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Photo Of The Day: Tweaking Wendy's Pigtails

October 12, 2012 9:35 am

For the first time since 1983, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company announced it is updating its logo on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. In a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain, instead of the boxy, old-fashioned lettering against a red-and-yellow backdrop, the pared down new look features the chain’s name in a casual red font against a clean white backdrop.

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Pair Cleared Of Theft In ‘M-A-S-H’ Hot Dog Feud

October 11, 2012 12:57 pm

The grandson of an Ohio man who founded a hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" was acquitted Thursday of scheming with a company controller to steal nearly $250,000 from the restaurant that sells its hot dog sauce and pickles in food stores nationwide.

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AME Chicago 2012 Offers Special Interest Sessions

October 11, 2012 12:55 pm

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence will welcome 2,500 manufacturing practitioners from around the world to Chicago October 15 to 19, 2012, to gain insights from keynote speakers, share best practices with other professionals and explore world-class facilities.

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Drought Holds Steady, Clouds Winter Crop Outlook

October 11, 2012 12:50 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The nation's worst drought in decades showed no signs of improvement last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains where the corn harvest is about two-thirds complete, clouding the prospects for the winter wheat crop, according to a drought report released Thursday.

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Recalled Herring May Be Tainted By Listeria

October 11, 2012 12:49 pm

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets says a Brooklyn company is recalling herring fillets because they may be contaminated by listeria. The Four Seasons Dairy Inc., is recalling herring "Fillet Atlantic Recipe in Oil." No illnesses have been reported yet.

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XL Foods Proceeds To Next Stage Of Review

October 11, 2012 12:47 pm

As part of a rigorous review of Establishment 38, XL Foods Inc., the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will allow the facility to proceed to the next stage in the review process. Beginning today, CFIA officials will monitor the plant's food safety controls in action by allowing the plant to process carcasses under continued strict conditions.

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Consumer Trends: Flavored Varieties Fuel Vodka Sales

October 11, 2012 12:44 pm

Consumer interest in flavored vodka is expanding, evidenced by the 23.3 percent gain that catapulted the segment to account for more than one-quarter of total U.S. vodka volume in 2011. Flavored vodka increased 3.3 million 9-liter cases in 2011 to rank among the fastest-growing segments of the spirits industry, reveals Technomic's Special Trends in Adult Beverage (TAB) Report: Vodka Category Close-up.

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5-hour ENERGY Maker Plans $25M Plant Expansion

October 11, 2012 9:47 am

An energy drink maker is planning a $25 million expansion that's expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to a northern Indiana city. Living Essentials, the producer of 5-hour ENERGY, announced Wednesday it would build and equip a plant in Wabash with a total of 1 million square feet to be added in phases.

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Kellogg Reaffirms 2012 Guidance

October 11, 2012 9:45 am

Kellogg Co. reaffirmed its full-year earnings guidance on Wednesday, saying that strong performance from its recently acquired Pringles brand offset costs for the anticipated costs a recent recall of Mini-Wheats cereal. The company, based in Battle Creek, Mich., is one of the nation's largest food makers with products ranging from Corn Flakes cereal to Keebler cookies.

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Last 6.5-oz. U.S. Coke Bottle Rolls Off The Line

October 11, 2012 9:41 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

It's the end of an era for Coca-Cola lovers, as the last 6.5-ounce returnable, glass bottle rolls off the production line. A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

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Mini-Wheats Cereals Recalled For Metal Fragments

October 11, 2012 9:37 am

Kellogg has initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.

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Monster Shares Fall After Downgrade

October 11, 2012 9:35 am

Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Wednesday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowered his rating on the energy drink maker, citing slowing sales growth and regulatory risks. After years of growth, Monster faces tough year-over comparisons, analyst Mark Astrachan noted.

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Photo Of The Day: End Of The Line

October 11, 2012 9:32 am

The small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

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Wash. Liquor Sales Show Continued Strength

October 10, 2012 12:41 pm

Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system. State figures released Tuesday show that sales by volume were up 12 percent in August compared to the year earlier. That increase came despite prices being up 10 percent. Tax revenue was also up by about $4 million in the month.

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Rice Seller Climbs In First Day On NYSE

October 10, 2012 12:40 pm

Shares of basmati rice seller Amira are rising in their first day of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange after the company raised $90 million in an initial public stock offering. Amira Nature Foods Ltd., which is based in the United Arab Emirates, sells packaged rice grown in India in more than 40 countries.

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Multiple Peanut Butter Ice Creams Recalled

October 10, 2012 12:38 pm

Missouri and California ice cream makers are recalling their peanut butter ice cream products because the peanut butter in the products came from Sunland, Inc. Sunland recalled everything produced in its New Mexico plant after a peanut butter sold at Trader Joe's was linked to a salmonella outbreak.

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Food Safety Officials Review Report On XL Foods

October 10, 2012 12:33 pm | by The Canadian Press

Food safety officials are reviewing a report on a pre-inspection of the Alberta beef plant that is closed over E. coli concerns. Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff went through the XL Foods plant in Brooks on Tuesday to see if the company has fixed problems that led to a massive international recall of beef products.

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Calif. Couple Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Cheese Importer

October 10, 2012 12:31 pm

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week against Forever Cheese, Inc., The Aniata Cheese Co., and Cookbook Los Angeles — the cheese importer, distributor and retailer whose Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese was identified as the source of a multi-state listeria outbreak in September.

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Consumer Trends: Tea Promotes Good Health

October 10, 2012 12:28 pm

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and has long known to be healthy, but new research released at the USDA shows that tea — black, green and white — can help to promote heart health, bone mass, healthy weight and even brain power.

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China Growth Boosts Yum Brands 3Q

October 10, 2012 9:59 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

For the owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, it was a profitable combo — higher demand in the U.S. and a quick turnaround in its fast-growing China division. Yum Brands Inc. said Tuesday the result was a 23 percent increase in its third-quarter net income.

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