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  • Kroger is trading higher after a Q1 earnings beat. Its CFO Michael Schlotman addresses food pricing and whether customers should worry about produce inflation.

  • Harrisvaccines, an Iowa- based company, developed the vaccine approved by USDA this week. PEDv does not threaten humans or food safety, according to the USDA.

  • June 18- Smithfield Foods Inc's Tar Heel, North Carolina pork packing plant, the world's largest, will stay closed until Friday after a water tank collapsed and caused an ammonia leak on Tuesday, the company said. The ruptured tank also knocked out the plant's electrical transformers, said company spokesman Dennis Pittman.

  • SMITHFIELD'S TAR HEEL PORK PLANT TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL. June 18- Smithfield Foods Inc's' Tar Heel, North Carolina pork plant, the world's largest, will remained closed until Friday after an ammonia leak accident on Tuesday, said Dennis Pittman, a company spokesman.

  • US confident new vaccine will help fight pig virus Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    US Agriculture Secretary is confident an approved vaccine would help fight a deadly virus that has killed millions of pigs.

  • UPDATE 2-Private brands business hurts ConAgra's profit Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    June 18- ConAgra Foods Inc warned that its adjusted fourth-quarter profit would be lower than its forecast, as the company struggles with its big push into private-label foods and sales fall in its consumer foods business. The company's shares fell as much as 7.4 percent to $30.41 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • June 18- ConAgra Foods Inc said its adjusted fourth-quarter profit would be below its forecast due to lower sales in its consumer foods business and weak profits in private brands.

  • ConAgra estimates fourth-qtr profit below forecast Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    June 18- ConAgra Foods Inc said its adjusted fourth-quarter profit would be lower than its forecast due to lower sales in its consumer foods business and weak profits in private brands.

  • PARIS, June 18- Japan's Ajinomoto Co may not have found a partner in French ingredients company Diana Group, but unlike the famous Paul Anka love song- a favourite of CEO Masatoshi Ito- the food company is moving on, and looking for other deals.

  • June 17- Smithfield Foods Inc. closed its Tar Heel, North Carolina, pork packing plant, the world's largest, on Tuesday after a water tank collasped and caused an ammonia leak, the company said. At least three people were injured and transported to Cape Fear Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a Bladen County firefighter told Reuters by telephone.

  • June 17- Smithfield Foods Inc. evacuated its Tar Heel, North Carolina, pork packing plant, the world's largest, on Tuesday due to a suspected ammonia leak, the company said. At least three people were injured and transported to Cape Fear Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she said.

  • June 16- Hillshire Brands Co said it will withdraw its recommendation to its shareholders to vote for its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc, following Tyson Foods Inc's offer to buy Hillshire. Hillshire said it does not have the right to terminate the merger agreement with Pinnacle Foods on the basis of the Tyson Foods offer.

  • Hillshire withdraws recommendation for Pinnacle deal Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    June 16- Hillshire Brands Co said it will withdraw its recommendation to its shareholders to vote for its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods Inc, following Tyson Foods Inc's to buy Hillshire. Hillshire said it does not have the right to terminate the merger agreement with Pinnacle Foods on the basis of the Tyson Foods offer.

  • *A Republican-run Senate would be more open to trade deals. A Republican victory in the Senate may prevent the chamber's Democrats, backed by labor unions concerned about the impact of free trade on American jobs, from blocking trade legislation favored by both President Barack Obama and Republican leaders.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 16- The storm of bad publicity that hit confectioner Cadbury in Malaysia after its chocolates tested positive for traces of pork highlights the costly, religious minefield food companies must navigate as they rush to tap the surging $1 trillion global halal market.

  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen CEO Cheryl Bachelder, says her company "absolutely thinks about international expansion," and discusses management of individual franchisees.

  • While he has made more than 40 investments on "Shark Tank," it was Al "Bubba" Baker's Boneless Ribs that he considers his best.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- U.S. farmers are in an uproar over signs Japan will maintain some barriers to agricultural exports under a Pacific trade pact, which threatens to unravel a deal that is central to U.S. efforts to retain economic and security influence in the region.

  • Options pro eyes Green Mountain spike     Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    "Options Action" contributor Dan Nathan of Risk Reversal, provides insight to curious options activity in Keurig Green Mountain's stock. Green Mountain has since made a deal with Subway.

  • Ford eyes eco-friendly auto parts using tomatoes Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 2:02 PM ET

    Ford is looking to add a new environmental option to its tool box and it plans to team up with ketchup maker Heinz to to make it happen.