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Ice Bar Helps New Yorkers Beat the Heat

July 10, 2013 9:48 am | by VERENA DOBNIK,Associated Press

The entire bar is made of ice. "The walls, everything," manager Chris Eldridge said. "The chairs you're sitting on, the glass you're drinking out of, even the light above your head is made of ice." About 350 blocks of ice, each weighing up to 100 pounds, were used to create the cool surroundings meant to feel good on a Manhattan afternoon when temperatures soar into the 90s.


Photo of the Day: Bar on Ice

July 10, 2013 9:43 am

The Minus 5 ice bar is New York City's first ice bar, and is now open at the Hilton Hotel on Sixth Avenue. Admission includes Eskimo-style gloves, parkas and boots for the privilege of drinking cocktails in the freezing Minus 5 ice bar.


Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Boost Modified Starch Market

July 9, 2013 1:00 pm

According to a new market research report, the modified starch market will grow from an estimated $12.76 billion in 2012. The major drivers for modified starch global market growth are the convenience health food sector, functional foods and the wide array of functionalities on offer brought about by the chemical modification of starch.


Daily Sound Bite: Maine Group Seeks to Regulate BPA

July 9, 2013 12:42 pm

Environment Maine, a lobbying group in the state, is urging the governor to sign a bill passed by the state's legislature last month that would force companies with a profit of more than $1 billion to disclose whether or not they use chemicals like BPA.


Maine Governor Vetoes Anti-BPA Bill

July 9, 2013 12:41 pm

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill on Monday designed to provide information about food packaging that contains the toxic chemical bisphenol-A. The bill vetoed by the Republican governor would have required companies with $1 billion or more in gross annual sales to report to the state if they use chemicals like BPA in food packaging.


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.



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