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Wis. Bottling Firm To Pay $15M In Fraud Case

November 8, 2012 11:52 am | by JOE MANDAK,Associated Press

U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh said the largest financial penalty ever imposed in the 25-county federal court district in western Pennsylvania resolves allegations that Krones Inc., of Franklin, Wis., helped Le-Nature's officials deceive lenders about the cost of bottling equipment the soft-drink company bought from Krones.


Consumer Trends: Restaurants Look To Meet Millennials’ Needs

November 8, 2012 11:49 am

Americans born between 1977 and 1992 comprise the largest and most influential generational cohort since the Baby Boomers. As this group transitions into careers, marriage and raising children, restaurant operators and countless other businesses all want to know how to make important in-roads with Millennials, while continuing to appeal to other key segments of the population.


Wendy’s Loss Widens Amid Turnaround Push

November 8, 2012 9:43 am

Wendy's reported a wider net loss for the third quarter that fell short of Wall Street expectations, but a key sales figure rose. The company, which is in the middle of a turnaround push, said Thursday that revenue at restaurants open at least 15 months rose 2.7 percent, marking the sixth straight quarter of growth.


UN: 2012 Food Bill Down

November 8, 2012 9:42 am

A United Nations agency says prices for basic foods fell by 1 percent last month, led by lower prices for cereals, oils and fats, further assurance that fears of high prices leading to rioting aren't bearing out. The Food and Agriculture Organization said the trend in lower prices would likely mean the 2012 bill for importing food around the world would be $1.14 trillion.

Taco Bell To Offer More Sweets

November 8, 2012 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Taco Bell wants to become destination for snack-starved younger people, not just a place to get burritos for lunch or dinner. The Mexican-style chain plans to announce this week an expansion of its sweet treats menu, with the addition of churros and cookie sandwiches to its current lineup of cinnamon twists and caramel apple empanadas.


Mondelez 3Q Revenue Drops 29 Percent

November 8, 2012 9:38 am

Mondelez International Inc. said Wednesday its net income fell in the third quarter, as revenue took a hit from the stronger dollar in its first quarter as an independent company. Mondelez, formerly known as Kraft Foods Inc., makes snacks including Oreo cookies, Cadbury and Nabisco. It spun off its North American grocery business and changed its name Oct. 1.


Co-Workers Puzzle Over California Plant Shooting

November 8, 2012 9:35 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

As employees return to work Thursday at a chicken-processing plant that was the scene of a fatal workplace shooting, authorities and co-workers puzzled over what set off an ex-convict whose record had included mostly nonviolent crimes. Lawrence Nathaniel Jones, 42, had been in and out of prison since 1991 for crimes ranging from armed robbery to a car theft.


Photo Of The Day: Taco Treats

November 8, 2012 9:31 am

The items are part of the chain’s plans to become a snacking destination for people in their 20s. The Mexican-style chain plans to announce this week an expansion of its sweet treats menu, with the addition of churros and cookie sandwiches to its current lineup of cinnamon twists and caramel apple empanadas.


Allergy Concerns Prompt Ice Cream Recall

November 7, 2012 12:39 pm

The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select containers of Kroger Deluxe French Vanilla Ice Cream sold at the company’s Dillons, King Soopers/City Market, Fry’s Food and Smith’s Food & Drug operating divisions in 11 states because it may contain pecans not listed on the label.


Horizon Milling Plans Expansion In Wisconsin

November 7, 2012 12:36 pm

Horizon Milling today announced it will begin producing whole wheat flour at its facility in Kenosha later this fall. When the project is complete, Horizon Milling will have doubled its current overall whole wheat flour capacity.


Michigan Researchers To Lead Food Security Study

November 7, 2012 12:33 pm

Researchers with the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment are leading a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state. The researchers with the Ann Arbor school plan to interview residents and study data in small- to mid-sized cities to better understand factors affecting so-called food security.


Molson Coors Faces Tough Quarter

November 7, 2012 12:31 pm

Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. fell Wednesday after the maker of Coors Light and Miller Light said it saw a decline in demand across its businesses during the third quarter and warned that the current quarter could be its toughest of the year.


Consumer Trends: Emerging Trends For 2013

November 7, 2012 12:28 pm

Innova Market Insights' ongoing analysis of trends and developments in new product activity has resulted in its identification of 10 key emerging trends likely to impact the food and drinks market through 2013 and beyond. Successful previous predictions have included the emergence of interest in naturalness and sustainability as long ago as 2008 and the return to softer claims for 2011.


Poultry Plant Shooter Targeted Victims; Motive Unclear

November 7, 2012 12:24 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

That Lawrence Jones targeted a handful of his co-workers at a chicken-processing plant, killing two of them execution-style, was evident, authorities said. But why he did it remained unclear. "He had opportunity to shoot other co-workers that were in the business at this time, but he chose not to," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Demand For Fizzy Drinks Boosts SodaStream 3Q

November 7, 2012 9:51 am

Increasing demand for SodaStream's fizzy drink makers lifted the company's third-quarter net income 66 percent. Shares jumped after it raised its forecast for the year. The company said revenue increased by a third in Western Europe and climbed 61 percent in the Americas. Revenue overall rose 49 percent to $112.5 million, topping analysts' average expectation of $104 million.


New Products Drive Kraft Sales

November 7, 2012 9:49 am

Kraft Foods' net income rose 13 percent in the third quarter, the food maker said Wednesday, as new products and increased advertising helped it top Wall Street expectations. The company, which makes Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House coffee and Miracle Whip, also stood by its forecast for 2013.


Giant Tuna Sell For Big Money In Tokyo

November 7, 2012 9:46 am | by FRITZ FAERBER,Associated Press

As the biggest seafood market in the world, the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market is a top sight for tourists visiting Japan. But if you want to catch the rapid-fire auction where giant tuna sell for hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, you need to get to the market at about 4 a.m.


Prop 37 Defeated; Activists Vow To Keep Fighting

November 7, 2012 9:43 am

After being outspent ten-to-one by chemical and food company giants working to keep American citizens in the dark about their food, the California Right to Know-Yes on Proposition 37 campaign for GMO labeling was defeated at the ballot box, but defiantly set the stage for bringing the fight for our right to know, a core American value, to the federal level.


Dispute Over Natural Foods Company Settled

November 7, 2012 9:40 am

A three-year dispute over control of a Eugene natural foods company and other assets of a Sikh community was settled with feuding religious and business leaders dropping claims against each other. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the settlement Monday, The Register-Guard reported.


Photo Of The Day: Titanic Tuna

November 7, 2012 9:37 am

 Any fisherman knows that catching the big one often requires waking up very early. The same is true for seafood lovers angling to see the famous tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Tsukiji is the biggest fish market in the world, and tourists willing to line up well before dawn can view the rapid-fire auctions where the giant fish are sold. 



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