ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of helicopters whir above Florida's valuable and sensitive veggie crops, sent up by farmers worried that an uncommon freeze could wipe out their harvests. The choppers hover low over green bean and sweet corn fields, moving back and forth in the early morning hours to push warmer air closer to the plants — and, the farmers hope, save the plants from a deadly frost.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Templeton Rye whiskey, which can be hard to find in some Iowa shops, has been showing up on Internet sales sites in violation of Iowa laws against bootlegging. The Des Moines Register reported that on Monday, a half-dozen or more people had listed the booze on eBay and Craigslist, asking up to $100 a bottle for whiskey that typically sells for $36 a bottle.
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) — Ice wine, made from grapes that were allowed to freeze on the vine, has long been one of the most expensive dessert drinks because of the risk involved in its production. Winemakers must harvest the grapes under precisely the right weather conditions and extract the high-sugar juice before they thaw.
(FDA)--U.S. Marshals, acting under a court order sought by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, today seized chili pods, ground chili, crushed chili, and other chili products located in the rodent-infested food warehouse owned by Duran and Sons LLC in Derry, New Mexico. The New Mexico Environment Department had previously placed an embargo on all products in the company’s food warehouse on Nov.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota group is planning to build a test plant that would turn sugar beets into ethanol. Officials with Fargo-based Green Vision Group say the demonstration facility would be built alongside an existing ethanol plant and would cost between $4 million and $6 million.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — McDonald's Corp. says some of its customers' private information was exposed during a data breach. The company said Monday that a third party was able to get past security measures and see into a database of its customer information that included e-mail, phone numbers, addresses, birthdates and other specifics that they provided when signing up for online promotions or other subscriptions to its websites.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Among the many modern comforts we all enjoy, the humble drinking straw perhaps gets too little attention. Few people — when they pop a straw into a carton of juice or milk — think about the source of that deceptively simple piece of plastic, or what it takes to make one.
NEW YORK (AP) — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. said Monday it will buy laboratory equipment maker Dionex Corp. for $2.1 billion. The scientific instrument maker said the deal will expand its business in the Asia-Pacific region and help it do more business in industries such as environmental analysis, water testing, and food safety.
(HARRIS)--Leading global market research firm Harris Interactive today released the 2010 results of EquiTrend®, its renowned annual brand equity study that measures over 1,000 brands across 42 categories. Harris Interactive has been tracking consumers' awareness and perception of brands for over 20 years.
WASHINGTON (NAS) — A new National Research Council report finds no scientific basis that more stringent testing of meat purchased through the government's ground beef purchase program and distributed to various federal food and nutrition programs -- including the National School Lunch Program -- would lead to safer meat.
DETROIT (AP) — A 67-year-old man police believe was homeless died after being punched and knocked to the ground during a scuffle with a 20-year-old Burger King employee in Detroit, and authorities ruled the death a homicide Friday. An autopsy determined Paul Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head, said Dennis Niemiec, a spokesman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Dairy processor Dean Foods Co. will pay $30 million and take other undisclosed actions to settle allegations by a group of dairy farmers that it had monopolized the milk industry in the Northeast. The settlement does not include another major player in the national dairy industry that had been named in the original lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to provide more lunches and dinners to school children and make the meals healthier is expected to become law on Monday. President Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife, Michelle, is scheduled to sign the bill at a District of Columbia elementary school. The $4.
In this October 9, 2008 file photo, the high rise building housing the headquarters of Dean Foods is seen in Dallas. Dean Foods said on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, it is going to pay $30 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by dairy farmers from Vermont and other northeastern states that accused the firm of violating federal antitrust laws.
(AP) — Women walk by bulls sitting in the street that were left there by protesting butchers in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday December 9, 2010. Butchers are protesting the sanitary conditions at the city slaughterhouse and demanding the city government build a modern slaughterhouse or bring up to code the current one.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California company is recalling one lot of cilantro because it may be contaminated with salmonella. Pablo's Produce in Oxnard announced the recall Wednesday. The recalled cilantro was sold between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2 and has a white twist tie with the words "Pablo's Produce of USA" in red and green writing.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills Inc. said Thursday that one year into the effort, the company is meeting its goals of reducing sugar in cereal advertised to children. The maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs announced plans at this time last year to cut the sugar in 10 of its cereals to single-digit grams of sugar per serving.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two new processing and distribution centers built by Riviana Foods Inc. in Memphis was expected to help the company's plans to streamline operations to meet a consumer demand for rice that has increased as the economy has faltered, officials said. Political leaders are joining Riviana Foods officials Thursday at the opening of a new 400,000-square-foot rice processing, packaging and distribution center.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sunny Delight Beverage Co. plans to buy a Texas factory, upgrade its U.S. factories and sell its western Europe juice drink business. The privately held company said Thursday it is investing $70 million to upgrade five U.S. plants, including buying and upgrading the Sherman, Texas, factory from J.