Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels.
Dan Brown, a Blue Hill farmer who wanted the right to sell raw milk without being forced to spend thousands of dollars for upgrades to win a state license, lost his appeal to Maine's highest court. Brown was issued a civil summons in 2011 for selling without a license.
This year, with increased interest in knowing where food comes from and what's in it, consumers will seek options with optimum health and wellness benefits. Look for these top 10 trends, identified by the Sterling-Rice Group, to inspire the mainstream in coming months.
Vermont's iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's renamed its fudge brownie ice cream to Food Fight! Fudge Brownie for the month of July to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.
Chipotle Mexican Grill — from Australia? The Texas agriculture commissioner says he wants to talk with Chipotle founder Steve Ells after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia because of his beliefs that Australian meat is raised more responsibly.
Washington court officials ruled the state's case against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food and beverage companies, could move forward, rejecting the GMA's motion to dismiss the case in its entirety on constitutional grounds.
The International Monetary Fund foresees the U.S. economy growing a modest 2 percent this year, below its previous estimate of 2.7 percent. A brutal winter and a slowing housing recovery caused the economy to shrink during the first three months of 2014.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road. The New York Democrat asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven.
Wally Amos, the Hawaii man who in the 1980s lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company, is reinventing his brand yet again. Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu under the name The Cookie Kahuna.
Globalization, automation and recession destroyed nearly 6 million US manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Nationally, manufacturing declines accounted for 40 percent of the increase in joblessness from 2000-2011. And the middle class was hit hardest.
Spokesmen for Cargill and Beef Products Inc. confirmed that sales of the pink slime, which the industry refers to as "lean, finely textured beef," have risen. Cargill added that sales haven't rebounded to the level they were before the 2012 controversy about the meat.
Beer is most likely back on the table for Utah's annual Oktoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort. After the liquor commission warning last month that it might withold the resort's permit to sell beer, there has been an apparent turnabout by the state liquor board.
Are manufactured foods too salty? Food processors and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try and prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
The Machinists union and others are siding with businesses in a fight over how much fish people eat, and how clean Washington state waters should be. The unions are worried a new water quality standard being developed by the state would hurt economic development.
According to a new national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, 59 percent of consumers check to see if the products they are buying are "natural," despite there being no federal or third-party verified label for this term.
According to research presented at the June 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, canola oil can help control blood glucose, or blood sugar, in people with type 2 diabetes when included as part of a low-glycemic index diet.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber hopes to undertake mapping GMO field locations across the entire state and establish buffer zones and exclusion areas for GE crops. If it goes forward, Oregon would be the first state to mandate preventive measures for modifed crops.
When it comes to World Cup food, teams aren't willing to leave anything to chance. They expect their players to have top nutrition, and also want them to enjoy some favorites so they are comfortable and at their best when it's time to play.
Hillshire Brands, a popular manufacturer and marketer of packaged meat and frozen bakery products, is backing off of its offer to buy Pinnacle Foods — a move that it needs to make in order for its $7.75 billion proposed deal with Tyson Foods to go through.
Organic Trade Association's "U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes & Beliefs" study says ninety percent of parents choose organic food products for their children at least "sometimes," with almost a quarter of those parents saying they always buy organic.