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Pepsi Builds Thai Factory

October 25, 2012 9:43 am

PepsiCo Inc. has invested $170 million in a new factory in Thailand to stay ahead in one of the few markets where it outsells Coca-Cola after ending a longstanding bottling agreement with a local company. The plant, located in an industrial estate in Rayong, 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Bangkok, is one of PepsiCo's largest beverage facilities in the world.


Former Sweetener CEO Granted Public Defender

October 25, 2012 9:40 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press

Southern California developer Bruce Cole initially arrived in rural Missouri with promises of an international business that would provide the town of Moberly with hundreds of jobs. On Monday, the former Mamtek U.S. CEO was back in Missouri's Randolph County, too broke to afford a lawyer to answer criminal charges of theft and fraud connected to the failed artificial sweetener factory.


Testimony Ends In Closely-Watched Poultry Pollution Suit

October 25, 2012 9:36 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press

Testimony concluded Wednesday in an environmental lawsuit against an Eastern Shore chicken grower and poultry producer Perdue Farms Inc. that is being closely watched by environmentalists and agriculture interests. The Waterkeeper Alliance claims that the Hudson Farm is polluting a nearby river, violating the federal Clean Water Act.


Photo Of The Day: Navigating Food Production

October 25, 2012 9:29 am

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) today unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. This tool, available at, is a one-stop, online destination for information on topics including antibiotic use in farm animals and biotechnology.


New Tool Addresses Questions About Food Production

October 24, 2012 12:58 pm

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) today unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. This tool, available at, is a one-stop, online destination for information on topics including antibiotic use in farm animals and biotechnology.


Beef Plant Can Ramp Up Production After Inspection

October 24, 2012 12:55 pm

The Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen is being allowed to slaughter more cattle after passing a city inspection. The long-delayed plant earlier received permission to slaughter up to five cattle to test equipment. The American News reports that the city is allowing the plant to ramp up to slaughtering 200 cattle on both Thursday and Friday.


Oregon Liquor Chief Steps Down

October 24, 2012 12:53 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

The director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced his retirement Tuesday after seven months on the outs with Gov. John Kitzhaber. Steve Pharo's announcement comes two days before the liquor commission holds its first meeting with the balance of power tipped to Kitzhaber appointees. Pharo has worked at the OLCC for 18 years, the last six as the director.


Heineken Profit Rises In 3Q

October 24, 2012 12:51 pm

The Dutch brewer Heineken NV said Wednesday third quarter net profit rose 9.9 percent to €577 million ($749 million), with growth in all regions except Europe. The company said profits increased thanks to higher sales and savings from jobs it has cut, offset somewhat by higher raw materials costs and investments in new capacity.


Lawyers: Prop 37 Would Result In ‘Flood Of Lawsuits’

October 24, 2012 12:49 pm

At least three major law firms, with offices in California and worldwide, are warning their grocer, food company, and farmer clients that if Prop 37 passes it will set off a flood of lawsuits to the benefit of trial lawyers, much like Prop 65.


Consumer Trends: The Benefits Of Organic

October 24, 2012 12:39 pm

A clinical report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighting the many attributes of organic foods provides guidance to parents confused by conflicting marketing messages regarding healthy food choices for their children.


PepsiCo Working With Japan’s Suntory In Vietnam

October 24, 2012 9:59 am

PepsiCo Inc. will sell Japan's Suntory Holdings Ltd. a 51 percent stake in its Vietnam beverage business, with the two companies combining resources to expand in the growing market. PepsiCo will keep a 49 percent stake in the joint venture, the companies said late Monday. Financial terms were not released.


Hershey Wants To Tear Down Part Of Old Factory

October 24, 2012 9:57 am

The Hershey Co. plans to tears down part of the chocolate factory built by founder Milton Hershey after completing a move to new facilities across town. The chocolate company is seeking permission from Derry Township officials to tear down part of the former factory, although the iconic smokestacks and much of the building's office space would remain intact.


Vintners: Wine And Fracking Don’t Mix

October 24, 2012 9:55 am | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allowed in New York's Finger Lakes region of postcard-perfect hills and crystal-clear lakes, the muddy well sites and rumbling trucks will not only endanger the environment but threaten the Finger Lakes' reputation for pristine beauty.


U.S. Groups Win Challenge To Genetically Altered Crops

October 24, 2012 9:53 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press

A U.S. judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg rejected the federal government's argument that the environmental groups' lawsuit was moot because the Fish and Wildlife Service had already agreed to stop the practice after this year.


BP Seeks Approval Of Gulf Oil Spill Deal

October 24, 2012 9:51 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

Oil giant BP has asked a federal judge to disregard objections from a fraction of claimants and give final approval to a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement over economic damages from the Gulf oil spill. BP was joined in the request by plaintiffs' attorneys who helped broker the class-action deal spawned by the 2010 disaster.


Photo Of The Day: Wining About Fracking

October 24, 2012 9:48 am

Fred Frank poses for a photo in his vineyard at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Frank, worries the region's carefully tended reputation is in danger if tourists who make the long trip up from the New York City area and elsewhere have to deal with traffic created by gas drilling.


Burger King Refranchises 42 Restaurants In Atlanta

October 23, 2012 1:20 pm

Burger King Worldwide today announced the refranchising of 42 company-owned BURGER KING® restaurants in the metro-Atlanta area to GPS Hospitality which is operated by Tom Garrett, former president and CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

SD Harvest Continues To Advance With Rain

October 23, 2012 1:17 pm

South Dakota's row crop harvest continued to progress last week, with nearly all of corn for grain harvested. The U.S. Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 96 percent of the corn for grain has been harvested, up from 90 percent the previous week. This is above the five-year average of 34 percent.


Wegmans Recalls A Brownie Mix Over Undeclared Milk

October 23, 2012 1:15 pm

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. says it's recalling a brownie mix after reports from two consumers about allergic reactions to undeclared milk in the product. The recall involves 17.2-ounce packages of Wegmans Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix the company started selling in May at its 80 supermarkets in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.


Kroger Stops Selling Sprouts Due To Health Risk

October 23, 2012 1:13 pm

Kroger says it has stopped stocking sprouts as of Monday because of their "potential food safety risk." The nation's largest traditional grocer joins Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, which pulled sprouts in 2010. The grocer says current technology can't assure that sprouts are safe to eat because germs can reside inside the seeds.



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