The United Nations cultural organization has added traditional Japanese food to its cultural heritage list, making it only the second national cuisine to receive the prized designation. A UNESCO committee announced the decision Wednesday at a meeting in Azerbaijan.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has reached a settlement with Abbott Laboratories over advertising for its Pediasure SideKicks beverages. Abbott has agreed to cease ads with unsubstantiated claims that the sugary drinks with added vitamins and minerals "targeted nutrition" for children's "unique needs."
Missouri agriculture officials say about 1,450 pounds of possibly contaminated beef and pork products have been returned to a southwest Missouri processor. Cloud's Meats Inc. of Carthage voluntarily recalled the meat after routine testing detected E. coli in samples last month.
Fast-food workers are set to turn out in support of higher wages in cities across the country Thursday. Organizers say walkouts are planned in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it's not clear how many of the participants are workers and what impact they'll have on restaurant operations.
There has been a boom in bourbon brands, as well as a wealth of new styles being produced. Unique bourbons are becoming available, including barrel-aged and sea-aged varieties. Andrew Abrahamson, general manager of the Seven Grand Downtown LA whiskey bar, says bourbon is becoming "really cutting edge."
A Green Bay, Wis.-based beef processing company has submitted the minimum $12.75 million bid for an idled South Dakota plant. American Foods Group's bid for Northern Beef Packers allows it to become a qualified bidder in an auction scheduled for Thursday.
A discrimination complaint over a Colorado bakery's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is being heard in a Denver court. At issue in the complaint from David Mullins and Charlie Craig against Masterpiece Cakeshop is whether religious freedom can protect a business from discrimination allegations from gay couples.
MFA Oil Co. plans to buy the 33-acre site in Moberly where Mamtek U.S. had planned to build an artificial sweetener plant before that company collapsed, MFA officials said. MFA said Tuesday it had no specific plans for the land and the half-constructed buildings.
Strong demand for its Jack Daniel's brand and other premium whiskeys helped liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp's net income rise 19 percent. The strength in whiskey more than offset a shakier performance by some of the company's other spirits.
New owners are opening a new slaughterhouse operation inside a former kosher beef slaughterhouse in northwest Nebraska. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald says Open Range Beef is launching its operation at the former Local Pride plant in Gordon.
It's no surprise that most Canadian consumers prefer typical, classic dessert offerings like cake and cookies, but they're also considering an array of nontraditional items — such as coffee, adult beverages and even breakfast items — as appealing dessert options.
United Natural Foods said Tuesday its net income rose 29 percent in the fiscal first quarter as sales improved and it was free of a one-time charge that weighed its year-ago results. The Providence, R.I., company distributes natural and organic and specialty foods.
Chick-fil-A is removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings. The chain says the reformulated buns are being tested in about 200 Georgia locations, while the sauces and dressings will be tested starting early next year.
After years in which the ease of instant communication via e-mail and smartphones allowed bosses to place greater and greater demands on white-collar workers, some companies are beginning to set limits, recognizing that successful employees must be able to escape from work.
Mondelez International announced plans to invest $190 million in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to establish the company's largest manufacturing plant in Asia Pacific. The 134-acre multicategory food campus in Sri City will be the largest chocolate manufacturing plant in India.
Picking a bourbon isn't the one-two-three choice it used to be. There's been a boom in brands, especially from small, premium producers, not to mention a flood of new styles. Will you go for a barrel-aged version? Honey flavored? How about a bourbon that's been aged at sea?
A lawsuit is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and employees accused of committing fraud in a failed sweetener factory project in central Missouri. Steve Hollister, senior manager of public communications for Raymond James Financial Inc., said the company denied wrongdoing.
Mondelez is increasing its stock repurchase program by $1.7 billion. The maker of Oreo cookies can now buy back up to $7.7 billion shares of its common stock through 2016. The company also entered an accelerated share repurchase agreement to buy $1.7 billion of its common stock.
A new $75 million turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana is set to start operations next week. State and local officials joined Farbest Foods president Ted Seger for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tours Monday of the new factory.
Even as sushi and sake sales boom worldwide, purists say that its finer points are candidates for the endangered list at home. The younger generation is increasingly eating fast food such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts and McDonald's, not rice.