MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of American Crystal Sugar workers and others showed up in Moorhead, Minn. with signs, banners and even guitars Thursday in a rally for employees who have been locked out for 11 days. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investment firm OpenGate Capital said Monday that it plans to buy a Wisconsin dairy processing plant from Dean Foods Co. OpenGate said it has signed an agreement to buy the dairy processing plant in Waukesha, Wis., which sells dairy products in grocery stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A New York organic foods company plans to open a new facility in the Hudson Valley and create 120 jobs, half of them to be filled by veterans. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says Continental Organics will open a farm in the Orange County town of New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — An oyster farm that's been caught in a longtime dispute with the National Park Service over its expiring lease has gotten a boost from three former California lawmakers who were instrumental in establishing the national park decades ago. The Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Goodall's nonprofit organization is suing an organic baby food company, claiming it failed to pay up after the primate expert agreed to market a vegetarian product called Janey Baby. The New York Post (http://nyp.st/q9FGi9) reports that the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Sprout Foods, which was co-founded by chef Tyler Florence of the Food Network.
(AP) — Darren Stallwitz, owner of Stallwitz Farms, shows a corn that's not fully pollinated at his farm in Dumas, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. With less than five inches of rain since last September, Stallwitz has abandoned 16 percent of his corn. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Sara Lee, Kraft Head To Court Over Hot Dogs Ralcorp Rejects ConAgra's $5.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials think they'll be able to prove deer droppings in a strawberry field caused an E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened 14 others. Ten percent of the samples taken from the Jaquith Strawberry Farm tested positive for the bacteria, epidemiologist William Keene said Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS (PRNewswire) — Food recalls in the United States increased during the second quarter of the year, while consumer-product recalls were down during the same period, according to the quarterly ExpertRECALL™ Index released today. Undeclared allergens were the most common cause of food recalls during the quarter, accounting for more than 45 percent of all food recalls.
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's two largest hot dog makers are taking their legal beefs Monday to federal court in Chicago, where a judge will determine whether Oscar Mayer or Ball Park franks broke false-advertising laws in their efforts to become top dog. Legal arguments in the long-ranging wiener war between Chicago companies pit Sara Lee Corp, which makes Ball Park franks, against Kraft Foods Inc.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. said Sunday it is disappointed that the board of Ralcorp Holdings Inc. rejected its latest proposal of $5.17 billion to acquire the company. ConAgra said Ralcorp's board acted against the shareholders' best interests in turning down the bid of $94 per share in cash without discussing it with ConAgra.
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced the recalls mainly in the southeastern U.
(AP) — In this May 22, 2009 file photo, a store employee holds packages Oscar Meyer wieners, a Kraft product, left, and Ball Park franks, a Sara Lee Corp. product, at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. The nation’s two largest hot dog makers are taking their legal beefs to federal court in Chicago, where a judge will determine whether either broke false-advertising laws when boasting about their top-dog status.
VANCOUVER — Ottawa's decision to toss out federal meat inspectors from plants in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba could put consumers at risk as the provinces are pushed to rapidly cook up substitute systems, warns the workers' union. Dozens of Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff will be pulled from their duties by January 2014 after the federal government moved to end contracting out their services as a cost-saving measure.
GABRIELE STEINHAUSER AP Business Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Thursday that second-quarter profits rose by more than a quarter as higher sales in China made up for declining demand in the U.S. and Brazil. The Asian-Pacific region, led my China, is now AB InBev's third biggest market, cushioning the brewer from difficult economic conditions in its traditional sales bases.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A Heineken official says the Netherlands-based company has signed a deal to buy two state-owned Ethiopian breweries. Tom de Man, Heineken president for Africa and the Middle East, said Thursday it had signed a $163 million deal for the purchase of Harar Brewery S.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. is closing its microwave popcorn plant in Hamburg, Iowa and cutting 95 jobs, a move the company says is needed to improve efficiency. The company, based in Omaha, Neb., says it will close the plant in October and move the operations to its other popcorn facilities.
WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia company is recalling a cheddar cheese spread because of fears it's contaminated with salmonella. Miss Bonnie's Gourmet of Winchester is recalling its Gourmet Classic Cheddar Cheese Spread distributed between Aug. 1 and Aug. 10, with a "best-by" date of Dec.
(AP) — In this photo taken by AP Images for CASCAL, Andrew Zimmern and CASCAL team up to demonstrate interesting food pairings with new CASCAL fermented soda flavors, now offered in a can, at CUT in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (Eric Reed/AP Images for CASCAL) China Jails 7 More In Tainted Pork Scandal Ground Beef Recalled After E.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Agribusiness conglomerate Cargill Inc. said its net income fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter during a period of volatile crop prices, but earnings for the full-year were up 35 percent Cargill is privately held and doesn't provide the same detailed financial figures that publicly traded companies do.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of New England's last open-access commercial fisheries could be closed to new participants as regulators look at new ways to manage the region's shrimp fishery, a restriction that some fishermen fear will harm their ability to make ends meet in the winter.