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Could Pizza Spoil Presidential Debate?

October 10, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press

Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza — one large pie a week for 30 years — or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall-style debate next Tuesday.

Pumpkin Farmers Harvest Bumper Crop Despite Drought

October 10, 2012 9:54 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.


High Gas Prices Hurt California Agriculture

October 10, 2012 9:52 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Farmers in California's agricultural heartland say record-high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices across the U.S. Keith Nilmeier, a fourth-generation farmer in Fresno County, has cut down on using his farm equipment to compensate for climbing fuel costs.


Idaho Dairy Workers Charged With Animal Cruelty

October 10, 2012 9:48 am | by REBECCA BOONE,Associated Press

Three former dairy workers with Idaho's largest dairy operation have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.


Photo Of The Day: A Smashing Crop

October 10, 2012 9:46 am

Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. Unlike other farmers this year, pumpkin growers have plenty to show, and the reason is pretty simple- pumpkins do well in dry weather. 


PACK EXPO Coverage: Reusable Packaging Trends

October 9, 2012 12:52 pm

At PACK EXPO 2012, ORBIS Corporation will host a Global Trends in Reusable Packaging Panel and share the company’s latest innovations in reusable packaging programs and products. Packaging users from any industry are invited to attend this event to hear firsthand how reusable packaging positively impacts the environment and injects sustainability throughout their global supply chain. 


USDA Workshops Focus On Drought Recovery

October 9, 2012 12:47 pm

Speaking at the opening session of the first of four regional workshops to outline resources available to assist with drought recovery efforts, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the lack of a new five-year Food, Farm and Jobs Bill has the potential to delay and stifle the federal response.


Mars Committed To Sustainable Cocoa

October 9, 2012 12:45 pm

Creating a sustainable cocoa sector that can meet the chocolate industry’s long-term demand for cocoa, the essential raw material for chocolate, while providing economic opportunities to cocoa farmers will require billions of dollars in agricultural investments across research, third-party certification and technology transfer to farmers, according to Mars, Incorporated, one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers.


Alarming Number Of Workers Fail To Wear Protective Equipment

October 9, 2012 12:43 pm

The need for safety equipment when performing hazardous tasks is undisputed. Yet U.S. workers continue to take risks by failing to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when it is needed.In a Kimberly-Clark Professional survey released today, 82 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers in their organizations failing to wear required PPE during the past year.


Kraft Recalls String Cheese

October 9, 2012 12:40 pm

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the Jalapeno variety of Kraft String Cheese with the Best When Used By date of 23 NOV 2012 as a precaution due to the possibility that a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product. If the film sticks to the cheese and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.


Consumer Trends: The Importance Of Adding Foods

October 9, 2012 12:36 pm

As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) kicks off this week, new research from ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of North America's leading food makers, shows that what you add to your diet can be just as important as what you remove.


Ky. Cheese Maker Recalls Products In 7 States

October 9, 2012 9:53 am

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese has recalled several varieties of cheese due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. A statement from the Austin, Ky., company on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website says the varieties are Kentucky Rose, Kentucky Bleu, Awe-Brie and Tomme de Nena.


UN Lowers Estimate Of World’s Hungry

October 9, 2012 9:50 am | by NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press

The United Nations said Tuesday its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million. The agency blamed flawed methodology and poor data for the bum projection, and said it now uses a much more accurate set of parameters and statistics to calculate its annual estimate of the world's hungry.

Jim Beam Opens New Visitors Center

October 9, 2012 9:46 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Jim Beam's new $20 million visitors center opened earlier this fall. Four Roses, another bourbon maker, opened a new visitors center in September. Two more distillers, Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill, are also planning new attractions. The facilities are outgrowths of the success of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which attracted 2 million visitors in the last five years and a half-million in 2011.


Iowa Ice Cream Maker Wants Bigger Scoop Of Sales

October 9, 2012 9:42 am

The family that owns Wells Enterprises wants to grow the Iowa company into the nation's largest ice cream-maker by 2020 and scoop out a bigger share of the $10 billion market. CEO Mike Wells has already seen company sales improve 24 percent to $1.175 billion during his first five years leading the Le Mars, Iowa, company.


Red Bull Ventures Into Fruity Flavors

October 9, 2012 9:41 am

Red Bull is rolling out three fruity flavors this spring, as the company looks to boost its stake in the rapidly growing market for energy drinks. The Austrian beverage company says it will launch its drink in cranberry, lime and blueberry this March, marking the first time the energy drink has been offered in flavors in the U.S.


Photo Of The Day: In Good Spirits

October 9, 2012 9:38 am

Jim Beam's new center, an eye-catching replica of a 1930s stillhouse, is three times the size of the old tourist center, which has been converted into a tasting room. Called the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, it traces the origins of the world's largest bourbon-maker to Jacob Beam, who set up his first still in Kentucky in 1795.


Law May Threaten U.S. Fishing Industry

October 8, 2012 12:45 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

The law that governs the nation's fisheries was passed 36 years ago to oust foreign boats working in U.S. waters. Today, New England fishermen wonder if it will soon oust them. Because of certain controversial mandates in the law, the fishermen face colossal cuts in how much they're allowed to catch in 2013. Lawmakers are pushing a $100 million aid package just to sustain the fleet.


Testing The GMO Waters

October 8, 2012 12:43 pm | by ALICIA CHANG,Associated Press

Calories. Nutrients. Serving size. How about "produced with genetic engineering?" In a closely watched test of consumers' appetite for genetically modified foods, the special label is being pushed by organic farmers and advocates who are concerned about what people eat even though the federal government and many scientists contend such foods are safe.


New Vending Machines Show Soda Calories

October 8, 2012 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips. The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink.



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