SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) — Smithfield Foods Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 8 percent, as the world's biggest hog producer charged higher prices and sold more packaged meats. The Smithfield, Va., company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, also cautioned Thursday that high feed costs will remain a problem but that fiscal 2012 should be "another very good year.
(AP) — This Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 photo shows a basket of apples including a Hudson Golden Gem, top left, a Wickson, bottom left, and a Calville Blanc d'Hiver, bottom right, at Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, N.H. Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion.Apple varieties that were popular decades or even a century or more ago but then disappeared from public sight are making a comeback at orchards across the country.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — With buying from small, local, family-run farms becoming more popular, the results of a new study from Wisconsin could be surprising: It found that milk from big dairies is cleaner than that from small ones. Lead researcher Steve Ingham said he did the study because he wanted to see whether there was a link between milk quality and the size of a dairy farm.
DECATUR, Illinois (AP) — Agriculture conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Tuesday it has acquired two oilseeds processing factories in India, a move that expands its global reach and increases its presence in that market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Decatur, Illinois, company acquired facilities in the cities of Kota and Akola from Geepee Agri Private Ltd.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Packaging-products supplier Silgan Holdings Inc. has closed on its $25 million purchase of Nestle Purina PetCare Co.'s steel can-making assets for its pet food products. "This transaction enhances our market-leading position in food cans, allowing us to further leverage our broad manufacturing platform to continue to provide competitive advantage to customers such as Nestle," Silgan President and CEO Tony Allott said in a statement.
ORLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was killed in an accident at a chicken-processing plant in northeastern Indiana. The Steuben County coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Worrell of Fremont died from head injuries Thursday at Miller Poultry near the town of Orland.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. still expects to split itself into two publicly traded companies before the end of next year, the nation's largest food maker said Wednesday. Kraft announced last month that one of the companies will focus on its international snack brands like Trident gum and Cadbury chocolates and the other one will concentrate on its North American grocery business that includes Maxwell House coffee and Oscar Mayer meats.
(AP) — In this photo taken Sept. 3, 2011, a fisherman take stock of the dead fishes at a fish farm in Shuikou Reservoir in Gutian county in southeast China's Fujian province. Local authorities are investigating the mass killing of millions of fishes at fish farms at the reservoir.
Campbell Soup Co.'s soup revenue cooled in the fourth-quarter, but stronger sales of Goldfish crackers, Milano Melts cookies and other items helped the food maker deliver adjusted results that beat Wall Street expectations. The company, based in Camden, N.J., is trying to regain ground it lost after several years of declining soup sales as shoppers curbed their soup consumption, stopped stocking their pantries or shifted to competitor's brands.
CHICAGO (AP) — Quaker Oats Co. issued a voluntary recall of its Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars, citing an undeclared milk allergen that is not listed on the label. The company, a unit of beverage company PepsiCo Inc., said the recall was initiated after it was discovered that the "may contain milk" disclaimer required for the product was omitted from the package.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the government against a Kansas winery over claims about the medicinal benefits of elderberry juice concentrate. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday signed the consent decree hammered out by the Food and Drug Administration and Wyldewood Cellars of Peck.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uncle Sam wants you to know more about what you're eating. The Food and Drug Administration wants to revise the nutrition facts label — that breakdown of fats, salts, sugars and nutrients on packaging — to give consumers more useful information and help fight the national obesity epidemic.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — With the lockout of about 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers entering its second month and no negotiations in sight, the company is ready to start the harvest season with inexperienced replacement workers. Company officials say it will be business as usual when processing begins this week at plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
(AP) — In this Aug. 10, 2011 photo, designer Renee Walker poses next to her food label samples in San Francisco. Nutrition and design experts want to overhaul the "nutrition facts" panel found on packaged foods to make it easier to understand what a food's value is — and, hopefully, make healthier choices.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — More than 600 companies set up tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress Show, but a list of the companies that didn't get in gives you an idea of the strength of the country's farm economy. "We had calls from companies that sell hot tubs, or companies that sell exotic cars, some lawnmower companies," said Matt Jungmann, the show's national manager.
WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) — A comprehensive investigative review of all scientific studies on bisphenol A (BPA) conducted in Japan characterized possible risks from BPA exposure as "very small." The report was prepared by the Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability (RISS), a division of AIST, a publicly funded research organization that conducts risk and hazard assessments of chemicals.
KAMPERLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Adri Bout trawled Dutch waters for 25 years until he recognized the ocean's limits. Now he raises 100 tons of turbot a year in a unique high-rise tank that has overcome some of farmed fishing's most persistent problems. "I knew 20 years ago there is an end.
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.