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40 Treated After Ammonia Leak At Pork Plant

May 25, 2012 11:17 am

An ammonia leak briefly disrupted operations at a northeast Nebraska pork plant and sent 40 workers to area hospitals for evaluation.


Sugar, HFCS Fight Takes Bitter Turn

May 25, 2012 11:14 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The latest twist in the spat came after a recent medical study prompted headlines such as "Sugar can make you dumb." The Sugar Association issued a release this week noting the substance used in the study was actually fructose, not its sugar.


Consumer Trends: Memorial Day Grilling Remains Popular Tradition

May 25, 2012 11:10 am

According to the 23rd annual Weber GrillWatch™ Survey, 71 percent of American grill owners fire up their backyard grill on Memorial Day, a 10 percent jump from last year.


Photo Of The Day: Weathering The Texas Drought

May 25, 2012 9:42 am

The drought that parched the vast Texas landscape, sucking dry ponds, lakes and reservoirs and severely damaging soil and grasslands, traumatized farmers and ranchers, who — like their ancestors who survived the Dust Bowl and the dry spell of the 1950s — will tell tales about the drought for generations.


Police Say Roving Cows Drank Mass. Backyard Brews

May 25, 2012 8:42 am

Police say a roving group of cows crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer.


Post's 2Q Income Plunges

May 25, 2012 8:40 am

Post Holdings Inc.'s second-quarter net income fell 64 percent as the maker of Honey Bunches of Oats and Grape-Nuts spent more on advertising and struggled with higher ingredient costs, lower cereal sales and expenses from its spinoff from Ralcorp.

At NYC Museum, Beer History Is On Display

May 25, 2012 8:37 am | by MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press

"Beer Here," which opens Friday at the New York Historical Society and runs through Sept. 2, aims to show that beer is steeped in the state's alcoholic history. From a manifest with beer orders for George Washington's troops to the diary of a 14-year-old hop picker, the exhibit capitalizes on the growing popularity of microbreweries and beer gardens.


Texas Farmers Use Business Wile To Weather Drought

May 25, 2012 8:34 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press

The drought that parched the vast Texas landscape, sucking dry ponds, lakes and reservoirs and severely damaging soil and grasslands, traumatized farmers and ranchers, who — like their ancestors who survived the Dust Bowl and the dry spell of the 1950s — will tell tales about the drought for generations.


Kirin Holdings To Boost Beverage Investment

May 25, 2012 8:29 am

Kirin Holdings Co. President Senji Miyake has expressed readiness to boost its investment in the beverage business in Southeast Asia, a high-growth market, saying it will "steadily invest" in the region.


Three Dairy Workers Found Dead In Manure Pit

May 24, 2012 10:35 am

Maryland authorities are trying to find out how a man and his two teenage sons fell into a manure pit and died at the dairy farm where they worked.


General Mills To Acquire Brazilian Food Maker Yoki

May 24, 2012 10:11 am

General Mills said Thursday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Yoki Alimentos S.A., a privately-held food company headquartered in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. General Mills currently expects the transaction to close during the first half of its 2013 fiscal year, which begins on May 28, 2012, after satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Heinz 4Q Profit Outpaces Analysts' Predictions

May 24, 2012 10:06 am

H.J. Heinz Co. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income dropped 22 percent on productivity-related charges, but its adjusted results beat analysts' estimates.

Report: Farm Bill May Short Change Dairy Producers

May 24, 2012 10:04 am | by SOURCE International Dairy Foods Association

A new reports indicates that dairy stakeholders may not be getting their fair share of Farm Bill outlays and that the Dairy Market Stabilization program included in the Farm Bill would have limited the milk supply to processors nearly one-fifth of the time over the last six years.


SBA Head Looks Beyond Loans To Help Small Business

May 24, 2012 9:58 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer

The Small Business Administration is probably best known for the loans it makes to small businesses, but Karen Mills, the head of the SBA, also focuses on counseling and mentoring services that are available to business owners, and where they can go to find that help.


Gulf Fishermen Still Reeling After Oil Spil

May 24, 2012 9:22 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press & JAY REEVES, Associated Press

Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP's catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear.

Kraft Shareholders Give 'Mondelez' Thumbs Up

May 24, 2012 9:03 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Kraft Foods Inc. says shareholders approved the name "Mondelez" for its new global snack food business, which may put to rest the snickering that initially greeted the name.


Texas Lawmakers Study Food Shortages Across State

May 24, 2012 9:01 am | by CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press

Texas lawmakers should pass laws that make it easier to produce and sell fruit and vegetables in poor communities to promote better health, farmers and activists testified Tuesday.


Loach's Whiskey Expert Brings Scotland To Cannes

May 24, 2012 8:59 am | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Charles MacLean is out of his element in Cannes, a town consumed by cinema and celebrity. His element is Scotch whisky — "uisge beatha," he says, giving it its Gaelic name. The water of life.


Medvedev Chats With U.S. Cowboys

May 24, 2012 8:57 am

Russia's prime minister paid a visit Wednesday to a farm that has imported cattle from the United States and also some American cowboys to help the Russians develop their struggling meat industry.


Photo Of The Day: Gulf Seafood Industry Still In Slump

May 24, 2012 8:54 am

Usually fishermen in Lafitte, La., are upbeat and busy in May, the month when shrimpers get back to work in Louisiana’s rich waters. But this spring, catches are down, docks are idle and anxiety is growing that the ill effects of the BP spill may be far from over.



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