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Disabilities Law Makes Food Servers Vulnerable to Lawsuits

January 18, 2013 9:46 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A settlement stemming from a lack of gluten-free foods available to students at a Massachusetts university could serve as a precedent for people with other allergies or conditions, including peanut sensitivities or diabetes. Institutions and businesses subject to the Americans With Disabilities Act could be open to lawsuits if they fail to honor requests for accommodations by people with food allergies.


Cargill Plant Cuts 2,000 Jobs in Texas

January 18, 2013 9:44 am | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

Cargill Beef announced Thursday that it will idle one of its two West Texas meatpacking plants and lay off all 2,000 workers because of a tight cattle supply following years of drought. The number of cattle in the U.S. has been dropping for years, but the pace accelerated during the past two years as drought dried up pastures and sent the prices of hay and other feed skyrocketing.


Irish Plant In Horsemeat Scandal Suspends Operations

January 18, 2013 9:42 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

Food quality officials said Thursday they have identified more horsemeat traces in beef burgers produced in Ireland and pinpointed the problem in an imported ingredient. Ireland's second-largest manufacturer of supermarket beef patties shut down its production line in response.


Photo of the Day: Food Allergies Recognized as Disabilities

January 18, 2013 9:40 am

Schools, restaurants and anyone else serving food are more vulnerable to legal threats over food sensitivities after the Justice Department determined that severe food allergies can be classified as disabilities under federal law. People who suffer from celiac disease don't absorb nutrients well and can get sick from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.

America's Beer Distributors Tout Creation of 130,000 Direct Jobs

January 17, 2013 12:37 pm

A new report provides the first-ever comprehensive report on beer distribution companies' total impact on national and state economies and gives an in-depth view of beer distributors' economic contributions by taking into account how beer distributor activities are intertwined with many parts of the economy, especially the personal services sector.


Mars Named One of FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For

January 17, 2013 12:32 pm

Mars, Inc. has been ranked 95 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list. the annual ranking compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute includes the most admired businesses as recognized by employees. The list, announced by FORTUNE and featured in the February edition of its magazine, honored the top 100 companies to work for in the U.S.


Campaign Will Highlight Illinois Fruit, Vegetables

January 17, 2013 12:25 pm

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is launching a campaign to encourage consumers to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. Agency director Bob Flider says the state could see economic activity grow by $20 billion a year if consumers increased spending on locally grown food by 10 percent.


Thought of the Day: Analyst Says Kellogg "Underperforming"

January 17, 2013 11:57 am

Kellogg stock is up, but at least one analyst isn't buying the hype. Robert Moskow cut his rating of the food company from "Neutral" to "Underperform," claiming little justification for the 10 percent increase in the stock's price since the report of its third-quarter results last year.


Kottkamp Leaves as CEO of Health Drink Company

January 17, 2013 11:39 am | by BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press

In a letter to the Associated Press, former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp announced that he is no longer the CEO of a health drink company that so far isn't fulfilling commitments to create jobs after taking a $5 million grant from Lee County. 

FTC Upholds Decision Against POM Wonderful

January 17, 2013 11:36 am

Federal Trade Commission has upheld a judge's earlier decision that POM Wonderful made deceptive claims about the health benefits of its products. A federal administrative judged ruled in May that the company used deceptive advertising when claiming that its pomegranate juice could treat or prevent heart disease, prostate cancer and other illnesses.


National Fisheries Institute Calls Recent Mercury Study "Fraudulent"

January 17, 2013 9:34 am

The National Fisheries Institute is hitting back at a Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), which recently released a report stoking concerns about supposedly high levels of mercury in people and fish. NFIA says BRI "misled the public on the safety of commercial seafood."


Bolthouse Farms Unveils Innovation Center

January 17, 2013 9:17 am

Bolthouse Farms unveiled its state-of-the-art Innovation Center Wednesday at the company’s headquarters in Bakersfield, CA. The facility is designed to accelerate new product development and enhance current Bolthouse Farms offerings across the company’s portfolio of beverages, salad dressings and fresh carrots.


Krispy Kreme to Open First India Store on Saturday

January 17, 2013 9:14 am

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Wednesday that its first franchise location in India will open on Saturday. The opening of the Bangalore store is part of a deal announced in June between the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based donut maker and Citymax Hotels Pvt. Ltd. for the development of 80 Krispy Kreme franchise stores in India over five years.


Analyst Cuts Rating For Kellogg to "Underperform"

January 17, 2013 9:13 am

A Credit Suisse analyst on Wednesday downgraded Kellogg Co., saying that the recent run up in the food company's stock price isn't warranted. Robert Moskow cut his rating for the stock to "Underperform" from "Neutral," noting that Kellogg's stock price has jumped 10 percent since it reported its third-quarter results on Nov. 1.


Dutch, Spanish Suppliers Suspected in Irish Horsemeat Scandal

January 17, 2013 9:11 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, The Associated Press

Irish leaders said suspicion surrounding  the recent discovery horsemeat in widely sold burgers was focusing on a powdered beef-protein additive imported from both Spain and the Netherlands for use in padding out the most cheaply priced burgers, which contain typically 60 per cent to 70 per cent meat.


Photo of the Day: Drought Cuts Corn Crop

January 17, 2013 8:00 am

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday showed farmers harvested 10.78 billion bushels of corn, less than three-fourths of what the agency predicted last spring. While the report covers many other crops, much of the attention has been on corn.

10 Million Irish Burgers Recalled Over Horsemeat Fears

January 16, 2013 12:28 pm

An Irish meat processor says it's recalling 10 million burgers from supermarkets across Ireland and Britain because of fears that some could contain horsemeat. Government authorities say Spanish or Dutch ingredients suppliers are suspected of causing the contamination.


Ind. Winery Sues Can Maker Over Foul Cider Smell

January 16, 2013 12:26 pm

A southern Indiana winery is suing a beverage can manufacturer, alleging that aluminum cans it made caused the winery's hard apple cider to develop a foul odor. Bloomington-based Oliver Winery sued Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. last month in Monroe Circuit Court. That case was transferred to federal court in Indianapolis last week.


Energy Drink-Related ER Visits on the Rise

January 16, 2013 12:24 pm | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press

A new U.S. government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.


Cheez-It to Sponsor NASCAR Sprint Cup Race

January 16, 2013 12:22 pm | by JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer

Watkins Glen International has signed a multi-year deal with Cheez-It crackers to sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Finger Lakes track. WGI president Michael Printup and Kellogg Co. officials made the announcement of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Tuesday.



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