For the first time in four years since undertaking its Annual Organic Product Survey, TABS Group found a significant increase in American consumers reporting they purchased organic products and a jump in overall sales. Specifically, the percentage of all consumers stating they purchased organics rose from 39.8 percent in January 2011 to 41.8 percent in January 2012, a 5 percent increase, according to Dr. Kurt Jetta, TABS Group CEO.
A government report says U.S. beef and pork exports hit record highs last year because of stronger demand, particularly in Asian countries.
There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. With a name like that, it's not surprising that months of research by the experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the variety as the new hottest pepper on the planet.
As the milk — which federal regulations require be from cows fed organic feed and free from production-boosting synthetic hormones — rose in popularity during the past decade, there haven't always been enough farmers to meet demand (it can take three years to transition a conventional dairy farm to organic).
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income climbed 48 percent, helped by higher prices and strong performances from its new Dr. Pepper TEN as well as its Sun Drop citrus-flavored beverage.
President Barack Obama's proposed budget would eliminate the nation's only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.
Even as more consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, supermarkets are having trouble keeping it on the shelves as high feed and fuel prices have left some organic dairy farmers simply unable to keep up with demand.
From 2008 to 2010, a team of Bioinformatics graduate students at Georgia Tech University, led by School of Biology Associate Professor King Jordan, worked in close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an integrated suite of computational tools for the analysis of microbial genome sequences.
American and EU officials say they've signed an agreement that will allow products certified as organic in Europe or the U.S. to be sold as organic in both regions.
The fastest growing drinks category from 2010-2015 will be functional drinks, which will grow at 5.0% per year to reach $61 billion. Bottled water will grow at 4.8% driving the total market to $125 billion, while concentrates will be the third-fastest-growing category at 3.3%.
The $650 million lab is to be built near Kansas State University and replace an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Kansas officials said Tuesday they're uncertain when the administration changed its mind on the project, but they will be seeking answers.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are united in opposition of a proposal that would assess a surcharge on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Hawaii.
Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Grangier sees a solid year ahead for food makers. As he initiated coverage of the industry with a research note Tuesday, he noted that food makers and sellers typically benefit during a weak economy because consumers still need to eat — and they tend to do so at home more often.
Food ingredient maker Corn Products International Inc. plans to change its name to Ingredion as part of a strategy to present itself as a maker of several ingredients for the food, beverage and brewing industries.
Anheuser-Busch says it will invest between $70 million and $80 million to increase production capacity at its Metal Container Corp. subsidy in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold.
Justin Timineri is part culinary ambassador, part farm expert and part cheerleader for Florida-grown food. Technically, he's a state employee working for the Florida Department of Agriculture — and he's the only full-time state chef in the nation.
Birdsong Corp. wants another $1 million from Mississippi to expand its peanut processing plant in Aberdeen. The Mississippi Development Authority, though, is cool to the idea. Kathy Gelston, MDA's chief financial officer said that the proposed $2.2 million expansion offers no new jobs and that the company refused a loan offered by the authority. Earlier the state gave the company $1 million.
Kellogg has popped up to buy the Pringles chip brand from Procter & Gamble for $2.7 billion after a similar deal with Diamond Foods was derailed by accounting problems and an executive shakeup at Diamond. The addition will help Kellogg with its goal of becoming as big globally in snacks as it is in cereal. The Pringles business will add to Kellogg's stable of snack brands that include Keebler, Cheez-It and Special K Cracker Chips.
Justin Timineri, Florida's State chef, grills Star Melon Shrimp Kebabs at a tailgating party before the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Timineri travel through Florida showing people how to use the state’s produce and seafood in recipes.
A University of South Carolina study shows that Mexican-American youth gain pounds as they move away from the dietary habits of their native country, a move that is putting them at risk for serious health problems.