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Starbucks Shares Boosted By Expansion Plans

December 6, 2012 1:00 pm

Starbucks Corp. shares rose Thursday after the world's biggest coffee company announced a venti-sized expansion program that will add at least 1,500 new cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.  Starbucks said Wednesday that it plans to boost the number of locations in its biggest market by about 13 percent by 2017.

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USDA Announces New Efforts To Improve Poultry Safety

December 6, 2012 12:57 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced new steps to protect consumers by improving the food safety plans required for companies that produce poultry products. Companies producing raw ground chicken and turkey and similar products will be required to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans.

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Ga. Food Processor Adding 200 Jobs

December 6, 2012 12:53 pm

Officials at a Dawsonville-based food processing company have announced plans to expand their plant in northern Georgia and add 200 jobs. The Gainesville Times Wednesday reported Gold Creek Foods plans to expand its plant in Gainesville and hire new employees in 2013.

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JBS Canada Names President

December 6, 2012 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press

A company that took over a southern Alberta beef plant during a tainted beef crisis has appointed a president for its Canadian operations. William Van Solkema will head JBS Canada effectively immediately. Van Solkema was the president of sales and operation for XL Foods in Brooks, Alta., between 2004 and 2009.

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Consumer Trends: Nestle’s Food & Beverage Trends For 2013

December 6, 2012 12:47 pm

From fresher frozen meals to food trucks for dogs, consumers can expect to see a variety of interesting trends to tickle the tummy in 2013. Nestlé today issued some predictions destined to please the palates of all family members, including pets.

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Starbucks To Pay More UK Tax

December 6, 2012 12:43 pm

Starbucks bowed to mounting pressure over its tax affairs in Britain and revealed Thursday that it would pay about 10 million pounds ($16 million) in each of the next two years. Having been slammed by the country's lawmakers of "immorally" avoiding tax, Starbucks' U.K. managing director Kris Engskov said the firm had agreed to pay more than required by law.

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World Food Prices Drop

December 6, 2012 10:02 am

A United Nations agency says prices of basic foods fell by 1.5 percent last month, with the international prices of all commodities except dairy products dropping. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday that the decline puts the value of its November index nearly 3 percent below a year ago.

Smithfield 2Q Net Income Falls

December 6, 2012 10:00 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. says its net income fell in the second quarter on charges for a loss on early extinguishment of debt, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations. The Smithfield, Va.-based company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, said Thursday it earned $10.9 million, or 7 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 28.

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Indiana County Giving $50M To Boost Food Company

December 6, 2012 9:57 am

The Wayne County Council on Wednesday approved the bond issue as part of Sugar Creek Packing Co.'s plans to expand and refurbish the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City. The Palladium-Item reports the company will be responsible for repaying the bonds within 40 years.

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$100K Of Missing Wine Was Never Missing

December 6, 2012 9:54 am | by KATHY McCORMACK,Associated Press

New Hampshire's attorney general says the apparent disappearance of about $100,000 in wine from a state-run liquor store has been solved — it was never missing. Last December, extra cases of wine were found in the stockroom during an audit at the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet in Portsmouth.

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Fire Reported At Iowa Egg Facility

December 6, 2012 9:52 am

Authorities in central Iowa say several fire departments were called in to help battle a blaze at an egg production facility. The Adair County Sheriff's Department confirmed the Wednesday afternoon fire at Rose Acre Farms in Stuart. Chief Operating Officer Tony Wesner says all company staff has been accounted for.

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Photo Of The Day: 10,000 Free Twinkies

December 6, 2012 9:48 am

Baby's Cheesesteak and Lemonade gave away the coveted treats at its locations in Orland Park and Country Club Hills along with 2,200 chocolate cupcakes. The restaurant got the idea as a promotion after Hostess announced it was closing last month.

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Kazakh Cowboys Get Cattle-Raising Tips In ND

December 5, 2012 12:32 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON,Associated Press

 To help rebuild Kazakhstan's beef industry, more than 5,000 Hereford and Angus cattle bred to withstand North Dakota's notoriously nasty winters have been sent since 2010 via jumbo jets from Fargo to Kazakhstan, and a shipment of 3,000 more is planned before year's end.

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Brown-Forman Reports Net Income Growth

December 5, 2012 12:26 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 10 percent as a revenue spike from recent price increases for many of its premium brands helped offset slower sales due to prior stocking up by distributors and retailers.

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Farmers Push For Stable Workforce In Immigration Reform

December 5, 2012 12:23 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Farmers who grow labor-intensive tree fruit crops must continue to be vocal about the need for comprehensive immigration reform to ensure agriculture is included in any solution for the nation's broken immigration system, several farm groups told Washington state growers at a conference Tuesday.

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Recalled Beef-Cheese Pies Were Uninspected

December 5, 2012 12:20 pm

Federal authorities say a western New York food company is recalling more than a ton of beef and cheese pies because they weren't subject to federal inspection and pose a health risk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Cantina Foods of Buffalo distributed about 2,375 pounds of the "Beef and Cheese Pastellios."

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Consumer Trends: Top Menu Trends For 2013

December 5, 2012 12:15 pm

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year prepares its "What's Hot" culinary forecast of menu trends for the coming year. The NRA surveyed more than 1,800 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find that children's nutrition and local sourcing will continue to be the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2013

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Production Restricted At SD Slaughtering Plant

December 5, 2012 12:11 pm

The northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen has reduced the number of cattle that a new processing plant is allowed to slaughter because Northern Beef Packers has fallen behind on installing wastewater equipment. The American News reports that the plant is restricted to 125 cattle per day. It had been allowed to slaughter up to 500 animals daily.

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Boston Market Posts Record Thanksgiving Sales

December 5, 2012 9:34 am | by CATHERINE TSAI,Associated Press

Boston Market Corp. is reporting record Thanksgiving sales this year — and it's already planning for next Thanksgiving. The Golden, Colo.-based restaurant chain had not yet released specific dollar figures but said total sales per restaurant from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23 were up 13 percent from a comparable period last year.

Wash. Liquor Sales Still Rising After Privatization

December 5, 2012 9:31 am

Sales of hard liquor increased in the four months after the state privatized liquor sales on June 1, compared with sales during the same four-month period a year ago, the Washington state Department of Revenue said Tuesday. The agency reported that spirit sales by volume were 2.9 percent higher for the period from June 1 through Sept. 30.

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