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Wal-Mart To Open India Stores

September 24, 2012 10:02 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer

Wal-Mart plans to open retail outlets in India in the next 12 to 18 months, the company said Friday, making it the first multinational to jump on the government's decision to open the country's huge retail market to foreign players. Raj Jain, the managing director of Bharti Wal-Mart confirmed by email that Wal-Mart plans to open stores that serve consumers over the next 18 months, but declined to say how many.

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Hillshire Moves Away From Confining Stalls For Pigs

September 24, 2012 9:59 am

The Hillshire Brands Co. said Friday that it plans to stop buying pork from suppliers that use confining pens for pregnant sows. It joins a growing list of companies that are phasing out their ties to gestation stalls. Critics say are inhumane because they keep sows so tightly confined that they can spend most of their lives and multiple pregnancies with too little space to turn around or even sleep on their sides.

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Czechs Turn To Homemade Booze After Sales Ban

September 24, 2012 9:58 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

Authorities say a thriving black market in the country's northeastern region is to blame for lacing vodka and rum with methanol to stretch volume and increase profit margins. More than two dozen people have been arrested and police have seized thousands of liters of tainted and suspicious alcohol.

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Audit: Ga. Food Companies Not Testing For Contaminants

September 24, 2012 9:56 am | by RAY HENRY,Associated Press

Food manufacturers in Georgia may be dodging a first-of-its-kind law requiring that they inform state food inspectors when their products test positive for contamination, according to an audit of the state's food inspection service. An audit released this summer offers a combination of anecdotal and statistical evidence suggesting the so-called "red flag law" was not strictly followed after it was implemented in 2010.

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Study Strengthens Ties Between Sugary Drinks And Obesity

September 24, 2012 9:54 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer

A huge, decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans has yielded the first clear proof that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight, amplifying a person's risk of obesity beyond what it would be from heredity alone.

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Photo Of The Day: Homemade Hooch

September 24, 2012 9:50 am

Czech people continue their centuries old tradition of home distilled spirits that remains the only option to legally obtain hard liquors after sales and exports were banned following a wave of methanol poisoning that has killed at least 23 people.

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Behind The Music: Farm Aid's Work Helps Farmers

September 21, 2012 12:34 pm | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press

Farm Aid is synonymous with star-studded rock concerts, like the one expected to draw 30,000 people to southeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday. But the real work of the organization happens mostly behind the scenes across rural America every day.

Consumer Trends: What We Eat Is Who We Are

September 21, 2012 12:23 pm | by SOURCE SAI Marketing, Inc.

"Food Elitist or Food Realist? Consumers are picking sides in the food culture war." That's how Bill Melnick, Director of Strategic Planning for SAI Marketing, Inc. describes how food has become a class marker of the highly-educated, upper-middle class consumer.

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Fans Go Bananas For Soft Serve Fruit

September 21, 2012 12:13 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, For The Associated Press

So-called soft serve fruit is having a moment, recently becoming a darling of the mommy blog set, showing up on ABC's "Good Morning America," inspiring a new countertop kitchen appliance, even spawning a product line and small chain of shops, the New York City-based Soft Serve Fruit Co.

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Analysts Raise Estimates For ConAgra

September 21, 2012 12:08 pm

Two analysts raised their forecasts for ConAgra Foods Inc. on Friday, citing the company's strong fiscal first-quarter performance and easing commodity costs. For the year, ConAgra said it now expects adjusted earnings of $2.03 to $2.06 per share, up from its previous forecast of $1.95 to $1.99 per share.

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ConAgra Foods Investors Hold Meeting In Omaha

September 21, 2012 12:07 pm

ConAgra Foods shareholders will gather in Omaha on Friday afternoon to hear an update on the company's performance and ask top executives questions. Investors should be in a good mood after the quarterly earnings report ConAgra released Thursday.

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U.S. Scientists Question French GMO Study

September 21, 2012 12:04 pm

A study by French researchers claiming ill effects on laboratory rats fed genetically modified corn and given water spiked with herbicide has been rejected by American scientists who questioned the motives and methods of the authors. U.S. scientists claim that the intention of the study was to "negatively influence public opinion" regarding GMOs.

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Photo Of The Day: Matt Damon Joins Foodies To Fight Cancer

September 21, 2012 10:10 am

This Sept. 18, 2012 photo released by the Family Reach Foundation shows actor Matt Damon, right, and Chef Ming Tsai participating in "Cooking Live With Chef Ming Tsai and Friends" to benefit the Family Reach Foundation and its mission to help families fighting pediatric cancer in New York.

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Sanderson Farms Sues Miss. Union Over Complaints

September 21, 2012 10:02 am | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press

Sanderson Farms Inc. has sued a union, claiming its union representatives filed meritless complaints with federal agencies and made slanderous statements to news organizations. The union filed documents Wednesday to have the case moved to federal court in Mississippi.

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Doritos Super Bowl Contest Teams With Michael Bay

September 21, 2012 9:45 am | by MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press

Doritos is upping the prize for its annual "Crash the Super Bowl" contest, bringing in Michael Bay, a big name movie director who is no stranger to crashes himself. The Frito Lay snack chip brand's seventh annual contest allows viewers to submit their own Doritos commercials. Fans vote on their favorites to appear during the big game.

ConAgra Plans More Acquisitions After Profit Jumps

September 21, 2012 9:42 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that its profit more than doubled in the fiscal first quarter as it added to its roster of brands and benefited from one-time investment gains. The Omaha, Neb.-based maker of Banquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's raised its dividend and earnings outlook for the year, sending its shares up more than 6 percent.

Rainfall Easing Drought In Some Corn States

September 21, 2012 9:41 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday showed that recent rainfall benefited parts of the Corn Belt, coming too late to help already damaged corn crops but still likely to plump up maturing soybeans in the fields. The report shows about one-fifth of the contiguous U.S. remains in the two worst categories of drought — extreme and exceptional.

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Food Prices Projected To Reach Record Highs

September 21, 2012 9:39 am

According to a report released Thursday by the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group, food prices are likely to reach an all time high the first quarter of 2013 and will present a challenge for the livestock industry.

Consumer Trends: Canadians Committed To Local Food

September 20, 2012 1:00 pm

As Canadians begin to bring in the fall harvest and prepare for Thanksgiving celebrations, a report from BMO Bank of Montreal underscores Canadians' commitment to local food. The BMO study suggests that most Canadians try to buy local products when they shop for groceries and are willing to pay a premium to put local food on their kitchen tables.

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Starbucks Turns Up Heat On Coffee Brewer Market

September 20, 2012 12:28 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks Corp. is about to turn up the heat on the single-serve coffee market, and someone might get burned. The Seattle-based company says it will start selling its new single-serve brewer online this week for $199. The machine will be rolled out in its ubiquitous cafes next month.

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