KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is boring its way into Kona coffee beans and threatening the nation's only coffee-growing region's premiere crop. More than 600 farmers in North Kona and South Kona, on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island, are preparing to coat their fields with a suffocating fungus and are taking other measures to save their livelihoods and protect the world famous Kona coffee brand.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — California could see a return to a full-length coastal salmon fishing season this year with biologists forecasting a tripling of the fish's ocean population, state fish and wildlife officials said Tuesday. The agency is projecting 729,000 salmon in coastal waters in 2011, up from a 2010 projection of 245,000 fish, Department of Fish and Game spokesman Harry Morse said.
(AP) — In this picture taken Feb. 7, 2011 innovator Markus Bachmann, left, speaks with vine grower Franz Michael Mayer during an interview with Associated Press in Vienna, Austria. Convinced that music is a key ingredient for a good bottle of red or white wine, Bachmann has created a special speaker that exposes fermenting grape juice to classical, jazz or electronic tunes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell is turning to TV commercials to battle damage to its image from a lawsuit questioning its taco filling. The fast-food chain has been on the defensive since it was pushed into the spotlight by a lawsuit that claimed the restaurant's seasoned beef filling did not have enough beef to be billed as such.
(American Meat Institute)-- Seventy percent of U.S. diners want more information about the sourcing and nutritional value of their meals when dining out, with nearly two-thirds (64 percent) saying they would choose healthier meals if more information was provided, according to Unilever Food Solutions’ new World Menu Report, "What's in Your Food?" The global report surveyed 3,500 diners in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, Brazil and Turkey who eat out at least once a week.
DALLAS (American Heart Association) — Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as fruit drinks are associated with higher blood pressure levels in adults, researchers report in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association . In the International Study of Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure (INTERMAP), for every extra sugar-sweetened beverage drunk per day participants on average had significantly higher systolic blood pressure by 1.
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 72-year-old worker who fell into a meat-grinding machine at a Kings County meat processing plant. The Fresno Bee reports that the accident happened early Monday morning at Central Valley Meat Co. The man, a Hanford resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reported a loss for its fourth quarter, partly dragged down by charges related to underperforming banana plantations. The fruit and vegetable producer and distributor said Tuesday that its net loss was $9.6 million, or 16 cents per share, for the period ended Dec.
(AP) — Naoko Togami, presenter of the Japan Grain Inspection Association Food Research Laboratory booth, shows bags of rice flour and bread baked with 80 percent of rice flour and 20 percent of gluten during the 35th international food and beverage exhibition "Foodex Japan" in Chiba near Tokyo Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
LONDON (AP) — Gross or tasty? A London company is offering an unusual dessert — ice cream made with human breast milk. Trendy London ice cream parlor The Icecreamists said its "Baby Gaga" ice cream sold out as soon as it launched Friday. The company paid women who responded to an online ad to donate their breast milk.
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is one step closer to ending its distribution partnership with Kraft Foods Inc. after a U.S. Appeals Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling against Kraft. The food maker began distributing Starbucks coffee to groceries and other stores more than a decade ago.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups failed to show that seed plants for sugar beets genetically modified to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup would cause irreparable harm, a federal appeals court said Friday in overturning an injunction that called for the destruction of the plants.
TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company has voluntarily recalled products sold at supermarkets across the West because they could contain contaminated broccoli. Tracy-based Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall this week after a random test by agricultural officials came up positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to spend $65 million to build a facility in southeast Idaho that will reduce pollution and haze caused by the process used to produce Roundup herbicide. Waste gas from the company's operation is burned with three flares, putting particulates in the air and causing haze.
(AP) — Chef Wolfgang Puck arrives with a tray of Oscar-themed food that will be served at the Governor's Ball before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Heinz To Use Coca-Cola's Plant Bottle For Ketchup U.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. says it is making its iconic ketchup bottles a bit more green. The food maker announced Wednesday that it will use Coca-Cola Co.'s plant-based plastic bottle technology for its ketchup. Coca-Cola said it is the first partnership of its kind and they hope to push the use of its plant-based material into other parts of the food industry.
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal marshals have seized products at a Shelbyville cheese company that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says is rodent infested. An FDA e-mail statement Thursday said marshals seized about $200,000 worth of food products from Bedford Cheese Store Inc.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Frito-Lay hopes to make some big noise with a quieter version of its biodegradable SunChips bag. The company introduced a biodegradable bag for the snacks in April of 2009 with a big marketing effort to play up its environmentally friendly nature as it was made from plants and not plastic and could break down in compost.
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian state has passed a law allowing residents to seek compensation from soft drink giant Coca-Cola for alleged environmental damage from a former bottling plant. Coca-Cola Co.'s Indian subsidiary, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages, says the legislation passed Thursday by Kerala state is "devoid of facts, scientific data or any input from or consideration given to" the company.
WASHINGTON (AP) — You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and soy are common food ingredients.