Food and drink

March 23, 2017 - 3:00 am
BEIJING (AP) — A spokesman for China's commerce ministry says the country has suspended imports of Brazilian beef, the first official confirmation of a Chinese ban. Brazil's agriculture minister said earlier that China suspended imports but until now Chinese officials have said only their...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, live lobsters are packed and weighed for overseas shipment at the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine. The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 19, 2017 - 12:37 pm
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. American lobster was almost unheard of in most of China until 2010, when the value of imports grew...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, live lobsters are packed and weighed for overseas shipment at the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine. The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 19, 2017 - 12:32 pm
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States. American lobster was almost unheard of in China until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250...
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March 19, 2017 - 7:57 am
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As spring crocus blooms approach, some growers are thinking about a fall-flowering crocus that produces saffron, the world's most valuable spice. University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers to...
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March 11, 2017 - 10:43 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tribal leaders in a tiny Native village in western Alaska are expanding their commercial reindeer subsidiary to soon include sales of the lean meat to larger urban markets. The venture by Mekoryuk's (ma-KOR'-ee-yuck) tribal government includes plans to build a new...
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March 10, 2017 - 10:56 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin company can lay claim to having the best cheese in America. The Sartori company in Antigo won the title at this year's U.S. Championship Cheese Contest with its Sartori Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano, by master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. The U.S. championship...
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March 07, 2017 - 9:01 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting a big boost from General Mills. The giant food company is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of a drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn't need to be replanted every year. General Mills is...
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In this Feb. 27, 2017, photo, wheels of Grand Cru Surchoix cheese sit on spruce planks to age for nine months at the Emmi Roth USA production plant in Monroe, Wis. The company won the World Championship Cheese Contest in 2016 for the cheese and since then has seen an increase in sales of the cheese. The contest is organized by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, which also organizes the United States Championship Cheese Contest that runs until March 9 in Green Bay, Wis. The contests are in alternate years. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
March 07, 2017 - 2:36 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The number of cheeses, yogurts and butters competing at this year's U.S. Championship Cheese Contest is at an all-time high. The contest organizer, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, says that's because cheesemakers are seeing what a win does for sales. Wisconsin cheesemaker Emmi...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, file photo, a Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. Tyson Foods said Monday, March 6, 2017, a strain of bird flu sickened chickens at a poultry breeder that supplies it with birds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the 73,500 birds at the Lincoln County, Tenn., facility were destroyed and none of the birds from the flock will enter the food system. The H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, can be deadly for chickens and turkeys. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
March 06, 2017 - 10:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have being quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73,500 chickens were destroyed and will not enter the food system...
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March 04, 2017 - 12:19 pm
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Smuttynose Brewing Company is helping the University of New Hampshire mark its 150th anniversary with a new ale. Called 1866, the year UNH was founded, the session ale will be for sale and on tap throughout the seacoast region starting March 13. The university is launching a new...
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