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Heat, Drought Make More Flavorful Produce

July 20, 2012 10:06 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Temperatures above 100 degrees and droughtlike conditions have brought an expected benefit for peppers and other crops: Their flavors became unusually concentrated, producing some of the most potent-tasting produce in years.


Alaskans Suffer Loss Of King Salmon

July 20, 2012 10:03 am | by MARY PEMBERTON,Associated Press

Some of Alaska's largest and best rivers are closed to king fishing because state and federal fisheries managers have determined that the largest of the salmon species, also called Chinook, aren't showing up in enough numbers to ensure sustainable future runs.


Heineken Offers $4.1B To Raise Tiger Beer Stake

July 20, 2012 10:00 am

Heineken said Friday it is offering $4.1 billion to buy out its partner in the Singapore-based maker of Tiger beer, attempting to neutralize a Thai tycoon's competing bid for influence over the brand as the Dutch brewer expands in emerging markets.


Photo Of The Day: The Drought Gets Spicy

July 20, 2012 9:56 am

The heat and drought across the upper Midwest have taken a toll on corn and soybeans, but other farmers have noticed the hot, dry weather concentrates flavors in some produce making it the spiciest in years.


Food Prices In Wisconsin Nudge Higher

July 19, 2012 1:14 pm

A survey by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says the average price of groceries nudged upward slightly during the period from April to June.

Administration Seeks Drought Help From Congress

July 19, 2012 1:13 pm

The Obama administration called on Congress Wednesday to assist farmers suffering from the worst drought in 25 years.


Hearthside Food Adding 80 Jobs At Cookie Plant

July 19, 2012 1:11 pm

Hearthside Food Solutions LLC is adding a production line in a move that's expected to add 80 jobs.


Kona Coffee Industry At Odds Over New Law

July 19, 2012 1:09 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER,Associated Press

The Kona Coffee Farmers Association was dealt a massive setback when the governor enacted a law recently that the group claims takes away protections against counterfeiting Hawaii-grown coffee


Kraft Partners With SodaStream In Kool-Aid Deal

July 19, 2012 1:06 pm

Later this year, owners of the at-home beverage carbonation machine will be able to carbonate the time-tested children's drink, expanding the offerings already being sold by the Israeli company and Kraft Foods Inc., which makes Kool-Aid.


Consumer Trends: Childhood Obesity Plateaus, New Opportunities Arise

July 19, 2012 1:02 pm

A plateau in childhood obesity rates following a 20-year increase offers food manufacturers an opportunity to review successful strategies as well as consider new ideas for providing healthy, good-tasting options for the next generation.


Baskin-Robbins Closing Ice Cream Plant

July 19, 2012 9:55 am | by The Canadian Press

Baskin-Robbins says 80 people will lose their jobs as the company closes its ice cream production plant in Peterborough, Ont. this fall.


Cal-Maine To Acquire Pilgrim’s Pride Operations

July 19, 2012 9:53 am

Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods Inc. says it will buy two Texas plants from Pilgrim's Pride Corp.


Using Eggs To Reverse Egg Allergies

July 19, 2012 9:51 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer

When doctors gave small daily doses of eggs to children with egg allergies, about a dozen kids were able to overcome allergies to eggs, one of the most ubiquitous foods, lurking in everything from pasta and veggie burgers to mayonnaise and even marshmallows.


Nestle Buys Stake In Brain-Health Food Maker

July 19, 2012 9:48 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Making what it calls its first big move into "brain health" products, Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA has acquired a stake in a privately held U.S. healthcare company that makes a vanilla milkshake prescribed to Alzheimer's patients, a Nestle executive told The Associated Press on Wednesday.


New Zealand Listeria Outbreak Kills 2

July 19, 2012 9:46 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press

A New Zealand meat company has recalled several of its products after tests showed a possible link to a listeria outbreak that left two patients dead at a hospital in the island nation.


Photo Of The Day: Fighting Eggs With Eggs

July 19, 2012 9:44 am

Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.


University Students Make Cleaning Leafy Greens Easy

July 18, 2012 11:47 am

A simple and inexpensive device to wash leafy produce, created by students at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), may provide a convenient way for small farmers to clean produce before market.


Cuba Decrees Steep Increase For Import Tax

July 18, 2012 11:46 am | by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

Cuba has announced the imposition of stiff new import taxes that could substantially affect private entrepreneurs trying to get new businesses off the ground and many others who rely on informal shipments of merchandise from overseas.

Dutch Authorities To Run Forensic Tests In Delta Case

July 18, 2012 11:42 am | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

Dutch police investigating how needles got into six turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to U.S. cities said Wednesday that the sandwiches and needles are being flown back to the Netherlands for tests.


Lobstermen Resume Pulling Traps, Glut Persists

July 18, 2012 11:39 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Most Maine lobstermen have resumed pulling their traps after many of them tied up their boats last week in an effort to ease a glut that has driven down prices.



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