The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut is taking its fast-food menus to the lesser-known regions of China, with plans to set up shop in smaller cities throughout the key market. After expanding in China's biggest cities in recent years, Yum Brands Inc. is focusing on populating the country's less urbanized areas.
U.S. hiring gains held steady in November despite disruptions from Superstorm Sandy and employers' concerns about impending tax increases from the year-end "fiscal cliff." Overall manufacturing jobs fell 7,000. That was pushed down by a loss of 12,000 jobs in food manufacturing that likely reflects the layoff of workers at Hostess.
Several environmental groups want a federal judge to let them join a lawsuit by a West Virginia chicken grower who is challenging new water-pollution rules aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey has already allowed the American and West Virginia Farm Bureaus to intervene in Lois Alt's complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A beef processing plant in northern South Dakota that is trying to get up to speed after years of delays caused by everything from financial problems to lawsuits to flooding is now accused of violating its wastewater permit. The city of Aberdeen says the Northern Beef Packers plant is failing to monitor pollutants and properly operate its treatment lagoons.
Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste. At $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound), it's among the world's priciest coffee.
McCormick & Company, Incorporated has unveiled its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013. Now in its thirteenth year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that the company expects to drive in terms of flavor innovation over the next several years.
A Georgia food processing company has issued a recall for about 35,800 pounds of breaded chicken products that may contain pieces of plastic. USDA officials Thursday announced the chicken was processed at Suzanna's Kitchen, based in Duluth.
An employee of a defunct Alabama produce company is pleading guilty to a charge of defrauding the government through dozens of deals involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Christopher Alan Pfahl of Birmingham reached the plea bargain in an agreement filed Thursday.
Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson told The Associated Press the worker who mixed the chemicals speaks English as his primary language and was able to read the label, but didn't.
An Israeli maker of home soda machines hopes to make a splash in the U.S. soft drink market through a global advertising campaign it will launch during Super Bowl XLVII. For SodaStream, the advertising push marks a bold — and risky — bet on tapping into the tastes of the world's largest soft drink market.
The head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday that the company is still willing to negotiate with locked-out factory workers, but he didn't think it was a good idea to let them parade around at the company's annual shareholders meeting.
The chlorine gas leak at a Tyson plant that sickened nearly 200 people happened because a worker who couldn't read the English-language label on a barrel of chemicals inadvertently poured bleach into it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday.
Starbucks Corp. shares rose Thursday after the world's biggest coffee company announced a venti-sized expansion program that will add at least 1,500 new cafes in the U.S. over the next five years. Starbucks said Wednesday that it plans to boost the number of locations in its biggest market by about 13 percent by 2017.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced new steps to protect consumers by improving the food safety plans required for companies that produce poultry products. Companies producing raw ground chicken and turkey and similar products will be required to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans.
Officials at a Dawsonville-based food processing company have announced plans to expand their plant in northern Georgia and add 200 jobs. The Gainesville Times Wednesday reported Gold Creek Foods plans to expand its plant in Gainesville and hire new employees in 2013.
A company that took over a southern Alberta beef plant during a tainted beef crisis has appointed a president for its Canadian operations. William Van Solkema will head JBS Canada effectively immediately. Van Solkema was the president of sales and operation for XL Foods in Brooks, Alta., between 2004 and 2009.
From fresher frozen meals to food trucks for dogs, consumers can expect to see a variety of interesting trends to tickle the tummy in 2013. Nestlé today issued some predictions destined to please the palates of all family members, including pets.
Starbucks bowed to mounting pressure over its tax affairs in Britain and revealed Thursday that it would pay about 10 million pounds ($16 million) in each of the next two years. Having been slammed by the country's lawmakers of "immorally" avoiding tax, Starbucks' U.K. managing director Kris Engskov said the firm had agreed to pay more than required by law.
A United Nations agency says prices of basic foods fell by 1.5 percent last month, with the international prices of all commodities except dairy products dropping. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday that the decline puts the value of its November index nearly 3 percent below a year ago.
Smithfield Foods Inc. says its net income fell in the second quarter on charges for a loss on early extinguishment of debt, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations. The Smithfield, Va.-based company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, said Thursday it earned $10.9 million, or 7 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 28.