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Dean Foods Considers Selling Morningstar Dairy

September 27, 2012 9:46 am

Dean Foods Co. said Wednesday that it is considering a possible sale of its Morningstar dairy business, which sent its shares soaring. The Dallas-based company has not identified a buyer, but said in a statement that the Morningstar would be an attractive acquisition, given its niche in a growing market and solid management team.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Goes Cage-Free And Drops Hog Crates

September 27, 2012 9:45 am

Dunkin' Donuts says it will start using cage-free eggs in its breakfast sandwiches and eliminate "gestation crates" from its pork supply chain. The Canton, Mass.-based company said Wednesday that it will transition 5 percent of its eggs to cage-free by the end of next year; it did not set a timeline for completing the switch.

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Cuban Sugar Looks To Rebound

September 27, 2012 9:41 am | by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

Cuba's signature industry is showing signs of life two years after the worst harvest in more than a century. Hulking processing plants are coming back online and production is rising, a boon to rural towns like Jaronu where producing sugar has been a way of life for generations.

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Canadian Officials Say Costco Steak May Be Contaminated

September 27, 2012 9:40 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people not to eat a brand of beef steak sold in an Edmonton store because it may be contaminated with potentially dangerous E. coli. The agency says several people have become sick after eating Kirkland brand strip loin grilling steaks sold at Costco.

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Campbell Soup To Close 2 Plants

September 27, 2012 9:38 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,Associated Press

Campbell Soup plans to close two U.S. plants, eliminating more than 700 jobs, as it looks to trim costs and become more competitive. The soup maker said Thursday that it will close a plant in Sacramento, Calif., that has about 700 full-time workers. It also plans to shutter a spice plant in South Plainfield, N.J., that has 27 employees.

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Photo Of The Day: Sweet Times Ahead

September 27, 2012 9:35 am

The Brasil sugar plant in Jaronu, Cuba, launched in 1921, is getting a makeover and is expected to be ready in time for the upcoming annual harvest and start milling cane by February. Hulking processing plants are coming back online and production is rising, a boon to rural towns like Jaronu where producing sugar has been a way of life for generations.

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Milk Production Improves In Wisconsin, Minnesota

September 26, 2012 12:47 pm

Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dairy farmers had a stronger August this year than they did last year. Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.3 billion pounds of milk last month. That was 5 percent better than in August of last year.

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Iowa Food Warehouse Sued For Racist Graffit

September 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of black employees of a national food distribution company, alleging that supervisors condoned discrimination by allowing racist graffiti at an Iowa warehouse.

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NY Wine Grape Crop High In Quality

September 26, 2012 12:40 pm

This year's wine grape crop from upstate New York is high in quality with a bit less quantity. Growers say the warm early spring followed by a cold spell and a dry summer took a toll on the overall yield, but that the grapes that made it through are in good shape.

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ASSE: Where’s The Concern Over Work-Related Deaths?

September 26, 2012 12:38 pm

With the recent release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary results of the national census of fatal occupational injuries report showing 4,609 people died from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. in 2011, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said people should be concerned.

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Sunland Plant Shut Down After Peanut Butter Recall

September 26, 2012 12:36 pm

A peanut butter plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to the facility. The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the peanut butter-making equipment. Sunland officials say the rest of their processing facilities continue to operate.

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Consumer Trends: Beer Industry Faces Challenges

September 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Beer remained the largest segment of the U.S. adult beverage industry, accounting for more than four-fifths of total alcohol volume, but was challenged by both economic and consumer trends that resulted in a 1.3 percent decline in 2011. Total beer volume was 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases for the year, according to Technomic's recently-released 2012 BeerTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report.

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Monsanto, MSU Partner To Fight Corn Rootworm

September 26, 2012 10:17 am

Michigan State University says it's working with Monsanto Co. to find ways to fight corn rootworm, one of U.S. agriculture's most damaging pests. The East Lansing school says Monsanto is pledging up to $3 million to support research on rootworm.

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Sweeping Changes Expected For North Korean Farms

September 26, 2012 10:15 am | by JEAN H. LEE,Associated Press

North Korean farmers who have long been required to turn most of their crops over to the state may now be allowed to keep their surplus food to sell or barter in what could be the most significant economic change enacted by young leader Kim Jong Un since he came to power nine months ago.

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Women Winemakers Gain Ground

September 26, 2012 10:13 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

In 1978, the first vintage that Cathy Corison made wine, she could count on one hand the number of women she knew of doing the same kind of work in the cellars of the Napa Valley. Today, winemaking remains primarily a man's world, but research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert has found that nearly 10 percent of California wineries now have women as the main or lead winemaker.

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Kraft Foods Group Joining S&P 500

September 26, 2012 10:10 am

The S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday that Kraft Foods Group, which is being spun off from Kraft Foods Inc., will replace Alpha Natural Resources Inc. on the S&P 500. Kraft Foods Group is a food and beverage business based in Northfield, Ill.

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Danone To Settle Lawsuit Over Activia Claims

September 26, 2012 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian division of yogurt-maker Danone has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that challenged health claims made about two of its leading products. The suit, launched in October 2009, questioned the way Danone Inc. marketed its Activia yogurt products and DanActive probiotic drink products.

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Photo Of The Day: North Korean Farm Reforms

September 26, 2012 10:05 am

Farmers would be able to keep a bigger share of their crops under proposed changes aiming to boost production by North Korea's collective farms, which have chronically struggled to provide enough food for the country's 24 million people. The signs read "Fortune of holding great leader (Kim Il Sung) as father," left, and "Fortune of holding great general (Kim Jong Il) as father."

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ND State Flour Mill Profits Fall By Half

September 25, 2012 12:45 pm | by DALE WETZEL,Associated Press

Profits at North Dakota's state-owned flour mill fell by half, to $8 million, during its last budget year, the mill's chief executive said Monday. Despite the drop, the Grand Forks mill's annual earnings rank as the third best in its history, said Vance Taylor, the mill's general manager.

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Canadian Officials: ‘Several Deficiencies’ Led To Beef Recall

September 25, 2012 12:43 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says "the combination of several deficiencies" could have led to E. coli bacteria being found at a food processing plant which has recalled hundreds of beef products. The CFIA says it has completed an in-depth review of food safety controls at Edmonton-based XL Foods Inc., where the discovery of the bacteria led to a recall of more than 250 beef products.

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