WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — DuPont is buying Danish food ingredients maker Danisco A/S for $5.8 billion as it looks to broaden its food and biofuels operations. The acquisition also includes the assumption of $500 million in debt. Danisco, which is already a joint venture partner with DuPont in the development of cellulosic ethanol technology, said Monday that it will recommend shareholders accept the deal.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Their environment is totally controlled. No windows face the outside world. The air is pressurized to keep smells out, and the lights cast an even, featureless glow. The room suffers no art or motivational posters, no music, no television chatter. The only thing that matters here is the food.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Family lore says the first liquid to touch August Busch IV's lips was beer from the Anheuser-Busch brewery. As a child, Busch accompanied his father to business meetings at the brewery's headquarters. As a young man, he made his mark creating ads for the product that would dominate his life: Budweiser beer.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago company has expanded a recall to include an additional 580 pounds of beef patties because of possible E. coli contamination. The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Friday that Columbus Meat took the action after state inspectors discovered the same batch of beef was used to produce patties on more than one day.
(AP) — People pass a market stall with eggs at a farmers market in Berlin on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. German authorities have stopped more than 4,700 farms from selling their meat and eggs as a precautionary measure against a growing scandal over animal feed contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals that is also affecting exports.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pressured by declining sales and the failure to produce projected savings from a new production facility, the maker of Tastykakes said Wednesday it is looking at several options, including a merger or sale. Tasty Baking Co. president and chief executive Charles Pizzi said in a statement that "unanticipated operational challenges" related to its new bakery in Philadelphia's Navy Yard had lowered projected savings for the fourth quarter of 2010 by $3 million to $10 million.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Truckloads of Four Loko and other alcohol-laced energy drinks are being recycled into ethanol and other products after federal authorities told manufacturers the beverages were dangerous and caused users to become "wide-awake drunk." Wholesalers from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and other East Coast states started sending cases of the high-alcohol, caffeinated malt beverages to MXI Environmental Services in Virginia after the U.
(AP) — In this Dec. 30, 2010 photo, tomatoes in different stages of ripeness are seen in the fields at Martha's U-Pick Vegetable Stand near Homestead, Fla. The plants show damage from recent cold weather. Last January, a nearby farmer, Sam Accursio lost nearly all of his pickling cucumber crop at his Homestead farm during an unusual cold snap.
CARACOLLO, Bolivia (AP) — It's as inhospitable as climates come for crop cultivation, the dry and rocky soils of Bolivia's semiarid altiplain. Miguel Choque can see his breath as surveys his fields of quinoa, the Andean "supergrain." In late March or April, the flowering plants will paint the rugged landscape yellow, green and red.
LONDON (AP) — Britain is calling time on more than 300 years of history, by relaxing rules on pub glass sizes. Pubs will soon be able to serve a smaller beer, holding about 400 milliliters — a measure popular in some parts of Australia where it is known as a schooner. Science Minister David Willetts said Tuesday that centuries old rules governing the sale of alcohol are being relaxed in response to health concerns and following demands from businesses to sell sizes better suited to modern waistlines and wallets.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has terminated the supervised release for a Georgia businessman snagged in a beef plant scandal and convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution to former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Nixon Cawood Jr. was charged in the federal investigation into Mississippi Beef Processors LLC, which closed three months after it opened in 2004, costing 400 jobs and sticking Mississippi taxpayers with $55 million for state-backed loans.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ranchers and horse owners in the United States should be allowed to slaughter their animals and sell the meat as food, said dozens of breeders, trainers and lawmakers gathered in Las Vegas this week to revive the nation's shuttered horse processing industry. The first Summit of the Horse on Tuesday drew advocates from across the West who slammed animal rights groups and implored the federal government to once again embrace horse meat as a legal source of nutrition, saying horse meat is already safely consumed in dozens of countries.
TOKYO (AP) — A giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market. The price for the 754-pound (342-kilogram) tuna beat the previous record set in 2001 when a 445-pound (202-kilogram) fish sold for 20.
BEAVERTON, OR – Beaverton Foods plans to expand its presence in the wasabi food products category with the recent acquisition of Florence, OR-based Pacific Farms™. Domonic Biggi, Executive Vice President of Beaverton Foods, said the purchase of Pacific Farms was a natural fit for the 80-year-old family owned and operated manufacturer of hundreds of specialty gourmet condiments.
BOULDER, Colo.(BUSINESS WIRE)--The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has voted to change the BA's designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer." The Association's board of directors also has revised its bylaws to reflect the change.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Construction of what will become a new Vermont yogurt factory is on schedule for a spring opening. Benjamin Johnson of Commonwealth Dairy says the company broke ground last April at a location in Brattleboro and expects to have 25 to 30 people on its payroll by this April.