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Mexican Police Protect Pepsi Subsidiary After Attacks

May 30, 2012 9:58 am

Mexican police are providing stepped-up security for a PepsiCo subsidiary targeted by firebomb attacks over the weekend, official said Tuesday. About one hundred state and federal police are guarding the distribution centers of Sabritas, a Mexican snack firm owned by PepsiCo, said Julio Hernandez, a spokesman for western Michoacan state.

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North Korea Drought Worsens, Aid Unlikely

May 30, 2012 9:54 am

North Korea is mobilizing workers to irrigate farms and repair wells as officials report a serious drought that could worsen already critical food shortages. Help, however, is unlikely to come from the United States and South Korea following Pyongyang's widely criticized rocket launch.

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Photo Of The Day: 'Polygamist' Vodka Leaves Bad Taste In Idaho

May 30, 2012 9:48 am

The Idaho State Liquor Division says the vodka won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, claiming the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of the state's population.

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Delaware Pickle Plant To Close

May 29, 2012 1:02 pm

A New Jersey food company says it is closing a pickle production in Millsboro, putting about 200 employees out of work.

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Dairies Pamper Cows To Increase Milk Output

May 29, 2012 1:00 pm | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Cow comfort has become a key concern for the nation's farmers, who have known for generations that contented cows give more milk. The traditional techniques for keeping cows happy aren't complicated — feed them well, keep the temperature comfortable and give them room to move around. But some dairy farmers are turning to a new array of creative options intended to keep cows as mellow — and productive — as possible.

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Mild Winter Means Earlier Peaches For Ill. Growers

May 29, 2012 12:57 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Blessed by a mild winter and dodging spring freezes that commonly take their toll on peach blossoms, harvesting of some varieties already is under way at some Illinois orchards.

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Craft Beers Gain Popularity At The Ballpark

May 29, 2012 12:53 pm | by DAVE SKRETTA,AP Sports Writer

During a period of decline in overall beer consumption, the market for craft brews is rapidly expanding, and the trend is evident at ballparks from coast to coast. Many stadiums offer upward of 60 varieties, everything from Budweiser and Coors Light to Henry Weinhard's IPA.

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Radioactive Tuna Traveled 6,000 Miles

May 29, 2012 12:50 pm | by ALICIA CHANG,AP Science Writer

Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.

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Consumer Trends: Top Warm Weather Ordering Trends

May 29, 2012 12:47 pm

Spring is in full swing, and with the climbing temperatures comes the craving for seasonal fare. While traditional staples remain popular, GrubHub, the nation's number one online and mobile food ordering service, has identified the kabob as the new warm weather culinary trend, with the food item growing in order popularity by more than 25 percent since 2011.

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In Italy, Pasta Is Serious Business

May 29, 2012 10:02 am | by NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press

Pasta is serious business in Italy, and the recent blind taste test organized by the world's biggest pasta maker drove home that an awful lot of thought goes into making the simple combination of durum wheat semolina and water from which Italy's national dish is made.

Retail Meat Prices Continue To Climb

May 29, 2012 9:59 am | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

Meat prices are expected to rise faster than overall food costs in 2012. Prices rose in the spring and may increase an additional 1 percent to 3 percent this summer. Grill masters will find bargain harder to come by as retailers attempt to recoup some of their higher costs.

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Japanese Farmers Hope For Radiation-Free Rice

May 29, 2012 9:57 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA,AP Business Writer

Rice farming is almost sacred in rural Japan, and the government protects farmers with tight restrictions on imports. Many farmers are too close to the nuclear disaster to return to the fields, but others have gotten the go-ahead, even with the risk their harvests may end up being too radiated to ship.

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Jensen Farms Files For Bankruptcy

May 29, 2012 9:51 am

A Colorado farm that was traced to a listeria outbreak in cantaloupe last year has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its attorney said the filing should free up millions of dollars in insurance and other funds that could be distributed to victims.

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Mexico Suspects Drug Cartel In Pepsi Subsidiary Attacks

May 29, 2012 9:46 am | by MARK STEVENSON,Associated Press

A drug cartel lieutenant has been detained in a series of firebombing attacks on Mexican potato-chip company Sabritas, a subsidiary of U.S. food giant PepsiCo. Businessmen and experts said the attacks were the first coordinated targeting of a multinational company in Mexico's 5 ½-year-long drug war.

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Photo Of The Day: Drug Cartel Attacks Chip Plant

May 29, 2012 9:42 am

Over the weekend, unidentified gunmen launched a series of coordinated attacks against Sabritas' installations in the western state of Michoacan in what has been described as the most violent and concerted attack on a private transnational company in the country's 5 ½-year drug war. Sabritas is a subsidiary of PepsiCo.

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Stiff Competition Continues In Packaged Goods

May 25, 2012 11:39 am

With the Great Recession nearly four years in the rear view mirror, packaged goods companies would love to declare a truce when it comes to discounting.  But that could be premature if recent events prove prescient.

Economists: Farm Bill May Result In Lost Income For Dairy Farmers

May 25, 2012 11:31 am

Two dairy economists recently released intriguing reports on the dairy provisions of the 2012 Farm Bill issued last month by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The reports indicate that dairy stakeholders may not be getting their fair share of Farm Bill outlays and that the Dairy Market Stabilization program included in the Farm Bill would have limited the milk supply to processors nearly one-fifth of the time over the last six years.

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Egg Farmers, Animal Activists Face Off Over Egg Bill

May 25, 2012 11:27 am

The Association Of California Egg Farmers announced its support for the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 introduced by Diane Feinstein, just as the Humane Farming Association and other animal protection organizations relayed their opposition to the proposed law.

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40 Treated After Ammonia Leak At Pork Plant

May 25, 2012 11:17 am

An ammonia leak briefly disrupted operations at a northeast Nebraska pork plant and sent 40 workers to area hospitals for evaluation.

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Sugar, HFCS Fight Takes Bitter Turn

May 25, 2012 11:14 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The latest twist in the spat came after a recent medical study prompted headlines such as "Sugar can make you dumb." The Sugar Association issued a release this week noting the substance used in the study was actually fructose, not its sugar.

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