PORDENONE, Italy (AP) — Giorgio Fidenato has made a habit of carrying a raw ear of yellow corn and taking a hearty bite whenever a camera is in sight. It's a provocation. The Italian farmer's corn is genetically modified, grown surreptitiously in fields in the northeast not far from the Austrian and Slovene borders.
BOSTON (AP) — The nation's cranberry crop is on track this year to become the second largest on record, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. The USDA's annual cranberry forecast calls for 7.35 million 100-pound barrels, up 6 percent from about 6.9 million barrels a year ago.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo, Inc. and food flavoring company Senomyx Inc. have signed a four-year deal to research and develop sweeteners for its beverages. The agreement announced Tuesday includes a $30 million upfront payment, of which $7.5 million was already paid. Senomyx, which develops flavors, flavor-enhancers and bitter taste blockers, will be entitled to $32 million more over the four years.
HONG KONG (AP) — When Steven Leung and Sylvia Cheung celebrated their nuptials in this southern Chinese financial center recently, they lavished their guests with one sumptuous dish after another — bird nest soup, lobster, abalone. But one traditional dish was missing from the 13-course Cantonese banquet.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fish, shrimp and other catches from the Gulf of Mexico are being ground up to hunt for minute traces of oil in what's considered unprecedented safety testing — sort of a "CSI" for seafood that's far more reassuring than the sniff test that made all the headlines.
PepsiCo Inc. plans to invest $250 million in Vietnam in the next three years in both its food and beverage businesses. Saad Abdul-Latif, CEO of PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa, said Vietnam is one of the company's biggest growth opportunities. The company, based in Purchase, N.
The following statement was released by officials of Wright County Egg regarding the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) on-farm records review and egg testing for Salmonella. Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa is voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella .
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Mike Secondo remembers the days when Plymouth's docks outshone its rock. Tourists swarmed the town pier in the 1970s and '80s, snapping pictures and bantering with commercial fishermen as they unloaded another shimmering haul for Secondo's company, Reliable Fish, to truck to points south.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shrimpers returned to Louisiana waters Monday for the first commercial season since the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, uncertain what crude may still be in the water and what price they'll get for the catch if consumers worry about possible lingering effects from the massive BP spill.
ATLANTA (AP) — A rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies, health officials reported Thursday. Seven cases have been confirmed — three in California and four in Nevada. Two more California cases are being investigated.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — MillerCoors has created a separate, independent company to handle its portfolio of craft beers and imports — two segments growing in the otherwise stagnant beer industry. The joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit and Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Thursday that Tenth and Blake Beer Company has opened for business.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce the largest crops in history, according to a government report released Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast corn production of 13.4 billion bushels in 2010, with soybean production of 3.43 billion bushels.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An environmental group in Maine has released a report it says documents the dangers of the chemical bisphenol A (BIS'-fen-ahl). The Toxics Action Center released the report in Portland on Wednesday, eight days before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection holds a public hearing on a proposed rule calling for a ban on the use of bisphenol A, or BPA, in reusable food and beverage containers.