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China Probes Packaging Giant Tetra Pak

July 8, 2013 12:25 pm

China's national market regulatory agency says it is investigating possible abuse of market dominance by Switzerland-based food processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak, in a sign that Beijing is widening its scrutiny of operations by foreign companies in China.


Catfish Farmer Learned Through Trial and Error

July 8, 2013 12:23 pm | by SARAH ROBINSON,Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Unlike many Northeast Mississippi farmers, Brent Wedel didn't get into the business because of family ties. And he's not a typical grower, either. Wedel is a catfish farmer. Not growing up in the industry, he learned much of what he knows today through trial and error.


China Takes Aim at Prices of Milk and Medicine

July 8, 2013 12:21 pm | by DIDI TANG,Associated Press

China took aim last week at prices of two high-profile necessities — first baby formula, then medicines — as the country's communist leaders try to contain surging living costs that threaten to inflame political tensions. A probe into possible price-fixing by foreign milk suppliers prompted at least two companies to announce a price cut.


Mo. Company Seeks Horse Slaughter Permit

July 8, 2013 12:18 pm

The owner of a Missouri company seeking to open a horse slaughter facility said he has been working with federal food safety officials to modify equipment at his processing site so the facility can "humanely handle horses." Rains Natural Meats has been working with an equine consultant and the USDA to prepare the company's plant for possible horse slaughter.


India President Approves New Food Subsidy Program

July 8, 2013 10:02 am

The Indian president on Friday approved an ambitious food subsidy program aimed at providing cheap grains to hundreds of millions of poor Indians. The estimated $23 billion Food Security program targets about two-thirds of the country's 1.2 billion people.


Ga. Starbucks Plant on Track for 2014 Completion

July 8, 2013 9:57 am

Company officials say work on a huge new Starbucks Coffee Co. manufacturing plant in Augusta remains on schedule for an early 2014 completion date. Construction of the $172 million facility, which will produce Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, the coffee base for its Frappuccino beverages and many Starbucks ready-to-drink products, began in mid-July 2012.


Nestle Cuts China Baby Formula Prices amid Probe

July 8, 2013 9:55 am

Nestle SA says it will cut infant formula prices in China by an average of 11 percent starting Monday in response to an investigation into alleged price-fixing by several foreign companies. The price cuts by the company's Wyeth Nutrition unit will be maintained through 2014, and the prices of some products will be cut by up to 20 percent.


Listeria Prompts Whole Foods Cheese Recall

July 8, 2013 9:49 am

Whole Foods Market Inc. is recalling Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese in response to an outbreak of a bacterial infection that has sickened people in several states and killed at least one person. Whole Foods says the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


6 Breweries That Transformed Their Neighborhoods

July 8, 2013 9:46 am | by TALI ARBEL,AP Business Writer

In once rundown urban districts across the country, craft breweries have helped to transform the neighborhoods around them. Small business owners tackled the hard work of transforming industrial buildings, many of which had sat empty as demographic changes pulled manufacturers and residents to the suburbs.


Photo of the Day: Breweries Transform Communities

July 8, 2013 9:43 am

Boulevard Brewing opened in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo., creating a brewery out of a building that had been a railroad's laundry. While it probably would have been cheaper for the company to be in the suburbs, the brewery's managers are "committed urbanists" who like the idea of contributing to the vitality of the central city as opposed to building on undeveloped land in the suburbs.

Consumer Trends: Americans Uninformed About Best Summer Food Choices

July 3, 2013 1:00 pm

"The foods of summer make it easy to get more of the fiber that's essential for a healthy diet," said Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD. "We all know we need to get more fiber, but very few know what that means. Eating more seasonal fruits and vegetables can help, but even those with the best intentions often fall short of the daily recommended intake."


U.S. Unemployment Applications Fall to 343K

July 3, 2013 12:42 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 343,000 last week, a sign that employers are adding jobs at modest pace. The less volatile four-week average dipped 750 to 345,500, the Labor Department said Wednesday.


FTC Fines Billionaire for Coca-Cola Share Purchase

July 3, 2013 12:39 pm

A day after he was fined $480,000 by the FTC, media mogul Barry Diller issued a statement saying he gained no advantage and did no harm to Coca-Cola shareholders when he did not submit the required filings after buying voting shares in the drinks company.


First Lady to Host ‘State Dinner’ for Kid Chefs

July 3, 2013 12:36 pm | by STACY A. ANDERSON,Associated Press

Junior chefs from across the nation touting their best recipes will visit the White House next week for the second kids' "state dinner" luncheon. Michelle Obama will welcome 54 children to the executive mansion on July 9 for creating winning recipes as part of a healthy lunch contest.


Baby Formula Makers Continue to Fall

July 3, 2013 12:34 pm

Shares of infant formula makers continued to decline on Wednesday as China investigates alleged price fixing and an analyst downgraded one of the companies named in the inquiry, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. On Tuesday the state-run People's Daily reported that infant forumla companies are under investigation for allegedly violating anti-monopoly laws by charging high prices and limiting competition.


Proposed Nebraska Beef Plant Criticized

July 3, 2013 12:32 pm

A proposed beef processing plant is facing some opposition in Scottsbluff, Neb. as officials review the plan. The nonprofit Twin Cities Development Corporation says it supports economic development that creates jobs in the area. But Twin Cities opposes the Future Food Energy plant.


Daily Sound Bite: HSUS Goes to Court Over Horse Slaughter

July 3, 2013 11:27 am

Five animal rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) along with five individuals have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a recent USDA decision to approve a horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico. The lawsuit raises questions about the suitability of the horses for human consumption.


Flagship Food Group Acquires Sauce Plant

July 3, 2013 9:39 am

Flagship Food Group has acquired certain assets of ZD Bottling, LLC, a manufacturer of sauces and salsas based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  ZD Bottling manufactures the 505 Southwestern® line of all natural, gluten-free salsas, green chile sauce and other products.


Group Says Pepsi Still Contains Carcinogen

July 3, 2013 9:37 am

An environmental group said Wednesday that the caramel coloring used in Pepsi still contains a worrisome level of a carcinogen, even after the drink maker said it would change its formula. In March, PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. both said they would adjust their formulas nationally after California passed a law mandating drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label.


China Investigating Infant Formula Makers

July 3, 2013 9:31 am

China has launched an investigation into alleged price fixing by some foreign makers of infant formula, including Danone and Nestle SA. The state-run People's Daily reported Tuesday that other companies including U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. also are under investigation.



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