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Calif. Dairies Going Broke Due To Feed, Milk Prices

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.

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$599K Grant Will Kick-Start 3-Year Project

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by KATHERAN WASSON, The State Journal

Kentucky State University received $599,751 last month from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will allow researchers to focus for three years on a project that will turn a former wastewater treatment plant into a "model farm" full of paddlefish, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish.

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CFIA Defends Practices As Recalls Grow

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

An XL Foods plant southeast of Calgary has had its operating license temporarily suspended and several products have been recalled for fear of E. coli contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says further recalls are likely in the days ahead.

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Hershey: We're A Knowledge Company, Not Candy Firm

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by DAVID WENNER, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

It might come as a surprise to hear J.P. Bilbrey, CEO of The Hershey Co., explain that Hershey is no longer a candy company. It's a "knowledge" company that makes candy. That self-view is a key part of Hershey's strategy for growth, both in and outside North America.

Drought Impact Estimated At $128M For Ark. Ranchers

September 28, 2012 12:46 pm

The study released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says some ranchers sold off their herds because they couldn't afford to feed their animals. The $128 million figure is a conservative one that assesses only costs to ranchers, according to the study's authors, Michael Popp and Nathan Kemper.

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SD Beef Plant May Conduct Test Slaughter Soon

September 28, 2012 12:45 pm

A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant is ready for a test run, an indication it is making progress toward opening. Aberdeen city officials have issued Northern Beef Packers a temporary certificate of occupancy, which will allow the plant to slaughter up to five cattle to test its equipment.

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NY To Host Beer, Wine Summit

September 28, 2012 12:43 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called for a "summit" to boost the beer and wine industries in New York just months after he began a similar event to try to make the state the nation's largest producer of Greek-style yogurt. "The yogurt summit worked very, very well," Cuomo said. He said the beer and wine summit in late October will be patterned after it.

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Dean’s Possible Sale Of Morningstar Gets Mixed Views

September 28, 2012 12:42 pm

If Deans Food Co.'s sale of its Morningstar dairy business goes through, shareholders could benefit, one analyst said. That's if the deal is even possible. Another analyst thinks the milk company will have a difficult time finding a buyer.

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XL Foods Shut Down Amid E. Coli Outbreak

September 28, 2012 12:40 pm | by CHARMAINE NORONHA,Associated Press

Food safety officials in Ottawa say the Alberta facility at the centre of a massive beef recall won't resume operations until it has taken the steps necessary to ensure its products are free of E. coli. XL Foods Inc., in Brooks, Alta., has had its operating licence temporarily suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Are ‘Value Seekers’

September 28, 2012 12:39 pm

More Americans than ever are choosing natural foods according to the fifth annual Whole Foods Market® Food Shopping Trend Tracker Survey. The research revealed that nearly three out of four Americans don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy regardless of current food prices and nearly two-thirds describe themselves as "value seekers" when it comes to grocery shopping.

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Idaho Dairy Farmers Failed To Win Farm Bill Vote

September 28, 2012 10:04 am | by JOHN MILLER,Associated Press

Idaho's $2 billion milk industry failed to convince Congress this month to pass the new federal farm bill and its provisions to help dairies mitigate rising grain costs and volatile markets that have pushed them to three quarters of losses.

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Emerging Markets Boost McCormick 3Q

September 28, 2012 10:03 am

Emerging markets are adding spice to McCormick & Co.'s business. Increasing consumer demand in China, along with recent deals in India and Poland, helped the lifted spices, seasonings and condiments maker's third-quarter profit 13 percent, despite higher costs.

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Fight Over Canola Pits Biofuels Against Organic Foods

September 28, 2012 10:01 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

Seed farmers fear canola would cross-pollinate with their plants, destroying the value of the pure seeds they produce. They're joined in their fight by organic-food lovers, small-farm advocates and opponents of genetically modified crops.

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Heineken Clinches Tiger Beer

September 28, 2012 9:59 am | by TOBY STERLING,AP Business Writer

Heineken NV is spending another €3.2 billion ($4.0 billion) to gain control over the Tiger beer brand as part of a strategy to significantly expand its operations in Asia. Shareholders of Singapore-based conglomerate Fraser & Neave agreed Friday to sell their 39.7 percent stake in Asian Pacific Breweries, the owner of Tiger and other popular Asian brands, to Heineken.

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Canadian Beef Recall Extended To 30 U.S. States

September 28, 2012 9:57 am | by The Canadian Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its public health alert about beef from an Alberta plant to stores in 30 states, including retail giant Walmart. The alert means XL Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling beef products from these stores over concerns about possible E. coli contamination.

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Photo Of The Day: A Slick Argument

September 28, 2012 9:55 am

In this Feb. 1, 2012 photo, a machine crushes canola and soy to make biofuel and/or food grade canola oil Willamette Biomass Processors plant in Rickreall, Ore. Some farmers want to grow more canola because it's a profitable alternative to grass seed and wheat. But other farmers who grow specialty vegetable seeds worry about contamination from canola.

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New Channel On McDonald’s Menu

September 27, 2012 12:48 pm | by LYNN ELBER,AP Television Writer

The question of the moment at 700 pioneering McDonald's restaurants: You want TV with those fries? Not just any television, but the custom-made M Channel, formulated and tested with the same attention to detail that made Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets cultural icons.

Ralcorp May Sell Remaining Stake In Post

September 27, 2012 12:45 pm

Private-label food producer Ralcorp is considering selling its remaining stake in its Post cereal business. Ralcorp Holdings Inc. completed a spinoff of Post Holdings Inc. earlier this year so that it could focus on its private-label foods business. Ralcorp has since acquired a string of smaller companies in an effort to build that core business.

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Drought Maintains Grip On U.S.

September 27, 2012 12:44 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

The nation's worst drought in decades consumed a larger portion of the lower 48 states last week with the Midwest corn harvest in full swing, according to the latest update by a drought-tracking consortium released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor's new map shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday, creeping up from 64.8 percent a week earlier.

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Czechs To Ease Ban On Spirit Sales

September 27, 2012 12:42 pm

The Czech prime minister says his government will ease a ban on the sales of spirits that was adopted because of methanol poisoning that has killed 26 people. Petr Necas says hard liquor that was produced before Jan. 1 is considered safe and can be sold again starting Thursday.

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