MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — McDonald's and Target dropped one of the nation's largest egg suppliers after an animal rights group released an undercover video of the egg producer's farms in three states. McDonald's Corp. said Friday it had dropped Sparboe Farms as a supplier after a video by the group Mercy for Animals showed cases of animal cruelty at five facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.
LYSANDER, N.Y. (AP) — Anheuser-Busch says it's expanding canning capacity at its Syracuse-area plant with the help of a $900,000 state economic development grant. The company says it will spend more than $7 million on the expansion at its Lysander facility, increasing the brewery's production by 30 percent.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyson Foods' net income for the fourth quarter was less than half of what it was last year, the meat producer said Monday, with higher grain costs offsetting better prices and revenue, particularly in its chicken business. While there were operating income declines of $3 million and $12 million for beef and pork, respectively, that metric tumbled $223 million for chicken, meaning that an operating income of $141 million last year in chicken turned into an operating loss of $82 million in the final quarter of the year.
(AP) — In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, 10-year-old Roman Ramirez carries a banana tree branch from the tropical garden in Woodlake, Calif. Ramirez is one of the children who participate in an agricultural program that has turned 14 acres in the small farmworker community into a series of lush fruit and vegetable gardens.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has banned shipments of rice grown near a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant for the first time after detecting radiation exceeding the legal limit. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Thursday that a sample of rice from a farm contained 630 becquerels of cesium per kilogram.
J.M. Smucker Co.'s fiscal second-quarter net income fell 15 percent as the food maker struggled with higher costs for ingredients. The company's profit missed expectations. It's an ongoing battle for most food and beverage companies as they face a tricky balance between covering costs and not alienating consumers with higher prices.
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California Asian food importer has agreed to pay $400,000 in back wages and interest to 71 women who were rejected for sales jobs. The U.S. Labor Department says in a news release Thursday that Tokyo-based Nishimoto Trading Co. has agreed to settle the hiring discrimination case.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Rice growers who lost sales after genetically modified rice seed mistakenly entered the U.S. market five years ago have until Monday to sign on to a $750 million settlement proposed by the German company blamed for the problem. More than 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas sued the German conglomerate Bayer CropScience after the modified strain of long-grain rice got loose in 2006.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co., the world's largest ketchup maker, said Friday its fiscal second-quarter net income fell almost 6 percent but adjusted results narrowly beat expectations as emerging markets remained strong and higher prices offset a volume decline. Food makers have been raising prices to offset higher ingredient costs.
(AP) — In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 photo, owner, founder and CEO Sarma Melngailis holds a plate featuring her restaurant's most popular dish, a local heirloom tomato lasagna featuring basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara, macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta and zucchini, in front of Pure Food and Wine in New York.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of people sickened last year after eating salmonella-tainted eggs will receive compensation, including six-figure checks for two children, in the first wave of legal settlements with the Iowa egg producer blamed in the outbreak, attorneys in the case have told The Associated Press.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water regulators on Wednesday adopted a settlement that puts to rest a dispute over the regulation of millions of tons of waste produced each year by the state's $2.6 billion dairy industry. The Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously during a hearing in Santa Fe in favor of the settlement brokered by state attorneys, dairy farmers and environmentalists.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State officials on Wednesday upheld a recall and quarantine of raw milk products from a California dairy after three children were sent to hospitals with E.coli poisoning in the nation's latest outbreak related to the unpasteurized product. The ruling came at a hearing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture after the owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. will roll out its new mid-calorie soda "Pepsi Next" nationally early next spring. The company said in June that it would be testing the lower-sugar and lower-calorie soda in Iowa and Wisconsin. PepsiCo said Wednesday that testing results exceeded its expectations and it plans to begin selling the product nationally at the beginning of its second fiscal quarter.
ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling thousands of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination. The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have "Best if Used By" dates of Aug.
(AP) — In this June 6, 2010 file photo, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston, Maine, court on animal cruelty charges related to Turner egg farm in Maine. DeCoster also owns Wright County Egg, an Iowa egg farm linked to a massive salmonella recall in 2010. Dozens of people sickened last year after eating salmonella-tainted eggs from Wright County Egg will receive compensation, including six-figure checks for two children, under the first wave of legal settlements with the disgraced egg magnate blamed for the outbreak, The Associated Press has learned.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. is promising a free bottle of its new balsamic vinegar ketchup to anybody who tried to buy it during a failed product launch on the Facebook social networking website. Monday was the first time Heinz sold a U.S. product through its Facebook page.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are recalling and putting under quarantine raw organic milk from a Fresno County company after it was linked to E. coli that sent three California children to the hospital. California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford ordered all milk, butter, cream, colostrum and "Qephor" by Organic Pastures Dairy Company pulled from the shelves.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will abandon portions of a sweeping antitrust rule proposed for meat companies if Congress does not provide money for enforcement. A Congressional committee voted late Monday to strip funding for the measures in a spending bill the full Congress is expected to approve by the end of this week.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Kellogg Co. has donated $100,000 to support a Mayan cultural organization months after a logo dispute with the group. In August, Kellogg attorneys asked the Maya Archaeology Initiative to reconsider its logo or limit its use, saying the bird it featured could be confused with Toucan Sam, the mascot of Kellogg's Froot Loops cereal.