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Consumer Trends: Consumer Culture Factors Into Food Safety Communication

March 12, 2012 10:00 am

Companies faced with food tampering need to make sure they remain sensitive to their customers’ cultural views before trying to assign blame when responding, according to a new study.

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Photo Of The Day: Chili Vodka

March 12, 2012 10:00 am

 The new 100,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka, an infusion of vodka and Naga Jolokia chilies, features a warning label indicating “extreme heat.” 

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Hostess Names CEO To Steer Through Bankruptcy

March 12, 2012 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Hostess Brands Inc. on Friday named a new CEO to steer the company through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

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Ga. Poultry Farmers Say New Rules Could Be Costly

March 12, 2012 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

Proposed new regulations dealing with how some industrial facilities in Georgia deal with storm water are causing concern for officials in Georgia's poultry industry.

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PepsiCo Lining Up Potential CEO Successors

March 12, 2012 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

PepsiCo may be lining up a potential successor to CEO Indra Nooyi, naming a former executive to head its biggest moneymaking unit Monday and also naming an insider as its president.

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Lean Beef Trimmings Are Safe, Says Beef Products, Inc.

March 12, 2012 9:12 am | by SOURCE Beef Products, Inc.

Negative publicity about the company's process and the use of the compound ammonium hydroxide, a critical component of the process, is at the heart of Beef Products' recent challenges.

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Wine Collector Accused Of Selling Counterfeit Bottles

March 9, 2012 1:02 pm

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged a noted wine collector with trying to sell more than $1.3 million worth of counterfeit bottles.

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China's Inflation Drops As Food Prices Ease

March 9, 2012 12:59 pm | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

Consumer price inflation declined to a 20-month low of 3.2 percent from January's 4.5 percent, data showed Friday. Inflation in politically sensitive food costs declined even more markedly, falling to 6.2 percent from the previous month's 10.5 percent.

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Alcohol Sales Plummet Near S.D. Reservation

March 9, 2012 12:56 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Alcohol sales have plummeted in a tiny Nebraska town faulted for selling beer to members of an American Indian tribe plagued by alcoholism.

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Grain Company Owner Sentenced To 6 Years For Fraud

March 9, 2012 12:53 pm

The owner of a Gallatin grain company is sentenced to six years in federal prison for a fraud that cost more than 100 northwest Missouri farmers an estimated $3 million.

Consumer Trends: Texans Lead U.S. In Dining Out

March 9, 2012 12:51 pm

A Zagat survey shows that Texans lead the nation in dining out with a statewide average of 3.8 meals per week, approximately 20 percent higher than the national average of 3.1.

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Poland Pulls Food That May Contain Rock Salt

March 9, 2012 12:47 pm

Polish health authorities have ordered the withdrawal from the market of more than 230,000 kilograms (500,000 pounds) of pickles, bread and other food suspected of containing industrial salt, the latest development in a scandal raising fears about food safety.

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Neb. Turkey Plant Continues To Grow

March 9, 2012 10:10 am

The owners of Nebraska's only turkey processing plant expect to expand production and nearly double its current workforce of 50 in 2012.

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Starbucks To Sell Single-Cup Coffee Machine

March 9, 2012 10:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks Corp. said Thursday that it will soon sell a single-cup coffee machine that lets people brew lattes and other coffee drinks at home.

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Washington Auctions Off State-Run Liquor Stores

March 9, 2012 10:03 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Nearly 20 states control the retail or wholesale liquor business. Some, such as Iowa and West Virginia, have relinquished partial control in recent years, but Washington would be the first in that group to abandon the liquor business entirely.

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Biologists Forecast Big Pacific Salmon Season

March 9, 2012 10:01 am

Pacific Coast fishermen can start gearing up for what's expected to be the best salmon fishing season in years. Federal fishery managers are forecasting robust populations of chinook and coho salmon off the Pacific coast and in California and Oregon rivers.

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi Make Changes To Avoid Cancer Warning

March 9, 2012 9:54 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label.

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Photo Of The Day: Washington Privatizes Liquor Business

March 9, 2012 9:46 am

Washington state begins the process of fully privatizing its alcoholic beverage business on Thursday when a public auction of state-run liquor stores opens online, marking a historic change for a state that has tightly controlled its booze since the end of Prohibition.

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Smithfield 3Q Profit Falls On Higher Costs

March 8, 2012 12:51 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods posted a 61 percent decline in third-quarter earnings Thursday on higher costs and charges related to the pork producer's share of a Spanish processed-meats company.

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Bad Weather Ups Food Prices

March 8, 2012 12:47 pm

International food prices have risen for the second time in two months, a U.N. agency said Thursday blaming bad weather in major exporting countries among other factors that have reversed downward price trends.

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