Some students toted lunchboxes to the first day of school in Boston this week, but district administrators are expecting that could become a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch.
Pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. said its net income fell 36 percent in the first quarter as it experienced higher costs of raising hogs and a decline in exports to Japan, China and Russia. The company earned $39.5 million, or 27 cents per share, for the period ended July 28.
South Korea announced it was banning all fish imports from along Japan's northeastern coast because of what officials called growing public worry over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
A new law is set to take effect in October, increasing the annual marketing budget for lobster to $2.2 million, a six-fold increase. The new marketing windfall is set to have a huge impact on Maine lobster, which is set to launch a new marketing program to promote the region's lobster.
Experts say if children consume energy drinks, they could experience seizures, heart palpitations or other problems that drive them to the hospital emergency room. Brightly designed packaging appears to be one reason younger children are attracted to energy drinks.
U.S. regulators say a resident of Thailand has agreed to pay $5.2 million to settle civil charges of trading on inside knowledge of a takeover bid for Smithfield Foods Inc. by a big Chinese company. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with Badin Rungruangnavarat.
McDonald's Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. The chain says it has been testing versions of its famous value menu that's called "Dollar Menu & More" in five markets across the country.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. will cease production at its Toronto facility and cut 120 jobs as it consolidates its Canadian production in Montreal. The Waterbury, Vt., company said it will move all of its Canadian coffee and portion-pack production to its facility in Montreal.
The annual marketing budget for Maine's lobster industry is set to multiply, with goal of getting more people in the U.S. and abroad to buy more Maine lobster and related products at restaurants and in stores, while increasing prices to help fishermen boost their incomes.
Maine's lobster industry is trying to market its brand more broadly and increase sales of the state's best-known seafood. The annual marketing budget for lobsters will increase more than six-fold to $2.2 million under a law taking effect in October.
Private label strategies are increasingly varied in mature markets such as the UK and the U.S. While there still remains a place for low cost, basic quality goods, it is becoming common to see private label ranges across a variety of price points.
Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store after the company decided to only buy seafood certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), fish in a fishery improvement program or any equivalent certification program.
What appears to be red honey is showing up in some Utah beehives and state officials say it may be coming from bugs feasting on candy cane byproduct. Utah officials say they've received several complaints about the odd-colored goo in hives in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties.
A coalition of civil rights groups filed a formal petition urging OSHA and the USDA to better protect workers in poultry and meatpacking plants. These groups argue that the agencies' current policies allow workers to operate in unnecessarily hazardous conditions.
General Mills Inc. reaffirmed its full-year earnings forecast and said it expects improved sales for its fiscal first quarter. The food maker said it continues to expect to earn between $2.87 and $2.90 per share on an adjusted basis for its fiscal year ending in May.
Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at the Consumers Union, the policy division of "Consumer Reports," is scheduled to speak to a group of New Hampshire lawmakers about proposed legislation requiring the clear labeling of genetically modified foods.
Nearly 40 Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store, upset with the company's decision about how it buys seafood. The protest came a day before Alaska state and seafood industry officials were to meet with Wal-Mart executives.
India plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty. The Food Security Bill, sent this week by India's parliament to the president for approval, guarantees citizens a legal right to food.
One of Smithfield Foods Inc.'s largest shareholders said it plans to vote against the pork producer's proposed takeover by China's largest meat producer because it wants more time to seek other offers that would provide greater shareholder value.
Chobani says it's recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold. The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were "swelling and bloating."