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Agri investments must help, not hurt: World Bank

Growing interest from Asia and Middle East countries to lease agricultural land in Africa "is not a bad thing" but must be handled properly and in a transparent way, a top World Bank official said on Thursday.

Agri investments must help, not hurt: World Bank

Growing interest from Asia and Middle East countries to lease agricultural land in Africa "is not a bad thing" but must be handled properly and in a transparent way, a top World Bank official said on Thursday.

Food price crisis not over: World Bank

The global food price crisis is far from over despite lower commodity prices and more protectionism could worsen the situation for developing nations in the face a severe economic downturn, a top World Bank official said on Thursday.

Food makers gear marketing to tough times

U.S. food companies are tailoring their marketing strategies to the recession, trying to stretch budgets without cutting back on experiments with pushes into new areas such as online "viral" campaigns.

Economic recovery may rekindle food/fuel debate

The steep drop in energy prices from last year's peaks has cooled the food-versus-fuel debate for the moment, but the battle may be rekindled by an eventual global economic recovery or energy price rebound.

Food inflation fears premature: World Bank

Fears that a move by the U.S. Federal Reserve to pump another $1 trillion into the ailing economy will trigger inflationary moves in grains and other commodities are premature, a World Bank official said on Thursday.

Quaker sees boost as consumers seek value

Quaker Oats' U.S. business is performing well as consumers looking to save money cook more at home, which could raise its profile as its parent company PepsiCo Inc sees volume in its U.S. soft drink and snack businesses slow in the recession.

Constellation not focused on M&A

Constellation Brands Inc , which has built much of its growth through acquisitions, said on Wednesday that mergers were not a current focus for the world's largest wine company.

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