AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Plex Systems Inc.) — Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online FSMS , the leading enterprise Food Safety Management System (FSMS), announced Thursday a new webinar focused on helping food and beverage processors jump-start their food safety initiatives. Free registration is now available for the “Getting Started With Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)" food webinar on Wednesday, Sept.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia wine sales are at an all-time high. McDonnell said Thursday that 462,112 cases of wine were sold in fiscal 2011. That's up 11.4 percent from the 414,785 cases sold in fiscal 2010. The state collected almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax revenue, up from about $1.
CLAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Cookies convey innocence. You ate them in kindergarten at snack time and, if you behaved yourself, for a treat at home. So it's fitting as serving cookies with milk that the innocent approach of Shirley's Cookie Co. Vice President for Sales Patty Shaw helped connect the company with Walmart, which has given the cookie company nationwide presence for two of its products within the last two years.
ATLANTA (AP) — Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day — and some are downing a lot. One in 20 people drinks the equivalent of more than four cans of soda each day, even though health officials say sweetened beverages should be limited to less than half a can. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday in a report said to be the government's first to offer national statistics for both adults and kids.
WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, "Consumption of Sugar Drinks in the United States, 2005-2008," the American Beverage Association issued the following statement: "Contrary to what may be implied by the introductory statement of this data brief that reaches back 30 years, sugar-sweetened beverages are not driving health issues like obesity and diabetes.
NEWARK, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Nestle Waters North America Inc. is not only the largest bottled water company in the U.S. with 41 percent of the nation's market, the giant corporation is defrauding its customers, according to a class action complaint filed Wednesday by its customers in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major fruit company's lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration could have a chilling effect on regulators' efforts to get tainted food off the market. Florida-based Del Monte Fresh Produce is striking back at the FDA with a lawsuit after the agency halted imports of its Guatemalan cantaloupes, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella.
On the last Friday of each month (or sometimes, two days late...), Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for August: Owners of a Hawaiian vegetable farm went on trial for human trafficking .
(AP) — In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, cows lie dead at a farm in Tomioka town, Fukushima, northeastern Japan. Dead cows rot where they were left to starve in their pens since farmers had to evacuate the town sandwiched between the doomed Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station to the north and another sprawling nuclear plant to the south due to the government order.
(AP) — Jim Andrew holds soybeans on his farm Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, near Jefferson, Iowa. Soybean growers are hoping the government will approve a new genetically modified soybean they say will produce oil that is lower in saturated fat, allowing people to eat healthier, including fried foods they may have given up as they tried to reduce fat in their diet.
BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Spangler Candy Co. is adding jobs and space to produce more candy canes sold under brand names such as Jelly Belly and Cinnabon. The company said in a statement Monday that it will spend $400,000 to upgrade and install two candy cane production lines at its plant in Bryan, the northwest Ohio community where Spangler is based.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean authorities are trying to buy back half a million bottles of contaminated alcohol and end an outbreak of alcohol poisoning that has killed 48 people and sickened hundreds. The country's health minister says the liquor is tainted with methanol, or wood alcohol, which is used for industrial purposes.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Harry & David will emerge from bankruptcy protection in the middle of September, the specialty foods company said Tuesday, after its plan for reorganization was approved in court. The emergence will likely occur on or around Sept. 13, giving the company plenty of time to ramp up for the crucial holiday season.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Flooding across New Jersey could hit hard one of the state's big cash crops: blueberries. But farmers may not know just how bad off the official state fruit will be for some time. As of 2007, New Jersey had more than 9,000 acres dedicated to cultivated blueberries, second only to Michigan.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The soybean industry is seeking government approval of a genetically modified soybean it says will produce oil lower in saturated fat, offer consumers a healthier alternative to foods containing trans fats and increase demand for growers' crops. Demand for soybean oil has dropped sharply since 2005, when the U.
(AP) — An ear of corn hangs on a stalk in Nazareth, Pa., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, in a field damaged when Hurricane Irene blew through the day before. From cotton in North Carolina to corn in Pennsylvania, some farmers are reporting total losses after crops were flattened by wind, submerged under water or scalded by salty spray kicked up by Irene.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is selling its Van Houtte U.S. coffee service business to Aramark Refreshment Services LLC for about $145 million. Green Mountain acquired Van Houtte USA Holdings Inc. through its buyout of LJVH Holdings Inc. in December.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar workers in North Dakota who are locked out in a contract dispute have been declared ineligible for unemployment benefits. The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/pjAsvB) that Darren Brostrom, the state's director of unemployment insurance, says North Dakota state law prohibits unemployment insurance for workers embroiled in labor disputes.
SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday that it will have packages of its Keurig coffee pods available at U.S. grocery stores and specialty retailers beginning in November. Many coffee companies have started to concentrate on the single-serve coffee pods that consumers brew at home because it is a fast growing business.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. has named Michiel Herkemij as CEO of CoffeeCo, the beverage business that will split from the food maker next year. CoffeeCo is the name that is being used for now for Sara Lee's planned spinoff that will house its international bakery and beverage businesses.