Blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are at record numbers, although there has also been a mysterious drop in adult females, according to an annual winter survey released Thursday. The survey found an estimated 764 million crabs in the bay, nearly two-thirds more than last year. The increase was highest among juvenile crabs, which totaled 587 million, nearly triple last year's total.
You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you'll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer. The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of that brand of beer in the state because of the profanity on its label.
Photos of fish with sores may raise concern about long-term environmental effects of the massive BP oil spill — but federal health officials say the Gulf seafood that's on the market is safe to eat.
Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.
The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer in the state because of the profanity on its label. Beer and wine are commonly sold in grocery and convenience stores and anyone can see the labels, so staff members rejected the brand because parents may not want young people to see rough language on the shelves, said Bob Martin, an attorney with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is planning to join with other mayors to discuss ways to make it easier for those in urban neighborhoods to get access to fresh, healthy food.
Strong performances from DuPont's agricultural and performance chemicals units, combined with its acquisition of Danish food maker Danisco last year, contributed to an increase in first-quarter earnings, the company said Thursday.
Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, wants to enlist fellow food producers in a new campaign to fight hunger in rural America. Buffett and other organizers planned to announce the "Invest an Acre" initiative Thursday. It will encourage farmers around the nation to donate profits from the sale of 1 acre's crop to the charity Feeding America, which will use the money to support food banks in rural communities where advocates say malnutrition is a serious — if often overlooked — scourge.
Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 73 percent due to a successful combo — continuing strong overseas sales packaged with a rebounding U.S. performance led by its once-struggling Taco Bell business.
A new study reveals that 74 percent of health-conscious consumers visited a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days.
In response to consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it will replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato-based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos.
During a briefing hosted by Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), congressional staff learned about multiple voluntary, producer-led animal care programs and about the concerns farmers and ranchers have with legislation introduced in the House that would mandate strict on-farm production practices.
Dutch brewer Heineken NV says both sales and earnings rose in the first quarter, due to a combination of growth and one-time gains.
Workers participating in a "comprehensive" workplace promotion program had a one-fifth reduction in absenteeism during the first year, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
Arkansas farmers plant about 3.3 million acres of soybeans each year, and the business may become more lucrative thanks to a new soybean variety developed by a professor with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
The food maker's campaign, tagged "From Great Starts Come Great Things," kicks off on Wednesday, 100 days before the Olympics are to begin in London. The push includes videos on Facebook, Olympic-themed packaging on a products and athlete sponsorships, all centered on breakfast. Kellogg's makes breakfast food including Corn Flakes and Special K cereal, Eggo Waffles and Nutri-Grain bars.
The Dum Dums® product line has begun a package graphics transition that will complete in mid-2012. The updated artwork incorporates a new logo and graphics bringing more emphasis to the iconic Dum Dums brand and its core attributes of flavor variety, value and fun.
BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys on Wednesday presented a federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Pfizer Inc. is near a deal to sell its infant-nutrition business to the Swiss food conglomerate Nestle SA for $9 billion, according to a report Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Nestle appears to be beating out a joint bid from Groupe Danone and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. The deal would be one of the largest this year and could be announced as early as next week, according to the Journal report, which cited sources familiar with the matter who were not named.
ConAgra Foods Inc. says it's acquiring Odom's Tennessee Pride, the nation's second largest producer of frozen breakfast sandwiches. Omaha-based ConAgra announced its plans on Tuesday, which include the company's facilities in Little Rock, Ark., and Dickson, Tenn., and its headquarters office in Madison, Tenn. Financial terms were not disclosed.