WASHINGTON (AP) — Nestle SA, the world's largest food and drink company, is in talks to buy a Chinese candy maker in a deal that would cost roughly $2.6 billion, according to a published report. A deal to purchase Hsu Fu Chi International is in the works but has not been finalized, Bloomberg News reported.
LONDON (AP) — Egyptian sprout seeds blamed for Europe's massive and deadly E. coli outbreak are still on the market and were shipped to more countries than was previously believed, including Austria, Britain and Spain, officials said Tuesday. The European Food Safety Authority confirmed in a report that one lot of contaminated fenugreek seeds from Egypt was probably the source of the recent food poisoning outbreaks in Germany and France, but the number of European countries that received parts of the suspected lot is "much larger than previously known.
(AP) — In this June 27, 2011 photo provided by Dan Buskirk, a Michigan State University tag and barcode is seen on meat at a processing plant in Byron Center, Mich. A small herd of cattle from MSU was recently slaughtered with two goals: boosting the amount of locally-produced food on campus and creating a system of tracking beef from the farm to the plate.
ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Constellation Brands Inc., maker of Robert Mondavi wine and Svedka vodka, said Thursday its first-quarter profit jumped 52 percent to $75 million on improved wine and spirits sales in North America. The company, which also sells imported beers such as Corona, said its revenue dropped 19 percent to $635 million largely because it sold the bulk of its struggling Australian and British wine business.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six people remain in the hospital after an accident caused chlorine gas to fill part of a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in northwest Arkansas. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson said Thursday that none of the six are in intensive care. More than 170 were taken to the hospital Monday morning after someone accidentally poured a chlorine solution into a drum of mixed acids.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan liquor regulators have switched their position and will allow sales of a Maryland-based beer with a name thats offensive to some people. Flying Dog Brewery has received approval to promote and sell a popular India pale ale called Raging B---- in Michigan.
SALEM, N.M. (AP) — Walk through the office door and be prepared to sign in on a clip board. And don't forget the security badge. No, you're not in a federal office. Nor an elementary school, where such measures might be a given. Rather, it's an onion-packing and shipping shed in Salem, about 40 miles north of Las Cruces.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. said Friday it will buy the remaining 23 percent stake in Russian dairy and juice company Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods. Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo acquired a 77 percent stake in the company in February for $3.8 billion. Wimm-Bill-Dann produces dairy products, juices, mineral water and baby food.
(AP) — Yarnell's Premium Ice Cream containers are displayed in a Little Rock, Ark., grocer's freezer shelf Thursday, June 30, 2011. The ice cream maker announced Thursday that it will shut its doors after nearly 80 years because of a decline in ice cream sales and rising prices.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group that has used undercover videos to generate public outrage over the treatment of livestock said it now plans to use secret recordings to pressure large grocery chains to stop buying from farms that use practices it considers abusive.
(PRNewswire) — Children and adolescents who eat candy tend to weigh less than their non-consuming counterparts, according to a new study(1) published in Food & Nutrition Research, a peer-reviewed journal . This is potentially important news given the current state of the childhood obesity epidemic.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A solution of chlorine was poured into a drum of acid inside a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas this week, creating chlorine gas that sickened more than 170 people, authorities said in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
LONDON (AP) — Health experts warn there could be more E. coli cases across Europe and elsewhere after finding that recent deadly outbreaks were probably linked to contaminated Egyptian fenugreek seeds. They say the fenugreek seeds are likely to blame for a massive food poisoning outbreak in Germany in May that killed at least 47 people and infected over 4,000 people, as well as a much smaller outbreak in France in June.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore fire spokesman says an employee was crushed to death at a bottling plant. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the identity of the employee and other details surrounding the accident Wednesday morning were not immediately available. The fire spokesman says investigators were at the scene trying to determine how the accident occurred.
(AP) — In this June 17, 2011 file photo, a consumer picks up a tub of cottage cheese inside a supermarket in Jerusalem. A high-profile Facebook protest has scored a victory for consumers in Israel: Their threats of a boycott forced a dramatic drop in the price of cottage cheese.
(FDA) — Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella . Only the following products with both the "Best By" date and production codes shown are included in this voluntary recall: Product Name Bag Size "Best By" Date & Production Code* Bag UPC Code Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Foot 6.
GENEVA (AP) — Food and drinks giant Nestle has won a legal battle in its war with Swiss rival Denner over the distribution of coffee capsules made to fit its best-selling line of Nespresso coffee machines. Switzerland's Federal Tribunal in Lausanne on Tuesday ruled that Nestle had unjustly been denied the right to be heard by a lower court when it asked for supermarket chain Denner's capsules to be banned for infringing the Vevey-based company's intellectual property.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Justice Department has filed a complaint against Farmland Foods Inc., accusing the food producer of asking for unnecessary documents when considering non-U.S. citizens for employment. The complaint accuses Farmland Foods, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc.
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. filed a lawsuit against one of its bottlers Tuesday over what it says are license agreement violations. The beverage maker said Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Dublin, Texas, is selling Dr Pepper beyond the six-county territory allowed under its license agreement.
TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. said Tuesday that it would eliminate 770 jobs around the world and shut down its fledgling soup-selling operation in Russia as part of a restructuring plan announced just before a new CEO takes charge of the company. The cuts and other changes offer hints at which way Denise Morrison may steer the company when she takes over as CEO and president from Douglas Conant on Aug.