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Laid Off Beef Plant Workers Not Surprised

July 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Laid-off workers at the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen, S.D., say they haven't been paid for more than two weeks and that the plant hasn't slaughtered any cattle for more than three weeks. More than 250 workers were laid off Wednesday.


Raw Milk Pulled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

July 25, 2013 12:28 pm

A Washington creamery is recalling raw goat milk marketed for humans and pets because of possible E. coli contamination. St. John Creamery of Lake Stevens, Wash., is recalling both refrigerated and frozen raw goat milk sold in various-sized containers with brown caps.


Hershey 2Q Profit Rises on More Candy Sales

July 25, 2013 12:26 pm

Hershey's second-quarter net income increased 18 percent as the company sold more candy and costs for its ingredients dropped. The maker of Kit Kats, Twizzlers and Hershey's Kisses raised its outlook for the year and increased its dividend.


Daily Sound Bite: Protecting Lakes from Asian Carp

July 25, 2013 11:57 am

The Obama administration has released newly updated plans for keeping invasive Asian Carp from reaching key fishing locations in the Great Lakes. The plan calls for reinforcing electrical barriers as well as testing newer methods to block entry.


House GOP Considers Food Stamp Work Requirements

July 25, 2013 9:43 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

House Republicans are considering whether the work requirement should be strengthened as they seek cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program, which has doubled in cost over the last five years. One in seven Americans used the aid last year.


SD Beef Plant Lays Off Workers

July 25, 2013 9:40 am

More than 250 workers at the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen have been laid off. The American News reports that 260 workers were laid off during a meeting Wednesday morning. Beef plant officials have not commented on the layoffs.


Tacoma Council Approves Water Bottling Contract

July 25, 2013 9:38 am

The Tacoma City Council approved a contract between the city water utility and the Niagara Bottling company for a $50 million plant the company plans to open next spring in Frederickson. Niagara hopes to begin bottling Tacoma water in the spring of 2014.


Coca-Cola, Pepsi See Soda Declines Continue

July 25, 2013 9:36 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Not even lower-calorie options can convince Americans to drink more soda. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. all sold less soda in the second quarter in North America, dashing hopes that splashy new marketing and different sweetener mixes could get drinkers back.


Feds Update Plan to Protect Great Lakes from Asian Carp

July 25, 2013 9:30 am | by JOHN FLESHER,AP Environmental Writer

A $50 million federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including using water guns and hormonal fish love potions.


Photo of the Day: Defending Against the Asian Carp

July 25, 2013 9:26 am

Federal programs designed to make headway on some of the Great Lakes' most longstanding ecological problems, from harbors caked with toxic sludge to the threat of an Asian carp attack, would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel.

Consumer Trends: Canned Food Is King

July 24, 2013 1:00 pm

A new survey reveals that for a majority of Americans, a home-cooked meal means turning to their pantry. An overwhelming 98 percent of Americans currently have canned foods in their kitchens, with the average pantry stocked with 24 cans.


Domino’s Pizza 2Q Profit Up 19 Percent

July 24, 2013 12:34 pm

Domino's Pizza said its second-quarter profit rose 19 percent as sales grew in established stores and the pizza chain opened new locations outside the U.S. Domino's earned $33.3 million, or 57 cents per share, for the period ended June 16.


Fargo Brewing Co. Creates First Batch of Homemade Craft Beer

July 24, 2013 12:32 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

The Fargo Brewing Co., the largest craft brewer in North Dakota, has been selling its Wood Chipper India Pale Ale and other varieties of beer for more than two years, but the four native sons who founded the company unveiled something new Tuesday: their first homemade beer.


Bourbon Blend Honors Longtime Whiskey Maker

July 24, 2013 12:25 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Kentucky's renowned bourbons are being mixed for a special blend to benefit efforts to cure a disease and as a tribute to longtime Heaven Hill Distilleries master distiller Parker Beam, who has carried on a long whiskey-making tradition.


Feds Conducting Secondary Review on Smithfield Deal

July 24, 2013 12:23 pm

Smithfield Foods Inc. says the U.S. government is conducting a secondary review of its pending takeover by China's largest meat producer. The company said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States plans to conduct an additional 45-day investigation.


PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Sticks with Mixed Portfolio

July 24, 2013 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said its mixed portfolio played a role, underscoring its resistance to splitting up its drinks and snacks businesses. The company said higher prices helped lift revenue for its Americas food division.


Daily Sound Bite: Horse Slaughterhouse Faces Setback

July 24, 2013 10:54 am

After a long regulatory battle, a New Mexico company seeking to open a horse slaughterhouse and processing facility was denied a wastewater permit while two high-profile figures came out against the project, vowing to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to block the opening of the facility.


Dr Pepper Snapple Net Income Drops in 2Q

July 24, 2013 9:38 am

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said that its net income declined 13 percent in the second quarter, hampered in part by higher commodity costs, bad weather and cautious consumer spending. The soft drink maker also cut its full-year revenue forecast.


Kansas, Chinese Province Pledge Agriculture Partnership

July 24, 2013 9:33 am

Gov. Sam Brownback said a new agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province to work on agriculture, food safety and bioscience projects is "a major step forward" in furthering their trade relationship. Brownback led a successful trade mission last week to China.


Taco Bell Nixing Kids’ Meals

July 24, 2013 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The chain said it will start removing the options this month at select restaurants, and that it anticipates that no U.S. restaurants will have them by next January. Taco Bell has traditionally gone after younger men who want to load up on fast-food for cheap.



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