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IHOP Parent to Rid Supply Chain of Gestation Crates

January 24, 2013 12:28 pm

The parent company of IHOP and Applebee's said Wednesday that it will eliminate the use of gestation crates from its pork supply chain for its more than 3,500 restaurants. DineEquity Inc. said the move is part of its commitment to animal welfare. It joins a growing list of restaurants and other food companies that are halting use of the practice over growing public concern.

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McDonald’s Adding Fish McBites to Lineup

January 24, 2013 12:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's used the Dollar Menu to help lift its profit in the latest quarter. Now the world's biggest hamburger chain is turning to a pipeline of new menu items to boost slumping sales, starting with "Fish McBites." The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is betting that it will be able to beat back intensifying competition and economic pressures with the lineup.

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Thought of the Day: Fighting for Your Right to Big Gulp

January 24, 2013 12:13 pm

An unlikely coalition of opponents to New York City's new law restricting the sale of high-calorie beverages is taking the city to court in an attempt to block the legislation. The American Beverage Association along with the New York state NAACP and others appeared in court on Wednesday to challenge the law.

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Consumer Trends: Favorite Chain Restaurants

January 24, 2013 12:00 pm

Technomic Inc. has presented its first ever Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Award winners. Selected by consumers themselves, the winners were recognized yesterday at the Consumer Trends & Directions Conference in Newport Beach, CA.

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Trader Joe’s Raises Price of ‘Two-Buck Chuck’

January 24, 2013 9:44 am

The popular wine known as "Two-Buck Chuck" will need a new name after the bargain beverage's price was raised. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that over the past decade shoppers at Trader Joe's California stores paid $1.99 for a bottle of Charles Shaw shiraz or cabernet sauvignon.

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Experts Predict Good Year for Wis. Dairy Farmers

January 24, 2013 9:41 am

Wisconsin produced a record 27.2 billion pounds of milk last year. However, the 4 percent increase didn't necessarily translate to more money for dairy farmers. Milk prices were down and feed costs were higher. Both factors helped offset the increase in revenue from harvesting more milk.

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Beverage Giants, NYC Lawyers Face off in Court

January 24, 2013 9:39 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

The first courtroom arguments in the closely watched case ended without an immediate ruling. Opponents said they planned to ask a judge to delay enforcement during the suit, which has broached questions of racial fairness alongside arguments about government authority and burdens to business.

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Unions See Sharp Decline in Membership

January 24, 2013 9:36 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.

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Burger King Stops Using Supplier Linked to Horsemeat

January 24, 2013 9:34 am

Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish supplier whose patties in Britain and Ireland were found to contain traces of horsemeat. The fast food chain said in a statement that it had dropped Silvercrest Foods as a supplier for its U.K. and Ireland restaurants as a "voluntary and precautionary measure."

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Photo of the Day: Dueling over Drinks

January 24, 2013 9:32 am

New York City defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health.

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Seafood, Lemon Juice Vulnerable to Fraud

January 23, 2013 12:49 pm

Nearly 800 new records of “food fraud” added to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) Food Fraud Database present new information about foods that are vulnerable to fraudulent manipulation in today’s food supply.  Analyses of new information by USP scientists add seafood (fish, shrimp), clouding agents and lemon juice as categories vulnerable to food fraud.

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House GOP Seeks to Defuse Debt Crisis

January 23, 2013 12:44 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press

With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans were moving Wednesday to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least four months. The GOP legislation marks a tactical retreat by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is eager to avoid a potential first-ever default on U.S. payment and debt obligations.

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Two Men Sue Subway for Falling Short on Sandwiches

January 23, 2013 12:42 pm

Two New Jersey men have sued Subway, saying the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them on its so-called footlong sandwiches. The filing made Tuesday seeks compensatory damages from the company and a change in practices. Plaintiffs' lawyer Stephen DeNittis says the company should either make their sandwiches 12 inches long or stop advertising them as footlongs.

Charges Hurt Heinz 3Q

January 23, 2013 12:39 pm

H.J. Heinz Co. said that an early payment to a company it bought a Chinese soy sauce maker from in 2010 will hurt its fiscal third-quarter earnings by 4 cents per share. The Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker acquired Foodstar, which manufactures Master brand soy sauce and fermented bean curd in China, from Transpac Industrial Holdings Ltd. for $165 million.

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Recall: Pizza May Have Metal Fragments in Dough

January 23, 2013 12:37 pm

Annie's Inc. is voluntarily recalling seven kinds of frozen pizza sold nationwide over the possible risk that metal fragments made their way into the dough. The organic and natural food company said it issued the recall after finding out that a metal mesh screen at a third-party flour mill had failed. As a result fragments of the mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough.

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Consumer Trends: Pet Owners Confused About Nutrition

January 23, 2013 12:00 pm

A recent petMD survey on the topic of pet nutrition revealed confusion among pet owners regarding the nutritional needs of dogs and cats. While 57 percent of respondents rightfully look to pet food labels for information about the ingredients in their pet's food, what is written on the labels is often misinterpreted.

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Dairy Farmers to See Big Payout After Price Fixing Settlement

January 23, 2013 11:51 am

After ongoing litigation, the Dairy Farmers of America have reached a tentative $159 million settlement with dairy farmers in 14 states who sued the organization over what the farmers called anti-competitive business practices that drove down the price of milk and hurt farming operations by depriving them of revenue.

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Value Menu Boosts McDonald’s 4Q

January 23, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's Corp. eked out a higher profit in the fourth quarter with the help of its Dollar Menu and the McRib, but the world's biggest hamburger chain also warned that a key sales figure is expected to drop this month. The negative forecast reflects the intensifying competition and changing dining habits McDonald's is facing.

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Rice Mill Plans $13.4M Expansion

January 23, 2013 9:41 am

A rice mill will spend $13.4 million on an expansion and modernization of its facility in eastern Calcasieu Parish, the company and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said Tuesday. Jindal said Tuesday that the 55,000-square-foot expansion of Farmers Rice Milling Company's packaging and distribution plant will allow it to increase processing speed and volume.

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Coke Plans Interactive Marketing Blitz for Super Bowl

January 23, 2013 9:38 am | by MAE ANDERSON,The Associated Press

Most people will be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. But Coca-Cola is asking viewers to cheer for three very different groups in an interactive marketing blitz during the big game: a troupe of showgirls, a band of cowboys and a biker-style gang of "badlanders" — all on a quest for a thirst-quenching Coke in a desert.

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