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Creator Of Lemonheads Dies At 93

February 9, 2012 10:11 am | by KAREN HAWKINS,Associated Press

Candy company executive Nello Ferrara lived a sweet life. The man who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls routinely serenaded the restaurants where he dined and held mandatory family dinners every Sunday, said his son, Salvatore Ferrara. 

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Caterer Accused Of Violating Kosher Food Laws

February 9, 2012 10:08 am | by FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press

The owner of one of Long Island's largest catering companies has been accused of seriously violating Jewish law by having workers prepare kosher and non-kosher meals in the same kitchen. The allegations come from the former chef and general manager of Morrell Caterers, who claim they were instructed to prepare non-kosher meals in one of three kitchens operated by the company. Among observant Jews, kosher law defines what foods are fit for consumption and how they must be prepared, and the mixing of kosher and non-kosher products is strictly forbidden. 

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Diamond Foods Ousts Execs After Payment Scandal

February 9, 2012 10:05 am

Diamond Foods Inc. is replacing its CEO and chief financial officer after an internal investigation found that the company improperly accounted for payments to walnut growers and it needs to restate two years of financial results.

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Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Partners With China

February 9, 2012 9:54 am

Starbucks and Ai Ni Group join government officials in Kunming to sign joint-venture agreement to bring China's Yunnan coffee to the world.

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California Ripe Olive Growers Produce $493.6 Million In Economic Impact

February 8, 2012 12:47 pm

California's ripe olive growers have a significant impact on the state's economy, yielding nearly $493.6 million in annual economic activity – or nearly $1.4 million dollars each day of the year – as a result of grower spending, according to a newly released report commissioned by the California Olive Committee (COC) and conducted by Dennis H. Tootelian, Ph.D., Tootelian & Associates.

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Pet Owners Search For Healthier Food, Other Products

February 8, 2012 12:43 pm | by AMY LORENTZEN

Like many pet owners, customers at April Lawrence's pet bakery and boutique in central Iowa want the best for their four-legged family members. That means high-quality, safe and eco-friendly products, from organic food and treats to BPA-free toys and water dishes. And they don't mind paying extra. 

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Yum Brands Rides Wave Of Overseas Growth

February 8, 2012 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Yum Brands Inc., the owner of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, said Tuesday it's on course to deliver another hefty round of restaurant growth overseas in 2012, led by its insatiable China market and its emerging business in India.

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USDA Imposes Sanctions On Four Produce Businesses

February 8, 2012 12:34 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

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IFT Comments On Reducing Sodium Consumption

February 8, 2012 12:27 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently submitted comments to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) offering scientific perspective and practical insights on reducing sodium consumption in the United States.

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Consumer Trends: Hispanic Traditions Influence Nation’s Eating Patterns

February 8, 2012 12:15 pm

Hispanics now comprise 16 percent of the U.S. population and the U.S. Census indicates the U.S. Hispanic population is expected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020. The NPD Group, a leading market research company that has been tracking America’s eating behaviors for the last three decades, is finding that the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population combined with their adherence to dining traditions is beginning to influence national consumption patterns.

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches Recalled

February 8, 2012 10:03 am

A South Carolina company is recalling about 2,800 of its chicken salad sandwiches because of concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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Global Dairy Industry Growth Looks Strong But Uneven

February 8, 2012 10:00 am

A new report from Rabobank's global Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory department examines the global dairy industry, forecasting growth that will be enviable but uneven, and skewed to emerging markets. 

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Tony Packo's Sells After Family Feud

February 8, 2012 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER,Associated Press

A hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" has been sold after a yearlong family feud over ownership. Representatives of a private restaurant group in Toledo said Monday they have finalized their $5.5 million purchase of the Tony Packo's chain, whose future had been in doubt since a bank foreclosed on its loans and a court-appointed third party was put in charge. 

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'Cupcake Wars' Judge Settles Lawsuit Over Naming Rights

February 8, 2012 9:55 am

A judge on the Food Network reality television show "Cupcake Wars" has resolved her lawsuit with a Connecticut cupcake store over its name. Candace Nelson's company, Sprinkles Cupcakes, settled its federal trademark infringement lawsuit against a store named Pink Sprinkles last week. The lawsuit claimed the similarity in names was likely to cause confusion in the marketplace.

Va. Oyster Harvest Up Tenfold Over Last Decade

February 8, 2012 9:54 am

Virginia's oyster harvest has grown tenfold in the past decade to 236,000 bushels in 2011 and a dockside value of $8.2 million, state officials announced Tuesday. Gov. Bob McDonnell credited the rebound to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and its promotion of sanctuaries, targeted shell plantings in public oyster grounds and other measures.

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Photo Of The Day: 'M.A.S.H.' Diner Sells

February 8, 2012 9:50 am

The hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is in new hands after a yearlong family feud.

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Idaho Cheese Plant Announces $40M Expansion

February 7, 2012 1:15 pm

Lactalis American Group has announced a $40 million expansion to its Idaho plant that will increase its mozzarella production, create jobs and increase the plant's purchase of local and regional milk.

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Beer Is Booming In Michigan

February 7, 2012 1:13 pm | by BILL O'BRIEN

The state hosts more than 100 licensed breweries, the fifth-highest number in the nation, according to the Michigan Brewers Guild. Craft beer sales in Michigan grew more than 21 percent between 2009 and 2010, guild Executive Director Scott Graham said. About 4 percent of all beer consumed in Michigan is craft beer, and 2 percent is made in Michigan.

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Coca-Cola Tops Expectations Due To Global Sales

February 7, 2012 1:09 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Coca-Cola reported an effervescent fourth quarter Tuesday, as the company sold more of its drinks globally and its earnings beat analyst expectations. Coca-Cola is benefiting from raising prices in North America, where consumer sentiment is slowly improving, and expanding in emerging markets including Africa and Latin America. 

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Junk Foods Widely Available In Schools

February 7, 2012 1:02 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer

Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2010, nearly half of public and private schools surveyed sold sweet or salty snack foods in vending machines or other places, the study found. 

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