Usually fishermen in Lafitte, La., are upbeat and busy in May, the month when shrimpers get back to work in Louisiana’s rich waters. But this spring, catches are down, docks are idle and anxiety is growing that the ill effects of the BP spill may be far from over.
Thumbs up and thumbs down for the foods and beverages trends we’ve applauded and booed in our more than 20 years immersed in the exploration of mainstream and fringes of food culture. Here is a sampling of trends that have influenced food culture in sweet and sour ways.
Lettuce that had been recalled over fears of Listeria contamination was served at Iowa City Community School District schools.
Indonesianfoodmart.com announced the recall of Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast on Tuesday. The products were distributed nationwide and abroad and were imported from Indonesia.
While the number of dairy cows in the U.S. hasn't changed much, the number of dairy farms has been dropping as small farms either go out of business or consolidate to become more competitive and cost effective.
Ralcorp Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of cookie company Petri Baking Products Inc., the food maker said on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Workers at a Kansas slaughterhouse are seeking unpaid wages and overtime from National Beef Packing Co. in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of some 2,000 employees at the firm's Liberal plant.
Foodmaker Hormel Foods Corp. said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit rose 17 percent, boosted by strong results at its Jennie-O Turkey Store business and higher demand for Spam.
Champion cheese sculptor Troy Landwehr carves Lesley Yamasaki's head from a block of cheese to feature on select Cheez-It boxes. Yamasaki cast the most votes for winning "Top Cheese" Hot & Spicy in the Cheez-It Facebook contest.
ConAgra Foods Inc. has acquired the pita chip business of Kangaroo Brands for an undisclosed sum, the food company announced Tuesday.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation, is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in five select locations throughout California.
The Giant Eagle supermarket chain is recalling bags of garden salad because of possible Listeria contamination.
A growing trend is affecting virtually all sectors of the food supply chain. From common ingredients to ready-to-eat items, food recalls are up over 250 percent since 2008.
Corn is high, healthy and way ahead of schedule, the government says in its weekly assessment of the growing season.
Food maker General Mills Inc. said Tuesday it will cut about 850 jobs as part of a plan to lower costs and boost efficiency.
Three-quarters of Americans support a nationwide program to double the value of SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) when used at farmers markets, according to a recent survey commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Scandinavian dairy group Arla Foods says it plans to merge with milk cooperatives in Germany and Britain. Arla Foods Chief Executive Peder Tuborgh says a merger would "strengthen Arla Foods' position as one of Europe's leading dairy companies."
A growing number of U.S. consumers are taking to their kitchens to cook more frequently, and trying new and more nutritious foods, in an effort to reduce food bills and perhaps their waistlines.
The Salt Lake Valley Health Department is getting praise from its peers for its programs to keep food safe. The department announced this week it won the 2012 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association praised last week's implementation of the U.S. – Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA). CTPA will drastically eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports and significantly expand trade between the U.S. and Colombia.