BENICIA, Calif. (Ralphs-Pugh) — The Ralphs-Pugh Company is celebrating its 100th year in business. The company was founded in San Francisco, Calif., in 1912 by William J. Pugh as a distributor of rubber goods and products focusing on agriculture and food processing. Two years later, Pugh and his father-in-law, Isaac Ralphs formed a partnership and began manufacturing custom conveyor belts and belt slitting machines.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NCBA) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bill Donald issued the following statement regarding alleged animal rights extremist attacks on Harris Ranch, located in Coalinga, Calif. While law enforcement has not confirmed who was responsible for the attacks, the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, publicly released information on Jan.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to ask state lawmakers to expand the hours of alcohol sales in Connecticut, including Sunday sales at liquor and grocery stores. Malloy has called a Saturday news conference in Enfield to outline his plan, which will include allowing liquor stores to open on Sunday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA) — RSW Distributors, LLC, a Forest City, N.C., establishment is recalling approximately 3,104 pounds of seasoned diced beef products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include: Cases containing 4 (four) 8-lb.
OTTAWA — The Conservative government's plan to slash spending on food safety could put Canadians at risk of another crisis like the deadly listeriosis outbreak, says the federal meat inspectors' union. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's latest spending plan proposes deep budget cuts, and the union says the food-safety program will be hit the hardest.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw a record profit in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the agency has seen retail sales increase to record levels consecutively for the past 13 years, even as discussions continue about privatizing the state's liquor stores.
It's been a bungee-jumping kind of week for orange juice futures. Orange juice for March delivery rose 3.6 percent Friday to close at $1.846 per pound on expectations that Mexico's orange crop may have been damaged by drought. During the wild week, the price jumped to the highest level in nearly five years Tuesday, then fell 11 percent over Wednesday and Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Which food revelation was more shocking this week? Did it blow you away that low levels of a fungicide that isn't approved in the U.S. were discovered in some orange juice sold here? Yawn. Or was it the news that Brazil, where the fungicide-laced juice originated, produces a good portion of the orange pulpy stuff we drink? Gasp! While the former may have sent prices for orange juice for delivery in March down 5.
DUBLIN, Texas (AP) — Dublin didn't invent Dr Pepper, but no other place has embraced the soft drink quite like it has. A dozen or so signs and murals around town tout the virtues of the local version of the drink, Dublin Dr Pepper, which was first bottled in Dublin in 1891, six years after it debuted in Waco.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would raise the ceiling on permit fees for restaurants, grocers and pushcart vendors is critical to maintain food safety in Nebraska, an industry lobbyist said Friday. The measure, which would apply to businesses that sell or process food, finances the state inspection program that ensures food is properly stored and prepared, said Kathy Siefken, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association.
(AP) — In this Feb. 27, 2008 file photo, a Vietnamese woman works at a fish market in Nha Trang, Vietnam. It might have surprised you to learn in recent news that Brazil tops Florida as the world's largest orange juice producer. You probably also didn’t know most of our apple juice comes from China.
BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (IFSH) — Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH) will coordinate a national food safety alliance designed to assist the human and animal food industry in complying with upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-related preventive control regulations.
Washington, D.C. (ELFA) — The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) which represents the $628 billion equipment finance sector, today revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012. Given that every year U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies spend in excess of $1.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Customers of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores can expect to see prices increase in the coming months on hundreds of wine and liquor products after a vote Wednesday by the Liquor Control Board. The 3-0 vote to approve suppliers' requests ended an 18-month moratorium on price increases imposed because of the economic downturn.
JEFFESON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri meat company has expanded its recall to include 137 pounds of cooked head sausage. The Agriculture Department announced Thursday that the sausage was produced Sept. 15 by Alma Meats and is labeled Lot (hash)1085211. It was distributed within Lafayette County and to 4-K Cheese and Meat in Cole Camp and The Cheese Store in Sweet Springs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The final weeks of 2011 were the U.S. economy's best since it seemed to be slipping toward recession in late spring — a shot of optimism for 2012. Consumers spent more freely. Factories made more goods. Americans stepped up travel. And the auto industry enjoyed its best stretch of the year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Thursday it is ending a biodegradable plastics joint venture with Metabolix Inc. because of the venture's cost, and uncertainty about its returns. The companies said the joint venture, which is called Telles, will be dissolved on Feb.
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Saying he wants to devote more time to changing national food policies to help consumers, Gary Hirshberg is stepping down as the CEO of Stonyfield Farm and handing over responsibilities of the organic yogurt company to the former CEO of Ben & Jerry's.
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — It seems an unlikely concept: teenagers forgoing the immediacy of a McDonald's Big Mac to don an apron, grab a meat patty and learn how to cook their own lower-fat version in the kitchen. But for a group of students at the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota, they're doing just that while learning about bison, an animal considered sacred in their Native American culture.
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Diamond Foods Inc. slid more than 10 percent in premarket trading Friday after a published report of a federal inquiry into whether the snack maker's financial practices involved criminal fraud. On top of that, two large stockholders recently sold most of their shares.