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Consumer Trends: Family-Style Dining

March 19, 2013 12:00 pm

Family dining occasions are naturally a trademark of the family-style segment; in fact, nearly half of parents polled by Technomic (49 percent) visit family-style restaurants at least once a week. Even though parents and kids may be the primary target audience for family-style restaurants, opportunities exist to boost traffic and sales from other groups, including younger Millennial and Hispanic consumers.


Man Behind Iconic Anheuser-Busch Ads Dies

March 19, 2013 9:41 am | by JIM SALTER,Associated Press

Michael Roarty, the marketing executive behind many of the iconic advertising campaigns that turned Anheuser-Busch into a beer industry superpower, has died. He was 84. The brewery and the funeral home handling arrangements confirmed that Roarty died Saturday from a heart attack suffered a day earlier at his home in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country.


Burger King To Offer Turkey Burger

March 19, 2013 9:39 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If you think a Whopper's too indulgent but are sick of chicken sandwiches, Burger King is offering a turkey burger for the first time. The Miami-based company is rolling out the new sandwich this week as part of its limited-time offers for spring, marking the latest fast-food effort to cater to health-conscious diners.


Afraid of Toxins, Vietnamese Avoid Chinese Fruit

March 19, 2013 9:37 am | by CHRIS BRUMMITT,Associated Press

While fears about the safety of Chinese food products are often well founded, in Vietnam they are so tangled up with anti-Chinese sentiment it is hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. More than 1,000 years of occupation, a bloody border war in 1979 and renewed assertiveness by China in pushing territorial claims in the South China Sea mean that tales of Chinese perfidy find fertile soil in which to grow.


Coca-Cola Introduces ‘Fruitwater’

March 19, 2013 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola is taking bottled water and doing what it does best — giving it some bubbles and flavor. The Atlanta-based company confirmed Monday that it would introduce a line of zero-calorie, carbonated, fruit-flavored waters called "Fruitwater" starting April 1. The drink will be part of Coca-Cola's Glaceau unit, which makes other pricier bottled waters such as Vitaminwater and Smartwater.


Laws Seek to End Animal Abuse Videos

March 19, 2013 9:32 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

In a pushback led by the meat and poultry industries, state legislators across the U.S. are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases. Some bills make it illegal to take photographs at a farming operation. Others make it a crime for someone such as an animal welfare advocate to lie on an application to get a job at a plant.


Photo of the Day: Fruit Fears

March 19, 2013 9:30 am

Rumors hit the Internet and state-run media that Chinese fruit on sale in Vietnam might look good, but it contains deadly levels of preservatives and pesticides. Shoppers quickly stopped buying imported fruit altogether, believing it all tainted or falsely labeled.


More Than 12K Pigs Pulled from Shanghai River

March 18, 2013 12:11 pm

The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China's financial hub of Shanghai has reached 12,566. Authorities in Shanghai plucked 611 dead pig carcasses Saturday from Huangpu river, which provides drinking water to the city's 23 million residents. In total, 8,965 dead pigs have been found in the river since March 8.


AB InBev: Progress in Talks with U.S. on Deal

March 18, 2013 12:08 pm

Beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev says there has been substantial progress toward a resolution of the U.S. Justice Department's legal challenge to the company's $20.1 billion deal to buy Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The companies and the government have asked a federal court to extend a halt to legal activity in the case from March 19 to April 9, giving the two sides more time to talk.


Kern’s Kitchen Sues over Pie Trademark

March 18, 2013 12:06 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

There's nothing like Derby Pie — and Kern's Kitchen is willing to fight in court to prove that. The Louisville-based company which makes the chocolate-nut pie sued Claudia Sanders Dinner Houses over the use of the name. The suit against the Shelbyville landmark seeks an order stopping the restaurant from using the term "Derby Pie" and more than $335,000 in damages.


$50M Dairy Plant Planned for Va.

March 18, 2013 12:04 pm

One of the largest family-owned-and-operated dairies in the U.S. plans to build a $50 million dairy manufacturing facility in Augusta County. Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Shamrock Farms project will create 60 jobs. The 130,000-square-foot facility will produce products including a new line of protein-fortified milk designed for muscle building and recovery.


Radioactive Fish Found Near Fukushima

March 18, 2013 12:03 pm

The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant. That's 7,400 times the government limit for safe human consumption.


Consumer Trends: Healthy Beverage Trends

March 18, 2013 12:00 pm

The experts behind Healthy Beverage Expo are naming some of the top "well drink" trends for 2013-2014. The list includes more function in functional beverages; better sweetened beverages; healthy alcohol-based beverages; healthy drinks for the under-18 set; gastronomically seasoned beverages; better tasting and healthy ready-to-drink coffees; and simple lemonade drinks.


Daily Sound Bite: Smithfield to Shutter Packing Plant

March 18, 2013 10:24 am

As Smithfield Foods consolidates operations, the company is closing Smithfield Packing Co. in Landover, Md. The plant currently employs 175 workers, some of whom will be transferred to other packing facilities in the area. The company will move it's bone-in ham production to other states.


Pinnacle Foods Aims to Raise $551M in IPO

March 18, 2013 9:37 am

Pinnacle Foods, which makes Birds Eye frozen foods and a host of other packaged food brands, says it plans raise about $551 million in its initial public offering. The Parsippany, N.J.-based company expects to sell 29 million shares at between $18 and $20 per share, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Judge Awards $208K in Fees in Ky. Liquor Fight

March 18, 2013 9:36 am

A federal judge has awarded attorneys for a group of stores in Kentucky $208,000 in fees in an ongoing battle over the state's ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II also granted attorneys for Maxwell's Pic-Pac, and the Food with Wine Coalition $11,000 in costs related to the litigation.


$1M Pilot Project Aims to Take Out Feral Pigs

March 18, 2013 9:35 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three quarters of the U.S. and are responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year. Most worrisome is their ability to learn from each encounter with a frustrated human.


Smithfield Foods Subsidiary Shutting Down Plant

March 18, 2013 9:33 am

A Smithfield Foods subsidiary plans to close its Landover, Md., plant by early fall as it consolidates operations. The company said Friday that some of the plant's 175 workers will be offered transfers to other Smithfield Packing Co. plants. Smithfield also said that it will negotiate with United Food and Commercial Workers union officials about other possible opportunities for employees.


Ore. Bill Would Phase Out Chemicals Toxic to Kids

March 18, 2013 9:31 am | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer

A bill before the Legislature would set up a state database to track the use of 19 chemicals in manufactured products shown to be harmful to children, and work with manufacturers to phase out use of the chemicals over five years. The bi-partisan bill is patterned after a law in Washington state.


Photo of the Day: Ousting the Pigs

March 18, 2013 9:29 am

The USDA has teamed up with the state of New Mexico and others as part of a $1 million pilot project to eradicate pigs from the state. Nationally, federal officials say the feral pig population has ballooned to an estimated 5 million.



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