CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The peanut butter and cheese crackers of Lance Inc. are just one vote away from being combined with the pretzels of Snyder's of Hanover Inc. as the companies aim to form the country's No. 2 producer of salty snacks after PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay division. Shareholders of Charlotte-based Lance cast 96 percent of their votes Thursday in favor of issuing the stock needed to merge with privately-held Snyder's of Hanover, Pa.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered Dole Food Co. to pay nearly $200,000 to a Swedish filmmaker who battled the company in a free speech case involving a documentary about claims that Dole harmed workers at Nicaraguan banana plantations. Dole had sued Fredrik Gertten for showing the documentary "Bananas" despite a court ruling that the case on which the film was based had been part of a massive extortion plot against the company.
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. is buying a majority stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods for $3.8 billion, a deal that will make it the biggest food and beverage company in Russia. The deal is Pepsi's largest international acquisition ever. It gives the company dominant position in the fast-growing Russian market and furthers its plan to build its global nutrition business.
NEW YORK (AP) — A bunch of Brooklyn bees have been coming home looking flushed. New York City beekeeper Cerise Mayo was puzzled when her bees started showing up with mysterious red coloring. Their honey also turned as red as cough syrup. She tells The New York Times a friend joked that the bees were imbibing the runoff at Dell's Maraschino Cherries Company, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.
CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) — An organic food company that announced plans for hiring 1,000 workers in eastern Indiana three years ago now has about one-fifth that many after a round of layoffs this week. Really Cool Foods laid off 31 full-time workers on Monday from its Cambridge City manufacturing and distribution center, leaving it with 205 full-time employees, company spokesman Roger Harvey said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The $1.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will allow an Iowa egg farm linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak to resume selling its shell eggs to consumers. Wright County Egg recalled 380 million eggs earlier this year after the farm and another Iowa operation, Hillandale Farms, were linked to more than 1,600 salmonella illnesses.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji Water reopened its operations in the South Pacific nation of Fiji on Wednesday — just two days after closing its bottling plant and laying off 400 workers in a row over a major government tax increase. The U.S.-owned company said after meeting with Fiji's leaders it has agreed to "comply" with the hefty tax hike imposed on it by Fiji's military-led regime.
Following discussions with The Humane Society of the United States about the treatment of animals in its supply chain, Kraft Foods has decided to switch one million eggs within its supply chain to cage-free eggs in 2011. “Kraft Foods’ decision coincides with the national movement away from using cruel and inhumane cages to confine laying hens,” said Josh Balk, corporate outreach director of The HSUS’ factory farming campaign.
SPARKS, Md. (AP) — McCormick & Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling an all-purpose batter due to an unlabeled egg ingredient. The Golden Dipt Fry Easy All-Purpose Batter was sold in 10-ounce cans in the southeastern United States from Jan. 22 on. The affected cans have the UPC Code 4123470111 and a "best by" date of Nov.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Got milk? You may need a couple cups more than today's food labels say to get enough vitamin D for strong bones. But don't go overboard: Long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there's no proof that megadoses prevent cancer or other ailments — sure to frustrate backers of the so-called sunshine vitamin.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Fiji government has charged the California-based Fiji Water company with making untrue statements about instability in the South Pacific islands nation because it doesn't want to pay higher taxes on the water it extracts there. Fiji Water on Monday closed its operations in the South Pacific country that gives the popular bottled drink its name, saying it was being singled out by the military-led government for a massive tax increase.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. wants to appeal a bit more to the average Joe. This week, the company will roll out a new line of its Seattle's Best Coffee to be sold at grocery stores and other retailers. It has a lighter taste and simpler selling approach that it hopes will attract coffee drinkers that Starbucks may have left behind.
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University students voted Monday in a referendum by a pro-Palestine student group on whether to expand the school's hummus offerings. The student group Princeton Committee for Palestine wants university-run stores to offer alternative brands of the Middle Eastern chickpea dip because they say the only brand available is linked to human rights violations.
Zurich, Switzerland, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, and Baldor Electric Company (NYSE: BEZ), a North American leader in industrial motors, have agreed that ABB will acquire Baldor in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.2 billion, including $1.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bitter rivals in the candy aisle may also duke it out in court. The Hershey Co. sued Mars Inc. this week in federal district court, with the maker of Hershey's and Reese's chocolate candies accusing the maker of Snickers, M&Ms and Dove candies of mimicking some of its packaging.
NORTHFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. said Monday it is starting an arbitration proceeding against Starbucks Corp.'s move to end its agreement with Kraft to distribute and promote its packaged coffee in stores. Earlier this month, Starbucks said it would end its agreement with the foodmaker, which began in 1998.
CHICAGO (AP) — A half-dozen years ago iconic chocolatier Fannie May, loved by Chicago candy devotees who passed down their affections for mint meltaways, caramels and vanilla buttercreams from generation to generation, was all but finished. The candy company launched in 1920 was in bankruptcy.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji Water on Monday closed its operations in the South Pacific country that gives the popular bottled drink its name, saying it was being singled out by the military appointed government for a massive tax increase. A company statement announcing the decision did not say whether the company was shutting down permanently in Fiji, where an acquifer deep underground has been the source of one of the world's most popular bottled water brands.
CASHMERE, Wash. (AP) — A Canadian biotechnology company has asked the U.S. to approve a genetically modified apple that won't brown soon after its sliced, saying the improvement could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. U.S. apple growers say it's too soon to know whether they'd be interested in the apple: They need to resolve questions about the apple's quality, the cost of planting and, most importantly, whether people would buy it.