GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Maxwell Farms LLC and Seaboard Corp. have completed their purchase of turkey business Butterball LLC. Butterball, based in Garner, N.C., produces more than one billion pounds of turkey each year and supplies its products to more than 30 countries. Until recently, it was jointly owned by Maxwell Farms and Smithfield Foods Inc.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Yum Brands Inc. is targeting emerging African markets for expansion for its KFC chain that has already become a dominant fast-food player in China. The company said Wednesday that it expects to double the number of KFC restaurants in Africa to about 1,200 by 2014.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman charged with killing two colleagues at a Philadelphia food plant has told police she thought co-workers were spraying her with deer urine. Yvonne Hiller was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in the September shooting spree at a Kraft Foods plant. At a court hearing, a homicide detective read a statement Hiller gave police after her arrest.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Sales of eggs have rebounded after a sharp drop in the weeks following the August recall of 550 million eggs potentially contaminated with salmonella. The upswing is a relief to egg producers, but industry leaders said they thought sales would return to normal as the recall by two Iowa farms faded from memory.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Food safety legislation stalled by a constitutional snag could be revived as part of a giant year-end budget bill. The bill to increase the Food and Drug Administration's powers to keep food safe stalled after overwhelmingly passing the Senate last week. House Democrats said after it passed that the bill contains fees that are considered tax provisions, which under the Constitution must originate in the House.
December 7, 2010 Story Contact: Steven Adams (AdamsST@missouri.edu) In a few years, a sip of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Pinot Noir may include a taste of the “Show-Me” State. The state grape of Missouri – the Norton variety grown at many vineyards around the state – is resistant to powdery mildew, a fungal pathogen that affects winemaking grapes around the world.
December 7, 2010 (AP) The holidays just got a little merrier for some 19,500 employees of Hormel Foods Corp. The Austin company dished out $4.9 million in bonuses this week to its workers. Each employee got a check for $250. The Austin Daily Herald reports Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger says the bonuses were given to employees for their hard work during the past couple years in helping the company achieve its strong performance in tough economic times.
December 7, 2010 (AP) — Fiji Water has announced its acquisition of Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles, California. The companies did not disclose the deal's value, but they said both businesses cater to high-end restaurants, hotels and other customers, and the deal allows both brands to grow by leveraging the popularity of the Justin Vineyards wines and the sales and marketing strength of Fiji.
Sara Lee Expands Business In The Netherlands December 7, 2010 (PRNewswire) Sara Lee Corp. recenly announced plans to launch, under its Douwe Egberts brand in The Netherlands, the company's single-serve espresso coffee capsules that can be used in Nespresso coffee appliances. Douwe Egberts L'OR EspressO capsules will be available for purchase at Sara Lee's own Douwe Egberts stores - a network of premium outlets throughout the Netherlands that combine a retail store for coffee and tea-related products and a cafe format with a rewards center for the company's loyalty program.
December 7, 2010 A team of Texas AgriLife Research engineers has developed a way to cut by as much as half the amount of irradiation needed to kill 99.999 percent of salmonella, E. coli and other pathogens on fresh produce. By packing produce in a Mylar bag filled with pure oxygen, Dr.
December 7, 2010 Riviana Foods, Inc. recently announced that it is building a new facility in Memphis, Tennessee that will produce ready to serve, microwaveable rice products under the Minute Rice brand. The Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Development Board granted the company a seven-year tax break or payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) on this latest expansion project.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation will register methyl iodide as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer.
WASHINGTON (USDA)-- The Suter Company, Inc., a Sycamore, Ill., establishment, is recalling approximately 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include: [ View Labels (PDF Only)] 8.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Nalley's Fine Foods, a 92-year-old Tacoma institution, is closing its plant here and moving operations to an Iowa factory, the company's owner said Friday. The plant in a south Tacoma industrial area long known as "Nalley Valley" once produced a wide variety of foods, including pickles and potato chips, but now turns out Nalley's Chili and Brooks Beans.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Darrin Dant couldn't find his favorite drinks where he was stationed in Iraq, so he recruited his friends and family to mail bottles of Double-Cola and Ski to his post. "They're like a taste of home," he said. "I had them wrap the bottles really carefully in case they exploded on the way.
NORTHFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Kraft Foods is seeking a preliminary injunction against Starbucks, saying Monday that the coffee chain violated terms of a distribution deal. The two businesses began arbitration proceedings late last month as Kraft tried to prevent Starbucks from ending an agreement to distribute and promote its packaged coffee in stores.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Cereal maker Kellogg says its CEO will retire on Jan. 1 and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer John A. Bryant. CEO David Mackay, 55, who is also president and a director, plans to help with the transition through March 31. He has been CEO for four years.
(AP) — On Thursday, December 2, 2010, a student at Fairmeadow Elementary School pays for lunch of fruits and vegetables during a school lunch program in Palo Alto, California. More children would eat lunches and dinners at school under legislation passed Thursday by the House and sent to the president, part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood hunger and fight childhood obesity.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge in California has ordered the removal from the ground of plants grown to produce seeds for genetically modified sugar beets, citing the potential for environmental harm. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White has again raised questions about the use of genetically modified crops and what will happen if growers aren't allowed to plant GMO seeds.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is looking beyond its cafes for growth in coming years. The coffee giant outlined plans Wednesday at its investor conference to triple the number of its cafes in China, offer more products in grocery stores and open new kinds of stores to build on its recent recovery.