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A Feast Of Food History

November 9, 2012 1:05 pm

The Smithsonian's first major exhibition on food history explores some of the major changes in food and eating in postwar America. Among the topics on the 3,800-square-foot exhibition's menu are changes in food production and processing, in who cooks and why, where and when meals are consumed and what people know (or think they know) about what is good for them.

Franklin Foods To Open Cream Cheese Plant

November 9, 2012 1:02 pm

A fast-growing cream cheese company is opening up a Casa Grande plant. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the Delray Beach, Fla.-based Franklin Foods is opening up its second company manufacturing facility and production is expected to begin in early 2013.

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Drought Worsens In Kansas, Oklahoma

November 9, 2012 1:00 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The worst U.S. drought in decades got worse in parts of the nation's midsection, further frustrating ranchers and growers of winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma, a drought-tracking consortium's update showed Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest map showed that 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states was experiencing some degree of drought as of Tuesday.

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Snyder’s-Lance Shares Fall On Weak Revenue

November 9, 2012 12:58 pm

Snyder's-Lance Inc.'s shares fell Wednesday after the food maker's third-quarter revenue fell short of analyst estimates. The company, based in Charlotte, N.C., makes snack foods such as Cape Cod chips and Snyder's of Hanover pretzels. Snyder's earned $17.8 million, or 26 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 29.

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Superhuman Workplace May Pose Risks

November 9, 2012 12:55 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press

Academics from Britain's leading institutions say attention needs to be focused on the consequences of technology which may one day allow — or compel — humans to work better, longer and harder. Here's their list of upgrades that might make their way to campuses and cubicles in the next decade.

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Consumer Trends: Thanksgiving Too Pricey For Some

November 9, 2012 12:50 pm

While Thanksgiving meals are without a doubt delicious, the cost of serving them can leave a bad taste in the host's mouth. A new survey finds that more than one-in-ten (12 percent) have said "no" to hosting a Thanksgiving dinner in the past because of the cost.

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Nestle Recalls Nesquik Sold Across U.S.

November 9, 2012 9:44 am

Nestle USA is recalling some of its Nesquik chocolate powder because of a possible salmonella risk. The food maker said Thursday that the Nesquik involved was in 10.9-, 21.8- and 40.7-ounce canisters produced in early October and sold at retailers across the country.

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Judge Urged To Approve BP Settlement

November 9, 2012 9:42 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge Thursday to give his final approval to a class-action settlement. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments from lawyers who negotiated the deal as well as other attorneys who have objected to parts of it.

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Palestinians Turn To Organic Farming

November 9, 2012 9:40 am | by DIAA HADID,Associated Press

The move is a reflection of the growing global demand for natural, sustainable and fairly traded products, albeit with a distinct Palestinian twist. The hardships faced by local farmers, ranging from a lack of rainfall to Israeli trade obstacles, mean that organic growing is one of the few ways Palestinians have to compete in outside markets.

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Dean Foods Posts $36.4M Profit In 3Q

November 9, 2012 9:37 am

Shares of Dean Foods Co. jumped Thursday after the company posted $36.4 million in third-quarter net income and boosted its full-year profit guidance. The Dallas-based food maker's profit amounted to 20 cents per share and compared with a loss of $1.54 billion, or $8.39 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

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7-Up To Stop Selling Drinks With Antioxidants

November 9, 2012 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press

7-Up with antioxidants will soon be off the market, after an advocacy group accused the drink maker of making misleading health claims. Dr Pepper Snapple Group said Thursday its 7-Up varieties that tout antioxidants will be off the market by early 2013.

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Photo Of The Day: Palestinians Go Organic

November 9, 2012 9:30 am

In an emerging back-to-the-land movement, Palestinian farmers are turning the rocky hills of the West Bank into organic olive groves, selling their oil to high-end grocers in the U.S. and Europe. The move is a reflection of the growing global demand for natural, sustainable and fairly traded products, albeit with a distinct Palestinian twist.

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Amazon Starts Selling Wine

November 8, 2012 12:02 pm

Amazon.com has added wine to the long list of products it sells through its online marketplace. Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it will ship wine to 12 states and Washington DC from its new storefront. The world's largest online retailer says shipping up to six bottles will cost $10.

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McDonald’s Sales Drop For First Time Since 2003

November 8, 2012 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's Corp. is having trouble stomaching the competition. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Thursday that a key sales figure fell for the first time in nearly a decade in October, as it faced the double whammy of a challenging economy abroad and intensifying competition at home.

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Bank: Mamtek Sales Raised $1.8M

November 8, 2012 11:58 am

Bank officials say an auction of equipment at a failed sweetener plant in Moberly has so far raised less than 5 cents for every dollar spent to finance the project. UMB Bank, the bondholder trustee for Mamtek U.S. Inc., said the Oct. 24 auction raised $1.8 million, but not every buyer at the auction has paid for their purchases.

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Monster Beverage Sales Slowed In 3Q

November 8, 2012 11:57 am

Shares of energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. tumbled in aftermarket trading Wednesday after the company said its revenue growth slowed in the third quarter. Monster said its net sales grew 14 percent, about half the pace of growth in the previous three quarters. Its revenue fell $36.5 million short of Wall Street's expectations.

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Wis. Bottling Firm To Pay $15M In Fraud Case

November 8, 2012 11:52 am | by JOE MANDAK,Associated Press

U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh said the largest financial penalty ever imposed in the 25-county federal court district in western Pennsylvania resolves allegations that Krones Inc., of Franklin, Wis., helped Le-Nature's officials deceive lenders about the cost of bottling equipment the soft-drink company bought from Krones.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurants Look To Meet Millennials’ Needs

November 8, 2012 11:49 am

Americans born between 1977 and 1992 comprise the largest and most influential generational cohort since the Baby Boomers. As this group transitions into careers, marriage and raising children, restaurant operators and countless other businesses all want to know how to make important in-roads with Millennials, while continuing to appeal to other key segments of the population.

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Wendy’s Loss Widens Amid Turnaround Push

November 8, 2012 9:43 am

Wendy's reported a wider net loss for the third quarter that fell short of Wall Street expectations, but a key sales figure rose. The company, which is in the middle of a turnaround push, said Thursday that revenue at restaurants open at least 15 months rose 2.7 percent, marking the sixth straight quarter of growth.

UN: 2012 Food Bill Down

November 8, 2012 9:42 am

A United Nations agency says prices for basic foods fell by 1 percent last month, led by lower prices for cereals, oils and fats, further assurance that fears of high prices leading to rioting aren't bearing out. The Food and Agriculture Organization said the trend in lower prices would likely mean the 2012 bill for importing food around the world would be $1.14 trillion.

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