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Thought of the Day: Sustainable Filet-O-Fish Coming Soon

January 25, 2013 12:56 pm

McDonald's has announced that it will be the first national chain restaurant to carry the Marine Stewardship Council's "ecolabel," which certifies fish that comes from companies utilizing sustainable fishing practices. The company's Filet-O-Fish will now contain Alaskan Pollock sourced from sustainable fisheries.


Texas Company Recalls Hog Head Cheese for Salmonella

January 25, 2013 12:35 pm

A Houston head cheese maker is recalling almost 2½ tons of hog head cheese it says may be tainted with salmonella. A Thursday statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Stallings Head Cheese Co. is recalling 4,700 pounds of the cold cuts shipped to a distribution center for retail distribution in Louisiana and Southeast Texas.


Starbucks up After Strong 1Q

January 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Starbucks shares rose in premarket trading Friday after the coffee company reported a 13 percent increase in profit for its latest quarter. The Seattle-based company said sales at cafes open at least a year rose 7 percent in the Americas region, which is its flagship business. The figure rose 11 percent in Asia and fell 1 percent in the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Maine Bans BPA in Baby Food, Formula

January 25, 2013 12:32 pm

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has voted to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol-A from baby food and infant formula packaging. The board voted on Thursday, agreeing with Department of Environmental Protection staff recommendations pertaining to infant formula but also went further by applying it to baby food.


Oyster Farm Challenges Eviction in Court

January 25, 2013 12:31 pm

A federal judge will decide whether an historic oyster farm can continue operating in Point Reyes National Seashore while the company's lawsuit against its eviction is being heard. The U.S. District Court hearing on Friday is a last-ditch effort by the farm, which was evicted from Point Reyes National Seashore Nov. 29 after its 40-year lease expired.


Gatorade to Remove Controversial Ingredient

January 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink following customer complaints. A spokeswoman for the company, Molly Carter, says the move was in the works for the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient. She said it wasn't a response to a recent petition on by a Mississippi teenager.


Consumer Trends: What's Cooking in America

January 25, 2013 12:00 pm

 A new report called "The Measuring Cup Trend Report: What American Families are Cooking and Eating: 2013 Trends" concludes healthier eating will continue to be a top priority for home cooks, whether it's incorporating probiotics, "clean" ingredients, or more fruits and vegetables in everyday meals. 


Green Mountain Coffee up on Positive Assessment

January 25, 2013 9:42 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares rose Thursday after a Key Banc analyst gave an upbeat assessment of the company's near-term prospects. Analyst Akshay Jagdale said the market is expecting a price war over single-serve coffee pods will erupt once the company's key patents expire in September. As a result many investors expect the company will lower its 2013 earnings estimates.


McDonald’s Fish to be Labeled ‘Sustainable’

January 25, 2013 9:40 am

McDonald's says it will be the first national restaurant chain to carry a label from a group that certifies sustainable fishing practices. The blue "ecolabel" from the Marine Stewardship Council certifies that the Alaskan Pollock used in McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches come from suppliers with sustainable fishing practices.


Worms: What’s for Dinner in Zimbabwe

January 25, 2013 9:38 am | by TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI,Associated Press

A Zimbabwean nutritionist, Marlon Chidemo, says the worms are high in healthy nutrients and contain three times the amount of protein as beef. He says eating worms is less taxing on the environment than consuming beef because it takes far fewer leaves to produce worms than it does feed to produce the same amount of beef.


McCormick Shares Fall on Disappointing Outlook

January 25, 2013 9:35 am

McCormick & Co.'s fourth-quarter net income rose nearly 13 percent, buoyed in part by higher prices and strength in emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East. But the profit results missed Wall Street expectations, and the spice maker, based in Sparks, Md., issued a forecast that was below analysts' projections because of an increased tax rate and retirement benefit costs. That sent shares tumbling.


Green Groups Oppose Easing NY Dairy Regs

January 25, 2013 9:33 am | by MARY ESCH,Associated Press

Environmental groups are pushing back against the Cuomo administration's plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations. Farms with up to 200 cows are exempt from regulations requiring extra steps to prevent pollution from cow waste. Cuomo has proposed raising the limit to 300 cows to help farms expand without incurring high regulatory costs.


Photo of the Day: Eat Worms

January 25, 2013 9:31 am

In Zimbabwe as well as most parts of southern Africa, mopane worms are a staple part of the diet in rural areas and are considered a delicacy in the cities. They can be eaten dry, as crunchy as potato chips, or cooked and drenched in sauce.


Starbucks up Ahead of 1Q Report

January 24, 2013 12:42 pm

Shares of Starbucks were up slightly in premarket trading Thursday with analysts expecting the coffee company to report a higher profit for its fiscal first quarter after the closing bell. The higher expectations come as Starbucks has continued expanding its footprint and diversifying its business mix.


Tea Growers Form International Forum

January 24, 2013 12:40 pm

The world's top tea-growing nations have formed the first-ever international forum of tea producers, aiming to make their product the most popular beverage globally and also to ensure price and production stability. The International Tea Producers' Forum was established by the six major growers — India, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.


Tenn. Wins Federal Grant for Food Safety Center

January 24, 2013 12:38 pm

Tennessee is one of five states to receive a federal grant to establish an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. The center will be located at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and operated in cooperation with the state Health Department.


IHOP Parent to Rid Supply Chain of Gestation Crates

January 24, 2013 12:28 pm

The parent company of IHOP and Applebee's said Wednesday that it will eliminate the use of gestation crates from its pork supply chain for its more than 3,500 restaurants. DineEquity Inc. said the move is part of its commitment to animal welfare. It joins a growing list of restaurants and other food companies that are halting use of the practice over growing public concern.


McDonald’s Adding Fish McBites to Lineup

January 24, 2013 12:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's used the Dollar Menu to help lift its profit in the latest quarter. Now the world's biggest hamburger chain is turning to a pipeline of new menu items to boost slumping sales, starting with "Fish McBites." The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is betting that it will be able to beat back intensifying competition and economic pressures with the lineup.


Thought of the Day: Fighting for Your Right to Big Gulp

January 24, 2013 12:13 pm

An unlikely coalition of opponents to New York City's new law restricting the sale of high-calorie beverages is taking the city to court in an attempt to block the legislation. The American Beverage Association along with the New York state NAACP and others appeared in court on Wednesday to challenge the law.


Consumer Trends: Favorite Chain Restaurants

January 24, 2013 12:00 pm

Technomic Inc. has presented its first ever Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Award winners. Selected by consumers themselves, the winners were recognized yesterday at the Consumer Trends & Directions Conference in Newport Beach, CA.



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