Last year's historic drought forced ranchers to cut their herds because they had no grass and couldn't afford high hay prices. Hundreds of thousands of cattle were slaughtered or sent out of the state, leaving Texas, the largest livestock producer in the nation, with its smallest herd since the 1950s.
Fun fruits and shared sweets, foreign flavors and healthy snacks are emerging as the 2012 trends to meet the ever-evolving appetites of consumers. Thousands of new confectionery and snack foods will be revealed May 8 – 10 during the 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® in Chicago. The SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® features the hottest new products from more than 560 companies leading the industry with the new flavors that meet consumers' tastes and invite them to unwrap a little happiness.
Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income dropped 4 percent, hurt by the cost of its pending acquisition of StarBev, but earnings still topped analysts' expectations thanks to higher beer prices. The brewer also shuffled its executive ranks, naming a new head for the unit that will hold StarBev, a new CEO for its U.K. and Ireland business and a new chief financial officer.
Rhode Island's newest park is set to be dedicated in Central Falls this weekend as a tribute to the city's history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is formally dedicating the Chocolate Mill Overlook in Rhode Island's smallest city on Saturday.
The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation's roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, said she hopes these grants will bring another 4,000 of those outlets on line with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
An Idaho frozen food company has agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $84,000 for failing to report its possession of hazardous chemicals to safety officials.
Louisiana health officials say they closed a harvesting area and ordered a recall of oysters taken from there since April 26 after 14 people became ill with norovirus.
The federal government is spending $4 million to make such markets more accessible to food stamp recipients.
The nation's second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs. Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it's planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.
Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says.
Salad dressing on your fish? How about on your stir fry? In a new ad campaign launching next week, Kraft Foods Inc. is hoping to boost sales by encouraging consumers to use its dressings in a limitless variety of dishes — as a dip, a spread, a marinade or perhaps a glaze. In case the message isn't clear, the packaged foods giant is even rebranding its lineup of dressings as "Anything Dressing."
Twenty former food manufacturing employees who complained about working conditions have reached a $577,000 settlement with a Brooklyn kosher food manufacturer after engaging in a five-year campaign that led more than 120 supermarkets to stop selling the company's products.
Three men who died at a Fraser Valley mushroom farm after being overcome in a shed by a mix of toxic gases, despite repeated warnings from workplace safety authorities, didn't have to die, a coroner's inquest has been told.
Attitudes, relationships, intentions and personal behavior control are all factors that could affect a child’s decision in either reaching for an apple or grabbing a bag of chips, according to a new study out of the University of Cincinnati.
Dutch company CSM NV plans to sell its main operations, the bakery ingredients division, which makes processed flour and products such as bagels, English muffins, pizzas, tortillas, and sweet glazes.
Diamond Foods Inc. on Monday named food and beverage industry veteran Brian Driscoll as its president and chief executive officer, three months after ousting its top executives for their role in a payment scandal.
Vermont has 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs, with a population of fewer than 622,000, according to the 2012 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, which relies on U.S. Department of Agriculture and census figures. Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii rounded out the top five.
Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday.
The heirs of the man who helped develop the formula for Pepsi are suing the soda company over their right to share with the public documents detailing their father's invention. The daughter and son of Richard Ritchie say PepsiCo Inc. is interfering with their ability to market or sell the rights of their father's life story and documents detailing his 1931 soda formula. The suit seeks a declaration that their disclosure of the documents would be protected by First Amendment rights and wouldn't be considered a trade secret violation.
Local food is big in Vermont, which ranks as the top state in a new Locavore Index, based on the number of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture farms where customers pay ahead for produce and other foods throughout the season. Vermont had 99 farmers’ markets, 164 CSAs, based on USDA data, and a population of 621,760, according to 2010 census.