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Duff Goldman Opens Make-Your-Own-Cake Shop

June 22, 2012 9:49 am | by MICHELE KAYAL,For The Associated Press

Celebrity baker Duff Goldman, the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," on Thursday opens Duff's Cakemix, a make-your-own-cake shop next to his Los Angeles bakery Charm City Cakes West, where novices and experts alike can dabble in fondant, cake tattoos and airbrushed designs.

Okla. Supreme Court Considers Wine In Groceries

June 22, 2012 9:47 am | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

Allowing grocery stores in Oklahoma's largest counties to sell wine would create a new convenience for people who now must buy it at tightly regulated package liquor stores, an attorney for supporters of the proposal told the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Towns Try To Loosen Food Regulations

June 22, 2012 9:46 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Towns in several states are adopting local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.

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Photo Of The Day: Make Your Own Cake

June 22, 2012 9:43 am

Customers can create make-your-own cakes at Duff's Cakemix, a new venture owned by chef, Duff Goldman, next door to his bakery, Charm City Cakes West.

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Snack Dip Company To Expand Va. Plant

June 21, 2012 1:05 pm

Snack dip company Sabra plans to expand its manufacturing plant and establish a research and development facility in Chesterfield County.

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Senate Brings Big Changes To Food And Farm Policy

June 21, 2012 1:03 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

Briefly putting election-year politics aside, the Senate on Thursday moved toward strong approval of legislation assuring that farmers hit by bad times will be protected and that millions of others hurt by the bad economy won't go hungry.

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Hershey To Help Restore Cocoa Growing In Mexico

June 21, 2012 1:02 pm

The Hershey Company and cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas de Cacao SA de CV, a member of the Ecom Cocoa Group, have launched the Mexico Cocoa Project, a 10-year, $2.8 million initiative to reintroduce cocoa growing in southern Mexico and help restore the country’s beleaguered cocoa farming industry.

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Snyder Chip Plant Marks 65 Years

June 21, 2012 12:59 pm | by MICHELLE GANASSI,Daily American

Every day about 10,000 cases of snacks leave the Snyder of Berlin plant and travel around the country. This year the Berlin Borough business will celebrate its 65th anniversary. Although ownership may have changed a few times since 1947, the company has continued to operate and grow.

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Quaker Oats Workers Claim $241M Jackpot

June 21, 2012 12:57 pm | by LUKE MEREDITH,Associated Press

Workers at a Quaker Oats plant claimed their share of the largest lottery prize in Iowa history on Wednesday, sporting bright red T-shirts and traveling into town on a chartered bus before smiling for news cameras as confetti flew during a celebratory news conference.

Consumer Trends: Retail Foods Are Strong Competition For Restaurants

June 21, 2012 12:53 pm

Restaurants and retailers have a long history of competing over consumers' share of stomach. That competition becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what's for dinner. If money is tight, retailers often win the family dinner battle by offering appealing ready-to-eat center-of-plate options, easily paired with sides.

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ConAgra Posts 4Q Loss

June 21, 2012 9:52 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, weighed down by a charge related to pension accounting changes. But its adjusted earnings and revenue topped Wall Street's expectations as did its fiscal 2013 earnings forecast.

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Ice Cream Man Not Laughing At Good Humor Shortage

June 21, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU,Associated Press

Good Humor's parent company Unilever PLC said a sales spike during the unusually warm spring and challenges linked to next month's closing of its Hagerstown manufacturing plant have limited its ability to supply ice cream trucks with Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair bars.

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Starbucks Opening First Tazo Tea Shop

June 21, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Seattle-based cafe chain says its first Tazo tea shop will open near its headquarters and will include a tea bar where customers can blend their own tea mixes with the help of a store worker the company is calling a "tea partner."

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Ammonia Leak Forces Tyson Plant To Close For A Day

June 21, 2012 9:45 am

Officials say an ammonia leak Wednesday forced a beef slaughterhouse in western Iowa to close down for a day.

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Senate Retains Sugar Program

June 21, 2012 9:42 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The Senate voted Wednesday not to tamper with the Depression-era program that protects U.S. sugar growers as it sped toward completion of a $500 billion bill to operate farm and food programs over the next five years.

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Photo Of The Day: Tea Time

June 21, 2012 9:40 am

Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday, June 20, 2012, that it is planning to open its first tea shop, under its Tazo Brand.

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Burger King Returns To NYSE

June 20, 2012 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's No. 2 hamburger chain had last traded as a public company between 2006 and 2010 before it was purchased and taken private by investment firm 3G Capital.

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Getting The Most Nutrients From Your Salad

June 20, 2012 12:57 pm

The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won't get much benefit without the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows.

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Uneviscerated Fish Recalled Due To Botulism Risk

June 20, 2012 12:55 pm

Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. is recalling fish that was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

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Senate Rejects Proposal To Trim Food Stamp Program

June 20, 2012 12:52 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The Senate on Tuesday began plowing through 73 amendments to a $500 billion bill that will set farm policy and fund the food stamp program over the next five years. One of its first votes was to reject a proposal to trim food stamp spending.

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