George Wooten is president of Wayne E. Bailey Produce in Chadbourn, N.C. Industry leaders say his company, which handles 10 percent of the nation's sweet potatoes, has been a forerunner in innovation and marketing the root vegetable as a healthier alternative to its starchy tuber cousin, the white potato.
Dairy farmers expressed frustration last week with Congress' failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program. Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling.
Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company's application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant. In approving Valley Meat Co.'s plans to produce horse meat, Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week.
Valley Meat Co. has been sitting idle for more than a year, waiting for the Department of Agriculture to approve its plans to slaughter horses. Federal officials have granted the southeastern New Mexico company's request to open a horse slaughterhouse, adding that they plan to grant similar permits to operations in Iowa and Missouri.
Based on a comprehensive review of nearly 80 studies, researchers found that raisin consumption may reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, contribute to improved blood glucose control for diabetic individuals, and be useful for weight loss and weight management.
Nestle S.A. will invest $53 million to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio. The new center will be designated as a global Product Technology Center, dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research, and will serve Nestle's businesses worldwide.
The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are healthful. The rule announced Thursday will apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus.
Wineries are closer to being able to ship their products directly to Pennsylvania consumers after the passage of a bill in the state House. The vote Thursday sent the bill to the state Senate. It would allow wine producers to obtain a license through the Liquor Control Board.
Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. says it will invest more than $35 million to expand operations at its Woodford Reserve Distillery in central Kentucky. The Louisville-based company said Thursday it would add warehouses where the bourbon ages for several years before being bottled.
A distillery that began operating in western Kentucky more than 100 years ago and closed in the middle of the 20th century is reopening in downtown Louisville. Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. will be reopened by next spring by the original owner's great-grandson.
A Nebraska packing house that closed five years ago will open again as Open Range Beef after the facility was sold last week. The city manager of Gordon, Neb. touted the future economic benefit Open Range will bring to the area, which includes the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Chobani Flip features dynamic pairings of authentic strained Greek Yogurt complemented by innovative mix-ins such as chia seeds, hemp seeds and pistachios. The four new varieties are inspired directly from the unique yogurt creations served at Chobani SoHo, the brand's innovative retail store in New York City.
U.S. lawmakers are set to weigh in on Smithfield Foods Inc.'s pending takeover by China's largest meat producer. The Senate Agriculture Committee has set a July 10 hearing to discuss the deal struck last month with Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the Umnitza brand of baby cereal products is being recalled because they may contain the chemical known as mycotoxin HT-2. Mycotoxins are produced by the Fusarium species of molds, which can grow in a variety of crops and foods, including cereals.
A Nebraska meatpacking plant will reopen under new management nearly five years after it was forced to close because of legal and financial problems tied to its sister facility in eastern Iowa. The Gordon City Council approved the plant's sale late last week to Open Range Beef, a company registered in Bellevue.
The Wegmans supermarket chain is partnering with Cornell University in a project showcasing and promoting New York's specialty cheese industry. Wegmans announced Wednesday that a selection of New York cheeses from five artisan cheesemakers will be available at its store in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford.
The Niagara Bottling company announced plans Wednesday to develop a $50 million bottling plant at a business park in Frederickson, Wash. The company says 90 percent of its water is bottled for retailers under their private labels. Niagara operates a dozen bottling plants in nine states.
According to the food marketing company, Sterling-Rice Group, and the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, gourmet popcorn is one of the top ten food trends for 2013 — and that's just as it should be says Bobby Bell, owner and “master popper” of Cloud Nine Delights, a company that specializes in handcrafted small-batch popcorn.
Pennsylvania's Republican senators plan to take their disagreements over legislation to liberalize Pennsylvania's laws on wine, liquor and beer sales to the chamber's floor on Thursday, amid signs of growing desperation among Republican majority leaders to reach a consensus on issues important to Gov. Tom Corbett.
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. said Thursday it will acquire PepsiCo Inc.'s exclusive bottler in Indonesia through the Japanese brewer's joint venture with an Indonesian food company. Asahi Group will buy PT Pepsi-Cola Indobeverages for $30 million and make the company a consolidated subsidiary.