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6 Die From Tainted Pickles In Japan

August 20, 2012 9:45 am

Health officials say six people have died and at least 100 others have been sickened by pickles contaminated with E. coli bacteria in northern Japan. The officials in Hokkaido said Saturday that the pickled Chinese cabbage was made by two local producers and sold across the prefecture. The first reports of illness occurred about 10 days ago.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought Hits Ranchers Hard

August 20, 2012 9:41 am

Due to the summer's record drought and heat, Todd Eggerling's cattle operation is in bad shape. Eggerling would normally graze his 100 head of cattle through September, but the drought has left his pastureland barren. He's begun using hay he had planned to set aside for next year's cattle, and is facing the reality that he will have to sell the cattle for slaughter early at a loss.

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J.M. Smucker Beats Wall Street Expectations

August 17, 2012 12:38 pm

J.M. Smucker's fiscal first-quarter net income declined slightly as the food company faced higher expenses and continued to deal with rising commodity costs. But its adjusted results and revenue topped Wall Street expectations. J.M. Smucker Co. earned $110.9 million, or $1 per share, for the three months ended July 31. That compares with $111.5 million, or 98 cents per share, a year ago.

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Duck Farm Uses Waste To Create Methane

August 17, 2012 12:35 pm | by TIM VANDENACK,The Elkhart Truth

Culver Duck Farms is taking the move toward use of renewable energy resources a step further — it plans to use the duck parts that don't make it to the dinner plate to help power the facility. Duck offal would be put into what's called an anaerobic digester to produce methane, making Culver Duck one of a select group of ag operations nationwide using such technology.

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Buyer Pays $13M For Closed Indiana Food Plant

August 17, 2012 12:33 pm

A food-processing company from Ohio is buying an eastern Indiana plant where an organic food company had planned to have 1,000 workers before shutting down last year.Wayne County attorney Ron Cross says Sugar Creek Packing Co.'s $13 million bid was the only one submitted for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court sale of the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City.

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Weddings Tap Craft Beer Craze

August 17, 2012 12:31 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

You may now chug with the bride.Toasting the bride and groom with Champagne is de rigueur. But recently, couples hip (or is that hops?) to craft beers are shaking up the wedding reception scene by insisting on serving the brews they love on their big day, everything from local ales to home brews concocted by the bride and groom.

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Government Cracks Down On Jobs Bias

August 17, 2012 12:29 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces the nation's workplace anti-discrimination laws, hopes that larger settlements that generate widespread publicity will send a strong message to employers about complying with the law. Last year, for example, Pepsi Beverages Co. paid $3.1 million to settle allegations it used background checks to screen out more than 300 black job applicants.

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Consumer Trends: Food Manufacturers Harness Social Networking

August 17, 2012 12:24 pm

Social media has changed how brands engage with consumers, and a management briefing looks at how manufacturers and retailers are using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.The four-part briefing includes analysis on why social media is now an integral part of marketing strategies, the potential of using networks to enhance brand communication but also the challenges manufacturers and retailers face.

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Powder-Solutions Group Expands Minn. Facility

August 17, 2012 11:13 am

Powder-Solutions Group has expanded its corporate office building to make room for more employees, to free valuable warehouse space necessary for shipping, and to expand space for inventory of spare parts, the company has announced. The company says the expansion has come at a time of growing demands in the bulk powder handling industry, which has required them to accommodate their space accordingly.

Coca-Cola Bottling Execs Switch Roles

August 17, 2012 10:13 am

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler, said Thursday that its board named Henry Flint as president and chief operating officer and William Elmore as board vice chairman, effectively switching the roles of the two men.Coca-Cola Bottling said the moves are the result of a planned succession process.Coca-Cola Bottling shares fell 19 cents to $65.88 in afternoon trading.

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Drought May Play Role In Anthrax Cases

August 17, 2012 10:10 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States.Anthrax outbreaks happen occasionally in livestock herds and wild animals in the U.S., usually west of the Mississippi River. More than 60 cows on three Colorado ranches and nearly 50 sheep from a Texas herd have died so far.

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Michael Phelps Is Back On The Wheaties Box

August 17, 2012 10:07 am

With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions.General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.The limited-edition boxes will be available nationally starting next month.

Hostess Workers To Vote On Final Contract Offer

August 17, 2012 10:05 am

A union representing workers at Hostess Brands Inc. is advising members that rejecting the company's final contract offer could result in the loss of their jobs.Hostess, which makes Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other brands, has been negotiating with workers about a new contract as it seeks to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's "Last, Best and Final Offer" was presented over the weekend.

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Woman Sues ConAgra For False Advertising

August 17, 2012 10:03 am | by MARGERY A. BECK,Associated Press

A Nebraska woman has filed a false advertising lawsuit against ConAgra Foods, accusing the packaged food company of intentionally misrepresenting its Parkay Spray butter substitute as fat-free and calorie-free.The lawsuit filed by Pamela Trewhitt, of Gretna, Monday in Omaha's federal court seeks class-action status to represent thousands of people it says have been deceived by the company's product labeling.

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Photo Of The Day: Gold-Medal Cereal

August 17, 2012 10:01 am

General Mills has unveiled a limited-edition box of Wheaties featuring Michael Phelps.With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions. General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.

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Heineken To Take Over Distribution Of Strongbow Cider

August 16, 2012 12:52 pm

Heineken USA said yesterday that it will take over the U.S. distribution of a cider that is owned by its parent company.

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New York Looks To Capitalize On Greek Yogurt Craze

August 16, 2012 12:50 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

New York officials promised Wednesday to try to cut regulations and costs for farmers and producers to capitalize on a national boom in Greek-style yogurt.

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Anthrax Outbreak Strikes Colorado Cattle

August 16, 2012 12:49 pm

Two more cows have died from anthrax exposure in northeast Colorado, expanding the first outbreak of the disease in the state in 31 years to three ranches.

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PepsiCo Creates New Role In Beverage Unit

August 16, 2012 12:47 pm

PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday that it will create a new position to oversee its Gatorade and Tropicana brands in North America, marking the company's latest push to build up its core brands.

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Fishing Company Faces $3M In Fines For Dumping Oil Waste

August 16, 2012 12:45 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press

A federal jury yesterday convicted a New Zealand fishing company of dumping oil waste into U.S. waters outside American Samoa and of falsifying records.

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