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Hormel Profit Squeezed By High Prices

February 24, 2012 9:53 am

Foodmaker Hormel Foods Corp. reported a fiscal first-quarter profit on Thursday that fell 14 percent as it was squeezed by high pork prices and sales volumes fell 2 percent.

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Immigrants Push For Guest Worker IDs

February 24, 2012 9:49 am

A group of Mexican farm workers and several dairy farmers have testified in support of a guest worker program for the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 immigrants who work on Vermont's dairy farms.

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Wounded Warrior Program Heads To The Kitchen

February 24, 2012 9:47 am

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization runs a range of programs for wounded veterans at locations ranging from college campuses to ski slopes. The group brought its first batch of veterans into the kitchen last week in partnership with the culinary institute.

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Ben & Jerry's Launches Frozen Greek Yogurt Line

February 24, 2012 9:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Ben & Jerry's is stirring the Greek yogurt craze with a new line of frozen treats. Greek yogurt has been gaining followers in recent years in large part because of its nutritional benefits. Fans also say they like the creamier texture, achieved when whey is strained from the yogurt.

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Food Safety Expert: Don't Rely On Third-Party Audits

February 24, 2012 9:40 am | by REMA RAHMAN,Associated Press

A food safety expert told Colorado farmers Thursday that last year's deadly listeria outbreak traced to Colorado cantaloupe proved that they cannot rely on third-party inspections to guarantee their produce is safe.

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Photo Of The Day: Vets Bond In the Kitchen

February 24, 2012 9:36 am

Members of the Wounded Warrior Project prepare dishes during culinary bootcamp at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. The veterans learned some kitchen tips, but seemed to enjoy even more the chance to spend four intense days with people who have faced similar hurdles.

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Military Food Supplier Wants Fraud Charges Dismissed

February 23, 2012 1:15 pm

A Kuwaiti military food supplier is asking a judge to dismiss charges that it defrauded the U.S. government on a multibillion-dollar contract to feed soldiers in the Middle East.

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Woman Sues Taco Bell Over Salmonella

February 23, 2012 1:10 pm

A 22-year-old Oklahoma woman who says she contracted Salmonella after eating at Taco Bell has sued the fast-food company, seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

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S.D. Tribe Seeks To Limit Alcohol Sales In Neb. Town

February 23, 2012 1:08 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Leaders of a South Dakota American Indian tribe who are suing beer makers, distributors and retailers are now asking a judge to restrict alcohol sales in a tiny Nebraska town that borders their reservation.

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Campbell Soup Rolls Out New Products

February 23, 2012 1:05 pm

Campbell Soup Co. is hoping to draw in younger consumers and meet the needs of those looking for fast, inexpensive meals, with plans to roll out a variety of soups in pouches and sauces that can be used to create dinners quickly.

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Pepsi Hopes To Gain Ground With Mid-Calorie Soda

February 23, 2012 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Pepsi hopes to win back soda drinkers with a compromise. Some people don't like the calories in regular soda, but loathe the taste of diet. So the nation's No. 2 cola company is rolling out "Pepsi Next," a mid-calorie drink that has about half the calories of regular Pepsi at 60 calories per can.

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Consumer Trends: Frozen Food Trends Highlighted At Convention

February 23, 2012 12:55 pm

The 2012 American Frozen Food Institute Convention featured a presentation on just-completed survey data highlighting current consumer preferences, trends, opinions and policymaker views of key food issues.

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Chiquita Narrows 4Q Loss

February 23, 2012 10:01 am

The bananas, pineapples and bagged salads supplier said late Tuesday that its loss in the October-December quarter narrowed from the same period in 2010. When excluding special items such as the cost of laying off employees as part of its headquarters move to Cincinnati from Charlotte, N.C., Chiquita said it lost 12 cents per share.

Obama Seeks To Lower Corporate Tax Rate

February 23, 2012 9:57 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is proposing to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and wants an even lower effective rate for manufacturers, a senior administration official says, as the White House lays down an election-year marker in the debate over tax policy.

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White House Chef Serves Up Plates And Policy

February 23, 2012 9:54 am | by NANCY BENAC,Associated Press

Sam Kass has a to-die-for job as personal chef to the Obama family but whipping up their meals is probably the least important part of his portfolio.

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Iraq Stops Buying U.S. Rice

February 23, 2012 9:51 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

The talk of the day among Ray Stoesser and other rice farmers is Iraq's decision not to buy U.S. rice, a stinging move that adds to a stressful year punctuated by everything from drought to unusual heat.

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Conn. Bill Looks To Label Engineered Food

February 23, 2012 9:46 am | by SHANNON YOUNG,Associated Press

Neither the federal government nor any state currently has a labeling requirement that applies to all genetically modified foods. Connecticut is among nearly 20 states considering a labeling mandate amid health concerns that supporters of the legislation have raised about such foods.

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Photo Of The Day: Plates And Policy

February 23, 2012 9:42 am

Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass's job as personal chef to the Obama family is probably the least important part of his portfolio. He also is the White House senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives.

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Mo. Officials Cautious After Sweetener Failure

February 22, 2012 1:15 pm | by WES DUPLANTIER,Associated Press

Five months ago, the failure of a sweetener factory project in a northern Missouri town sent a jolt through the state's small towns about the risk of putting money into startup companies. Now, small cities across the state are trying to learn from Moberly's mess, with some saying they're being more careful about supporting new projects — even as they face pressure to create jobs quickly in the down economy.

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Antimicrobial Protein Protects Grapevines From Pathogen

February 22, 2012 1:12 pm

A team of researchers has found a way to ensure that your evening glass of wine will continue to be available, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce's Disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry's valuable grapevines.

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