RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Among the many modern comforts we all enjoy, the humble drinking straw perhaps gets too little attention. Few people — when they pop a straw into a carton of juice or milk — think about the source of that deceptively simple piece of plastic, or what it takes to make one.
NEW YORK (AP) — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. said Monday it will buy laboratory equipment maker Dionex Corp. for $2.1 billion. The scientific instrument maker said the deal will expand its business in the Asia-Pacific region and help it do more business in industries such as environmental analysis, water testing, and food safety.
(HARRIS)--Leading global market research firm Harris Interactive today released the 2010 results of EquiTrend®, its renowned annual brand equity study that measures over 1,000 brands across 42 categories. Harris Interactive has been tracking consumers' awareness and perception of brands for over 20 years.
WASHINGTON (NAS) — A new National Research Council report finds no scientific basis that more stringent testing of meat purchased through the government's ground beef purchase program and distributed to various federal food and nutrition programs -- including the National School Lunch Program -- would lead to safer meat.
DETROIT (AP) — A 67-year-old man police believe was homeless died after being punched and knocked to the ground during a scuffle with a 20-year-old Burger King employee in Detroit, and authorities ruled the death a homicide Friday. An autopsy determined Paul Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head, said Dennis Niemiec, a spokesman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Dairy processor Dean Foods Co. will pay $30 million and take other undisclosed actions to settle allegations by a group of dairy farmers that it had monopolized the milk industry in the Northeast. The settlement does not include another major player in the national dairy industry that had been named in the original lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to provide more lunches and dinners to school children and make the meals healthier is expected to become law on Monday. President Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife, Michelle, is scheduled to sign the bill at a District of Columbia elementary school. The $4.
In this October 9, 2008 file photo, the high rise building housing the headquarters of Dean Foods is seen in Dallas. Dean Foods said on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, it is going to pay $30 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by dairy farmers from Vermont and other northeastern states that accused the firm of violating federal antitrust laws.
(AP) — Women walk by bulls sitting in the street that were left there by protesting butchers in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday December 9, 2010. Butchers are protesting the sanitary conditions at the city slaughterhouse and demanding the city government build a modern slaughterhouse or bring up to code the current one.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California company is recalling one lot of cilantro because it may be contaminated with salmonella. Pablo's Produce in Oxnard announced the recall Wednesday. The recalled cilantro was sold between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2 and has a white twist tie with the words "Pablo's Produce of USA" in red and green writing.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills Inc. said Thursday that one year into the effort, the company is meeting its goals of reducing sugar in cereal advertised to children. The maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs announced plans at this time last year to cut the sugar in 10 of its cereals to single-digit grams of sugar per serving.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two new processing and distribution centers built by Riviana Foods Inc. in Memphis was expected to help the company's plans to streamline operations to meet a consumer demand for rice that has increased as the economy has faltered, officials said. Political leaders are joining Riviana Foods officials Thursday at the opening of a new 400,000-square-foot rice processing, packaging and distribution center.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sunny Delight Beverage Co. plans to buy a Texas factory, upgrade its U.S. factories and sell its western Europe juice drink business. The privately held company said Thursday it is investing $70 million to upgrade five U.S. plants, including buying and upgrading the Sherman, Texas, factory from J.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California egg producer claims the state has failed to spell out the specifics of a voter-approved measure setting stricter housing standards for egg-laying hens. Modesto-based J.S. West filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court asking a judge to set clear requirements for cage size and number of hens per cage.
WASHINGTON (IDFA)--In a positive development for the U.S. dairy industry, President Barack Obama late Friday announced the successful completion of bilateral talks with South Korea that pave the way for U.S. acceptance of the expansive free-trade agreement. Through August 2010, the value of U.S. dairy exports to South Korea was $84 million, up 78 percent from the same time period last year.
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.