HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Foreign students working at a candy warehouse protested conditions and pay Thursday, chanting on Chocolate Avenue under streetlights shaped like Hershey's Kisses, arguing that they were employed under the guise of a cultural exchange but toil away in what amounts to a sweets sweatshop.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it has suspended butchering of cows at a slaughterhouse in central Mexico after finding many of the cattle there tested positive for clenbuterol. The federal Health Department says 68 percent of the livestock at the slaughterhouse in Cuernavaca had the anabolic agent.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The demand for canola, best known for the cooking oil it produces, continues to rise and the industry is working to grow more of the plant in the U.S. to keep pace with increased sales. Experts said the best hope for meeting demand is to grow a variety of canola that is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring, offering farmers in some regions a chance to make use of their land during a normally dormant period.
WASHINGTON (Mintel)—Most consumers look to avoid total added sugars, not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) specifically, according to a recent study designed and executed by Mintel Research Consultancy. In the study, more than 2,000 consumers were asked a series of questions about their dietary habits.
MARSHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A spokesman for a turkey processing plant in Union County says the company is investigating an ammonia leak that forced the evacuation of more than 100 people in the North Carolina community. Police say ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit early Tuesday at the Pilgrim's Pride plant near Marshville, about 35 miles southeast of Charlotte.
EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) — Oreo is triple-stacking its newest cookie. Kraft Foods Inc. on Wednesday rolled out the "Triple Double Oreo," a conglomeration of three cookie wafers, one white frosting layer, and one chocolate frosting layer. The newest addition to 99-year-old brand joins products including Oreo brownies, Oreos covered in white fudge and Oreo pie crust.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Foster's Group Ltd., Australia's biggest brewer, said Thursday it had again rejected a $10 billion cash takeover offer from London-based rival SABMiller PLC, reiterating that the bid significantly undervalues the company. Foster's board of directors said it intends to unanimously recommend shareholders reject the offer of Australian dollars 4.
BEIJING (AP) — Coca Cola Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $4 billion in China as food brands scramble to expand in its fast-growing consumer market. The investments will take place over three years beginning in 2012 and raise Coca Cola's total investment in China between 2009 and 2014 to $7 billion, the company said.
(AP) — In this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, a jar of Smucker's preserves is displayed in Philadelphia. J.M. Smucker Co. said Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, its second-quarter net income rose 8 percent as it raised prices in most categories to offset higher commodity costs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) 380,000 Pounds Of Canadian Bacon Recalled Military Food Supplier Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Cargill Resumes Turkey Production At Ark.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Canadian company is recalling about 380,000 pounds of Canadian bacon that may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies listeriosis as a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Kuwaiti military food supplier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of defrauding the U.S. government on a multibillion-dollar contract to feed soldiers in the Middle East after more than a year of legal wrangling over a procedural issue. The Public Warehousing Co.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co. announced Tuesday that it has lowered its US coffee prices, though not enough to make up for several recent increases. The company, which sells coffee under the Folgers, Millstone and Dunkin' Donuts brands, has raised its coffee prices four times in two years — most recently in May — as it faced higher cost for beans, fuel and packaging.
LONDON (AP) — SABMiller PLC, one of the world's largest brewers, has launched a hostile $10 billion bid Wednesday for Australian rival Foster's Group Ltd. after its board rejected a takeover offer. The maker of Peroni, Grolsch and Miller Lite said it is taking the 4.90 Australian dollars ($5.
MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. has resumed production of ground turkey at an Arkansas plant linked to a salmonella outbreak. Cargill spokesman Mike Martin says limited production has resumed after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved additional anti-bacterial safety measures.
(AP) — In this Feb. 20, 2007 file photo, a bottle and glass of Fosters beer sits on a counter in a Sydney hotel. SABMiller PLC, one of the world's largest brewers, has launched a hostile $10 billion bid Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, for Australian rival Foster's Group Ltd. after its board rejected a takeover offer.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of American Crystal Sugar workers and others showed up in Moorhead, Minn. with signs, banners and even guitars Thursday in a rally for employees who have been locked out for 11 days. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investment firm OpenGate Capital said Monday that it plans to buy a Wisconsin dairy processing plant from Dean Foods Co. OpenGate said it has signed an agreement to buy the dairy processing plant in Waukesha, Wis., which sells dairy products in grocery stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A New York organic foods company plans to open a new facility in the Hudson Valley and create 120 jobs, half of them to be filled by veterans. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says Continental Organics will open a farm in the Orange County town of New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — An oyster farm that's been caught in a longtime dispute with the National Park Service over its expiring lease has gotten a boost from three former California lawmakers who were instrumental in establishing the national park decades ago. The Drakes Bay Oyster Co.