zhejiang province.

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Wine-Bottle Maker Rises from the Ashes

March 22, 2013 9:39 am | by DANA TIMS,The Oregonian

Bennu Glass officials are excited about their growth prospects, in large part because of ongoing demand for wine bottles generated by expanding West Coast wineries. But what's amazing is that Bennu is operating at all. The factory, originally built in 2007 for Pennsylvania-based Cameron Family Glass Packaging, suffered a near-fatal setback after a furnace leak in January 2009.

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Pepsi Rolls Out New Bottle Shape

March 22, 2013 9:36 am

Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 20-ounce bottle for the first time in about 17 years. The new bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier to grip, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed.

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Coca-Cola To Cut 750 U.S. Jobs

March 22, 2013 9:34 am

Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business. The world's biggest beverage maker says the jobs cuts will be across the board and that affected individuals will be notified in coming weeks. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of the company's workforce of 75,000 in North America.

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NM Slaughterhouse Worker Films Himself Fatally Shooting a Horse

March 22, 2013 9:31 am

An employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse has posted a video online showing him fatally shooting a horse in the head. That has sparked outrage among animal activists and led to death-threat calls to the Roswell meat company, which is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get a horse slaughter plant in the area.

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Photo of the Day: Pepsi's New Shape

March 22, 2013 9:30 am

Pepsi's new 20-ounce bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier for holding, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed. The change follows a number of splashy moves in the past year by PepsiCo to improve results for its namesake soda, including a multiyear deal to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and a wide-ranging deal with the pop star Beyonce.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat Inspection Spared in Budget Cuts

March 21, 2013 12:33 pm

USDA meat inspectors were saved from furloughs as after across-the-board budget cuts are being set in motion in the wake of the sequester debacle. Continued meat inspection was one of a few adjustments made before the cuts go into full effect.

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‘Marmageddon’ Over as Sandwich Spread Returns

March 21, 2013 12:24 pm

New Zealand's sticky black sandwich spread is finally back on breakfast tables after fans suffered through a year of what they called Marmageddon. Supermarkets began selling Marmite again Wednesday for the first time since March 2012, when supplies ran out. A series of earthquakes in the city of Christchurch forced manufacturer Sanitarium to close the only factory that made New Zealand's version of the yeast-extract product.

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Activists Seek Charges Against Japanese Whalers

March 21, 2013 12:23 pm | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

Sea Shepherd wants Dutch authorities to prosecute Japanese whalers for piracy for allegedly attacking the radical conservationist group's ships in Antarctic waters, a lawyer said Thursday. Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld filed a criminal complaint with Dutch environmental prosecutors accusing the crew of the Nisshin Maru whaling ship of deliberately ramming Sea Shepherd's ships in February.

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Starbucks Expands Loyalty Program to Supermarkets

March 21, 2013 12:21 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is offering a novel perk to get more people to sign up for its loyalty program: letting members earn points when they buy bags of its coffee at supermarkets. The Seattle-based company said at its annual meeting Wednesday that the new perk will roll out in May.

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U.S. Unemployment Average Hits 5-Year Low

March 21, 2013 12:20 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose just 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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Montana Considers Allowing Roadkill for Dinner

March 21, 2013 12:17 pm | by KATHRYN HAAKE,Associated Press

Elk, deer, antelope and moose: If Montana residents can scrape it up, they can eat it. State lawmakers are poised to say just that after the Senate gave its initial backing Wednesday to a bill that would allow people to salvage roadkill for food. The measure is now a final vote from heading to Gov. Steve Bullock.

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Consumer Trends: Young Americans Key in Ethnic Foods Market

March 21, 2013 12:00 pm

Young Americans and those with children like to spice things up in the kitchen, according to new research from Mintel on the ethnic foods market. Some nine in 10 adults aged 25-to-34-years-old say they prepared ethnic food at home in the past month versus only 68% of those 65+. In addition, 91% of Americans with children under the age of 18 in the home cooked ethnic food compared to 78% of those without children.

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Fla. Craft Distillers Bill Moves Forward

March 21, 2013 9:44 am

A bill that would allow Florida's craft distillers to sell their products on site is finally moving after a bottle limit was significantly reduced. The House Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee approved the bill (HB 347) Wednesday after its sponsor amended it to reduce the number of bottles each customer can buy from 24 to 2.

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6 U.S. School Districts Form Food Alliance

March 21, 2013 9:42 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS,Associated Press

Urban school districts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas announced Wednesday they are joining forces to coordinate school lunch planning in an attempt to keep costs down while providing healthful food choices. The districts also will work together to purchase items like biodegradable trays in bulk, New York City Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said.

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McDonald’s Adds Chicken McWrap to Core Menu

March 21, 2013 9:41 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's is adding a permanent new offering to its menu: chicken McWraps. The world's biggest hamburger chain says the new sandwich wrap will come in three varieties — Chicken & Bacon, Sweet Chili Chicken and Chicken & Ranch. The company already offers similar wraps in other parts of the world, including Europe.

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St. Louis Company Plans To Build 5 Breweries

March 21, 2013 9:39 am

A St. Louis-based company is planning to build five breweries over the next five years for craft beer production. Brew Hub LLC said Tuesday that its first brewery is planned in Lakeland, Fla. The company is also evaluating locations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Texas and the West Coast for what it calls "partner brewing."

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