Sterling-Rice Group has identified the top ten food trends that will be served on restaurant menus and line supermarket shelves across the U.S. in 2014. Consumers will continue to seek healthy options, but with an occasional indulgent splurge.
The city of Dubuque is proposing an economic development package that could provide about $4 million in benefits to Hormel Foods as an incentive to expand in Iowa. Hormel is considering Dubuque for a $31 million expansion that would create 100 jobs.
Washington farmers and ranchers set a production record last year, growing crops and raising livestock worth $9.89 billion — a 6 percent increase from 2011, according to a report last week from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Is a meal without Sriracha worth eating? It's a quandary that recently took on real and scary proportions for fans of the wildly popular tangy Thai hot sauce. Sriracha lovers had a near miss this week when a judge rejected a Southern California city's bid to shut down production at the Sriracha facility.
U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo threw out a lawsuit that alleged the Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and an Iowa company to slaughter horses for human consumption.
Under the "Fresh From Florida" marketing campaign, people are encouraged to buy things that are grown and raised in the Sunshine State. Alligator, tomatoes and, of course, oranges are on the list. One thing isn't highlighted: Florida beef.
Some Florida cattle ranchers are seeking the state's "Fresh From Florida" designation on cuts of beef. There are nearly 1 million head of calves and cattle in Florida and the industry contributes about $2 billion to the state’s economy.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien refused to order an immediate halt to production at the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, Calif., afer the city's residents complained the plant was stinking up their neighborhoods. O'Brien said he wasn't given enough time to consider the case.
Kauai's mayor vetoed a bill that would have regulated the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops by large agricultural businesses. Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said he agreed with the bill's intent, but he vetoed the bill because it was legally flawed.
Empire Specialty Cheese Co., a maker of ricotta and mozzarella cheese, says it's retooling an idle food-processing facility in western New York to make more cheese. Company owner Antimo Caparco says the company is using tax credits to add jobs and expand its product line.
Dole Foods said its shareholders approved the sale of the company to Chairman and CEO David Murdock. The company said 50.9 percent of shares that aren't owned by Murdock, his affiliates or the rest of the board of directors were voted in favor of the deal.
A survey offers new findings that reveal that consumers overwhelmingly believe product companies and their brands play a crucial role in recycling. In the survey, 86 percent said they expect food and beverage brands to actively help increase the recycling of their packages.
Mexico's congress approved a new junk food tax Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity, a little over a day after legislators agreed to tax soft drinks. The country has one of the world's highest rates of overweight people.
Ozark Mountain Poultry finalized the purchase of a Batesville, Ark. poultry plant that will employ 250 workers when it opens Nov. 11. The company bought the plant from Pilgrim's Pride Corp., which announced plans in August to stop production there.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged quick passage of the nation's farm bill, as politicians in Washington began negotiations to craft a compromise measure. The five-year, roughly $500 billion farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, food stamps and other rural development projects.
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, says its third-quarter profits rose as the takeover of new brands and higher selling prices offset the impact of lower sales volumes. The company said net profit was up 31 percent to $2.37 billion.
A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes.
Federal authorities are investigating the finances of an idled beef plant and a federal immigration program that supplied much of its funding. The revelation comes a day after South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the state's economic development office was being investigated.
Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Reading estimated that a 20 percent tax on soft drinks would reduce sales by 15 percent and that people would choose to buy beverages like orange juice, milk and diet drinks instead.
Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Reading estimated a 20 percent tax on soft drinks in Britain would reduce sales by 15 percent and could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000. The UK is the fattest country in Western Europe.