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Consumer Trends: Bananas As Beneficial As Sports Drinks

June 8, 2012 12:36 pm

A study found that bananas provided cyclists with antioxidants not found in sports drinks as well as a greater nutritional boost, including fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6. In addition, bananas have a healthier blend of sugars than sports drinks.

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Turkey Processor Moving Ahead With Indiana Plant

June 8, 2012 9:51 am

Work could start this month on a new turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana a company expects to open with about 350 workers.

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Midwest Warned To Brace For Drought

June 8, 2012 9:50 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Farmers in Nebraska and Iowa should prepare for drought conditions this summer that could devastate their crops, climatologists said Thursday. The warnings echoed what ranchers and farmers reported from their fields this week — dry conditions unlike anything they've seen.

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Groundwater Depletion Threatens U.S. Food Security

June 8, 2012 9:47 am

The study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across space and time in California's Central Valley and the High Plains of the central U.S. Researchers hope this information will enable more sustainable use of water in these areas, although they think irrigated agriculture may be unsustainable in some parts.

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Five Wives Distiller: Special Order Not Good Enough

June 8, 2012 9:44 am | by PAUL FOY,Associated Press

A Utah distillery is happy Idaho will sell its cheeky Five Wives vodka by special order. However, Ogden's Own Distillery lawyer Jonathan Turley said Thursday the company also wants Idaho regulators to stock Five Wives on shelves at state liquor stores.

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Coke Official: Proposed Soda Ban 'Demonizes' Industry

June 8, 2012 9:42 am | by JASON KEYSER,Associated Press

A senior executive with Coca-Cola said Thursday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks unfairly singles out and demonizes an industry and will do nothing to address the problem of obesity.

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Photo Of The Day: Water Worries

June 8, 2012 9:39 am

The nation's food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across space and time in California's Central Valley and the High Plains of the central U.S.

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United Natural 3Q Profit Rises

June 7, 2012 12:56 pm

United Natural Foods Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter profit jumped nearly 24 percent on stronger sales of natural and organic foods to grocers and other retailers.

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Nestle Breaks Ground For Dairy Institute In China

June 7, 2012 12:55 pm

Nestle today held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Dairy Farming Institute, which will support the sustainable development and the accelerated modernization of the dairy industry in China.

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Recalled Pasta Mix May Contain Metal Fragments

June 7, 2012 12:52 pm

The recalled products include a seasoning blend manufactured by Kerry Ingredients & Flavours.  The seasoning blend was manufactured by Kerry using lactic acid which may potentially contain small metal fragments.

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Burger King Expanding Into Russia

June 7, 2012 12:47 pm

The world's second largest hamburger chain said Tuesday it has reached a deal with its franchise operator in the country to open several hundred new locations in the next few years. There are currently 57 Burger King locations in Russia.

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Retailers Have Symbiotic Relationship With Suppliers

June 7, 2012 12:45 pm

A new study by supply-chain researchers at the University of Arkansas shows that the relationship between major retailers such as Walmart and Target and their suppliers is collaborative in nature, rather than adversarial, and that suppliers that actively participate in innovative supply-chain processes with these major customers actually wield considerable leverage and perform better financially.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Believe Sugary Drink Companies Target Children

June 7, 2012 12:40 pm

One of the most revealing findings of a new survey is that 51 percent of respondents felt sugary drink companies unfairly target youth and minorities.

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Global Food Prices Fall

June 7, 2012 9:58 am

A U.N. agency says world food prices dropped sharply in May, reaching their lowest level in eight months due to favorable supplies and currency fluctuations.

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Greenpeace Accuses Brazil Meatpacker Of Hurting Rainforest

June 7, 2012 9:56 am | by RENATA BRITO,Associated Press

Greenpeace on Wednesday accused JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, of not honoring a 2009 agreement in which the Brazilian company pledged to protect the Amazon rainforest by not buying cattle from suppliers who raise beef on illegally deforested land.

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Report: Federal And Private Funding Gap Threatens Food Research

June 7, 2012 9:55 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press

The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment continues to grow — and the divide comes with increased threats to academic freedom and more instances of meddling in the lab, a new research report suggests.

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Idaho Tosses Ban On Five Wives Vodka

June 7, 2012 9:51 am | by JESSICA GRESKO and KEITH RIDLER,Associated Press

Idaho reversed direction in the face of a lawsuit Wednesday and said it will sell Five Wives Vodka, but the liquor producer whose label makes an unmistakable reference to polygamy would not immediately rule out legal action.

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Proposed Horse Slaughterhouse Ignites Debate

June 7, 2012 9:47 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

The proposal to open a horse slaughterhouse by Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos has reignited emotional debates over what constitutes humane treatment of horses, and how best to control an exploding equine population. Perhaps the most divisive question of all is whether the noble, iconic animals that played a key role in the settling of much of America are livestock or pets.

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Photo Of The Day: The Business Of Food Research

June 7, 2012 9:44 am

The gap between federal funding for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment is growing, and critics fear it will jeopardize schools' independence.

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Disney's New Nutrition Guidelines

June 6, 2012 12:45 pm

The Walt Disney Co. says it will ban junk-food ads on its TV channels, radio stations and websites aimed at children by 2015. Here's a glance at the nutritional guidelines foods will need to meet.

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