CHICAGO (AP) — First came fancy Frappuccinos. Up next from the Starbucks: A basic cup of vanilla-flavored Joe brewed in your own kitchen. Starbucks Corp. plans to roll out three types of ground flavored coffee at hundreds of thousands of grocery stores — its first foray into the $265 million premium flavored coffee market where staid brands such as Folgers and Maxwell House dominate.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Farm income should improve in some Midwest and Western states during the second quarter because livestock businesses will benefit from lower feed costs, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said Friday. The Fed's survey of banks in the 10th District says total farm income fell slightly in the first quarter as crop prices declined, so that is expected to reduce farmers' income this year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Cheesemakers, doctors, veterinarians and other opponents of legalizing raw milk sales in Wisconsin urged Gov. Jim Doyle on Friday to veto the bill, citing safety risks. Doyle last month indicated he was likely to sign it into law, but this week began to back off those statements after being barraged with opposition to the plan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Students will be eating safer beef in school cafeterias when they return to school in the fall. The Agriculture Department announced Friday that the government will require higher standards for ground beef purchased for schools starting in July. The standards will force producers to test the beef for contamination more often and will prohibit certain trimmings from being used.
COPENHAGEN (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg says a total of 1,100 employees have walked off their jobs to protest its decision not to increase salaries. Carlsberg spokesman Jens Bekke says the drivers walked off Friday after management had asked non-striking staff to load beer crates onto trucks.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman who became severely ill with an E. coli infection from a tainted hamburger has reached a settlement with the meatpacking arm of agribusiness giant Cargill Inc., both sides announced Wednesday. Stephanie Smith, 23, of Cold Spring, and Cargill said the terms of the settlement were confidential, but that it will provide for Smith's care throughout her life.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. will sell its majority stake in a joint venture in India that makes insecticides as it continues to sell off the part of its portfolio that sells household and body care products overseas. The company said it will sell its 51 percent stake in Godrej Sara Lee Ltd.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, leaders of the state's seafood industry met Thursday to discuss ways to get out the message that Louisiana seafood is safe to eat and available, if not as abundant as before an April 20 offshore rig explosion. The Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board adopted a draft budget for the use of $2 million granted to the agency by BP PLC, which operated the rig owned by Transocean Ltd.
TORONTO (CP) — The head of food conglomerate George Weston Ltd. tried to reassure investors Thursday that the Canadian bakery and grocery giant is combing the investment landscape for ways to spend the billions of dollars of cash on its balance sheet. At the company's annual meeting, president and chairman Galen Weston Sr.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez's government ordered the expropriation Thursday of a Mexican-owned food company that is one of the largest operating in Venezuela. A notice in the Official Gazette announced the "forced acquisition" of the property and assets of Molinos Nacionales CA, or Monaca.
LOWDEN, Wash. (AP) — Try to be a wine connoisseur in Dickinson, N.D. Gordon and Sandee Schnell had a hard time until the state changed its rules in 2001 and allowed wineries to buy permits to ship directly to residents — one case of wine per person, per month. But now Congress is considering legislation that could limit wineries' ability to sell and ship directly to consumers.
DENVER (AP) — Greeley city officials say Leprino Foods has submitted plans to begin building a new cheese factory. Greeley Community Development Director Becky Safarik says Leprino submitted its construction plans this week. Denver-based Leprino said in 2008 that it would build a cheese plant in Greeley on the site of the former Western Sugar processing plant.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — When it comes to candy, Washington will soon be a state of the taxed and taxed-nots. Come June 1, the state will begin adding sales tax onto the price of gum and most but not all candy products. If you've got a sweet tooth, you need a spreadsheet to figure out whether your favorite goodie is about to get more expensive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas lawyer testifying against Dole Foods denied Tuesday that he was one of a group that allegedly conspired with a Nicaraguan judge to commit a massive fraud against the firm. Charles Benton Musslewhite denounced the claims of a conspiracy with the judge to fix sperm tests for men claiming to have been sterilized by exposure to pesticides on Dole banana plantations.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — After years of overseeing the company that gave the world "Resident Evil," ''Street Fighter" and other gore-fest games, Kenzo Tsujimoto is trying his hand in the equally competitive — if less bloody — world of Napa winemaking. But if you are hoping to see some "Street Fighter" sauvignon blanc, prepare to be disappointed.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has completed its $300 million acquisition of Diedrich Coffee Inc., one of four roasters licensed to produce K-Cups for the top-selling single-serve Keurig brewing system. The K-Cup brand is owned by Green Mountain, which is based in Waterbury.
KNOX, Ind. (AP) — An owner of a northern Indiana hog farm says about 1,500 pigs died of apparent suffocation after a power outage caused a loss of ventilation. N&L Pork Inc. co-owner Brad Lawrence says electricity went out over the weekend to the farm near the Starke County community of Knox.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge has rejected a motion for a mistrial after an Agriprocessors Inc. supervisor testified he received death threats at work. Defense attorneys asked for the mistrial Tuesday on the second day of the child labor violation trial of the former plant manager Sholom Rubashkin in Black Hawk County.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six Nicaraguan banana workers who Dole Food Co. attorneys have accused of fraud will get a chance to explain their position on Tuesday when their attorneys speak before a California judge at a hearing. The men, who claimed in the lawsuit that exposure to pesticides made them sterile, received $2.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A recall of romaine lettuce that has sickened students with E. coli poisoning is expanding as the government tries to find out where the contamination occurred. The Food and Drug Administration said late Monday that a food distributor in Moore, Okla., is recalling romaine lettuce that came from the same farm in Yuma, Ariz.