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Flowers Foods Gets OK for Hostess Bread Brands

July 9, 2013 12:38 pm

Flowers Foods Inc., said late Monday that it has received regulatory approval to acquire the Wonder, Nature's Pride, Merita, Home Pride and Butternut bread brands; 20 bakeries; and 36 depots from Old HB, Inc., formerly known as Hostess Brands.


Immigration Laws in the South Seldom Enforced

July 9, 2013 12:36 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed laws designed to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.


Source of Deadly Listeria Outbreak Unknown

July 9, 2013 12:31 pm

Inspectors haven't yet determined the source of a Midwest listeria outbreak linked to a Wisconsin cheesemaker, the company's president said. Five people in four states — two in Minnesota and one each in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio — were diagnosed as having listeriosis from May 20 through June 17, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Yum’s Challenges in China Ease

July 9, 2013 9:57 am

Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has had a difficult time since late December when a Chinese TV report said some KFC suppliers were giving chickens unapproved levels of antibiotics. It has also dealt with a bird flu scare in the region.


Maine Parents Urge Governor to Sign Anti-BPA Bill

July 9, 2013 9:56 am

A group of Maine parents are calling on Gov. Paul LePage to sign a bill designed to provide information about food packaging that contains the toxic chemical bisphenol-A. The group of parents met at the Capitol's Hall of Flags on Monday morning.


Farmers Worry About Fate of Immigration Bills

July 9, 2013 9:54 am | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

The immigration debate is focused on border security and people in the country illegally, but the nation's farmers are hoping for legislation that makes it easier for them to hire workers. Producers of cherries, apples and other fruits in Michigan say the immigration crackdown is leaving them short of laborers to harvest their crops.


One-Third of Temp Hires Work in Manufacturing

July 9, 2013 9:51 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million — the most on government records dating to 1990. About one-third of temporary workers work in manufacturing. Temps can be found on production lines, repairing machinery and stocking goods in warehouses.


Twinkies to Hit Shelves with Longer Life Span

July 9, 2013 9:49 am

Hostess Brands LLC says the spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45 days when they start hitting shelves again July 15. That's nearly three weeks longer than the 26 days the previous owner had stated as the shelf life for Twinkies.


Maine Moves to Catch Lobster-Processing Market

July 9, 2013 9:40 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

For years, Maine's lobster processing industry was on simmer. But with the help of a glut of the state's signature seafood and a few savvy entrepreneurs who spotted a hole in the market, it's on its way to a rolling boil. Take 24-year-old Kyle Murdock, who decided to stop his studies in physics and math at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts to open Sea Hag Seafood, named after his father's lobster boat.


Photo of the Day: Cornering the Lobster Market

July 9, 2013 9:34 am

Workers shuck cooked lobster meat at the Sea Hag Lobster Processing plant in Tenants Harbor, Maine. New lobster processors are opening in Maine following last year's turbulent lobster season when Canadian fishermen were blocking truckloads of Maine-caught lobster from delivery at processors there.


Consumer Trends: Americans Conflicted About Hot Dogs

July 8, 2013 1:00 pm

A new survey finds Americans need a "wienervention" when it comes to their dysfunctional feelings about franks. While virtually every American has bought a package of hot dogs in the last year, 71 percent don't think those franks are high quality. In addition, 34 percent of parents want to say no when their kids whine for wieners.


Cost of Food Safety Proposals a Concern for Farmers

July 8, 2013 12:28 pm

Expected costs from proposed federal rules to make the nation's food system safer are causing concern among some farmers and state agriculture officials. The legislation is among changes within the FDA aimed at making the nation's food system safer by pinpointing where contamination occurs.


Daily Sound Bite: Nestle Responds to Price-Fixing Probe by Dropping Prices

July 8, 2013 12:25 pm

Nestle SA has agreed to cut the price of its infant formula sold in China amid an investigation in the country into price-fixing by foreign countries. Imported formula can cost significantly more than domestic products, while ongoing Chinese food safety problems leave parents skittish about domestic formula. 


China Probes Packaging Giant Tetra Pak

July 8, 2013 12:25 pm

China's national market regulatory agency says it is investigating possible abuse of market dominance by Switzerland-based food processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak, in a sign that Beijing is widening its scrutiny of operations by foreign companies in China.


Catfish Farmer Learned Through Trial and Error

July 8, 2013 12:23 pm | by SARAH ROBINSON,Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Unlike many Northeast Mississippi farmers, Brent Wedel didn't get into the business because of family ties. And he's not a typical grower, either. Wedel is a catfish farmer. Not growing up in the industry, he learned much of what he knows today through trial and error.


China Takes Aim at Prices of Milk and Medicine

July 8, 2013 12:21 pm | by DIDI TANG,Associated Press

China took aim last week at prices of two high-profile necessities — first baby formula, then medicines — as the country's communist leaders try to contain surging living costs that threaten to inflame political tensions. A probe into possible price-fixing by foreign milk suppliers prompted at least two companies to announce a price cut.


Mo. Company Seeks Horse Slaughter Permit

July 8, 2013 12:18 pm

The owner of a Missouri company seeking to open a horse slaughter facility said he has been working with federal food safety officials to modify equipment at his processing site so the facility can "humanely handle horses." Rains Natural Meats has been working with an equine consultant and the USDA to prepare the company's plant for possible horse slaughter.


India President Approves New Food Subsidy Program

July 8, 2013 10:02 am

The Indian president on Friday approved an ambitious food subsidy program aimed at providing cheap grains to hundreds of millions of poor Indians. The estimated $23 billion Food Security program targets about two-thirds of the country's 1.2 billion people.


Ga. Starbucks Plant on Track for 2014 Completion

July 8, 2013 9:57 am

Company officials say work on a huge new Starbucks Coffee Co. manufacturing plant in Augusta remains on schedule for an early 2014 completion date. Construction of the $172 million facility, which will produce Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, the coffee base for its Frappuccino beverages and many Starbucks ready-to-drink products, began in mid-July 2012.


Nestle Cuts China Baby Formula Prices amid Probe

July 8, 2013 9:55 am

Nestle SA says it will cut infant formula prices in China by an average of 11 percent starting Monday in response to an investigation into alleged price-fixing by several foreign companies. The price cuts by the company's Wyeth Nutrition unit will be maintained through 2014, and the prices of some products will be cut by up to 20 percent.



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