DENVER (AP) — Molson Coors Brewing Co. has signed an agreement to pay $40 million in cash for a majority, controlling interest in Hebei Si'hai Beer Company in China, a move that lets Molson expand distribution of its flagship Coors Light brand. The joint venture will have direct control over Si'hai brewing operations, including contract business.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The combination of a healthy shrimp population, favorable weather and stable markets have made for solid shrimp fishing in New England — so solid, in fact, that the season is closing early because fishermen have caught so many of the small, sweet crustaceans.
NEW YORK (AP) — Grain and bean prices fell Monday as investors worried that an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might hinder shipments of the crops. Corn, wheat and soybean prices all dropped as uncertainty grows about whether the oil spill might shut down a major shipping passage from the Mississippi River.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection will begin Tuesday in the trial of a former kosher slaughterhouse owner and four workers accused of thousands of child labor violations, such as allowing teenagers to use meat grinders and exposing children to dangerous chemicals. The trial begins as the former manager of the Agriprocessors Inc.
HONG KONG (AP) — Frustrated by their inability to get compensation in China, four parents whose children were poisoned in the country's tainted milk scandal on Tuesday took their cases to Hong Kong, a former British colony that maintains a Western-style judicial system. The four parents are suing the New Zealand farmer-owned dairy cooperative Fonterra.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Buffalo Trace and Tom Moore distilleries may be near the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but if the Kentucky Distillers' Association gets its way, they won't be able to promote the location. The association claims in a lawsuit that New Orleans-based Sazerac Co. is violating the trademarks on the phrase "Kentucky Bourbon Trail" and logos by using similar phrases and designs in promoting two central Kentucky distilleries.
TORONTO (CP) — Twitter has been put out to pasture with the addition of 12 Ontario cows to the long list of people who are sharing their thoughts with the world. What does a cow have to say, you might ask? "I just squirted 20.4 kgs of milk out of my teats in 10:28 seconds. What did you do today?" offers Charge Gina, one of the bovine additions to the 140-character universe.
ST. PETER, Minn. (PRNewswire) — From Food and Health to Food Security to Public Policy; from Taste to Activism to Agriculture, the 46th Annual Nobel Conference will explore "Making Food Good," Oct. 5-6 on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter, an hour outside of Minneapolis. For more than four decades, Gustavus has organized and hosted the two-day Nobel Conference that links a general audience with the world's foremost scholars and researchers.
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Ken Bauman is a fourth-generation dairy farmer and his 13-year-old daughter, Renee, thinks she might be the fifth. Bauman's 10-year-old son, Randy, leans more toward crop production. Bauman Farms and the dairy arm, called Marwood-Ridge Registered Holsteins, milk about 60 cows, have a small beef operation and farm about 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho producers told members of the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing on the new federal farm bill that they need less government regulation and more money spent on agriculture research. The current $284 billion bill, approved in 2008, expires in September 2012, and members of the committee are holding a series of meetings around the country.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As a giant oil slick lapped at southeastern Louisiana's ecologically sensitive coast, chefs, restaurant owners and seafood dealers were certain it would squeeze the state's $2.4 billion seafood industry. They just weren't sure how badly or for how long. Federal officials shut down fishing for at least 10 days from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle on Sunday because of the uncontrolled gusher spewing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — In India, even the gods are doing without. Food inflation that has been stuck in the double digits for a year has had a deep impact on school lunches, family meals and holy offerings. Anger with high prices erupted into protests this week that disrupted flights, trains and traffic.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has approved legislation that would restrict the use in the state of bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastic water bottles and other food containers. The bill phases out BPA in reusable food and beverage containers and in jars and cans that contain baby food and infant formula.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The federal government is conducting its first investigation into whether the handful of large meatpackers that slaughter most of the nation's cattle are illegally or unfairly driving down cattle prices, according to an official representing independent beef producers nationwide.
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) — Migrating birds and those along the shoreline, nesting pelicans and even river otters and mink along Louisiana's fragile islands and barrier marshes are the first in the path of a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that was starting to ooze ashore. The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York-based beverage company finds itself in the middle of the controversy over an Arizona immigration law simply because it shares its name with the state. An initiative apparently started on the Internet asks people to boycott the AriZona Beverage Co. because of claims the law will unfairly target Hispanics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities investigating an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains broadened their case against the former owner of a California company Thursday with five more felony counts. The new charges, which add to seven counts pending from an earlier indictment, allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New proposals to raise taxes on Kansas businesses have surfaced, but a Senate committee wrestling with the state's budget problems doesn't appear likely to consider imposing a special tax on soda and sugary drinks. Members of the Ways and Means Committee already were mulling proposals to raise sales, tobacco, liquor and even individual income taxes for wealthy families.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors asked a federal judge on Thursday to sentence a former kosher slaughterhouse executive to 25 years in prison, less than the life sentence they have said they were entitled to request. Former Agriprocessors Inc. manager Sholom Rubashkin, who was convicted of 86 counts of financial fraud in November, gave a tearful, halting speech at the end of his sentencing hearing in U.
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish drinks maker C&C has sold its whiskey and other liquor brands to the family-owned Scottish distillers William Grant & Sons in a euro300 million ($399.75 million) deal, the two companies announced Friday. The sale, to be concluded by June 30, would give William Grant a stable of niche Irish brands including Tullamore Dew whiskey, Irish cream liqueur Carolan's and herb-and-honey liqueur Irish Mist.