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Smucker Lowers Coffee Prices

May 16, 2012 9:53 am

The J. M. Smucker Co. is cutting most of its packaged coffee prices by 6 percent on average because it is paying less for unroasted beans.


Activist Firm Takes $600M Stake In PepsiCo

May 16, 2012 9:52 am

Activist investor Ralph Whitworth said Tuesday that his firm has taken a $600 million stake in PepsiCo Inc., a move that could ramp up pressure on the company to make changes.


Photo Of The Day: Virtual Grocery Store

May 16, 2012 9:49 am

Peapod, the nation's leading Internet grocer, has placed a virtual grocery store in Chicago's highly traveled State and Lake Station Tunnel.


Nestle Purine Recalls Cat Food

May 15, 2012 12:59 pm

Nestle Purina PetCare (NPP) is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of its Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management canned cat food, available through veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada.  This precautionary measure is being taken in response to one consumer complaint received by FDA.  Analytical testing of the product sample by FDA indicated a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1). 


Garlic Compound Fights Campylobacter Better Than Antibiotics

May 15, 2012 12:56 pm | by By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness. Their work was published recently in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.


Deep-Sea Water Bottler To Pay $2M For Violations

May 15, 2012 12:52 pm

A deep-sea water bottling company has agreed to pay $2 million to the Hawaii Department of Health to settle a violation order. Hawaii health officials last year issued an order alleging Koyo USA Corp. adulterated its product with rejected water over five years. Koyo mines, desalinates and bottles deep-sea water off the Big Island with the slogan, "Purely the Best Water in the World."


Judge Rejects Hostess’ Motion To Reject Teamster Contracts

May 15, 2012 12:50 pm

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain issued an oral decision Monday night denying Hostess Brands Inc's motion to reject all Teamster labor contracts, meaning that all contracts with Teamster local unions remain in effect.


Consumer Trends: Becoming A Mom Changes Buying Behavior

May 15, 2012 12:47 pm

Recent Mintel research found that being a mom changes the way women shop, as an increased emphasis is put on the safety, value and nutrition of everyday purchases.


Tyson CEO To Ring Closing Bell

May 15, 2012 9:50 am

Tyson Foods president and CEO Donnie Smith will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Smith will ring the bell Tuesday afternoon to mark the Springdale-based poultry company's 15th anniversary of trading on the well-known securities market.


U.S. Fish Stocks Rebound Amid Problems

May 15, 2012 9:49 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

A record number of fish populations have been rebuilt in U.S waters, even as problems continue to threaten the future of the high-profile New England fishing industry, according to a federal report released Monday.


UN: African Growth Hinges On Food Security

May 15, 2012 9:47 am | by JOE MWIHIA,Associated Press

Sub-Saharan African nations will not be able to sustain their accelerated economic growth unless they eliminate hunger, the U.N. said in a report Tuesday. Many sub-Saharan economies are growing fast but the growth rates have not translated into significant hunger reduction, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.


Kellogg's Unveils Most Significant Brand Update In Company History

May 15, 2012 9:43 am

Kellogg Company today announces a refresh of its iconic, 106-year-old Kellogg's ® brand in the most significant update of its marquee identity in company history.


BPI Laying Off 86 Workers

May 15, 2012 9:38 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

The maker of the beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics said Monday it was laying off 86 employees from its corporate office in South Dakota, citing what it calls a misinformation campaign about a product that food-industry experts agree is safe.


Photo Of The Day: Creating Food Security In Africa

May 15, 2012 9:35 am

According to a U.N. African Development Report, nearly 218 million people on the African continent are undernourished and 55 million children are malnourished, a figure that is projected to rise. The report says food security can be achieved by several means, including boosting agricultural productivity and creating resilience against natural disasters.


Chorizo Product Recalled For Undeclared Soy

May 14, 2012 1:08 pm

Euro Foods, Inc., which also does business as Citterio USA Corp., a Freeland, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,156 pounds of a chorizo product because of misbranding and undeclared soy protein.


PROCESS EXPO And International Dairy Show To Co-Locate In 2013

May 14, 2012 1:04 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that they have signed an agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show in Chicago, beginning in 2013.


W. Va. Food Lab Seeks $8M For Renovations

May 14, 2012 1:01 pm

The West Virginia agency that tests food and farming products says it needs $8 million to renovate its laboratory.


Scallopers May Offer Relief For Yellowtail Fishermen

May 14, 2012 12:59 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Scallopers inevitably snare yellowtail by accident. So regulators trying to protect the struggling species give them a yearly catch quota they can't exceed. But the scallop industry works hard to avoid yellowtail. If they catch below their yellowtail quota, they can transfer what's left over to a fishing industry desperate for it.


Ala. Farmers Cut Back Crops, Cite Illegal Immigration Crackdown

May 14, 2012 12:56 pm | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press

Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.


Coca-Cola Takes Another Swing At Mid-Calorie Sodas

May 14, 2012 12:52 pm

The Coca-Cola Co. is trying mid-calorie sodas again with its Sprite and Fanta. The drinks will be called "Sprite Select" and "Fanta Select" and will have half the calories of regular. They will be made with a blend of sugar and other artificial sweeteners, including Truvia.



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