ATLANTA (AP) — The toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to a new federal research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store.
EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jamba Inc. and Bare Fruit LLC are teaming up in a licensing deal to create a new line of Jamba-branded dried fruit chips. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The fruit chips, which will come in Fuji apple, Granny Smith apple and mango flavors, are expected to be in grocery, convenience and other stores by the end of the year.
BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kudzu — the "plant that ate the South" — has finally met a pest that's just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called "kudzu bug" is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American farmers. Soybeans.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit rose 8 percent, as it offset higher costs with price increases and volume grew worldwide. The world's largest soft-drink maker, which has more than 500 brands including Fanta, Sprite, Dasani and Minute Maid in addition to its namesake, has shown consistent growth for years, but it is being increasingly pressured by rising costs and consumers' cautious spending due to the turbulent economy, especially in the U.
(AP) — In this Sept. 30, 2011 photo, Clemson University entomologist Jeremy Greene shows a soybean plant from a test plot in Blackville, S.C. The plant is covered in "kudzu bugs," an Asian pest that is wreaking havoc on U.S. soybean crops. (AP Photo/Allen Breed) Read more at Kudzu Bugs Invade U.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego restaurant-bakery could forfeit up to $650,000 in earnings for employing illegal immigrants. The San Diego Union-Tribune says owner Michel Melcot pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of continuing to employ workers illegally at The French Gourmet in Pacific Beach.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State health officials have ordered the destruction of vacuum-packed chicken and ground pork products from a southeastern Missouri company. The Department of Health and Senior Services says tests found high levels of bacteria in vacuum-packed chicken and ground pork from Reis Meat Processing in Jackson.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based soldier says he got something dangerous with his burger, fries and soda when he ordered a Burger King value meal. Army Staff Sgt. Clark Bartholomew claims he was injured by needles when he bit into a Triple Stacker on Dec. 1 from a Burger King located on Schofield Barracks, a sprawling Army base in central Oahu.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California producer of bagged salad mix is voluntarily recalling 2,100 cases distributed under store brands in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Iowa because of the potential that some packages may be contaminated with listeria. The lettuce was sold under the store brand names Hy-Vee salads and Giant Eagle's "Farmers Market.
GENEVA (AP) — Chocolate makers from around Switzerland gathered in Geneva over the weekend to show off their finest wares to consumers already spoiled for choice. The aim of Switzerland's top chocolatiers was to convince their countrymen — who each gobble a whopping 26.5 pounds (12 kilograms) of chocolate on average every year — to embrace quality over quantity.
(AP) — In this Sept. 20, 2011 photo, Naomi Woods, left, eats lunch with her classmates at Northeast Elementary Magnet, in Danville, Ill. The curriculum at the public school is focused on health and wellness, and families have to sign a contract agreeing to abide by that. School lunches are low-fat or no-fat, with fresh fruit or veggies every day, and no dessert.
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A South American yogurt maker has broken ground on a new manufacturing plant in western New York that will be the company's first facility in North America. Local media outlets report that executives from Bogota, Colombia-based Alpina Foods joined local officials Wednesday to break ground on the company's new yogurt manufacturing plant at a Genesee County business park in the town of Batavia, midway between Buffalo and Rochester.
NEW YORK (AP) — Demand for chicken is mixed, with weakness in restaurants and the food industry and strength at grocers, an analyst said Thursday. Akshay Jagdale of KeyBanc Capital Markets said in a client note that demand in the foodservice sector — which includes restaurants — is soft partly because of weak consumer demand and high inventories.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. plans to sell only sustainable and traceable seafood in its stores by 2015. Sustainable seafood efforts make sure species aren't being overfished and that they are harvested with methods that don't endanger other fish and seafood. Companies such as Target, Safeway Inc.
LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — Boulder County has ordered a chili roaster to cease operations over food safety concerns. County health specialist David Baum says Red Wagon Organic Farm owner Amy Tisdale needs to install a sink and temperature control equipment to prevent food contamination. Tisdale says she was unaware of the need for a permit requiring the equipment.
MENDOTA, Calif. (AP) — On an October day in the midst of harvest season, two farmworkers sat idly in their home in a Central California town that touts itself as "the cantaloupe center of the world." Instead of picking the melons and supervising a work crew, Dora and David Elias of Mendota were unemployed — laid off along with hundreds of others as the cantaloupe listeria outbreak traced to Colorado rippled across the nation.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's planning to introduce legislation to make it a federal crime for people to mislabel products as containing maple syrup. Leahy said Tuesday the legislation is needed to protect Vermont's maple crop from fraud. The move came in the aftermath of a recent U.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Kona coffee grower has paid more than $46,000 in fines and back wages over its treatment of coffee pickers from Mexico following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department announced the action on Wednesday and hinted that it hopes it sends a message to other growers to follow the rules protecting migrant workers, whether legal or illegal.
ATLANTA (AP) — Consumers should be prepared to shell out a bit more for peanut butter soon. Another hot, dry summer in key producing states and competition from more profitable crops like cotton have significantly shrunk the U.S. peanut crop this year. The tight supply means consumers will soon pay more for yet another grocery staple.