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Assets From Failed Sweetener Plant To Be Auctioned

July 31, 2012 10:05 am

The bondholder trustee for a failed artificial sweetener facility that was supposed to have brought more than 600 jobs in central Missouri said it will auction off assets this fall because it could not find a buyer for the plant.

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Coca-Cola Move Seen As Early CEO Succession Test

July 31, 2012 10:03 am

The Coca-Cola Co. is streamlining its business and raising the profiles of two key executives, a move that could better position them to eventually succeed CEO Muhtar Kent.

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Photo Of The Day: Parched Produce

July 31, 2012 9:58 am

The potato yield at King's Hill Farm in Mineral Point, Wis., is about one fifth of the expected yield, but is the farm's only salvageable crop after the other crops perished in the drought gripping large sections of the Midwest.

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ConAgra Buys Bertolli, P.F. Chang’s Frozen Brands

July 30, 2012 12:59 pm

ConAgra Foods is adding the Bertolli and P.F. Chang's brands to its line of frozen foods that already includes Healthy Choice, Banquet and Marie Callender's products.

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East Coast Fisheries Chief Faces Challenges

July 30, 2012 12:57 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

New England's fishing industry is in the middle of what some fear is a fatal squeeze between fishery science, which shows key species in poor health, and federal law demanding tough cuts to protect the fish.

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Maine Expects Largest Blueberry Harvest Since 2000

July 30, 2012 12:55 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

This year's crop is projected to come in between 90 million to 95 million pounds, with the monthlong harvest kicking into gear the first week of August. If the yield reaches 90 million pounds, it would be the largest harvest since 2000, when production reached a record 110 million pounds.

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Cal-Maine Has Strong 4Q

July 30, 2012 12:53 pm

Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods says its net income grew more than five-fold in its fiscal fourth quarter as it produced and sold more eggs in the period on stronger consumer demand and got a lift from a one-time gain related to a joint venture.

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Coca-Cola Streamlining Operating Structure

July 30, 2012 12:51 pm

Starting next year, the world's largest beverage company says its business will be built around three units: Coca-Cola Americas, Coca-Cola International and a bottling division, which will oversee the company's bottling operations outside North America.

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Consumer Trends: Canadians Confident In Food Safety

July 30, 2012 12:48 pm

Canadians are confident in Canada's food safety system, according to results from a recent study commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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Mich. Ag Dept. Head Works To Improve Food Safety

July 30, 2012 10:14 am | by DAVID RUNK,Associated Press

Jamie Clover Adams notes that ensuring food safety remains at the core of the department's mission. With more funding for the coming budget year approved by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder, she said, the department is stepping up those efforts.

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Unemployment Could Stay High As U.S. Economy Slows

July 30, 2012 10:12 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

High unemployment isn't going away — not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.

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House To Vote On Drought Relief, Farm Bill

July 30, 2012 10:10 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House, under pressure to extend relief to drought-hit farmers and ranchers before Congress begins its summer recess, is expected to take up legislation this week to revive several expired disaster assistance programs.

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Recalled Onions Affect Whole Foods, Trader Joe's Products

July 30, 2012 10:07 am

Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have recalled products containing onions from a Southern California grower and food processing firm that has voluntarily recalled packaged onions and celery because they may be contaminated with Listeria.

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Some Food Brands Take A Stand In U.S. Gay Marriage Fight

July 30, 2012 10:03 am | by PATRICK CONDON and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press

While fast-food chain Chick-fil-A set off a furor opposing same-sex unions this month, other companies — including big names like General Mills and Nabisco — are brushing off fears that support for gay marriage could hurt their bottom line.

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Photo of The Day: Fifth Of U.S. In Worst Stages Of Drought

July 30, 2012 10:00 am

A report showed the drought's intensity is rapidly increasing, with 20 percent of the nation now in the two worst stages of drought.

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Danone Sales Grow 7.7 Percent In First Half

July 27, 2012 10:59 am

French food and drink company Danone reported Friday that its revenue grew 7.7 percent in the first half of the year, as it continues to expand in Asia to offset stagnant growth in its core market of Europe.

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Starbucks Cuts Outlook As Economy Struggles

July 27, 2012 10:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks managed to sell pricey lattes and wrangle its way out of the Great Recession stronger than ever. Now the coffee chain is again being pressured by a slowing global economy.

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U.S. Drought Rapidly Intensifying

July 27, 2012 10:55 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

The drought covering two-thirds of the continental U.S. had been considered relatively shallow, the product of months without rain, rather than years. But Thursday's report showed its intensity is rapidly increasing, with 20 percent of the nation now in the two worst stages of drought — up 7 percent from last week.

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Chick-fil-A Sandwiches Become A Political Symbol

July 27, 2012 10:51 am | by BILL BARROW,Associated Press

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.

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Fire Destroys New Orleans Bakery

July 27, 2012 10:47 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

A fire has gutted a bakery that pleased New Orleans' tastes for generations with its locally iconic line of fried snack pies.

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