Boulder, CO (Brewers Association) —The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries, released its annual lists reporting the top 50 brewing companies in the country, based on 2009 beer sales volume. The Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies list contains 76 percent craft brewing companies.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — German conglomerate Bayer CropScience should pay a dozen Arkansas farmers nearly $50 million for allowing a genetically altered strain of rice to escape into the commercial market, damaging rice prices in 2006, a jury ruled Thursday. An attorney for the farmers, Scott Powell, said the jury decided on the judgment after less than two hours of deliberations Thursday afternoon.
MUSKEGON, MI (Reid Supply) — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial supplies, announced the launch of more than 8,000 packaging and shipping products to its tens-of-thousands of industrial products inventory. It was a commonsense decision to offer our customers packaging and shipping supplies ,” says Greg Palmer, Director of Marketing at Reid Supply.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh company that markets food products endorsed by local sports stars has ended its beef jerky sponsorship deal with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. PLB Sports president Ty Ballou says Roethlisberger is "falling short" of the company's standards after a Georgia prosecutor announced Monday he will not prosecute the quarterback over sexual assault allegations.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal regulators are set to release the most sweeping antitrust rules covering the meat industry in decades, potentially altering the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers who raise their animals. Activists, farmers and meat industry officials have been anxiously awaiting the new rules, which will be released this spring for public comment and are set to take effect this summer.
MONTREAL (Canadian Press) — A dramatic shift is taking place in the fish aisle of Canadian supermarkets as a growing number of retailers are opting to only sell sustainably sourced seafood. A decade after they were first introduced, eco-friendly certified fish are expected to be the only fish on the menu for the country's large food retailers by 2013.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — General Mills Inc. says it will cut the amount of sodium by 20 percent in a number of its cereals, soups, snacks and other products by 2015. General Mills, which makes foods such as Cheerios cereal and Progresso soup, is the latest of several major food makers to reduce the salt in its foods as regulators and consumers push for healthier products.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Postville kosher slaughterhouse that went bankrupt after a federal immigration raid nearly two years ago is growing and on target to return to earlier production levels, its new owner said Tuesday. Hershey Friedman, the owner of Agri Star Meat and Poultry, said at a Statehouse news conference that the company had put its troubled past behind it.
KENNER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana food and drink manufacturer has paid more than $46,000 in overtime and back wages to 35 workers to resolve a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Labor. An investigation by the department's wage and hour division found that Kiko Foods Inc. was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay production employees their wages for work performed from Jan.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging the U.S. egg industry conspired to increase consumer prices got a boost recently when a defendant turned over documents and internal memos that show an industry group called for egg producers to slow production. The lawsuit alleges that as egg prices climbed between 2004 and 2008, industry officials who blamed rising feed costs were covering up an orchestrated hen kill-off to reduce supplies.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. has bought privately held snack and nutrition bar maker Elan Nutrition to boost its private label business. Terms of the deal, which closed Monday, were not disclosed. Elan Nutrition, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., had been owned by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc.
HOUNSFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — A fire in an animal-feed silo triggered an explosion that killed a firefighter at a farm in northern New York where, just three days earlier, a barn blaze killed more than 100 cows. Authorities say they believe the barn fire Thursday night at North Harbor Dairy Farm in the town of Hounsfield, 60 miles north of Syracuse, might have kindled the explosion at the nearby steel silo Sunday.
PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) — Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Monday it is eliminating 213 jobs by closing corporate offices in Texas and Georgia as part of the chicken producer's consolidation with JBS USA. The offices are expected to close within 60 days as most corporate functions move to JBS USA's headquarters in Greeley, Colo.
PepsiCo Inc. will distribute a new line of fruit-flavored drinks from Tampico Beverages Inc. as part of a new distribution agreement and the company's move to widen its line of healthy offerings. The agreement to distribute Tampico Plus was announced Friday by Pepsi Beverages Company, the soft drink maker's beverage unit in North America.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of dairies in California has plummeted by more than 500 in the past decade, with many moving to other states enticing them with promises of lower costs and simpler regulations. Eight states, ranging from Idaho to Iowa, have been courting dairies from California, the nation's largest milk producer.
OTTAWA (Canadian Press) — A herd of sick pigs was nothing to sneeze at for public-health officials. The federal government realized that how it handled a herd of pigs that caught swine flu could set a precedent in Canada and elsewhere, a new document shows. An outbreak of H1N1 on an Alberta farm last spring was the first-ever report of the new virus in pigs, and the source of the infection remains a mystery.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jana Hughes' problems began with flies and odors from dairies near her family's rural southeastern New Mexico home, but then she discovered dairies are linked to water pollution. Tests showed elevated levels of nitrates in her family's well near Hobbs. The well is not considered contaminated because nitrate levels fall below allowable limits, but "when we drink that water, we get ill," Hughes said.
ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — There seemed to be no sentimental anguish over the loss of the young ones. "Maybe we could have a fish fry," Ashland Middle School seventh-grader Roy Turnquist said. "Just kind of ball them all up." The soon-to-be departed in question were between 150 and 200 small lake trout, reared in a large aquarium inside math teacher Kathy Sill's classroom.
NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola will increase its stake of Innocent Drinks to take a majority ownership of the British fruit and smoothie drinks maker, although Innocent will retain control of the business. The increased stake announced Friday by the world's largest drink maker comes a year after Coca-Cola initially bought an 18 percent stake for 30 million pounds, or about $44 million.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal work safety officials want to fine the company that owns a commercial Maine freezer that had an ammonia leak, which may have contaminated millions of pounds of food. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines of up to $9,000 for Americold Logistics because of a January leak in Portland caused when a refrigeration unit fell from the ceiling.