With their quota cut by 74 percent and warnings that the Gulf of Maine shrimp population was in bad shape due to warm ocean temperatures, fishermen expected this to be a rough shrimp season. But it's turned out to be an even bigger bust than anybody anticipated.
A Wisconsin Gouda won top honors Wednesday night at the 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, edging out entries from Vermont and Illinois. Marieke Penterman, of Holland's Family Cheese in Thorp, Wis., won the two-day competition in Green Bay with her Marieke Mature Gouda. Out of a possible 100 points, Marieke Gouda scored 98.31 in the final round of judging.
Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making. Coca-Cola said Thursday it was cooperating with investigators. It said trucks for some of its bottling plants use location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries.
From oil in Gatorade to the amount of caffeine and other stimulants in energy drinks and the so-called "pink slime" found in beef, previously unnoticed ingredients are coming under scrutiny as health-conscious consumers demand more information about what they eat and drink, and sometimes go public via social networking and the Internet.
Marieke Penterman, center, owner of Holland's Family Cheese LLC in Thorp, Wis., reacts after winning first place in the U.S. Cheese Championship Contest at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Penterman's winning cheese was an aged Gouda.
The 2013 MamboTrack Annual Natural and Organic Product Survey among 1,003 health and eco consumers reveals that conscious shoppers are increasing their spending on organics, sourcing food products, seeking out Non-GMO and buying sustainable farm-to-table food products traceable to local farmers and producers.
On Tuesday, 28 beer brewing tanks arrived from Germany at the Port of Charleston. The tanks are destined for Mills River, N.C., where Sierra Nevada is in the process of buiding a new beer brewing facility. The company chose to order the thanks from Germany in order to keep production as consistent as possible from one facility to the next.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm says it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of the automatic federal budget cuts taking effect. The reports being suspended this year include the agency's July tally of cattle, which is used by the beef industry, and milk production reports.
Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and other snack brands, said Wednesday that its board authorized stock buybacks that could total $1.2 billion. The program allows for either 40 million shares or $1.2 billion in buybacks, whichever is less.
Something big was on tap at the Port of Charleston on Tuesday as workers unloaded 28 mammoth beer brewing tanks for a new Sierra Nevada brewery near Asheville, N.C. The tanks, shipped from Germany and some of them big enough to hold 3,200 kegs of beer, were lifted by an overhead crane off a ship, swung over the pier and then loaded onto flatbed trailers.
Dole plunged more than 8 percent in premarket trading Wednesday after the company fell short of expectations for its fourth quarter, citing lower banana prices in North America. Late Tuesday Dole Food reported an adjusted loss from continuing operations of 59 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 29. Its revenue fell 8 percent to $888 million from $962 million.
Chiquita Brands International Inc. has a good chance at being successful with its strategy of refocusing on core businesses like bananas and pineapples and becoming more efficient, said a Janney Capital Markets analyst after the produce company reported a big fourth-quarter loss.
The number of dead pigs found floating in a river flowing into Shanghai has reached nearly 6,000. The Shanghai municipal government said in an online announcement that 5,916 swine carcasses had been retrieved from Huangpu River by 3 p.m. Tuesday, but added that municipal water remains safe.
Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines. Writing a new menu labeling law "has gotten extremely thorny," says the head of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it.
Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bullishness, political realities and legal questions make for an uncertain future for one of the premier pieces of his legacy: a now-blocked ban on supersized sugary drinks. The city lost no time Tuesday getting started on the next round of the fight after a judge nixed the first-of-its-kind regulation.
The new buyers of Twinkies apparently developed a sweet tooth for Hostess snack cakes.Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., which made a joint offer to snap up the famous cream-filled cakes, have also entered the contest to buy Drake's, which include Devil Dogs and Yodels.
Federal investigators have unraveled a massive scheme among dozens of insurance agents, claims adjusters, brokers and farmers in eastern North Carolina to steal at least $100 million from the government-backed program that insures crops.
Honorary Red Cross Cookie Chairman, Ernie Keebler, delivers a sweet treat to thank a blood donor. After each blood and platelet donation, the Red Cross and Keebler treat donors to cookies and beverages as a way to say 'thank you' for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Beef and pork are traditional fixtures on restaurant menus and represent classic favorites on the center of the plate. But now that rising meat costs are beginning to impact restaurant prices, it's more essential for operators to learn consumers' current attitudes and preferences towards beef and pork dishes—trends that can be addressed via menu development and innovative preparations.
The North American Tea Championship (NATC), held Feb. 27 - 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., evaluated premium hot teas from the fall 2012 harvest and announced the 22 best, high-quality teas in various categories, as well as the first-ever Judge's Choice Award. The Championship is the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America., and all of the winners are commercially available in the marketplace.