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Starbucks Opens First India Store In Mumbai

October 19, 2012 12:43 pm | by ERIKA KINETZ, AP Business Writer

After over six years of studying the local market, Starbucks is making a rapid-fire entry into Asia's third-largest economy. Coffee houses are still a relatively new trend in India, and the chains already in business sell cappuccinos and lattes well below Starbucks' usual prices.

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ADM Now Owns 15 Percent Of Australia's GrainCorp

October 19, 2012 12:42 pm

Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, seeking to acquire GrainCorp, said Friday that it now owns nearly 15 percent of the Australian grain handler. Archer Daniels Midland Co. purchased a 10 percent stake in GrainCorp Ltd. Thursday night, adding to its existing 4.9 percent holding.

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WA Apple Farmers May See Boon From Bad Weather

October 19, 2012 12:40 pm | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press

For apple farmers in producing states like New York and Michigan, this has been a forgettable year, with severe declines in production of as much as 90 percent. But it is amounting to a boon for Washington state growers, who are already in the midst of a near record harvest, and now looking forward to higher demand and prices for their produce.

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Consumer Trends: Improving Attitudes Toward Modern Food Production

October 19, 2012 12:00 pm

Consumer attitudes toward modern food production technologies can be significantly improved by providing information from credible sources that helps consumers understand the broader social benefits of today’s systems, according to new research from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI).

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Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Opens First Store In India

October 19, 2012 10:06 am

Employees of the newly inaugurated first India outlet of Starbucks work at a counter in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle-based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers.

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JBS To Reach Out To XL Foods Union, Community

October 19, 2012 8:42 am | by The Canadian Press

The union and company taking over management of a troubled Alberta meat packer say they want to work together to make the XL Foods plant a success. JBS USA operates eight beef plants in the United States and all employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

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Farmer: Md. Poultry Lawsuit Stresses Out Family

October 19, 2012 8:39 am | by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

Alan Hudson, who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue, is being sued by a New York-based environmental group. The group, the Waterkeeper Alliance, says Hudson's chicken-raising operation on his farm in Berlin polluted a nearby river. The group also sued Perdue, saying it should be responsible for the pollution because it owns Hudson's chickens and monitors their growth.

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Nestle Sales Growth Eases As Global Economy Cools

October 19, 2012 8:37 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday said its sales growth slowed to 11 percent in the first nine months of 2012 as demand eased both in developed economies and emerging markets, where high growth is starting to cool off.

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Smucker's Uncrustables Sold To Schools Recalled

October 19, 2012 8:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Officials have told school lunch programs across the country to check to see whether they have any Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches that might contain peanut butter made by a New Mexico company that is being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination.

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New Mexico Peanut Capital At Heart Of National Peanut Butter Recall

October 19, 2012 8:32 am | by Jeri Clausing, The Associated Press

The country's largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after massive recall of scores of products linked to a salmonella outbreak. The recall has particularly affected peanut butter and nut products grown and processed in the flat, dusty eastern New Mexico town of Portales. 

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Peanut Butter Recall Affects Some ND Charities

October 18, 2012 1:38 pm

A national peanut butter recall is affecting some North Dakota charities. Some Community Action agencies distributed some of the Sunland Inc. peanut butter to clients in August. Postcards with disposal instructions have been mailed to about 800 clients served in Grand Forks, Nelson, Walsh, and Pembina counties.

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CEO: General Mills “Hungry To Help” In Africa

October 18, 2012 1:35 pm

At the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, today, General Mills CEO Ken Powell addressed attendees on the company’s efforts to fight hunger in Africa through collaboration and employee volunteerism. He discussed General Mills’ ability as a food company to help alleviate hunger by leveraging the skills of the many General Mills employee volunteers who are eager to give back.

Hershey Named To Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

October 18, 2012 1:29 pm

The Hershey Company, along with six others in the Food & Beverage category, has been selected to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). The Index is determined by SAM (Sustainable Asset Management), in partnership with the S&P and Dow Jones Indices.

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Drought Conditions Ease In Key Midwest Farm States

October 18, 2012 1:23 pm | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer

Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is wrapping up. The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly update released Thursday shows that 62.4 percent of the lower 48 states remained mired in some form of drought, down more than a percentage point from the previous week and a welcome sign for farmers enduring the nation's worst drought in decades.

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EU Mulls Ways To Reduce Use Of Food-Based Biofuel

October 18, 2012 1:20 pm

Europe is considering limiting the amount of food-based biofuels that can count toward its renewable fuel targets while a drought in the U.S. has pushed up food prices worldwide and millions around the world go hungry. As part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the European Union had previously decided that 10 percent of the fuel used for transport in the 27-country bloc must come from renewable sources by 2020.

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Consumer Trends: Marketing To Hispanic Consumers

October 18, 2012 12:00 pm

Marketing to the Hispanic consumer is now a worn-out refrain. For the past two decades (at a minimum), America’s businesses have been on a quest to connect with the nation’s largest ethnic and fastest-growing demographic group. It is a mission to cash in on opportunities for future revenue growth, but also a journey fraught with peril for some marketers.

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Nestle Sales Growth Eases As Global Economy Cools

October 18, 2012 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday said its sales growth slowed to 11 percent in the first nine months of 2012 as demand eased both in developed economies and emerging markets, where high growth is starting to cool off.

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HSUS Hatches Bid To Unseat Iowa Lawmaker

October 18, 2012 9:20 am | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States calls its campaign to unseat Rep. Steve King of Iowa "Stop the King of Cruelty." Its ads take King to task for his opposition to bills related to dogfighting and requiring emergency management offices to account for pets and service dogs in their preparedness plans.

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XL Foods Plant To Be Taken Over

October 18, 2012 9:15 am

A subsidiary of a Brazilian-based company is taking over management of XL Foods, the Alberta plant at the heart of one of the largest beef recalls in Canada's history. In a news release, JBS USA, the buyer, says the agreement also provides the company an exclusive option to buy the Canadian and U.S. operations of XL Foods.

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Green Mountain's Shares Up On International Plans

October 18, 2012 9:12 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. jumped Wednesday after the company disclosed that it has hired someone to lead the international development of its business. The company pioneered the single-serve coffee market in the U.S. with its Keurig machines and grew quickly on their popularity.

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