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Missouri Chocolate Company Sells Tanzanian Rice

December 17, 2012 1:17 pm

A Springfield chocolate company has started selling rice from the small village in east Africa that supplies the company with its cocoa beans. Askinosie Chocolate has begun selling bags of rice from the Tanzanian village of Kyela, which is where owner Shawn Askinosie gets the cocoa beans for the company's line of chocolate bars.

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Nepal Farmers Destroy Imported KFC Chicken

December 17, 2012 1:15 pm

Poultry farmers in Nepal have stopped trucks importing chicken from India for KFC restaurants and destroyed the cargo. Nepal has banned chicken from India since bird flu broke out in India four years ago. Chief government administrator of Dhading district Bed Prasad Kharel says farmers stopped and seized two trucks bringing the frozen chicken to Nepal's capital, Katmandu, on Saturday.

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Tropicana Calls On Carrots To Squeeze Juice Sales

December 17, 2012 1:13 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

As sugar-conscious Americans continue to shy away from fruit juices, Tropicana is using vegetables for the first time in recent history with a new drink called "Farmstand" set to hit shelves next month. By marketing the juice as a way for moms to sneak some veggies into their kids' diets, the division of PepsiCo Inc. is betting that carrots and beets can give it a new avenue for growth.

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Newtown Bands Together, Restaurants Provide Food

December 17, 2012 1:11 pm | by CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN,Associated Press

At the crossroads that marks the center of the three-century-old New England postcard town of Newton, Conn., stands a flagpole that's a kind of barometer. In the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting, the community is banding together, with area restaurants and other businesses lending a helping hand.

Consumer Trends: The Constant Consumer

December 17, 2012 12:51 pm

What happens in a store and what drives consumers to choose one store over another have everything to do with what happens before they get there and very little to do with most of the marketing and merchandising strategies and tactics currently in play.

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Recall: Smoked Salmon May Be Tainted With Listeria

December 17, 2012 9:55 am

Ocean Beauty Seafoods has announced a precautionary recall of two cold-smoked salmon products because of possible Listeria contamination. The products were distributed in 12 states. The products are the 3-ounce Nathan's Brand Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon and the 4-ounce Lascco Cold Smoked Nova Atlantic Salmon.

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Feds Consider Opening New England Fishing Areas

December 17, 2012 9:51 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

There are five zones off the New England coast drawn in varying angles and shapes, all rich with fish, or at least they were at one time. It's why regulators looking to preserve valuable species closed these areas to certain kinds of fishing year-round, beginning in the 1990s. Two decades later, a fishing industry in crisis wants to get back in.

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Massive Napa Replanting Prompts Grape Plant Shortage

December 17, 2012 9:47 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated press

 A trifecta of developments has created the critical shortage: aging cabernet vines are due for replacement, demand is rising due to the improving economy and some growers are prepping their vines for mechanization.  

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SunGold Foods CEO Touts New Sunflower Facility

December 17, 2012 9:41 am

The head of a new North Dakota-based sunflower business says he believes the company's new plant in Lubbock, Texas, is the most technologically advanced sunflower seed roasting facility in North America. SunGold Foods CEO Bob Majkrzak presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the facility.

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Diet Pepsi Quietly Changes Sweetener

December 17, 2012 9:38 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Diet Pepsi is quietly changing its sweetener ahead of a major rebranding of the soft drink set for next month. The change comes as PepsiCo Inc. looks to reinvigorate its namesake brands after losing market share to Coca-Cola Co. in recent years.

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Photo Of The Day: A Growing Grape Problem

December 17, 2012 9:34 am

Napa Valley has an uncommon problem these days: Not enough new grape root stock to go around. Commercial nurseries were caught short by a trifecta of developments: aging vines planted after a deadly phylloxera outbreak of the 80s, the demand created by an improving economy and move toward grape plantings that allow some mechanization.

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Thought Of The Day: Freer Fishing

December 17, 2012 9:00 am

Feds are considering opening long-closed fishing areas in the Northeast. Those involved in the fishing industry in the area are debating the best way to limit over-fishing while ensuring the livlihood of local fishermen. Here's the position of Maggie Raymond, a fishing boat owner from Maine.

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Consumer Trends: America's Most Popular New Restaurants

December 14, 2012 10:12 am

Urbanspoon, the leading mobile restaurant discovery application and reservation management system, today released its list of America's Most Popular New Restaurants of 2012 , highlighting the 50 most sought-after restaurants across the U.S. to open this year.

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Coca-Cola FEMSA To Buy Stake In Philippines Bottler

December 14, 2012 10:09 am

The Coca-Cola Co.'s biggest franchise bottler, Coca-Cola FEMSA, said Friday that it has agreed to buy a 51 percent stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. for $688.5 million in cash. Coca-Cola FEMSA is based in Mexico and distributes Coca-Cola products throughout Latin America. The deal allows the bottler to expand beyond that region while capturing one of the company's biggest markets.

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China, South Africa Ban Beef Imports From Brazil

December 14, 2012 10:07 am

Brazil says China and South Africa have banned imports of its beef because of fears of mad cow disease. The Agriculture Ministry says China and South Africa told Brazil they are temporarily suspending beef imports from the world's second largest exporter of the product. Japan did the same earlier this month.

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Vegetable Farm Settles Discrimination Suit

December 14, 2012 10:05 am | by PHILLIP LUCAS,Associated Press

One of the state's largest vegetable farms reached a settlement with former employees who claimed they were discriminated against because of their race or national origin. Hamilton Growers Inc., which has done business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable Inc., agreed to pay $500,000 in a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Coalition.

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Gloria Jean's Tall Coffee Scheme Leaves Bitter Taste

December 14, 2012 10:03 am | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press

A promotion earlier this month by Gloria Jean's Coffees International offered a free second drink to women who measure at least 1.65 meters, or about 5 feet 6 inches, and was meant to echo a government campaign to increase the average national height, state media reported. But critics said on the social networking site Facebook that the promotion was offensive to Vietnamese women, prompting the company to cancel it and apologize.

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Illnesses Prompt Expanded Burger Recall

December 14, 2012 10:01 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is monitoring the recalls, which were prompted by four cases of E. coli infection. Public Health officials notified the CFIA last week that the E. coli cases could possibly be linked to a food source, which prompted the investigation into the meat.

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Consumer Prices Drop 0.3 Percent

December 14, 2012 9:47 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the biggest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices.

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Schumer: Fiscal Cliff Would Hike NY Milk Prices

December 14, 2012 9:45 am

Sen. Charles Schumer warns that if Washington doesn't avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, New Yorkers could see the price of milk double and dairy farmers would suffer. The Democrat says Congress must agree on a budget or a 1940s law will kick in on Jan. 1 that will trigger higher costs even as famers get lower prices under the government's subsidy program.

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