A prosecutor opened the fraud trial of a California wine dealer on Monday by saying greed motivated him to cheat wine collectors out of millions of dollars, but a defense lawyer said his client was the victim of widespread corruption in the resale market for vintage wines.
Premium adult beverages are providing momentum to the on-premise channel despite cautious consumers, according to a new study. Higher-priced spirits and beer categories, in particular, are growing in restaurants and bars, although the channel is slowing overall.
Nineteen months after Washington State auctioned off its liquor stores to private entrepreneurs, more than 60 percent of the stores are out of business. Nearly two dozen remaining stores are in danger of losing their licenses because they owe the state fees on liquor already sold.
A fishing boat captain told a federal judge he tried to sell shark fins to a Honolulu hotel restaurant so he could earn some extra money for his crew. Matthew Brian Case said he finned dead sharks while at sea off Hawaii and planned to sell them "for a few hundred dollars."
The European Food Safety Authority has found that the artificial sweetener aspartame is safe for people to consume at the levels currently used in diet soft drinks. After conducting a major review of evidence, the agency has ruled out any "potential risk of aspartame causing damage to genes and inducing cancer."
Yauk's Specialty Meats of Windsor, Colo., has recalled about 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recalls on Monday.
The packaging company WhiteWave Foods, whose brands include Silk, Land O'Lakes and Horizon Organic, is buying the organic food maker Earthbound Farm for about $600 million. Earthbound, best known for its organic packaged salads, is expected to have 2013 sales of more than $500 million.
China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And that's OK with growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop. Growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should be able to get a foothold in the China's growing market.
Can't find your favorite craft brew in your neighborhood? Get out your wallet. As craft brews gain an intense following, a black market bloomed in which opportunists sell for hundreds of dollars top-rated beers that are hard to find, in short supply, expensive or illegal to ship.
The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage."
Wine fraud is getting more sophisticated and more ambitious, particularly as bottle prices rise due to huge demand in new markets, mainly in Asia. After decades of silence, producers across the $217-billion industry are finally beginning to talk about the problem and ways to combat it.
Chobani's debut on advertising's biggest stage comes as Greek yogurt continues to surge in popularity. Known for its thick texture and tart taste, Greek yogurt now accounts for more than a third of the U.S. yogurt market, up from just 1 percent in 2007.
Hampton Creek Foods is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are underestimating the e-commerce channel's growth potential and consequently may be missing out on a substantial market opportunity, according to the first of a two-part study, "Digital Commerce in the Supermarket Aisle."
Growers across California toiled last week to protect the state's prized $2 billion a year citrus industry and other key crops such as lettuce and avocados from the cold snap that engulfed the state, dropping temperatures to levels that can damage fruit and delay the harvest of greens.
Alaska is renewing an effort to secure a massive stockpile of emergency food supplies to be ready in case a major disaster cuts the state off from supply lines. Gov. Sean Parnell has promoted emergency preparations as part of a larger push to improve disaster readiness across Alaska.
A bankruptcy judge is allowing an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.
The annual meeting of American Crystal Sugar Co. highlighted the company's 40th year as a farmer-owned cooperative, but there was little cause for celebration among shareholders. Total grower payments are down more than $300 million in the last year.
Campbell Soup apologized for a tweet by its SpaghettiOs brand that marked the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks with a picture of its smiling mascot jauntily holding an American flag. The Twitter message asked followers to "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us."
From its bottle shape to its taste, color, labeling and even marketing, Champagne owes its uniqueness to a series of widows from the early 19th century who used the sometimes mysterious deaths of their husbands to enter the male-dominated business world.