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Eat Healthy Miss. initiative underway

>> Miss. Hospitality & Restaurant Association connecting growers, restaurants The new Eat Healthy Mississippi initiative, which will connect local growers to restaurants and promote healthy eating, is underway. The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA) recently learned it had received a grant of more than $83,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With the help of the Mississippi Department of ...

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Farm Bureau supports free trade agreements

JACKSON — The passage of three free trade agreements in Congress puts American and Mississippi farmers back at a competitive advantage, and allows open access to markets that have been at an economic disadvantage, according to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. Agriculture exports are essential to the prosperity of the overall U.S. economy, and especially to rural communities like Mississippi, ...

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Hood wants documents on failed beef plant

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government’s investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland in August 2004 but lasted less than three months. In January 2005, the operator defaulted on a $21-million loan ...

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Merchants Foodservice makes national ranking again

HATTIESBURG — The nation’s 50 largest broadline distributors collectively broke the $100-billion mark in 2010, growing sales 5 percent over sales reported by the 2009 Top 50. It was a strong performance following the 2 percent sales decline the Top 50 experienced in 2009. The performance of the top 10 companies alone paints a bright turnaround picture: In 2009, the ...

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Sanderson Farms reports increased sales, big losses

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 of $511.2 million, compared with $489.1 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the poultry company reported a net loss of $55.7 million, or $2.51 per share, compared with a net income of $36.1 million, or $1.55 per share, for the third ...

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Sanderson shares down as analyst expects bigger losses

LAUREL — Shares of Sanderson Farms Inc. dropped 4 percent today as an analyst predicts the poultry producer’s third-quarter loss will be bigger than Wall Street’s forecast due to falling chicken prices and higher feed costs. Jefferies analyst Jeff Farmer estimates Sanderson will lose $1.25 per share in the quarter, compared with Wall Street’s expectations for a loss of 86 ...

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MDEQ issues warning following mysterious fish kill

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with Pearl River County to advise residents that a precautionary water contact closure has been issued for a section of the Pearl River in Pearl River County. The section extends from Highway 26 near Poplarville south to I-59 near Nicholson. MDEQ, along with other state and federal agencies, are investigating an ...

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Stores yank beef due to possible E. coli contamination

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced the recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, ...

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Mad Genius lands Louisiana Hot Sauce

RIDGELAND — Mad Genius has added management of the nationwide Louisiana Hot Sauce Facebook page to its portfolio. Louisiana Hot Sauce, a popular condiment produced by Bruce Foods, a New Iberia, La.-based company, had over 45,000 Facebook fans at the time it hired Mad Genius; those numbers are growing under Mad Genius management. “Clients like Bruce Foods understand the importance ...

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Sales up, earnings down at Cal-Maine Foods

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc., for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, recorded net sales of $242.4 million, compared with net sales of $222.1 million for the fourth quarter a year ago. The company reported net earnings of $7.3 million, or $0.30 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared with net earnings of $21 million, or ...

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