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Greek Looks To Spread Cheap Food Network Europe-Wide

March 20, 2012 10:07 am | by COSTAS KANTOURIS,Associated Press

The leader of a project that helps Greek farmers sell their food products directly to customers at bargain prices hopes to build a Europe-wide network that would bypass middlemen while benefiting local producers and consumers.

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Beatrice Bakery Leaves Bankruptcy

March 20, 2012 10:04 am

Beatrice Bakery Co., the maker of Grandma's Fruitcake, has left bankruptcy. Before the bankruptcy, Beatrice Bakery had been featured on the Food Network's "Unwrapped" program and ABC's "The View."

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French Presidential Election Mixes Politics And Meat

March 20, 2012 10:02 am | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

The changes in France's age-old butchering industry reflect profound economic and societal shifts gnawing at France's core, and have catapulted the butcher shop into the debate before presidential elections in April and May.

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Protestors March Against Monsanto Outside Gates Foundation

March 20, 2012 9:59 am

About 40 protesters marched in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to urge the organization to sever its ties with chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. KPLU-FM reports the Seattle protest was led by Agra Watch, a local group opposed to the Gates Foundation's grants supporting research into genetically modified crops.

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CDC: Outbreaks Linked To Imported Foods Increasing

March 20, 2012 9:56 am

Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, and nearly half of the outbreaks implicated foods imported from areas which previously had not been associated with outbreaks, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta.

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Photo Of The Day: Butchers And Ballots

March 20, 2012 9:50 am

President Nicolas Sarkozy has lamented the decline of the traditional French butcher and now wants all meat clearly marked halal, kosher or French while Prime Minister Francois Fillon has suggested that the ritual slaughter of animals by Muslims and Jews is out of sync with modern times.

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Wendy's Takes No. 2 Spot From Burger King

March 19, 2012 1:07 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume for the first time last year since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. that's set to be released next month.

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Agilent Partners With FDA To Improve Food Safety

March 19, 2012 1:03 pm

Scientific instrument maker Agilent Technologies Inc. announced Monday that it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop new tools for tracking food pathogens and identifying seafood.

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Starbucks Opens First Juice Store

March 19, 2012 12:58 pm

Starbucks Corp. is pushing beyond coffee with the opening of the first Evolution Fresh Inc. juice store, the company said Monday. Starbucks, which is looking for new businesses for growth, purchased the California-based juice maker in November for $30 million. Evolution Fresh had been selling its juices in grocery stores such as Whole Foods groceries. The first Evolution Fresh store is in Bellevue, Wash.

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Chobani Plant Fined $178K For Safety Violations

March 19, 2012 12:55 pm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the problems at Agro Farma Inc.'s Chobani Greek Yogurt plant in Chenango County included unguarded moving parts on machines, electrical hazards, lack of training and protective gear, wet floors and other dangerous conditions.

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Dead Cows, Violations Found At Calif. Dairy

March 19, 2012 12:50 pm

California water authorities are ordering a Merced County dairy to clean up its property after more than 50 decomposing cow carcasses were found partially buried in manure.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Chains Show Signs Of Growth

March 19, 2012 12:46 pm

The 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 3.4 percent annual sales increase in 2011, a sharp improvement over 1.8 percent the prior year.

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Canadian Facility Issues Massive Beef Recall

March 19, 2012 10:11 am

The public is being warned not to consume certain ground beef products which bear the establishment number 761 because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says all ground beef products made between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 at the facility linked to the establishment number are included in the warning.

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Nev. Lands Powdered Milk Processing Plant

March 19, 2012 10:09 am

Plans for a powdered milk processing plant in Fallon that would create 44 full-time jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs have moved a giant step closer to reality. Quail Hollow LLC, a subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, on Thursday closed an agreement with the city of Fallon to buy 31.5 acres in the city's New River Business Park for the facility.

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Obama Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With A Guinness

March 19, 2012 10:07 am | by JIM KUHNHENN,Associated Press

His jacket was only moss green but his pint was true Guinness. President Barack Obama tilted back a glass of the dark Irish brew Saturday, observing St. Patrick's Day at a boisterous Irish pub with his ancestral cousin from Moneygall, Ireland, at his side.

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Creator Of Red Bull Dies

March 19, 2012 10:05 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE & TODD PITMAN,Associated Press

Chaleo Yoovidhya, the self-made Thai billionaire who introduced the world to "energy drinks" and co-founded the globally popular Red Bull brand, has died. He was in his 80s.

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Ben & Jerry's Launches Pro-Gay Marriage Flavor

March 19, 2012 10:01 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is supporting gay marriage in Britain by relabeling an apple pie flavor as Apple-y Ever After. The South Burlington-based subsidiary of the global food and cosmetics conglomerate Unilever is issuing the newly labeled ice cream in the United Kingdom, where the government has said it plans to legalize gay marriage and has begun public consultation before introducing legislation.

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Photo Of The Day: Obama Downs A Pint On St. Paddy's

March 19, 2012 9:56 am

President Barack Obama drinks a Guinness with his ancestral cousin from Moneygall Ireland Henry Healy, center, and the owner of the pub in Moneygall Ireland, Ollie Hayes, right, at The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub and Restaurant on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Washington.

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Dole Food Returns To Profit In Q4

March 16, 2012 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Dole Food Co. returned to profitability in its fiscal fourth quarter as the company reduced costs.

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Goodfella's Wins World's Best Pizza Title

March 16, 2012 12:15 pm | by SOURCE Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza

Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza, representing Staten Island, New York, took first prize at the world's biggest international pizza contest.

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