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Kroger To Sell Store Brand Coffee Pods

June 12, 2012 10:10 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares plunged to a 52-week low Monday after supermarket operator Kroger Co. said it will soon sell its own store-brand single-serve coffee pods, which could intensify competition with Green Mountain's offerings.

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Pa. House Puts Liquor Privatization Debate On Hold

June 12, 2012 10:09 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

Pennsylvania's House of Representatives spent three hours Monday night debating a proposal to end nearly 80 years of state control over liquor and wine sales and sell the business to private operators, only to go home without taking a vote.

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Japanese Composting May Be Food Waste Solution

June 12, 2012 10:07 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Bokashi is based on an ancient Japanese practice that ferments food waste by covering it with a mix of microorganisms that suppress its smell and eventually produce soil. Bokashi is not widely used in the United States, but its practitioners think it should be.

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Mediator Named In Birds Eye Foods Suit

June 12, 2012 10:04 am

A well-respected Grand Rapids lawyer has been appointed mediator in a lawsuit by property owners who say groundwater has been contaminated by Birds Eye fruit cannery in western Michigan.

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Japan Bans Raw Beef Liver After Deadly Food Poisoning

June 12, 2012 10:01 am

The health ministry will ban restaurants from serving raw beef liver, a popular dish in Japan, from July 1 in the wake of a series of food poisoning incidents caused by raw beef, including fatal cases last year, a government panel agreed Tuesday.

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Photo Of The Day: Taking Out The Trash

June 12, 2012 10:00 am

Ferncroft Country Club is among a few places in the nation trying an obscure form of composting called bokashi. Based on an ancient Japanese farming practice, food waste is covered with a mix of microorganisms, which suppress its smell and eventually composts to produce soil.

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Mislabeled Lasagna Recalled

June 11, 2012 1:18 pm

Windsor Foods said Friday it is recalling Safeway Five Select Cheese Lasagna because of the potential that some packages were mislabeled and may actually contain meat as well as soy and egg allergens.

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Experts: NYC Soda Ban Misses The Big Picture

June 11, 2012 1:15 pm

In 2009, a team of researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and Purdue University reviewed five randomized trials that studied the effect of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages on body weight. “We found no significant effect on overall weight reduction as a result of reducing intake of sugar-sweetened beverages,” explains Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D., instructor in the SOPH. “Since this was published, two other randomized trials have been published, and neither showed large effects on weight change.”

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Half Of Supermarket Chicken Contaminated By Feces

June 11, 2012 1:07 pm

According to a study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, chicken products from every participating city and grocery store chain tested positive for fecal contamination, with 48 percent of chicken samples testing positive overall.

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Campbell Soup Buys Building It Wants To Raze

June 11, 2012 1:02 pm | by GEOFF MULVIHILL,Associated Press

The Campbell Soup Co. on Monday purchased a landmark building in the impoverished city of Camden, N.J., as part of a plan to redevelop the neighborhood surrounding the corporate headquarters of the Fortune 500 company.

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American Crystal, Union Reps Remain Deadlocked

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm

American Crystal Sugar leaders and union representatives aren't making progress on contract talks in a dispute that has locked out workers and dragged on for 10 months.

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Consumer Trends: Celebrating National Jerky Day

June 11, 2012 12:57 pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 marks the inaugural National Jerky Day celebrating the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks. The fourth highest-grossing sector within the overall salty snack universe, meat snacks — including jerky — outsell other popular salty snacks, including popcorn and pretzels.

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Diamond Foods To Miss Financial Filing Deadline

June 11, 2012 10:09 am

Shares of Diamond Foods fell more than 5 percent in premarket trading as the food company announced that won't be able to file some quarterly financial reports by Monday and expects a delisting notice from Nasdaq.

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J&J Snack Foods Buys Pretzel Business

June 11, 2012 10:07 am

J&J Snack Foods Corp. said Friday it acquired Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, a soft pretzel maker based in Chicago.

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‘Cake Boss’ To Sell Creations In Stores

June 11, 2012 10:06 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE,Associated Press

"Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro says he's long wanted to give fans of his popular TLC reality TV show an opportunity to taste the cakes viewers watch him bake and decorate.

Oreo Birthplace Expansion Draws Criticism

June 11, 2012 10:04 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS,Associated Press

One hundred years after the introduction of the Oreo, an expansion plan at the iconic cookie's New York City birthplace has left a bitter taste in the mouths of its neighbors.

Canada Raises Max Food Safety Fine To $5M

June 11, 2012 10:00 am | by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Anyone who meddles with Canada's food supply will soon get more than a slap on the wrist, the Conservative government said Thursday as it introduced new measures to streamline the food inspection system and impose towering fines against violators.

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Photo Of The Day: A Taste Of 'Cake Boss'

June 11, 2012 9:57 am

Buddy Valastro says he's long wanted to give fans of his popular TLC reality show an opportunity to taste the cakes viewers watch him bake and decorate at his Hoboken, N.J., bakery. So Valastro gave his recipes to a company that supplies his bakery with goods like sugar and flour to come up with a cake line for bakeries and grocery stores across America. That line rolls out this summer.

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Kraft Moves To The Other Side Of Wall Street

June 8, 2012 12:47 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Kraft Foods Inc. is spurning the New York Stock Exchange and moving its stock listing to the Nasdaq, a move the company says will cut costs as it prepares to split into two publicly traded companies.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Alleging Dole Paramilitary Payments

June 8, 2012 12:44 pm

Dole Food Company, Inc. announced that the Los Angeles County Superior Court has dismissed with prejudice the lawsuit brought by Colombian plaintiffs, claiming damages against Dole from alleged payments to Colombian paramilitary organizations.

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