HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Chocolate maker Hershey has gained township approval for a $200 million expansion project that would shift production from a century-old plant to a modern facility nearby. Derry Township supervisors on Tuesday approved the final land development plans for the 243,000-square-foot expansion at a plant in West Hershey.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Under fire in maple syrup country, the maker of Log Cabin All Natural Syrup said Tuesday it's getting rid of the product's caramel coloring in response to complaints by producers of the real thing. That may not be enough. Officials in Vermont — the nation's largest producer of pure maple syrup — say the Pinnacle Foods product's label and packaging are still misleading to consumers and violate the state's maple syrup labeling regulations.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. CEO Douglas Conant is stepping down in July after a decade leading the world's top soup maker, the company said Tuesday. Campbell's president of North American soup, sauces and beverages — Denise Morrison — is expected to succeed him.
LONDON (AP) — It was hard to explain, that dead mouse baked into a loaf of bread. British officials have released the photo which proved that Stephen Forse wasn't kidding when he claimed to find the wee creature while making sandwiches for his children. Forse, who bought the bread from a supermarket in 2009, said Monday he first thought a dark spot in the bread — branded Best of Both — was some poorly mixed dough.
NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday it will spend $1 billion in the Philippines over the next five years to expand its presence in the fast-growing market, another step by the world's largest beverage company to focus more on emerging markets. Coca-Cola will focus on boosting marketing and improving its delivery capabilities in the country.
NEW YORK-- As American consumers continue to add private label products to their shopping carts, consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail executives recently surveyed by Deloitte agree: this is a trend that is here to stay. In Deloitte's new "The Battle for Brands in a World of Private Labels" study, when asked how market share of store brands will change in the United States by 2012, 77 percent of CPG executives and 90 percent of retail executives surveyed indicated it will increase or increase significantly.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is dropping the phrase "all natural" from all labels after a request from a health advocacy group. The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the company confirmed the move Monday. The CSPI told the company last month it should not use "all natural" if products contain alkalized cocoa, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil or other ingredients that are not natural.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho fish farm faces penalties of up to $177,500 for allegedly violating the federal Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency filed a complaint against Lynn Babington and ARK Fisheries Inc. of Buhl. The agency said Monday the complaint covers violations dating back to 2005.
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators filed complaints Monday against the makers of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, saying there's no science to support claims that the products treat or prevent diseases such as prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. The Federal Trade Commission says POM Wonderful LLC, its parent company Roll International Corp.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have approved Coca-Cola Co.'s $3.4 billion buyout of the North American operations of its largest bottler on the condition that the soft drink maker restrict its access to business information from rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that according to a settlement, Coca-Cola will set up a "firewall" so that its ownership of the bottler won't give it access to marketing information and plans for Dr Pepper Snapple, which had an existing deal with the bottler.
NEW YORK (AP) — The group representing the nation's chicken exporters said U.S. producers did not sell their products at unfairly low prices in China and plans to appeal new tariffs imposed by China. The Chinese government said Sunday that its investigation found that U.S. chicken products are being sold at low prices which undermine the local market.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pumpkin lovers can relax: A nearly yearlong shortage of the canned stuff is over. That means an end to the hoarding, rationing and even pumpkin profiteering that have been going on since heavy rain ruined last year's harvest and caused a shortfall. But the country's top producer says this year's crop is healthy and cans are arriving in stores.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nestle plans to plow hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding its medical nutrition business over the next decade, hoping to capitalize on a growing market for foods to help treat chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, the Swiss consumer giant said Monday.
CRETE, Neb. (AP) — The 26-year-old man who authorities say shot three co-workers at a Nebraska cold-storage plant before killing himself was "a good kid" who had fled the war in southern Sudan with his family, his brother said Friday. John Bol said he left Sudan first, and then his brother, Akouch Kashoual, fled to Egypt with other members of their family.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio dairy farm worker accused of beating cows while unwittingly being filmed has pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty. A court clerk says 25-five-year-old Billy Joe Gregg Jr. was sentenced Friday in Marysville on the misdemeanors to eight months in jail.
Mekong Fresh Meats, a Mosinee, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 29,893 pounds of cured uncooked pork ginger sausages because they contain an undeclared allergen, wheat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Wheat is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.
The Dairy Industry Advisory Committee, established by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, met yesterday and today in Washington, D.C., making this the third time the committee has convened. At the meeting, IDFA submitted a letter to Chairman Andy Novakovic outlining the negative impact that a proposal mandating the addition of higher milk solids to all U.
GLV18 Series sensors are now available in Background Suppression models, which feature a mechanically adjustable sensing range cut-off that enables precise detection of all colors at distances up to 120 mm. Black and white test objects are seen to within 6% of the same distance. The product comes in an industry-standard M18 threaded cylindrical housing that is up to 50% shorter and with up to 50% less power consumption than competitive models.
Worried parents have bombarded the maker of Similac with phone calls and peppered Facebook and Twitter pages over fears about insects in the top-selling baby formula after millions of cans were recalled. But the company said Thursday it's unlikely any of the formula already sold is tainted, and doctors offered more reassurance: Even if babies drink bug-tainted formula, the chance for serious harm is slim.
CRETE, Nebraska (AP) — A worker entered the lunchroom of a cold-storage food warehouse in southeastern Nebraska and started firing a handgun, wounding three employees — including a woman who was shot 11 times — before going outside and killing himself, authorities said Thursday.