NEW YORK (AP) — Brewer SABMiller PLC has won nearly $1 million to develop a beer brewed with cassava and to source the root plant locally to help small-scale farmers in Sudan. The brewer, known for brands such as Miller Lite and Grolsch, said in a news release Friday the money comes from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.
NEW YORK (AP) — Russia's decision to lift its ban on U.S. chicken imports will help the U.S. industry and could bolster prices and profit margins, analysts say. THE OPINION: Russia was the second largest importer of U.S. chicken in 2009 — just behind China at $752.5 million in imports but that tumbled sharply after the ban was enacted last winter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill has hammered the fishing and tourism industries along the Gulf of Mexico. But it appears the economic damage to the rest of the United States will be limited. Analysts say the spill will reduce economic growth by only about one-half of 1 percentage point this quarter, and even less during the second half of the year.
SOUTH GATE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California meat distributor has recalled some 35,000 pounds of ground-beef that might be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said late Tuesday that no illnesses have been reported from the bulk ground beef and ground beef patties sold by South Gate Meat Co.
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent and Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson have been named as co-chairmen of The Consumer Goods Forum, a consumer goods network for manufacturers and retailers. Atlanta's Coca-Cola is the world's biggest soft drink maker while France's Carrefour is the second-largest retailer after Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers frustrated with ever-eroding profit margins and possible antitrust violations in the industry will get a chance Friday to voice their concerns to federal regulators in "America's Dairyland." U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney, the department's chief antitrust investigator, were scheduled to host the roundtable discussion in Madison, Wis.
ATLANTA (AP) — Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal. "This is not good news," said Janelle Peralez Gunn of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead author of a new study released Thursday.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. said Thursday it will sell its German Village Products pasta plant in northwest Ohio to Philadelphia Macaroni Co. and have that company supply more of its pasta. Terms of the deal for the plant in Wausen, Ohio, which employs 30 people, were not disclosed.
SEATTLE (AP) — Changes coming soon at a Starbucks cafe on the edge of a trendy Seattle neighborhood eventually could ripple through the nation's coffee house industry. That's because where Starbucks goes, others follow. Dubbed "Olive Way," the store is the biggest percolator yet for the world's largest coffee company's ideas.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's last cheese plant is closing. Owner and manager Virgil Johnson says dwindling supplies of milk have made it difficult for Dakota Country Cheese in Mandan to operate. He says the cheese market also has gone in the tank. Johnson says Saturday will be the last day the plant will be picking up milk, and the last cheese will be made Monday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota organic beef company has sued its former chief executive, accusing him of profiting from side ventures, running up more than $67,000 in personal charges on a company credit card and forming a competing company. Howard Venture LLC, doing business as Dakota Beef, filed the lawsuit in U.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Are the toys in your child's Happy Meal making him fat? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says they are. The Washington-based consumer advocacy group threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald's Tuesday, charging that the fast food chain "unfairly and deceptively" markets the toys to children.
Whether they're deep-fried, baked or served on the half-shell, most of the oysters eaten by Americans start their journey to the gullet in the Gulf of Mexico. But with the Gulf now awash in oil, the supply is down, prices are up, restaurants are going oyster-less, and there appears to be no quick fix to the crisis.
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman who claims she went to the emergency room after eating a Subway sandwich is suing the restaurant chain following a salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 100 of its customers across Illinois. The lawsuit filed by Alicea Bush-Bailey, 46, of Bolingbrook, accuses Subway of failing to prevent the outbreak.
PALMER, Alaska (AP) — When Mike Henry began raising goats on his 5-acre (2-hectare) farm north of Anchorage, he found the milking tough going. His hands ached, and the milk wouldn't flow. He tied a piece of leather loosely around his doe's back legs to keep her from kicking, but she didn't like that at all.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a federal judge went too far when he banned the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa seeds after claims that the plants might harm the environment. In a 7-1 vote Monday, the court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that had prohibited Monsanto Co.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former vice president of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse will be sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $31 million restitution for his conviction on financial fraud charges, a federal judge said Monday. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade released the memorandum outlining the sentence she will hand down for Sholom Rubashkin during the former Agriprocessor's Inc.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators say they need more time to investigate Swiss biotechnology company Syngenta's $160 million (€129 million) bid for Monsanto's sunflower seed business, delaying its approval deadline until Oct. 26 The European Commission says the deal could cause antitrust concerns for sunflower seeds by knocking out one major market player.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Charges were dropped Tuesday against two Dutch women who had faced prosecution for allegedly taking part in an ambush marketing campaign at a World Cup match. They were among a group of more than 30 Dutch women who attended last week's Netherlands-Denmark game at Soccer City wearing orange minidresses paid for by brewing company Bavaria.
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Children's formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Monday it extended an agreement with Martek Biosciences to be a global supplier of ingredients in its children's formula. Martek Biosciences will continue to supply ingredients to Mead Johnson through 2015, a four-year extension to the earliest date the contract could have ended.