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Daily Sound Bite: Philly Prison Food Now Available for Sale

June 10, 2013 11:43 am

Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary has opened a new tourist attraction. The event will give visitors a chance to sample prison food from across the centuries and to learn about the politics, social movements and culinary influences that have come together to impact what prisoners eat.


3G Shuffles CEOs on Completion of Heinz Deal

June 10, 2013 9:44 am

With the completion of the deal, 3G is shifting one of its partners from the helm of Burger King to head Heinz. Bernardo Hees, 43, is taking the reins from William Johnson, who was the seventh CEO of the 144-year-old company for the past 15 years.


McDonald’s To Serve Breakfast to Night Owls

June 10, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starting this month, the fast-food chain says participating 24-hour restaurants in select locations will offer an "After Midnight" menu that includes its Egg McMuffin, Big Mac and Chicken McNuggets. Customers will be able to create "Midnight Value Meals," with either fries or hash browns as their side items, McDonald's says.


Pa. Jail Offers Tourists a Taste of Prison Food

June 10, 2013 9:41 am | by KATHY MATHESON,Associated Press

This weekend, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia served visitors sample inmate meals from the 1830s, 1940s and today: broiled salted beef with "Indian mush"; hamburger with brown gravy and beets; and Nutraloaf — an unappetizing concoction currently served as a punishment.

Ore. Farmers Face Uncertainty Due to GMO Wheat

June 10, 2013 9:38 am | by GEORGE PLAVEN,East Oregonian

Between 85-90 percent of Oregon wheat is exported, the majority of which goes to Asian markets that made it very clear they do not want genetically modified food. Japan and South Korea already suspended some wheat orders, and the European Union is also calling for more rigorous testing of U.S. shipments.


AB InBev Completes Sale of U.S. Modelo Business

June 10, 2013 9:36 am

Anheuser-Busch InBev said Friday that it completed its $4.75 billion sale of Grupo Modelo's U.S. beer business to Constellation Brands Inc. The deal was struck to satisfy the Department of Justice's anti-competitive concerns about Anheuser-Busch InBev's larger purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo.


Photo of the Day: A Taste of Prison Food

June 10, 2013 9:33 am

In this Friday, May 31, 2013 photo, director of public programming Sean Kelly displays a plate of Nutraloaf, presently served in Pennsylvania prisons as a “behavior modified meal,” at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The historic penitentiary served visitors sample meals from the 1800s, 1900s and today on June 8th and 9th.


Target Rolls Out Organic, Natural Brand

June 7, 2013 12:26 pm

Target Corp. is planning a new organic and natural store brand as it works to rev up its grocery business. The big-box retailer said the new brand, called Simply Balanced, will start with drinks and snacks like corn chips on Sunday. The line is an outgrowth of similar products within its existing Archer Farms store brand, which is positioned as a premium alternative to national name brands.


Ark. Poultry Plant Closes

June 7, 2013 12:25 pm

A poultry plant that opened in Pine Bluff a year ago has closed its doors, putting 180 people out of work while the owners look for a buyer or new investors. Horizon Foods shut down on Monday and is seeking new money to keep the venture going.


Daily Sound Bite: Chocolate Collusion?

June 7, 2013 12:22 pm

Canada's Competition Bureau is filing charges against the Canadian divisions of global chocolate giants Nestle and Mars, accusing the companies of price fixing. Hershey Canada has already pleaded guilty of price fixing and is cooperating with the Canadian investigation.


Study Sheds Light on Origins of French Winemaking

June 7, 2013 12:21 pm | by GREG KELLER,Associated Press

Scrapings from the bottoms of 2,500-year-old pottery containers have shed new light on the origins of French winemaking. A team of archaeologists led by the University of Pennsylvania's Patrick McGovern used biomolecular analysis to confirm that fifth-century B.C. Etruscan amphorae found near Montpellier in southern France once contained a type of wine flavored with thyme, rosemary and basil.


China’s Top Butcher Tries To Sell U.S. on Smithfield Takeover

June 7, 2013 12:18 pm | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

Shuanghui International's $4.7 billion bid for Smithfield Foods Ltd. has the endorsement of the American company's board. But facing anxiety over food safety scandals in China and complaints about Chinese cyber spying, 72-year-old chairman Wan Long has launched a charm offensive to reassure Americans they have nothing to fear and possibly much to gain from the tie-up.


Washington Farmers Sue Monsanto over GMO Wheat

June 7, 2013 12:16 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Several Washington wheat growers filed suit Thursday against Monsanto Co. over the unauthorized release of genetically modified wheat, claiming the discovery of the wheat in an Oregon field last week has damaged sales of exports. The lawsuits seek class-action status on behalf of all growers of soft white wheat who may have been harmed by the release of an unapproved product.


Consumer Trends: Coconut Water Takes Off

June 7, 2013 12:00 pm

While coconut water was once the preserve of exotic holidays, according to new research from Mintel, coconut water has been the surprise toast of the beverage industry in recent years. Indeed, the number of product introductions more than quintupled (+540%) in the past five years and products containing it have been taking off on an international scale.


Officials Revoke Dairy Plant’s Permit

June 7, 2013 9:38 am

Agriculture officials have revoked the permit of a dairy plant in northern Iowa because of food safety concerns. An administrative law judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which revoked the dairy plant permit for Meinders Farm Fresh Dairy in Buffalo Center. The company must cease all operations and sales.


PepsiCo Denies Reports of SodaStream Talks

June 7, 2013 9:36 am

PepsiCo is shooting down a report that the company is in talks to buy SodaStream, an Israeli company that makes at-home carbonation machines. PepsiCo Inc. spokesman Jeff Dahncke said the report in an Israeli newspaper is "completely and totally untrue."


Negligence at China Poultry Plant Caused 'Chaotic' Conditions

June 7, 2013 9:34 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN,Associated Press

China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at a poultry plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week. Safety exits were blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant and managers neglected to hold required safety drills or worker education.


Global Food Prices Expected To Rise

June 7, 2013 9:32 am | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

Rising global food demand will push up prices 10 to 40 percent over the coming decade and governments need to boost investment to increase farm production, a forecast by two international agencies said Thursday. Growth in food production has slowed over the past decade even as rising incomes in developing countries boosted consumption.


Canada Accuses Nestle, Mars of Price Fixing

June 7, 2013 9:30 am

The accused in a chocolate price-fixing case could face a bitter fate if convicted — millions of dollars in fines for the companies and potential jail time for the individuals. Canada's Competition Bureau said Thursday it is laying criminal charges against Nestle SA's Canada arm, Mars Inc.'s Canada division and ITWAL Ltd., a network of independent wholesale distributors.


Photo of the Day: Rummaging Through the Rubble

June 7, 2013 9:28 am

In this photo taken Tuesday June 4, 2013, Chinese paramilitary policemen go through the burnt factory of Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. in Dehui city in northeast China's Jilin province. China's workplace safety agency said negligence among factory managers and government inspectors caused "extremely chaotic" work-safety conditions at a poultry plant where a deadly fire killed 120 workers this week.



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