WASHINGTON (AP) — Diageo PLC, the world's biggest liquor producer, has agreed to pay about $16.4 million to settle civil allegations of bribing government officials in India, Thailand and South Korea to get sales and tax benefits for its Johnnie Walker and Windsor Scotch whiskeys and other brands.
NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — In an arid field of Joshua trees and desert brush 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, an isolated farm is raising thousands of recently hatched shrimp in salt-water tanks filled from a nearby well. The artificial ponds splayed across a temperature-controlled room are expected to grow half a million pounds of shrimp a year, enough to fuel Las Vegas' insatiable all-you-can-eat-shrimp habit for about a week, according to some estimates.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 14 percent on higher prices and stronger sales. The world's biggest cereal maker raised prices to offset higher costs and is starting to see the benefit of those adjustments. Kellogg reported Thursday that it earned $343 million, or 94 cents per share.
(AP) — In this July 22, 2011, photo, West Texas farmer Randy McGee looks over a field of corn near Lubbock, Texas, that is lost to drought. Ranchers and farmers like McGee across the state are dealing with the worst drought conditions in decades at a time when commodity prices are high.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal court jury in Pittsburgh is deliberating the fate of a former vice president of a bankrupt western Pennsylvania beverage maker. Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Lynn is charged with conspiracy as well as mail, wire and bank fraud in connection with the 2006 collapse of Latrobe-based Le-Nature's Inc.
When's the last time you were guiltily scraping your way to the bottom of an ice cream carton and noticed this message: "150 calories per pint"? Yes, per pint. Foods aimed at helping you slim down have been around for decades, but a recent wave of ultra-low calorie products — such as the 150-calorie per pint dessert Artic Zero — is making a direct appeal to our national sense of gluttony.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar says it plans to lock out its 1,300 workers at five Red River Valley sugar mills and hire replacements if a new labor agreement isn't reached by Monday. The Moorhead-based company is the largest sugar beet producer in the U.S. It's negotiating with its union to replace a seven-year contract that expires at midnight Sunday.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A voluntary recall of thousands of pounds of ready-to-eat chicken has been expanded over concerns that the meat could be contaminated with bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride on Tuesday announced the recall now includes about 7,000 pounds of Pilgrim's Pride Brand Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets that were shipped to dozens of Dollar General stores in the following states: West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
NEW YORK (AP) — Like any fitness program, it works only if you pay attention to it. A new study on New York City's effort to encourage healthy eating by posting calorie counts on menus shows that it worked for about one in six customers — or those who paid heed to them. Those who ignored the numbers or didn't see them ordered whatever they wanted, regardless of how fattening it was.
(USDA) — Jetro Cash and Carry Enterprises LLC/R.D. Food Services LP, an importer from New York, is recalling approximately 2,900 pounds of diced bacon products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 12, 2011 – Plex Systems, Inc., provider of Plex Online, Cloud ERP for manufacturers , today announced it will host the third in a series of live webinars designed to help manufacturers and processors become best-in-class in the food industry. The webinar is titled Increase Food Safety Through Error-Proof Work Environments and features June Ruby, Manufacturing Principal at Motorola Solutions’ Industry Solutions Group.
BEIJING (AP) — A report says a man has received a suspended death sentence for making and selling a chemical that makes pork leaner but is harmful to humans. Tainted pork is among a string of recent food scandals in China. The official Xinhua News Agency said a court in central Henan province sentenced Liu Xiang to death with a two-year reprieve for making and dealing in clenbuterol.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's largest egg seller and distributor with about 18 percent of the market, said Monday that its fourth-quarter net income fell 65 percent as feed costs soared. The company said a late Easter boosted egg prices by about 5 cents per dozen for the quarter, but feed costs rose 12 cents per dozen.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — After yet another strong quarter for Hershey, the second-largest U.S. candymaker raised its outlook for the full year Tuesday, predicting that sales will rise by 6 percent and earnings will jump by 10 percent. The Hershey Co. nearly tripled its second-quarter profit, largely because of one-time costs that dampened profits a year ago.
(AP) — A South Korean dairy farmer pours milk over his head as others burn a traditional coffin, symbolizing South Korean government and milk processing company during a rally demanding increase of milk price near the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Thousands of dairy farmers opposed South Korean government signing FTA, free trade agreement, with various countries including the European Union and the U.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Friday that its net income rose 15 percent in the second quarter as it continues to entice customers to buy new menu items even as the sluggish economy forces them to cut back spending in other areas. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest burger chain, has consistently outperformed its fast-food peers throughout the recession and its aftermath even though it's raised prices this year.
(Food & Water Watch) — Today, consumer advocacy organizations Empire State Consumer Project and Food & Water Watch called on the Food and Drug Administration to take long overdue action on contamination of apple juice with heavy metals such as arsenic. The groups sent a letter to the agency that contained new data from testing commissioned by the Empire State Consumer Project, which revealed levels of arsenic contamination in one juice sample that was more than five times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency would allow in drinking water.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former worker is seeking class status for a lawsuit against Yarnell's Ice Cream, claiming the Searcy company didn't give workers the required 60-day notice that the plant would close. The family-owned company, in business for more than 75 years, abruptly closed its doors on June 30, saying it couldn't get financing to continue operating.
(FDA) — Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas is recalling all Papayas, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.