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.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge in Birmingham is poised to hear arguments from the Obama administration and others Wednesday over whether a new Alabama immigration law constitutes an unfair assault on civil liberties or is a long-overdue effort to protect American jobs and borders.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — The Fukushima prefectural government on Thursday asked the central government to buy all remaining beef in the market shipped from the prefecture before a shipment ban was imposed due to the discovery of cattle contaminated with radioactive cesium in excess of the government-set limit at a farm in the prefectural town of Namie, Fukushima officials said.
FPSA members are organized in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the Bakery , Beverage , Dairy , Prepared Foods and Meat sectors. Mars Chocolate Breaks Ground On Topeka Plant Guinness Debuts New Lager Kraft Cutting U.
(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, a man looks at a motorcycle figure made of lobsters' shells created by Taiwanese food carving artist Huang Mingbo during his lecture in Fuzhou in southeast China's Fujian province. (AP Photo) Mars Chocolate Breaks Ground On Topeka Plant Guinness Debuts New Lager Kraft Cutting U.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. is lowering coffee prices in the U.S. by about 6 percent, one week after J.M. Smucker Co. announced a similar reduction. Kraft said Tuesday that the price reduction covers its Maxwell House and Yuban brands and excludes Gevalia, Tassimo and the Maxwell House International line of specialty soluble beverages.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Guinness is about to dip its dark hued brew into the cold end of the booze pool. In fact, listening to the brew master for Dublin's most famous export (sorry, Bono) describe how to best taste the company's latest line goes down as smooth as shooting a pint of whiskey.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mars Chocolate North America formally broke ground Tuesday on a new candy factory south of Topeka, the first phase of a $250 million project expected to create about 200 permanent full-time jobs in northeast Kansas. The plant, which will produce M&Ms and Snickers candies, is the first new chocolate factory Mars has built in 35 years.
H.J. Heinz Co.'s profit for the fiscal first quarter fell 6 percent as the world's largest ketchup maker shuttered plants and slashed jobs. But, excluding these cost-cutting measures, results beat Wall Street estimates because of sales growth in emerging markets. Officials said the company's performance exceeded their expectations despite the fact that it faced tough economies in developed markets like the U.