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Hershey Wants To Tear Down Part Of Old Factory

October 24, 2012 9:57 am

The Hershey Co. plans to tears down part of the chocolate factory built by founder Milton Hershey after completing a move to new facilities across town. The chocolate company is seeking permission from Derry Township officials to tear down part of the former factory, although the iconic smokestacks and much of the building's office space would remain intact.

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Vintners: Wine And Fracking Don’t Mix

October 24, 2012 9:55 am | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allowed in New York's Finger Lakes region of postcard-perfect hills and crystal-clear lakes, the muddy well sites and rumbling trucks will not only endanger the environment but threaten the Finger Lakes' reputation for pristine beauty.

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U.S. Groups Win Challenge To Genetically Altered Crops

October 24, 2012 9:53 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press

A U.S. judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg rejected the federal government's argument that the environmental groups' lawsuit was moot because the Fish and Wildlife Service had already agreed to stop the practice after this year.

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BP Seeks Approval Of Gulf Oil Spill Deal

October 24, 2012 9:51 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

Oil giant BP has asked a federal judge to disregard objections from a fraction of claimants and give final approval to a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement over economic damages from the Gulf oil spill. BP was joined in the request by plaintiffs' attorneys who helped broker the class-action deal spawned by the 2010 disaster.

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Photo Of The Day: Wining About Fracking

October 24, 2012 9:48 am

Fred Frank poses for a photo in his vineyard at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Frank, worries the region's carefully tended reputation is in danger if tourists who make the long trip up from the New York City area and elsewhere have to deal with traffic created by gas drilling.

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Burger King Refranchises 42 Restaurants In Atlanta

October 23, 2012 1:20 pm

Burger King Worldwide today announced the refranchising of 42 company-owned BURGER KING® restaurants in the metro-Atlanta area to GPS Hospitality which is operated by Tom Garrett, former president and CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

SD Harvest Continues To Advance With Rain

October 23, 2012 1:17 pm

South Dakota's row crop harvest continued to progress last week, with nearly all of corn for grain harvested. The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 96 percent of the corn for grain has been harvested, up from 90 percent the previous week. This is above the five-year average of 34 percent.

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Wegmans Recalls A Brownie Mix Over Undeclared Milk

October 23, 2012 1:15 pm

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. says it's recalling a brownie mix after reports from two consumers about allergic reactions to undeclared milk in the product. The recall involves 17.2-ounce packages of Wegmans Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix the company started selling in May at its 80 supermarkets in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

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Kroger Stops Selling Sprouts Due To Health Risk

October 23, 2012 1:13 pm

Kroger says it has stopped stocking sprouts as of Monday because of their "potential food safety risk." The nation's largest traditional grocer joins Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, which pulled sprouts in 2010. The grocer says current technology can't assure that sprouts are safe to eat because germs can reside inside the seeds.

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Feds, Slaughterhouse Lock Horns Over Visit

October 23, 2012 1:11 pm

The legal action is the latest salvo in a seven-year feud between Hickory Hills Processing and the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service. Donald Carpenter said he's exempt from inspections because he only butchers animals, typically cows, for people who want meat for personal use. He doesn't have retail or wholesale sales.

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Consumer Trends: Moms, Food And Social Media

October 23, 2012 12:00 pm

Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture is a joint study by The Hartman Group and MSLGROUP Americas to explore how food culture in the United States has evolved under the influence of social and digital media.

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Syngenta Third Quarter 2012: Sustained Sales Growth

October 23, 2012 11:33 am

Sales in the third quarter of 2012 increased by 6 percent at constant exchange rates driven by an excellent performance in Latin America. Sales in the first nine months of the year increased by 9 percent to reach a record $11 billion, with volume up 6 percent and prices up 3 percent.

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Nebraska Harvest Roughly A Month Ahead Of Normal

October 23, 2012 11:30 am

Nebraska's corn and soybean harvest is roughly a month ahead of normal this fall, but the continued drought has hindered the winter wheat crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that this year's harvest continues to run on a different schedule in Nebraska.

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Jack Daniel's Toasts Sinatra With New Whiskey

October 23, 2012 11:28 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select will sell at major airports worldwide and high-end retail stores in the U.S. and perhaps abroad, said James Perry, an executive with Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp., parent of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.

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USDA Announces Ground Beef Recall

October 23, 2012 11:25 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Honolulu company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed to Oahu restaurants because the products may be contaminated with E. coli. The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday Higa Meat & Pork Market is recalling 10 pound bags of "Higa Market-Ground Beef Bulk."

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Five Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link

October 23, 2012 11:24 am | by David Dishneau and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press

The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating. The reports claim that people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.

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Photo Of The Day: Candy Bar Meets Cake

October 23, 2012 9:00 am

This Halloween, Tastykake is joining forces with North America's largest chocolate manufacturer, The Hershey Company, to introduce a new treat that combines the "best of both worlds." New Kandy Bar Kakes are the perfect blend of cake and candy, made with real quality ingredients and featuring HERSHEY'S most popular flavors.

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Consumer Trends: The Culture Of Eating Too Much

October 22, 2012 12:00 pm

While the increasing focus on products and nutrition panels has been somewhat helpful, The Hartman Group believes that the obesity issue is really one that is symptomatic of larger cultural shifts occurring in how people in America eat… and eat too much.

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SunTrust 3Q Earnings Up Sharply, But Shares Fall

October 22, 2012 11:56 am

SunTrust Banks Inc. on Monday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, largely due to the regional bank's sale of shares it owns in The Coca-Cola Co. But SunTrust reported higher expenses amid persistently low interest rates, and its shares slipped in morning trading.

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Land Battles Surface In Myanmar As Reforms Unfold

October 22, 2012 11:52 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer

The landscape of Mingaladon township on the northern outskirts of Myanmar's main city tells a story of economic upheaval. Skeletons of factories for a new industrial zone rise from thick green rice paddies local farmers say were seized by one of Myanmar's most powerful companies.

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