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NYC Ban On Big Sodas Could Face Legal Test

June 15, 2012 9:42 am | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press

The city Board of Health, appointed by the mayor, is expected to approve a measure banning sugary drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces after a three-month comment period. It could take effect as early as March, unless the critics who accuse Bloomberg of instituting a "nanny state" can get the courts or state lawmakers to step in. It's not just businesses and industry groups that could sue. In theory, any individual affected by the ban could bring a legal challenge.


Diamond Foods Faces Possible Delisting

June 15, 2012 9:38 am

Snack maker Diamond Foods Inc. is facing possible delisting of its shares from the Nasdaq stock exchange after missing a Monday deadline to file three quarterly reports.


Photo Of The Day: Soda's Slippery Slope

June 15, 2012 9:00 am

If New York City bans big sodas, what's next? Large slices of pizza? Double-scoop ice cream cones? Tubs of movie-theater popcorn? The 16-ounce strip steak? Opponents of the proposed ban may use that slippery-slope argument along with other legal strategies to try to block the first-in-the-nation rule.


Cheese Recalled For Listeria

June 14, 2012 12:50 pm

Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, Wash., is voluntarily recalling Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar produced on August 30, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


Food & Beverage Industry Growth Trends

June 14, 2012 12:47 pm

Against the backdrop of a stagnant economy, food and beverage companies have significant cash on the balance sheets, and intend to increase capital spending on new products, mergers and acquisitions and technology to fuel growth, according to a recent survey by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm.


Krispy Kreme To Open 80 Stores In India

June 14, 2012 12:45 pm

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal with Citymax Hotels Pvt. Ltd. for the development of 80 Krispy Kreme franchise stores over the next five years in India.


New York To Restore Tax Break For Craft Brewers

June 14, 2012 12:43 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

New York brewmeisters can celebrate with some Saranac beer brewed in the foothills of the Adirondacks or Brooklyn's Monster Ale now that state officials have found a way to restore a tax break for craft beer brewers.


Beef Plant Fined $186K After Electrocution Death

June 14, 2012 12:42 pm

A beef-processing plant in western Wisconsin has been cited with 11 safety violations after a maintenance worker died by electrocution in December.


Consumer Trends: China Beer Consumption Hits 50B Liter Mark

June 14, 2012 12:34 pm

It's the largest beer market in the world and it seems that when it comes to its importance for manufacturers, there will be no half measures—as latest research from Mintel reveals that China's beer market grew by 29% in volume terms in the five years to 2011, to reach an all-time high total volume of 50 billion liters for the first time in 2011.


Stuffed Chicken Recalled For Undeclared Allergens

June 14, 2012 10:18 am

Antonelli's and Sons, a South San Francisco, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,534 pounds of a raw stuffed chicken product because of misbranding and undeclared ingredients, including known allergens.


Smithfield Foods 4Q Profit Falls

June 14, 2012 10:07 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 19 percent on lower margins on fresh pork and higher selling costs.


Pork Production More Sustainable Than 50 Years Ago

June 14, 2012 10:02 am

A new study finds that while pig farms of the 1950s may be remembered as idyllic, they were not as sustainable as those of today. This becomes clear as the metrics most associated with sustainability are revealed from their 1959 baseline – a 35 percent decrease in carbon footprint, a 41 percent reduction in water usage and a 78 percent drop in land needed to produce a pound of pork.


Food Coalition: GMO Labeling Bill ‘Deceptive And Costly’

June 14, 2012 9:59 am

"This measure is riddled with loopholes and special exemptions that make no sense," said Bill Dombrowski, President & CEO, California Retailers Association, "We don't think requiring labels on foods made using modern biotechnology are necessary. But creating a hodgepodge and nonsensical labeling regime is only going to confuse and mislead consumers."


Small Manufacturers Invest In Big Machinery

June 14, 2012 9:55 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG,AP Business Writer

Last year, industrial and materials manufacturers had a 37 percent increase in big equipment purchases, according to PayNet, a company that tracks lending to small businesses. That compares to an average of 17 percent for all the industries PayNet follows.


Photo Of The Day: HFCS Not Such A Big Deal?

June 14, 2012 9:51 am

Out of more than 20,000 food and beverage products launched in the U.S. in 2011, 422 claimed to be free of high fructose corn syrup. That's only a percent of new product claims, reports Mintel.


Senate Rejects Changes In Sugar Policy

June 13, 2012 12:58 pm

Senators debating a five-year farm bill have voted to uphold current policy that protects the nation's sugar growers with price supports and import restrictions.

Coffee Holding Co. Reports Loss On Falling Prices

June 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Private-label coffee maker Coffee Holding Co. reported a loss for its most recent quarter as lower coffee prices hurt its performance.


Pa. State Senator’s Bill Would Expand Liquor Sales

June 13, 2012 12:55 pm

The ranking Republican in the state Senate is backing a plan to expand the sale of liquor and wine in Pennsylvania, the bill's sponsor said Tuesday, while a bill to privatize the industry remained stalled in the House.


Chinese Consumers Pay More, Expect More

June 13, 2012 12:52 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer

Chinese consumers can afford to splash out more on higher quality products but also expect better value for their money than in the past, an American Chamber of Commerce study found. For companies like Kraft Foods Inc. and PepsiCo. Inc., that means tailoring products to suit local tastes while leveraging the company's global brand name.

Risks Of Food-Style Packaging In Non-Food Categories

June 13, 2012 12:50 pm

Press reports that nearly 250 people have called poison control centers in the last couple of months following the US launch of Tide Pods and similar products shows an unintended consequence of the use of food-style packaging and formulations in categories outside of food.


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