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Last Meals: Condemned Inmates Go For Comfort Foods

August 29, 2012 12:39 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

French fries, soda, ice cream, hamburgers, chicken, steak and pie are commonly requested items among inmates imminently facing execution, according to Cornell University researchers who studied 193 last meal requests in the United States.

Kraft To Close Arkansas Facility

August 29, 2012 12:37 pm

Kraft Foods Group officials say the company's manufacturing facility in Bentonville will close next year.Spokeswoman Joyce Hodel told KHOG-TV Tuesday that 60 employees at the facility have been informed of the company's plans.


Hillshire Delays Filing Due To Investigation

August 29, 2012 12:34 pm

The Hillshire Brands Co., the former North American business of Sara Lee Corp., which split into two separate companies in June, said Tuesday it will be late filing its annual report with the Securities and Exchange commission for the fiscal year ended June 30, due to an investigation in Brazil.


Consumer Trends: Ready-To-Drink Tea And Coffee Market Growing

August 29, 2012 12:31 pm

Ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and coffee are widely gaining popularity due to fast and busy lifestyles and consumer desire to substitute to carbonated drinks. RTD tea is especially looked by the consumers in orient as a health drink. RTD coffee is perceived as an instant energy source and it makes the consumer more alert.


Poultry Shares Rise On Sanderson

August 29, 2012 9:58 am

Shares of poultry producers rose on Tuesday after Sanderson Farms Inc. said it returned to a profit in the fiscal third quarter, helped by improving market conditions. Poultry and meat producers have suffered from high costs for feed and flat demand for poultry, but the pressure is slowly easing. Sanderson Farms' results beat analyst expectations and shares rose nearly 9 percent in afternoon trading.


Salmonella At Chamberlain Farms Matches Outbreak Strain

August 29, 2012 9:56 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press

A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed two Kentucky residents, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Salmonella collected from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella strain responsible for sickening 178 people.


Campbell To Roll Out Special-Edition Cans

August 29, 2012 9:54 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Campbell Soup is tapping Andy Warhol for another 15 minutes of fame.The world's biggest soup maker plans to introduce special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday. The 1.2 million cans will cost 75 cents each.


NY Probes Energy Drink Industry

August 29, 2012 9:50 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

High-octane energy drinks including 5-Hour Energy and Monster that promise healthy bursts of energy are getting pulled over in New York. New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas this summer to the drinks' makers, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation hasn't yet been made public.


73 Sickened By Salmonella-Tainted Mangoes

August 29, 2012 9:49 am

California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes. Authorities say they are still probing what prompted the outbreak of salmonella Braenderup cases in California. They are trying to identify which specific mango brands or sources might be tied to the illnesses.


Photo Of The Day: Campbell Channels Andy Warhol

August 29, 2012 9:47 am

In this photograph taken Aug. 24, 2012, new limited edition Campbell's tomato soup cans with art and sayings by artist Andy Warhol are seen at Campbell Soup Company in Camden, N.J. Campbell plans to introduce the special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.


Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty

August 28, 2012 12:57 pm

Earlier today, Brian Douglas pled guilty to felonious cruelty to animals—a class H felony in North Carolina. Douglas, along with several other Butterball employees, was documented violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks, forcefully throwing turkeys, and bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars.


Isaac Threatens Record Corn Harvest In Louisiana

August 28, 2012 12:53 pm

Tropical Storm Isaac could wreck what was looking like an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture, LSU AgCenter experts say. Cotton, soybeans, and corn all are likely to suffer from the storm expected to make landfall Tuesday as a hurricane packing torrential rains and punishing winds.


Heinz Expects Emerging Markets To Boost 1Q

August 28, 2012 12:50 pm

Food maker H.J. Heinz Co. on Tuesday said strength in emerging markets and a better tax rate will help push its first-quarter earnings above analyst expectations. The world's biggest ketchup maker expects net income of 87 cents per share. Analysts had expected 80 cents per share, according to FactSet. A year ago, net income totaled 78 cents per share, excluding one-time items.


Georgia Town To Demolish Historic Coca-Cola Building

August 28, 2012 12:46 pm | by CHRISTINA M. WRIGHT,The Telegraph

A vacant Coca-Cola bottling plant some Fort Valley residents consider historic will be demolished, and a Wendy's restaurant will be built in its place, according to a Monday City Council vote."It's an abomination," said Jo Anne Dankel, a strong opposer to the demolition. "They (council) sold out."


Former Energy-Drink CEO Sentenced For Tax Evasion

August 28, 2012 12:43 pm

A federal judge has sentenced the former chief executive officer of a Nevada energy drink company to more than four years in prison for tax evasion.Fifty-year-old Russell Pike used to run Xyience Inc., a sports energy drink company.


Consumer Trends: Small Bites And Food On A Stick

August 28, 2012 12:40 pm | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

For a perfect sweet ending to a dinner party consider a shared experience that also represents the convergence of several trends: fondue.Christine Couvelier, a food trend watcher, says fondue dovetails with three trends she has been tracking: food on a stick, small bites with big taste, and food memories.


Mangoes Pulled For Salmonella

August 28, 2012 9:48 am | by The Canadian Press

Federal health officials have expanded a recall of Daniella brand mangoes sold in western Canada due to possible Salmonella contamination.The Mexican-grown mangoes were distributed by a Vancouver-based importer at retail outlets across the country west of Ontario.


Sanderson Farms Posts 3Q Profit

August 28, 2012 9:47 am

Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net income of $28.7 million for its fiscal third quarter, a turnaround from a loss a year ago, as improved market conditions boosted revenue 22 percent.The results announced Tuesday beat Wall Street expectations, and its shares jumped almost 6 percent in premarket trading.


Drought-Stricken States Welcome Rain From Isaac

August 28, 2012 9:45 am | by JOSH FUNK,Associated Press

The remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Mississippi River valley this week, but experts say it's unlikely to break the drought gripping the Midwest. Along with the deluge of rain expected along the Gulf Coast when Isaac makes landfall, the National Weather Service predicts 2 to 6 inches of rain will fall in eastern Arkansas, southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.


Fresno Co. Pension Program Sues Liquor Producer

August 28, 2012 9:41 am

Fresno County's employee pension program has filed a lawsuit against a leading international liquor producer whose plunging stock price hurt the program's investments.The Employees' Retirement Association is suing the Central European Distribution Corporation alleging that misstatements artificially inflated the company's stock price.



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