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Senate Panel Passes Utah Liquor Law Changes

February 28, 2012 12:28 pm

Utah's liquor commission will increase by two members and the governor will have direct oversight of operations under a bill moving to the Senate floor.

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SunOpta Cuts Jobs, Restructures Business

February 28, 2012 12:26 pm

SunOpta Inc. said Monday that it will cut 6 percent of its workforce and reorganize some of the underperforming parts of its business. The company, based in Toronto, processes products for natural, organic and specialty foods.

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Fresh Del Monte Produce 4Q Loss Widens

February 28, 2012 12:24 pm

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s fourth-quarter loss widened slightly as demand for its produce softened. Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh said in a statement on Tuesday that rising fuel costs and the weak European economy weighed on consumer demand.

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Sanderson Farms Narrows 1Q Loss

February 28, 2012 12:20 pm

Chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed as expenses declined compared with a year-ago results that also reflected a hefty inventory adjustment.

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Consumer Trends: Convenience, Quality & Selection Affect Fruit & Vegetable Consumption

February 28, 2012 12:17 pm

How many servings of fruits and vegetables people eat may have more to do with the food shopping experience than with produce costs, according to a study by researchers at RTI International and George Washington University.

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Mississippi City Still Hopes For Peanut Plant

February 28, 2012 10:07 am

Although an Oklahoma peanut processor says it has no solid plans for a shelling plant outside its home state, Greenwood's economic development leaders believe one eventually will come to their city.

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Concerns Raised About Alaska Mine Study

February 28, 2012 10:05 am | by BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press

The group behind a massive copper and gold prospect near a world premier salmon fishery has released what has been billed as "one of the most exhaustive environmental study programs in the history of U.S. mineral development."

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Syria Crops Stored In Arctic Doomsday Vault

February 28, 2012 10:01 am | by KARL RITTER,Associated Press

The latest additions mean that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — a master backup to the world's other seed banks — has now secured more than 740,000 samples since it opened in a remote Norwegian archipelago in 2008. That represents an estimated three-quarters of the biological diversity of the world's major food crops, said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which maintains the vault with Norway's government and the Nordic Genetic Resources Center.

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Center For Food Integrity Analyzes Undercover Farm Video

February 28, 2012 9:59 am

Hidden camera investigations at livestock farms have heightened public attention on animal care issues. In an effort to foster a more balanced conversation and to provide credible feedback to promote continuous improvement in farm animal care, the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) has created an Animal Care Review panel.

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Food Companies Market 'Second Breakfast'

February 28, 2012 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

On-the-go Americans increasingly are consuming their morning calories over several hours instead of sitting down to devour a plate of pancakes, bacon and eggs in one sitting. The case of the morning munchies is being fueled by the belief that it's healthier to eat several smaller meals instead of three squares a day.

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Photo Of The Day: The Doomsday Food Vault

February 28, 2012 9:49 am

Chick peas, fava beans and other seeds from a facility in strife-torn Syria are among the 25,000 new samples being deposited this week in an Arctic seed vault built to protect food crops from wars and natural disasters, officials said.

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Court Revives Suit Against Iowa School Foods Group

February 27, 2012 12:57 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

In a case closely watched by food companies and schools, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday revived a lawsuit that challenges the legality of a nonprofit corporation formed to negotiate discounts from vendors who serve public schools.

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Kellogg Rolls Out New Products

February 27, 2012 12:54 pm

Kellogg Company is continuing to build momentum with new product innovations by introducing nearly two dozen new U.S. products in early 2012.

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Mars Chocolate Unveils Solar Garden

February 27, 2012 12:49 pm

Mars Chocolate North America, makers of Las Vegas' own Ethel M Chocolates, announced today the grand opening of a new solar garden at its Henderson chocolate factory. The state-of-the-art solar installation provides 100 percent of the electrical energy to the Ethel Ms plant during peak operating hours.

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Plant Fire Forces Popcorn Plant To Move Some Operations

February 27, 2012 12:45 pm

A western Kentucky popcorn plant shifted some operations to Illinois in the months after a fire destroyed the business's processing and packaging center.

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Filming On Farms Could Be Banned In Utah

February 27, 2012 12:43 pm | by JOSH LOFTIN,Associated Press

Filming on farms, ranches and dairies could be prohibited in Utah by a bill moving to the Senate this week, despite concerns that animal abuse will go unreported.

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Consumer Trends: Convenience Stores Step Up Food Offerings

February 27, 2012 12:39 pm

In a sign that convenience store operators are successfully ramping up their foodservice efforts, industry consultants Technomic found that average unit volumes for c-stores offering prepared food and dispensed beverages jumped to more than $136k in 2011, up from $123k in 2007.

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Palm Oil Group Comments On Environmental Criticism

February 27, 2012 10:11 am

A number of environmental groups have unfairly and inaccurately misled the public about the palm oil industry's positive efforts to minimize environmental impact and maintain animal habitats, especially in Malaysia.

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'Failed City' Has Sweet History

February 27, 2012 10:07 am | by ERIKA NIEDOWSKI,Associated Press

While Central Falls is often called a "failed city" that was taken over by the state and later filed for bankruptcy, a new project is highlighting a very different story: its history as a chocolate manufacturer during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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China Brings Supermarket Culture To North Korea

February 27, 2012 10:04 am

The market-savvy Chinese are introducing the pleasures of the megamart to a small niche of North Koreans, and flooding the country's border regions with cheap goods.

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