NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A proposal to encourage oyster farming in some prime Virginia waters is on hold while the General Assembly is in session. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted 7-0 Tuesday to table the proposal, which it unveiled last year. Under the proposal, 1,000 acres in waters off the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula and Tangier Island would have been designated for commercial shellfish farming zones.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Coca-Cola's bottler in Venezuela says shortages of soft drinks have grown due to a strike that has been running for more than 11 days at a key plant. Rodrigo Anzola, legal director of Coca-Cola Femsa de Venezuela SA, said the strike at the company's Valencia plant continues even though there have been signs of progress in talks with union leaders.
(AP) — This product image provided by the Grocery Manufacturers Association shows new "Nutrition Keys" labels, lower left, as they would appear on a box of cereal. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 announced the industry's voluntary new labels, which will list calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugars per serving.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police in this California surf city are looking for anyone who saw two teens before they were found dead in an apartment with an empty can of an alcoholic energy drink and traces of drug and alcohol use. "We're trying to determine if there was anyone with them that evening, how they obtained the alcohol and what kind of drugs they might have used," Lt.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The meat industry has its "Beef, It's What's for Dinner" promotion. Pork producers market their product as "the other white meat." Now, the U.S. seafood industry is preparing to cast its own marketing net in a bid to reel in more consumers. More than 50 fishing and seafood organizations from 24 states have signed on to the National Seafood Marketing Coalition, a group that's working on a national plan to better market American seafood and is hoping for help from the federal government.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law firm claims in a lawsuit that Taco Bell is using false advertising when it refers to using "seasoned ground beef" or "seasoned beef" in its products. The meat mixture sold by Taco Bell restaurants contains binders and extenders and does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — McDonald's affordable food drew even more customers in its fourth quarter, but the burger chain said it may raise prices this year as its own food tab rises. Worries about rising costs at the world's largest hamburger chain gave some investors pause even as McDonald's ended a banner year in which it outperformed its competitors.
DENVER (AP) — Molson Coors Brewing Co. has appointed Bill Waters as its chief corporate strategy officer. Waters, 42, who currently serves as controller and chief accounting officer, will report to Kandy Anand, president of Molson Coors International. The brewer said Monday that it is currently looking for a new controller and accounting officer and Waters will take on his new position only after that person is found.
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the nutrition information listed in government-mandated food labels will be repeated on package fronts under a new system that food makers and major grocers are introducing. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute on Monday announced the industry's voluntary new "Nutrition Keys," which will list calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugars per serving.
(AP) — A jury member examines Spain's dessert during the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, central France, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Nineteen countries are participating in the contest, as part of the Sirha, the International Hotel Catering and Food trade Exhibition. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Calif.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's internationally recognized leader called for a one-month ban on cocoa exports from the world's largest producer starting Monday, a move that could cut off one of the last sources of funding to the incumbent leader who refuses to cede power. The statement from Alassane Ouattara's camp comes at the height of the cocoa export season, though it is unclear whether the ban will be heeded by cocoa growers.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Chemical giant DuPont said Friday it has begun its offer to buy Danish food additives maker Danisco A/S for $5.8 billion, saying Danisco's board has recommended that shareholders accept it. The offer, announced Jan. 10, is an effort by DuPont to beef up the products it offers to improve the taste and health benefits of food.
Packaged-food company Sara Lee Corp. has received a takeover bid from a private-equity group led by Apollo Global Management, according to a news report. The company, based in Downers Grove, Ill., has been seen as a takeover target for months as it sold off non-food businesses and failed to name a permanent replacement for Brenda Barnes, its former CEO, who stepped down last summer to recover from a stroke.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alton Terry says he lost his contract to raise chickens for Tyson Farms, and then his 12-acre farm, because he squawked too much. Terry was a poultry farmer in Tennessee who brought together a group of area farmers and told them they had the right to complain about Tyson's practices.
BEIJING (AP) — It has shown up frequently in pork but also in snake dishes in south China and beef from the far western Xinjiang region, sending diners to the hospital with stomach aches and heart palpitations. Clenbuterol, known in China simply as "lean meat powder," is a dangerous drug that's banned in China yet stubbornly continues to pop up in the food supply, laced into animal feed by farmers impatient to get their meat to market and turn a profit.
SOQUEL, Calif. (AP) — A California entrepreneur has plans to market a line medical marijuana soft drinks. Clay Butler says he plans to supply medical marijuana dispensaries with his soda pot, which contains the psychoactive marijuana ingredient THC. Marijuana drinks are already showing up here and there, but Butler says he thinks his branding savvy will make his product a hit.
(AP) — In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, pigs squeal at a pig farm in Beijing, China. Anti-doping scientists, coaches and others in sports fear that bad food could cause innocent athletes to fail anti-doping drug tests. With China, in particular, scientists fear that a rash of drug-test failures could be linked to the illegal use in livestock farming of the banned drug clenbuterol.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Yum Brands Inc. is putting its Long John Silver's and A&W restaurant chains up for sale so it can focus on its growing international business. The company, based in Louisville, Ky., said Tuesday that it is narrowing it focus to its Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC business in the U.
ATLANTA (AP) — Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. is considering selling its struggling Arby's business and concentrating more on its better-performing Wendy's hamburger chain. The Atlanta restaurant operator has seen softer sales at both its Wendy's and Arby's locations, but Arby's has struggled more because its sandwiches — which can cost $5 or more — are more expensive than many other fast-food offerings.