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Consumer Trends: Food Manufacturers Harness Social Networking

August 17, 2012 12:24 pm

Social media has changed how brands engage with consumers, and a management briefing looks at how manufacturers and retailers are using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.The four-part briefing includes analysis on why social media is now an integral part of marketing strategies, the potential of using networks to enhance brand communication but also the challenges manufacturers and retailers face.

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Powder-Solutions Group Expands Minn. Facility

August 17, 2012 11:13 am

Powder-Solutions Group has expanded its corporate office building to make room for more employees, to free valuable warehouse space necessary for shipping, and to expand space for inventory of spare parts, the company has announced. The company says the expansion has come at a time of growing demands in the bulk powder handling industry, which has required them to accommodate their space accordingly.

Coca-Cola Bottling Execs Switch Roles

August 17, 2012 10:13 am

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler, said Thursday that its board named Henry Flint as president and chief operating officer and William Elmore as board vice chairman, effectively switching the roles of the two men.Coca-Cola Bottling said the moves are the result of a planned succession process.Coca-Cola Bottling shares fell 19 cents to $65.88 in afternoon trading.

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Drought May Play Role In Anthrax Cases

August 17, 2012 10:10 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States.Anthrax outbreaks happen occasionally in livestock herds and wild animals in the U.S., usually west of the Mississippi River. More than 60 cows on three Colorado ranches and nearly 50 sheep from a Texas herd have died so far.

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Michael Phelps Is Back On The Wheaties Box

August 17, 2012 10:07 am

With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions.General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.The limited-edition boxes will be available nationally starting next month.

Hostess Workers To Vote On Final Contract Offer

August 17, 2012 10:05 am

A union representing workers at Hostess Brands Inc. is advising members that rejecting the company's final contract offer could result in the loss of their jobs.Hostess, which makes Twinkies, Wonder Bread and other brands, has been negotiating with workers about a new contract as it seeks to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company's "Last, Best and Final Offer" was presented over the weekend.

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Woman Sues ConAgra For False Advertising

August 17, 2012 10:03 am | by MARGERY A. BECK,Associated Press

A Nebraska woman has filed a false advertising lawsuit against ConAgra Foods, accusing the packaged food company of intentionally misrepresenting its Parkay Spray butter substitute as fat-free and calorie-free.The lawsuit filed by Pamela Trewhitt, of Gretna, Monday in Omaha's federal court seeks class-action status to represent thousands of people it says have been deceived by the company's product labeling.

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Photo Of The Day: Gold-Medal Cereal

August 17, 2012 10:01 am

General Mills has unveiled a limited-edition box of Wheaties featuring Michael Phelps.With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions. General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.

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Heineken To Take Over Distribution Of Strongbow Cider

August 16, 2012 12:52 pm

Heineken USA said yesterday that it will take over the U.S. distribution of a cider that is owned by its parent company.

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New York Looks To Capitalize On Greek Yogurt Craze

August 16, 2012 12:50 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

New York officials promised Wednesday to try to cut regulations and costs for farmers and producers to capitalize on a national boom in Greek-style yogurt.

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Anthrax Outbreak Strikes Colorado Cattle

August 16, 2012 12:49 pm

Two more cows have died from anthrax exposure in northeast Colorado, expanding the first outbreak of the disease in the state in 31 years to three ranches.

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PepsiCo Creates New Role In Beverage Unit

August 16, 2012 12:47 pm

PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday that it will create a new position to oversee its Gatorade and Tropicana brands in North America, marking the company's latest push to build up its core brands.

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Fishing Company Faces $3M In Fines For Dumping Oil Waste

August 16, 2012 12:45 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press

A federal jury yesterday convicted a New Zealand fishing company of dumping oil waste into U.S. waters outside American Samoa and of falsifying records.

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Consumer Trends: Growth Opportunities In China's Fast Food Market

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm

With the total amount of foreign fast food outlets in China set to break the 50,000 mark this year, up from 48,477 in 2011 and 36,037 in 2006, and 44 percent of Chinese consumers saying that they plan to spend more on fast food in the coming year, the potential for the sector is clear.

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Johnsonville Recalls 49K Pounds Of Sausage

August 16, 2012 9:59 am

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese because the product may include pieces of glove.

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Nestle Loses Coffee Capsule Battle In Germany

August 16, 2012 9:56 am

Switzerland's Nestle has lost a bid in neighboring Germany to ban the sale generic coffee capsules that can be used in its Nespresso machines.

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Great Lakes Apple Harvest Begins Early

August 16, 2012 9:53 am | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

A series of below-freezing nights in April zapped buds that had sprouted during a rare summerlike stretch the previous month, decimating cherries, peaches and other tree fruits. While some apple orchards escaped relatively unscathed, many are producing only a small fraction of their normal output and some are coming up empty.

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Starbucks Plans Bigger Juice Plant

August 16, 2012 9:50 am

Starbucks Corp. will open a bigger juice factory in Southern California to fuel the growth of its Evolution Fresh bottled drinks.

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Ag Giants Spend Big To Try To Defeat GMO Labeling

August 16, 2012 9:48 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

The nation's largest agribusiness and biotech companies are pouring millions of dollars into California to stop the first-ever initiative to require special labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients, a sign of their determination to keep the measure from sparking a nationwide movement.

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Photo Of The Day: Apple Harvest Starts Early

August 16, 2012 9:45 am

Apple-picking, a cherished autumn tradition, is off to an early start in the Northeast and Upper Midwest as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops.

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