OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — A Monopoly promotion and strong sales of basic menu items such as the Big Mac helped push a key sales figure up 5.6 percent in the U.S. for McDonald's Corp. during October. Its increase in sales at stores open at least 13 months was a marked improvement from the same month last year, when the metric dipped 0.
DELHI, La. ( BUSINESS WIRE )--ConAgra Foods CEO Gary Rodkin joined Lamb Weston President Jeff DeLapp, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and others today to commemorate the grand opening of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston’s new state-of-the art, environmentally friendly sweet potato processing plant in Delhi, La.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence of salmonella has been found at an Ohio egg farm that's received financing from the owner of an Iowa egg farm that was behind a massive recall earlier this year. Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's biggest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling 288,000 eggs the company had purchased from supplier Ohio Fresh Eggs after a test showed salmonella at the Ohio farm.
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — A Corona company is recalling more than 7,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products because the cilantro in the salad may be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service says APPA Fine Foods is recalling its spicy Thai style pasta salad produced from October 25 through 29 and sold in California.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials at Bob Evans Farms, Inc. say the company is shutting down its fresh-sausage production line in Bidwell, Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports 57 employees will lose their jobs at the plant 100 miles southeast of Columbus. They'll receive severance benefits and a chance to transfer within the company.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills, Inc. said Friday that it settled a federal tax case and that a California judge has issued a ruling in a separate state tax case. The cereal and snack maker said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it expects to pay about $425 million in fiscal 2011 in the settlement with the Internal Revenue Service, which covers fiscal years 2002 through 2008.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov.-elect Mary Fallin plans to review a pending environmental lawsuit filed against several Arkansas poultry companies, but she hadn't made a decision about the case's merits, her spokesman said Saturday. Outgoing Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued 11 companies, including Tyson Foods and Cargill Inc.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of people likely were sickened by salmonella-contaminated eggs from two Iowa companies last summer, but lawyers said far fewer have the proof needed for a successful lawsuit and most cases filed will be settled out of court. So far, attorneys in Seattle, Houston, Chicago and Minneapolis have filed at least 10 cases related to recalls by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.
CAMDEN, N.J. ( BUSINESS WIRE )--Now moms have a new reason to love Campbell's ® SpaghettiOs ® canned pastas. Campbell Soup Company has brought the classic childhood favorite to market with recipes that meet the FDA and USDA criteria for healthy entrées, which means they are controlled for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium and contain a significant level of at least two positive nutrients, and they also provide a full serving of vegetables (1/2 cup) in every serving.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention join Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco), in warning consumers not to consume Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese (Costco item 40654), as this cheese may be associated with an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. turned to price increases to cope with rising ingredient costs and lackluster sales volume during its third quarter. Those price increases and Kraft's recent acquisition of Cadbury PLC drove its revenue up 26 percent to $11.9 billion for the quarter.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has barred an eastern Washington state fruit grower from retaliating against its employees or attempting to pay witnesses pending the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit. Seven women filed suit in June against Evans Fruit Co., one of the largest apple growers in the country, and a former foreman, claiming they were subjected to unwanted sexual advances and to retaliation for rejecting them.
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Federal health officials found the listeria bacteria at a San Antonio food processing plant that Texas authorities have linked to four deaths from contaminated celery, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The federal agency said it found the pathogen in multiple locations in the SanGar Produce & Processing Co.
SAN FRANCISCO (GlobeNewswire)--Diamond Foods, Inc. today announced a $38 million planned expansion of its production facility in Beloit, Wisconsin to meet increased demand for its Kettle Brand potato chips. More than 100 new jobs will be created, and production capacity at the plant will be doubled.
WASHINGTON (USDA)-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection by N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc., a Brooklyn, N.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A plan to build a slaughter house that produces beef jerky could keep Kentucky ranchers from shipping their cattle out of state. Building the 245,000-square foot facility would cost $115 million and create 740 direct jobs, according to Texas consultant Rod Bowling.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, on Wednesday posted a 7.2 percent decline in third quarter net profit as asset sales made last year to pay off debt weakened revenue. The producer of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's said net profit fell to $1.
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. said Tuesday that it has elected J.P. Bilbrey as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Bilbrey, 54, joined Hershey in 2003 and was working most recently as its senior vice president and president of Hershey North America. He will assume his new role immediately.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state voters have rolled back new taxes on candy, gum, pop, bottled water and some processed foods. Initiative 1107 was winning by about 63 percent to 37 percent in unofficial returns. More than half the expected votes had been counted. The taxes were part of a package of hikes the Washington Legislature approved earlier this year to help avoid deeper cuts to state spending.