Nationally, artisan food sales soared by about 19 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to the National Association for Specialty Food. At the same time, research giant Packaged Facts reports nearly half of U.S. adults say they "like to eat food with artisan appeal."
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The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week.
Georgia holds tightly contested parliamentary elections today. For the grape pickers and others like them struggling to make ends meet on rich agricultural land and unable to sell their produce to Russia, the election offers some sense of hope.
Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.
Kentucky State University received $599,751 last month from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will allow researchers to focus for three years on a project that will turn a former wastewater treatment plant into a "model farm" full of paddlefish, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish.
An XL Foods plant southeast of Calgary has had its operating license temporarily suspended and several products have been recalled for fear of E. coli contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says further recalls are likely in the days ahead.
It might come as a surprise to hear J.P. Bilbrey, CEO of The Hershey Co., explain that Hershey is no longer a candy company. It's a "knowledge" company that makes candy. That self-view is a key part of Hershey's strategy for growth, both in and outside North America.
The study released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says some ranchers sold off their herds because they couldn't afford to feed their animals. The $128 million figure is a conservative one that assesses only costs to ranchers, according to the study's authors, Michael Popp and Nathan Kemper.
A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant is ready for a test run, an indication it is making progress toward opening. Aberdeen city officials have issued Northern Beef Packers a temporary certificate of occupancy, which will allow the plant to slaughter up to five cattle to test its equipment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called for a "summit" to boost the beer and wine industries in New York just months after he began a similar event to try to make the state the nation's largest producer of Greek-style yogurt. "The yogurt summit worked very, very well," Cuomo said. He said the beer and wine summit in late October will be patterned after it.
If Deans Food Co.'s sale of its Morningstar dairy business goes through, shareholders could benefit, one analyst said. That's if the deal is even possible. Another analyst thinks the milk company will have a difficult time finding a buyer.
Food safety officials in Ottawa say the Alberta facility at the centre of a massive beef recall won't resume operations until it has taken the steps necessary to ensure its products are free of E. coli. XL Foods Inc., in Brooks, Alta., has had its operating licence temporarily suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
More Americans than ever are choosing natural foods according to the fifth annual Whole Foods Market® Food Shopping Trend Tracker Survey. The research revealed that nearly three out of four Americans don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy regardless of current food prices and nearly two-thirds describe themselves as "value seekers" when it comes to grocery shopping.
Idaho's $2 billion milk industry failed to convince Congress this month to pass the new federal farm bill and its provisions to help dairies mitigate rising grain costs and volatile markets that have pushed them to three quarters of losses.
Emerging markets are adding spice to McCormick & Co.'s business. Increasing consumer demand in China, along with recent deals in India and Poland, helped the lifted spices, seasonings and condiments maker's third-quarter profit 13 percent, despite higher costs.
Seed farmers fear canola would cross-pollinate with their plants, destroying the value of the pure seeds they produce. They're joined in their fight by organic-food lovers, small-farm advocates and opponents of genetically modified crops.
Heineken NV is spending another €3.2 billion ($4.0 billion) to gain control over the Tiger beer brand as part of a strategy to significantly expand its operations in Asia. Shareholders of Singapore-based conglomerate Fraser & Neave agreed Friday to sell their 39.7 percent stake in Asian Pacific Breweries, the owner of Tiger and other popular Asian brands, to Heineken.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its public health alert about beef from an Alberta plant to stores in 30 states, including retail giant Walmart. The alert means XL Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling beef products from these stores over concerns about possible E. coli contamination.
In this Feb. 1, 2012 photo, a machine crushes canola and soy to make biofuel and/or food grade canola oil Willamette Biomass Processors plant in Rickreall, Ore. Some farmers want to grow more canola because it's a profitable alternative to grass seed and wheat. But other farmers who grow specialty vegetable seeds worry about contamination from canola.