The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention join Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco), in warning consumers not to consume Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese (Costco item 40654), as this cheese may be associated with an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. turned to price increases to cope with rising ingredient costs and lackluster sales volume during its third quarter. Those price increases and Kraft's recent acquisition of Cadbury PLC drove its revenue up 26 percent to $11.9 billion for the quarter.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has barred an eastern Washington state fruit grower from retaliating against its employees or attempting to pay witnesses pending the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit. Seven women filed suit in June against Evans Fruit Co., one of the largest apple growers in the country, and a former foreman, claiming they were subjected to unwanted sexual advances and to retaliation for rejecting them.
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Federal health officials found the listeria bacteria at a San Antonio food processing plant that Texas authorities have linked to four deaths from contaminated celery, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The federal agency said it found the pathogen in multiple locations in the SanGar Produce & Processing Co.
SAN FRANCISCO (GlobeNewswire)--Diamond Foods, Inc. today announced a $38 million planned expansion of its production facility in Beloit, Wisconsin to meet increased demand for its Kettle Brand potato chips. More than 100 new jobs will be created, and production capacity at the plant will be doubled.
WASHINGTON (USDA)-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection by N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc., a Brooklyn, N.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A plan to build a slaughter house that produces beef jerky could keep Kentucky ranchers from shipping their cattle out of state. Building the 245,000-square foot facility would cost $115 million and create 740 direct jobs, according to Texas consultant Rod Bowling.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, on Wednesday posted a 7.2 percent decline in third quarter net profit as asset sales made last year to pay off debt weakened revenue. The producer of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's said net profit fell to $1.
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. said Tuesday that it has elected J.P. Bilbrey as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Bilbrey, 54, joined Hershey in 2003 and was working most recently as its senior vice president and president of Hershey North America. He will assume his new role immediately.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state voters have rolled back new taxes on candy, gum, pop, bottled water and some processed foods. Initiative 1107 was winning by about 63 percent to 37 percent in unofficial returns. More than half the expected votes had been counted. The taxes were part of a package of hikes the Washington Legislature approved earlier this year to help avoid deeper cuts to state spending.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Costco-backed measure to get Washington state out of the business of selling hard alcohol was trailing Wednesday, after voters overwhelmingly rejected a competing liquor privatization initiative. With more than half of the vote counted Tuesday night, Initiative 1100 was losing by 52 percent, while Initiative 1105 was rejected by 63 percent of voters.
DECATUR, Illinois (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland's first-quarter net income dropped 31 percent, pressured by rising commodity prices and a shifting supply of crops. Profit slid despite very strong volume and revenue and company shares tumbled 7 percent in early trading. The corn and soybean processor, which also makes ethanol, posted net income of $345 million, or 54 cents per share.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.'s net income sagged 49 percent in the third quarter as the prior-year period was helped by a large income tax benefit and banana production costs rose. The seller of prepared and fresh fruits and vegetables reported Tuesday that its earnings fell to $14.
by David Mercer, Associated Press Writer CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (AP) — Ted Higginbottom was happy to see a dish heavy on peanuts this week on the menu at an Asian chain restaurant, but he said the Mandarin Kung Pao didn't land there by chance. The 60-year-old Texas peanut farmer said his industry has pushed hard to get peanuts onto menus at restaurants like Pei Wei — a national, 163-location chain owned by P.
NEW YORK (AP) — Molson Coors Brewing Co., brewer of Blue Moon and Coors Light, reports results for its third fiscal quarter on Wednesday, before the market opens. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Molson Coors is increasingly focusing abroad and in emerging markets such as China to woo new drinkers to its Coors Light brand.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Co.'s third-quarter net income fell 6 percent as cereal sales softened, competition intensified and the effects of a cereal recall lingered. The world's largest cereal maker had warned investors it would be a weak quarter and lowered its guidance twice in the past few months.
by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press TAIJI, Japan (AP) — An unprecedented meeting between conservationists and leaders of the dolphin-hunting village depicted in the Oscar-winning film "The Cove" ended in bitter disagreement Tuesday. The carefully organized meeting in Taiji was jolted beforehand when the film's star, Ric O'Barry, said he would boycott because severe restrictions had been imposed on the media covering the talks.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest quest by 10 Missouri beer consumers who tried to block InBev's $52 billion takeover of U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch fell flat Wednesday when an appeals court refused to resurrect their antitrust lawsuit. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's decision to throw out the lawsuit last year.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The co-owner of a now-closed Vermont slaughterhouse has been fined $2,000 after pleading no contest to an animal cruelty charge. The attorney general's office said 52-year-old Frank Perretta of Grand Isle changed his plea on Wednesday to the misdemeanor charge accusing him of excessively shocking a calf at the Bushway Packing plant in Grand Isle.