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.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man's leg was crushed in a machine at a Pepsi-Cola plant in Tampa. Employees called 911 about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, saying a man was trapped in a conveyor rail system at the plant near the University of South Florida. The St. Petersburg Times (http://bit.
(AP) — In this Dec. 20, 2010 photo, a sign in a Starbucks is displayed in New York's Times Square. Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, that it will have packages of its Keurig coffee pods available at U.S. grocery stores and specialty retailers beginning in November. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Calif.
NEW YORK (AP) — Beverage company Jones Soda Co. said Monday that Chief Financial Officer Michael O'Brien has resigned in order to work for a privately held coffee company. Jones Soda said it is currently searching for a replacement to fill the CFO role. O'Brien will help with the transition period for two weeks.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination or other filth held at the Durham, North Carolina, warehouse of CFSD, Inc., which does business as Chan’s Food Service.
PLZEN, Czech Republic (AP) — With beer prices roughly the same as water, Czechs are the undisputed world leaders in beer drinking. So, it has been a hit to national pride that their phenomenal thirst has lessened over the last five years. But, brewers insist things may be looking up in a country where packed bars and beer gardens â€” and loud foreigners getting their fill of the national drink â€” are as much a part of the Prague experience as the architecture and meandering Vltava River.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Restaurant owner Gary Honeycutt says a push in California's state Legislature to ban the plastic foam containers he uses to serve up takeout meals could cost him thousands of dollars in an industry where profit margins already are razor thin. BJ's Kountry Kitchen, in the heart of California's farm country, uses about 26,000 of the 9-inch foam clamshells a year, mostly for takeout by the customers who come in for the restaurant's popular breakfast omelets.
(USDA) — Silva Sausage Co., a Gilroy, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 28,782 pounds of chicken sausage products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain the undeclared allergen, cultured whey, an ingredient in the spice blend, which is not noted on the label.
(AP) — In this July 28, 2011 photo, Styrofoam is dumped in a recycling machine at the DART Container Corp., plant in Lodi, Calif. A measure by state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, if approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would prohibit restaurants, grocery stores and other venders from dispensing food in expanded polystyrene containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, beginning in 2016.
NEW YORK (AP) — There are some things you pay for no matter the weak economy -- or maybe because of the weak economy. Energy drinks are one. Sales of Monster Energy drinks, the high-caffeinated elixir with the neon "M'' logo, are growing fast, propelling the earnings of owner Hansen Natural Corp.
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Chicken producer Sanderson Farms Inc. on Thursday reported its third straight quarterly loss, saying it was squeezed by lower demand from restaurants and higher prices for feed. The Mississippi company lost $56 million, or $2.51 per share, for the May to July period, after making a profit of $36 million in the same period a year ago.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When a friend gave Joey Redner a taste of a beer that had been aged with Spanish cedar â€” the wood used to wrap and box cigars â€” he knew it was an idea worth stealing. The aroma and flavor instantly reminded the then avid home brewer of his hometown's historic Ybor City and the hand-rolled cigars Tampa is famous for.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) —At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals, yesterday, seized seafood products manufactured by the Meiko Food Co., South El Monte, Calif., because the products are adulterated. A complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that Meiko Foods manufactures and packages ready-to-eat seafood, including cooked seafood balls and fried fish cakes, without having a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan in place, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
(FDA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its counterpart agencies in the Mexican government, the National Service for Agroalimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), are expanding their collaboration to reduce the risk of contamination of food that moves across the U.
(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, Christian Holdimann inspects a wheel of Emmental cheese in Affoltern im Emmental, Switzerland. The Emmental Show Dairy cranked out 1.2 million pounds (550 metric tons) of cheese three years ago, but now makes a third less and might be forced to cut back to a few wheels a day _ just to show tourists.
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp.'s fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 15 percent on solid sales of its grocery items and Jennie-O turkey products as well as strength abroad. The maker of Dinty Moore stew and its namesake meats also lifted its full-year earnings outlook on Thursday due to its quarterly performance.
TOKYO, Japan (Kyodo) — No radioactive substances were found in rice just harvested in nuclear crisis-hit Fukushima Prefecture, prefectural government officials said Thursday. Rice growers in the prefecture, which hosts the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and elsewhere have been concerned about possible contamination as newly harvested rice is set to hit the market in the coming months amid public concern about food safety.