An international company that produces convenience foods for 7-Eleven and other retailers is adding 350 new jobs at its Stafford County plant. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Ireland-based Greencore Group's plans Tuesday. He said the company will spend $5.75 million to expand the food processing facility.
The Texas Senate has approved new rules to help small brewers expand. Under a bill passed 31-0 on Monday, changes to the beer industry's pricing structure would accompany an overhaul of regulations that apply only to craft breweries. The bill still must pass the House.
Born as cheap, flavorful fare for Nashville's working class community and offered late into the night for its party-goers, hot chicken has long been a staple in town. But its reputation has grown in recent years. Taylor Swift and B.o.B. even featured one of the city's best known hot chicken shops in a video they did together.
Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty. It's just the latest swing in the way Americans feel about the economy. Their views have fluctuated between optimism and angst over the months as they've weighed an advancing stock market and housing recovery against new economic challenges.
The Montana House is backing a measure that would allow small-scale dairy farmers to sell their unpasteurized milk directly to consumers. House Bill 574 would allow farmers with as many as 15 lactating cows, 30 lactating sheep or 30 lactating goats to obtain permits exempting them from certain regulation.
In this Friday, March 23, 2013 photo, a diner reaches for a piece of hot chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tenn. Hot chicken — fried chicken with varied amounts of seasoning that make the heat level run from mild to extra hot — is a signature dish of Nashville.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was expected in South Carolina on Tuesday to announce the expansion of the so-called StrikeForce initiative, which already operates in 10 states. The goal of StrikeForce is to help farmers, food producers and other businesses get access to money for projects such as new wells, greenhouses, community gardens, kitchen space, and summer meals for low-income school children.
With today's $3.3 billion SuperValu supermarket deal as an example, 2013 looks to be a strong M&A market for sellers in the food and beverage space. Here’s a look at M&A in F&B in 2012/2013. The number of announced U.S. M&A F&B transactions increased by 5.8 percent last year, making it the best year for transactions by volume since the record-setting 2007.
A new study by researchers at the University of Montana found that the pollutants from the Canadian mining industry, including a metal-like element called selenium, are finding their way downstream into Montana and threatening fish populations there.
Rye whiskey using George Washington's own recipe will soon go on sale at the first president's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The presidential home reconstructed Washington's distillery and will make more than 1,100 bottles of unaged whiskey available beginning April 4. The bottles sell for $95 each.
Agricultural products giant Monsanto and DuPont on Tuesday said they reached a deal to dismiss pending patent lawsuits against one another and entered a series of multi-million dollar licensing agreements. The lawsuits included antitrust and first-generation Roundup Ready soybean patent lawsuits pending in U.S. federal court in St. Louis.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is asking energy drink companies to stop marketing their products to children. The Democratic senator from Illinois sent a letter Monday to the CEOs of Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster asking for an explanation for the companies' sponsorship of sporting events that target children.
Nearly 6 out of 10 Americans have little knowledge about food production, according to a new white paper, "Building Trust in What We Eat," released today by Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink. In fact, FoodThink research shows Americans know more about movies, politics and music than what's on their plates.
Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. Taken together, these data indicate a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output.
The Cornucopia Institute formally requested that the FDA remove the common food additive carrageenan from the US food supply. Last year the FDA rejected a 2008 citizen petition, which presented scientific studies linking carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, including cancer.
A study by University of Montana researchers shows that pollutants leeching into the heavily mined Elk River drainage in southeastern British Columbia have reached alarming levels, particularly as a metal-like element called selenium threatens critical fish habitat in Canada, as well as downstream in Montana.
With 14.4 million members, unions still can be a potent political force at the ballot box. But protests in recent years over the passage of right-to-work laws in Michigan and Indiana, clashes over collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio and a sharp drop in union elections across the US have raised larger questions.
Americans' consumption of fizzy soft drinks, on the decline since 2005, fell last year to its lowest level since 1996. If it weren't for increasingly popular energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, the decline would have been worse. The declines come amid heavy attention on soda's role in obesity and related health problems.
The egg has been associated with festivals celebrating spring for many centuries. However, eating eggs that are not handled with proper care can cause food poisoning, also called foodborne illness. Salmonella, an organism that causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever, can be found on both the outside and the inside of eggs that look perfectly normal.
Chobani and Fage, two Greek yogurt giants, have a strong presence in New York state. While the state has had no trouble meeting increasing demand for workers, the state's dairy herd is not yet large enough to meet the challenges. While yogurt production booms, milk production remains stagnant.