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Dole May Spin Off Parts Of Its Business

May 7, 2012 9:55 am

Dole Food Company Inc.'s shares gained heavy trading Friday after the fruit and vegetable company said it is considering its strategic alternatives, including a possible spin-off of parts of its business.

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Women Sue Maker's Mark For Discrimination

May 7, 2012 9:53 am

Five women are suing Maker's Mark Distillery Inc. in federal court, claiming discrimination and sexual harassment. All of the women have worked on the bottling line, dipping the bottles of bourbon whiskey in red wax.

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Photo Of The Day: Odd Flavors Overseas

May 7, 2012 9:49 am

While Americans might get squeamish at the thought of their favorite snacks being tweaked, what works in the U.S. doesn't work everywhere. Tastes can vary greatly in unexpected ways in different corners of the world.

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Iowa Packing Plant To Close By Yearend

May 4, 2012 1:05 pm

An Ohio-based company has told employees that its northwest Iowa meat plant in Orange City will close by the end of the year.

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Sara Lee Reports Small Loss Ahead Of Spinoff

May 4, 2012 1:03 pm

Sara Lee Corp. reported a small loss for its fiscal third quarter on Thursday, as the packaged food company wrote down one-time costs related to the planned spinoff of its coffee and tea business.

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Band Train Takes On Wine

May 4, 2012 1:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Backstage with the rock band Train before a performance at San Francisco's hallowed Great American Music Hall may not be quite what you expect from a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum group. What's missing from the dressing room — groupies, bling and that we're-about-to-trash-this-place vibe. What you get instead — a small table set with a few glasses and a bottle of the band's Save Me San Francisco wine which they are making in concert with ACME Wine Movers, a newly formed division of The Wine Group.

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Kraft Profit Boosted By Higher Prices

May 4, 2012 12:56 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Kraft Foods Inc. said Thursday that the growing popularity of its cookies and chocolates in developing markets -- and the higher prices it charged around the world -- helped its profit edge up in the first quarter.

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14 People Ill Following Dog Food Recall

May 4, 2012 12:52 pm

Fourteen people in nine states are infected with salmonella linked to dry dog food that was subject to a nationwide recall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Consumer Trends: Can Cookies Be Good For You?

May 4, 2012 12:50 pm

Can cookies be good for you? Perhaps if it’s a cookie formulated with innovative ingredients including whole-grain flours, new sweetener alternatives, or healthier fats.

Quality Egg Settles Harassment Case

May 4, 2012 10:09 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

Two female workers at a notorious Iowa egg farm who claimed they were sexually harassed by a supervisor will receive compensation under a settlement reached on their behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, attorneys said Thursday.

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Poultry Advocates: Chickens Deserve Respect, Too

May 4, 2012 9:50 am

On Saturday, May 5 United Poultry Concerns will leaflet at the White House from Noon to 3pm. The group will display its banner of a beautiful mother hen and her baby chick proclaiming "What Wings are For!" 

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Cheese Plant Fined $241K For OSHA Violations

May 4, 2012 9:47 am

Federal safety inspectors have cited a Buffalo cheese factory for 13 violations of workplace safety standards and proposed $241,000 in fines. The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Sorrento Lactalis Inc.'s plans for managing potentially hazardous ammonia at the facility are inadequate.

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Indiana: Right-To-Work Suit Can't Be Amended

May 4, 2012 9:45 am

State attorneys asked a federal judge Tuesday to bar a union from amending its lawsuit challenging Indiana's new right-to-work law, arguing that most of the new claims are the same as those in the original complaint filed in February.

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Economists: 'Fat Tax' Not Efficient Or Effective

May 4, 2012 9:43 am

A 'sin tax' applied to sweetened goods on store shelves is not the most efficient, effective method of lowering caloric intake from sweet food and would be more disruptive to consumers than necessary, according to Iowa State University research.

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Photo Of The Day: Respect For Chickens

May 4, 2012 9:40 am

May is International Respect for Chickens Month and May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day. United Poultry Concerns launched International Respect for Chickens Day in 2005 to celebrate chickens and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.

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Foot-And-Mouth Disease May Spread Across Middle East

May 3, 2012 12:48 pm

A U.N. agency says Egypt's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has reached neighboring Gaza Strip and could soon spread across the Middle East.

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Miss. Governor Signs Bill For Stronger Beer

May 3, 2012 12:46 pm | by LAURA TILLMAN,Associated Press

Mississippi's sole brewery will soon be able to make stronger beer to sell outside the state. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2370 into law Tuesday, which allows breweries to manufacture and sell beer with more than 8 percent alcohol by weight to states that allow sales of stronger beer.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Vote To Remove Kona Certification Requirements

May 3, 2012 12:44 pm | by TREENA SHAPIRO,Associated Press

Kona coffee farmers are asking the governor to veto a bill that removes mandatory certification requirements for Hawaii-grown coffee. The bill was one of dozens that cleared the full House and Senate on Tuesday, two days before the end of the 2012 legislative session.

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Union To Resume Talks With American Crystal

May 3, 2012 12:41 pm

Officials representing American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out union workers plan to meet again on June 8, but a resolution to the 10-month-long contract dispute appears unlikely.

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Pepsi Brings Back Michael Jackson

May 3, 2012 12:40 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Purchase, N.Y.-based company on Thursday announced its deal with the estate of Michael Jackson to use the late pop star's image for its new global marketing push. The nature of the promotion will vary by country, but will include special edition cans bearing Jackson's image, a TV ad in some markets and chances to download remixes of some of Jackson's most famous songs.

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