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Lawyer Says Feds Are Investigating Cantaloupe Outbreak

August 15, 2012 9:45 am

An attorney for people who say they were sickened by cantaloupe contaminated with listeria says U.S. Attorney's officials are investigating the outbreak.

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Photo Of The Day: United States Of Obesity

August 15, 2012 9:43 am

The CDC released its 2011 map showing the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. By state, obesity prevalence ranged from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi in 2011.

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Wash. Liquor Sales Fall In June

August 14, 2012 1:00 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Liquor sales declined slightly in June compared with the same month the previous year, after Washington state businesses and consumers stocked up on spirits in advance of price increases with liquor privatization.

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Pre-Registration Open For International Production & Processing Expo

August 14, 2012 12:58 pm

The International Production & Processing Expo is comprised of three integrated tradeshows, the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and AMI’s International Meat Expo.

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Little Debbie Maker To Expand Va. Facility

August 14, 2012 12:54 pm

The company known for its Little Debbie brand snack cakes is planning to expand production at its Augusta County manufacturing facility, creating 78 jobs.

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Ky. Faces Worst Corn Crop Since 1983

August 14, 2012 12:53 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Triple-digit heat and dry conditions that withered crops during a brutal summer could end up producing Kentucky's skimpiest corn yields in nearly three decades, a report said last week.

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Ala. Ranks 4th Nationally For Obesity

August 14, 2012 12:51 pm | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 32 percent of Alabama's adults were obese last year. That was only slightly better than the obesity rates in Mississippi, which led the nation at 34.9 percent; Louisiana, at 33.4 percent; and West Virginia, at 32.4 percent.

Consumer Trends: Hispanic Purchasing Trends

August 14, 2012 12:47 pm

In the Hispanic home, cooking traditional foods goes beyond providing healthy, nutritious meals; it represents the importance of family time and offers a way to keep the Hispanic culture alive.

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Maine Congresswoman Promotes Local Lobster

August 14, 2012 9:46 am

Maine congresswoman Chellie Pingree is urging the cruise ships that bring tens of thousands of visitors to Portland to serve locally caught lobsters to their passengers.

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Turkey Processor Plans $70M Plant

August 14, 2012 9:45 am

A turkey processing company is set to break ground on a $70 million plant in southeastern Indiana that it says will employ hundreds of people.

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Flowers Foods 2Q Income Rises On Higher Prices

August 14, 2012 9:43 am

Baked goods company Flowers Foods' net income edged up in the second quarter as increased prices and better sales of Nature's Own breads and Tastykake products pushed revenue higher.

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Rain, Cooler Weather Helping Crops

August 14, 2012 9:42 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Cooler weather and rain in the middle of the country have slowed the deterioration of the nation's corn and soybean crops, but experts said the drought isn't over and the recent respite won't make much of a difference.

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Penny, Plastic Found In Penn State Ice Cream

August 14, 2012 9:40 am

The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is warning patrons that plastic pieces and a penny have been found in containers of ice cream.

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Photo Of The Day: MoonPie Refreshes Packaging

August 14, 2012 9:38 am

MoonPie, the iconic Southern brand of marshmallow cookie sandwiches, hits store shelves across America this month with an entirely fresh, new package design already generating solid sales growth in select accounts.

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Chef’s Warehouse Buys Meat Company For $54.3M

August 13, 2012 1:07 pm

Specialty food company The Chefs' Warehouse Inc. announced today that it has purchased Michael's Finer Meats LLC for $54.3 million to expand its business in the Midwest.

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Northeast Apple Growers Optimistic Despite Bad Weather

August 13, 2012 1:06 pm | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

When an early spring was followed by a frost, New England apple growers watched closely in the coming months for signs of damage. Turns out, not only was the damage not nearly as bad as in some big apple states like Michigan, but this year's apples are expected to have more intense flavor.

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Kids Prefer Healthier Happy Meals With Toys

August 13, 2012 1:03 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

Children are far more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare like burgers, fries and a pop, a study has found.

Eyes On Lobstermen As Canada’s Season Begins

August 13, 2012 1:01 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Lobstermen and fishery officials in Maine are hoping that cool heads prevail as the fishing season begins in Canada for lobstermen who blocked truckloads of Maine-caught lobster from New Brunswick processing plants before settling their dispute over the weekend.

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USDA Buys Meat To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers

August 13, 2012 1:00 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The Agriculture Department will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

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Consumer Trends: Food Retail Moves To The Web

August 13, 2012 12:58 pm

Shopping online for groceries is a growing business. Various sources forecast online purchases of packaged goods to grow from $12 billion today to $25 billion by 2014.

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