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McDonald’s November Sales Figure Rises

December 10, 2012 12:49 pm

McDonald's Corp. said Monday that a key sales figure rose in November, and investors sent shares in the world's biggest hamburger chain up 2.2 percent in premarket trading. The increase follows a decline in October, the first drop in McDonald's key monthly sales gauge in nearly a decade.

DuPont Pioneer To Check Soybean Seed Use

December 10, 2012 12:46 pm | by DAN PILLER,The Des Moines Register

Their mission may lack the gritty urban drama of "Law and Order" or "CSI," but investigators for Johnston-based DuPont Pioneer will be patrolling farm fields in Iowa next summer to see if farmers are complying with soybean seed patents. They'll want to know if farmers are replanting soybean seeds a second year, in violation of a contract they sign when they purchase bags of soybean seeds for planting.


School Lunch Changes Annoy Some Students

December 10, 2012 12:44 pm | by EMILY CHRISTENSEN,Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

State legislation forced school food service directors to rethink a la carte options several years ago, but new federal guidelines, announced last year and implemented at the beginning of this year, have hit the main lunch line. Smaller entree portion sizes and more fruit and vegetable options sound like a good thing in theory, but many students have said the options aren't very palatable in practice.


FDA Warns Consumers Of Tainted Dog Treats

December 10, 2012 12:42 pm

The FDA is warning consumers not to feed their pets certain Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats packaged and distributed by Kasel Associates Industries Inc. (Kasel) with a lot code of BESTBY061913DEN. The company has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time.


NY Wine Industry Celebrates Banner Year

December 10, 2012 12:38 pm

New York's wine industry is celebrating a good year, with an early harvest, superb quality, and numerous medals. The New York Wine and Grape Foundation says 17 new licenses were issued in 2012, bringing the number of wineries to 328 with nine more still pending.


Consumer Trends: World's Most Expensive Spirits

December 10, 2012 12:35 pm

Ever wondered what the super-rich shell out on during their Christmas shopping? Expensive cars, jewelry and gadgets make up the list. But there is something else, and that is stocking up on vintage liquors, which means the “home bar” has enough high-price and “acquired taste” drinks to entertain the distinguished guests.


Chicken Nuggets, Patties Recalled In Alaska

December 10, 2012 9:57 am

Chicken nuggets and patties distributed in Alaska by Suzanna's Kitchen are being recalled. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says consumers have found pieces of plastic in the products that may have come from bags that held the chicken before production.


Hershey Building Peanut Plant To Fight Malnutrition

December 10, 2012 9:56 am

The Hershey Co. plans to build and operate a peanut processing plant aimed at fighting malnutrition in the African nation where it obtains much of the cocoa it uses to make chocolate. The plant will partner with Project Peanut Butter, a pediatrician's program to distribute a peanut-based, nutrient-enriched food to malnourished children in rural Ghana.


USDA Allowing More Meats, Grains In School Lunches

December 10, 2012 9:54 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat.


XL Foods Cleared To Ship To U.S.

December 10, 2012 9:52 am

A Canadian meatpacking plant involved in a large recall of contaminated beef products over E. coli bacteria concerns is again being allowed to ship products to the U.S. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that the U.S Department of Agriculture has relisted the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta, effective immediately.


Diamond Foods Posts 4Q Loss, But Beats Expectations

December 10, 2012 9:50 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer

Diamond Foods Inc. on Friday reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, but after adjusting for costs tied to an accounting probe the snack company beat market expectations. Shares of the struggling San Francisco company fell in after-hours trading.


Photo Of The Day: More Meat, Grains In School Lunches

December 10, 2012 9:48 am

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing kids to eat more grains and meat in the lunchroom. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a letter to members of Congress Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, that the department will do away with daily and weekly maximums of meats and grains.


Yum Brands Expanding To China’s Smaller Cities

December 7, 2012 12:52 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut is taking its fast-food menus to the lesser-known regions of China, with plans to set up shop in smaller cities throughout the key market. After expanding in China's biggest cities in recent years, Yum Brands Inc. is focusing on populating the country's less urbanized areas.

U.S. Adds 146K Jobs, But Manufacturing Loses 7K

December 7, 2012 12:49 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. hiring gains held steady in November despite disruptions from Superstorm Sandy and employers' concerns about impending tax increases from the year-end "fiscal cliff." Overall manufacturing jobs fell 7,000. That was pushed down by a loss of 12,000 jobs in food manufacturing that likely reflects the layoff of workers at Hostess.


Groups Back EPA, Try To Join Poultry Suit

December 7, 2012 12:46 pm | by VICKI SMITH,Associated Press

Several environmental groups want a federal judge to let them join a lawsuit by a West Virginia chicken grower who is challenging new water-pollution rules aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey has already allowed the American and West Virginia Farm Bureaus to intervene in Lois Alt's complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


SD Slaughterhouse Accused Of Wastewater Violations

December 7, 2012 12:44 pm

A beef processing plant in northern South Dakota that is trying to get up to speed after years of delays caused by everything from financial problems to lawsuits to flooding is now accused of violating its wastewater permit. The city of Aberdeen says the Northern Beef Packers plant is failing to monitor pollutants and properly operate its treatment lagoons.


Exotic Elephant Dung Coffee Costs $50 A Pop

December 7, 2012 12:40 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER,Associated Press

Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste. At $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound), it's among the world's priciest coffee.


Consumer Trends: Flavor Forecast For 2013

December 7, 2012 12:28 pm

McCormick & Company, Incorporated has unveiled its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013. Now in its thirteenth year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that the company expects to drive in terms of flavor innovation over the next several years.


Ga. Food Processor Recalls 35K Pounds Of Chicken

December 7, 2012 9:55 am

A Georgia food processing company has issued a recall for about 35,800 pounds of breaded chicken products that may contain pieces of plastic. USDA officials Thursday announced the chicken was processed at Suzanna's Kitchen, based in Duluth.


Produce Worker Pleads Guilty To Fraud

December 7, 2012 9:54 am

An employee of a defunct Alabama produce company is pleading guilty to a charge of defrauding the government through dozens of deals involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Christopher Alan Pfahl of Birmingham reached the plea bargain in an agreement filed Thursday.



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