ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. reconfirmed its investment in France on Thursday following reports that the company would put a major investment in a French plant on hold to protest a proposed tax on sodas. The company, which is based in Atlanta, bottles and markets Coca-Cola drinks worldwide.
CHICAGO (AP) — A dogfight in federal court over who makes America's tastiest wieners has ended with a fizzle. The two-year battle pitted Sara Lee's Ball Park and Kraft Foods' Oscar Mayer hot dogs. The companies, America's largest hot dog makers, both alleged the other exaggerated their claims about being No.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Honey that contains traces of pollen from genetically modified crops needs special authorization before it can be sold, the European Union's top court said Tuesday, in a judgment that could have widespread consequences on the bloc's policy on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — North America's second-largest producer of baking soda is working to boost production at its Colorado plant while it looks to research how to commercially develop oil shale in the state. Natural Soda Inc., a subsidiary of Natural Resources USA Corp., mines sodium bicarbonate in Rio Blanco County from what the company says are one of the largest known deposits of nahcolite in the world.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Wednesday that it has appointed Jan Bennink as chairman of CoffeeCo, the beverage business that will split from the food maker next year. Sara Lee announced in January that it plans to split into two companies. One company will keeps the Sara Lee name and concentrate on food service and the North American retail business, which includes brands such as Jimmy Dean and Ball Park.
PepsiCo Inc. and the NFL said Tuesday that they are renewing their marketing deal with a new 10-year deal that begins next year. The financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed. However, a person close to the matter who asked not to be named because the person wasn't permitted to speak publicly told the Associated Press that PepsiCo would pay roughly $90 million a year in rights fees.
SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 8 percent, as the world's biggest hog producer charged higher prices and sold more packaged meats. The Smithfield, Va., company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, also cautioned Thursday that high feed costs will remain a problem but that fiscal 2012 should be "another very good year.
(AP) — This Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 photo shows a basket of apples including a Hudson Golden Gem, top left, a Wickson, bottom left, and a Calville Blanc d'Hiver, bottom right, at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, N.H. Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion.Apple varieties that were popular decades or even a century or more ago but then disappeared from public sight are making a comeback at orchards across the country.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — With buying from small, local, family-run farms becoming more popular, the results of a new study from Wisconsin could be surprising: It found that milk from big dairies is cleaner than that from small ones. Lead researcher Steve Ingham said he did the study because he wanted to see whether there was a link between milk quality and the size of a dairy farm.
DECATUR, Illinois (AP) — Agriculture conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Tuesday it has acquired two oilseeds processing factories in India, a move that expands its global reach and increases its presence in that market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Decatur, Illinois, company acquired facilities in the cities of Kota and Akola from Geepee Agri Private Ltd.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Packaging-products supplier Silgan Holdings Inc. has closed on its $25 million purchase of Nestle Purina PetCare Co.'s steel can-making assets for its pet food products. "This transaction enhances our market-leading position in food cans, allowing us to further leverage our broad manufacturing platform to continue to provide competitive advantage to customers such as Nestle," Silgan President and CEO Tony Allott said in a statement.
ORLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was killed in an accident at a chicken-processing plant in northeastern Indiana. The Steuben County coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Worrell of Fremont died from head injuries Thursday at Miller Poultry near the town of Orland.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. still expects to split itself into two publicly traded companies before the end of next year, the nation's largest food maker said Wednesday. Kraft announced last month that one of the companies will focus on its international snack brands like Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates and the other one will concentrate on its North American grocery business that includes Maxwell House coffee and Oscar Mayer meats.
(AP) — In this photo taken Sept. 3, 2011, a fisherman take stock of the dead fishes at a fish farm in Shuikou Reservoir in Gutian county in southeast China's Fujian province. Local authorities are investigating the mass killing of millions of fishes at fish farms at the reservoir.
Campbell Soup Co.'s soup revenue cooled in the fourth-quarter, but stronger sales of Goldfish crackers, Milano Melts cookies and other items helped the food maker deliver adjusted results that beat Wall Street expectations. The company, based in Camden, N.J., is trying to regain ground it lost after several years of declining soup sales as shoppers curbed their soup consumption, stopped stocking their pantries or shifted to competitor's brands.
CHICAGO (AP) — Quaker Oats Co. issued a voluntary recall of its Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars, citing an undeclared milk allergen that is not listed on the label. The company, a unit of beverage company PepsiCo Inc., said the recall was initiated after it was discovered that the "may contain milk" disclaimer required for the product was omitted from the package.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the government against a Kansas winery over claims about the medicinal benefits of elderberry juice concentrate. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday signed the consent decree hammered out by the Food and Drug Administration and Wyldewood Cellars of Peck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uncle Sam wants you to know more about what you're eating. The Food and Drug Administration wants to revise the nutrition facts label — that breakdown of fats, salts, sugars and nutrients on packaging — to give consumers more useful information and help fight the national obesity epidemic.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.