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WhiteWave Foods Lifts Profit Forecast

August 12, 2013 10:01 am

WhiteWave Foods Co., which makes Horizon Organic milk and Silk beverages, slightly raised its earnings per share guidance for the year on Friday. The company, which was spun off by Dean Foods last year, expects to earn between 69 cents per share to 72 cents per share.


Tyson to Stop Buying Cattle Fed Merck Supplement

August 12, 2013 9:59 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

Tyson Foods Inc. will no longer buy animals fed a supplement designed to bulk them up before slaughter, saying the drug may be causing cattle to become lame. The decision has raised concerns from industry experts that less beef will be available, which would drive up consumer prices.


Monster Stock Hits 52-Week High After 2Q Results

August 12, 2013 9:56 am

Monster stock on Friday rose $1.49, or 2 percent, to $64.96 after hitting a 52-week high of $66.12. Monster earlier this year hit back at a lawsuit by the family of a teenage girl who died after drinking two large cans of the company's drinks.


Judge Denies Credit Request for SD Beef Plant

August 12, 2013 9:52 am

A bankruptcy judge has denied a South Dakota beef packing plant's request to obtain secured credit and has scheduled a final hearing in two weeks. The judge also will wait to rule on whether Northern Beef can hire an investment banking firm to pursue a sale of the Aberdeen plant.


Pinnacle Foods Buying Wish-Bone for $580M

August 12, 2013 9:50 am

Pinnacle Foods, based in Parsippany, N.J., is buying Wish-Bone salad dressings from Unilever for $580 million. Combined annual sales, which include the liquid and dry-mix salad dressings under the Wish-Bone and Western brands, total about $190 million.


Photo of the Day: An Apple Stack a Day

August 12, 2013 9:47 am

The apple stack cake is a favorite Appalachian recipe and is served at Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, N.C. The Asheville area has been named a top food destination and is home to many Blue Ridge Mountain traditions and regional food adventures.

Consumer Trends: U.S Wine Industry Growth is Sparkling

August 9, 2013 1:00 pm

Imported sparkling wines continued to gain momentum in 2012 and ongoing growth is expected in 2013. With a 6.4 percent volume increase in 2012, imported sparkling wines outpaced domestic sparkler growth (3.7 percent), according to a new report.


N.D. Gov.: New Food Processing Plant Completed

August 9, 2013 12:37 pm

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says work has been completed on a $30 million food processing plant in Minot. Dalrymple says the United Pulse Trading facility is expected to hire 45 people, bringing the company's total North Dakota employment to 100 workers.


French Farmers Smash Eggs to Protest Animal Welfare Rules

August 9, 2013 12:35 pm

French farmers are threatening to amplify a protest over low egg prices by smashing thousands of eggs on the streets and squares of France's main poultry producing region of Brittany after new hen house regulations have eaten into farm profits.


Peanut Butter Plant to Create 60 Jobs in Virginia

August 9, 2013 12:32 pm

Peanut roaster Hampton Farms plans to open a peanut butter production plant in Southampton County, Va., creating 60 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell, who approved a $200,000 grant to the company, said Thursday that the company plans to invest $5.5 million in the facility.


Report: Canada's Food System Needs Environmental Overhaul

August 9, 2013 12:28 pm

The environmental impact of Canada's food system needs closer scrutiny and governments at all levels in Canada need to play a lead role in managing environmental risks in the food sector, according to a Conference Board of Canada report.


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Launches Food Safety Tool for Consumers

August 9, 2013 12:25 pm

Food poisoning causes 48 million illnesses in the U.S. each year. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is now encouraging consumers to reduce their risk with simple safety steps by downloading the free Is My Food Safe? mobile app.  


Daily Sound Bite: Animal Activists Ordered to Pay $500K Bond

August 9, 2013 10:24 am

After winning a temporary victory that would ban a slaughterhouse in New Mexico from operating, animal activists have been ordered by a judge to pay a $500,000 bond, which would cover the company's costs should the group lose its case.


Photo of the Day: Cheers to Cheese

August 9, 2013 10:00 am

Sartori Cheese announced that Chai BellaVitano was named "Best New Dairy Product" at the 2013 International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, UK. One of the world's largest competitions, more than 4,285 cheeses from 27 countries were entered this year by the world's best cheesemakers.

Danone Buys Yogurt Toppings Business YoCrunch

August 9, 2013 9:20 am

French dairy company Danone SA has acquired Connecticut-based yogurt maker YoCrunch in a move aimed at expanding its presence in the U.S. M&Ms candies and Oreos cookie crumbs are among the toppings to which YoCrunch has secured licenses.


Judge Orders Bond Posted in Horse Slaughter Case

August 9, 2013 9:18 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

A federal magistrate on Thursday ordered animal rights groups that won a temporary ban on domestic horse slaughter to post a bond of nearly $500,000 as they continue their legal fight and attorneys for the slaughterhouse argued that the delay could be "devastating."


Beef Plant Looking for Buyer, Not Reorganization

August 9, 2013 9:14 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen, S.D., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, says it is set on finding a buyer for its state-of-the-art South Dakota beef packing plant that has lacked the money to ramp up to full production rather than reorganizing.


Detroit Zoo Halts Bottled Water Sale, Cites Waste

August 9, 2013 9:11 am

The Detroit Zoo says it's giving up a $240,000-annual revenue stream when it stops selling bottled water to visitors. Operators of the 125-acre zoo in suburban Royal Oak say they're acting to cut back on what is the "largest contributor to plastic waste."


Monster Beverage 2nd-Qtr Hampered by Legal Issues

August 9, 2013 9:10 am

Monster Beverage Corp.'s second-quarter net income missed analyst expectations, as distribution costs rose and it continued to pay legal expenses because of questions about the safety of its beverages. Net income fell almost 3 percent.


Consumer Trends: Packaging Influences Snacking Habits

August 8, 2013 1:00 pm

A study found that the transparency of food packaging influences snacking habits in different ways depending on the size, visual appeal and healthiness of the food it contains. Study participants ate less large, visually appealing snack foods from transparent packages than they did from opaque ones.



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