VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) — Richard and Rob Sands took their father's little wine company on a two-decade buying binge, turning a regional purveyor of low-pedigree plonk into an alcoholic-drinks powerhouse with moderately priced wines, spirits and imported beers like Robert Mondavi, Svedka and Corona Extra.
BEIJING (AP) — Vinegar tainted with antifreeze is suspected of killing 11 people and sickening 120 after a communal Ramadan meal in China's far western region of Xinjiang. Investigators suspect the victims consumed vinegar that was put in two plastic barrels that had previously been used to store toxic antifreeze, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Beloit fire officials say an air compressor exploded at a Hormel Foods Corp. production facility, leading to a fire that caused an estimated $50,000 in damage. No injuries were reported. The fire department says the incident was reported Thursday about 3 p.m. Firefighters arrived to see smoke coming from the rear of the building and the food-processing plant being evacuated.
NEW YORK (AP) — A plan by New York City to combat obesity by restricting the purchase of sugary drinks with foods stamps would be too large and complex, federal officials said Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture rejected a waiver request that would have allowed the city to implement the plan, which would have barred food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy sodas, teas, sports drinks and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
HONOLULU (AP) — Thousands of papaya trees were chopped down on 10 acres of Big Island farmland under the cover of night last month. Hawaii County police said the destruction appeared to be done with a machete, but there are no leads and few clues beyond the tree stumps and all the fruit left to rot.
(AP) — In this May 18, 2006 photo, Burger King CEO John W. Chidsey, background center, watches as"The King" mascot of Burger King Corp., arrives at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Burger King's spooky "The King" mascot is retiring so the struggling burger chain can refocus its marketing to reach new customers.
EDMONTON (Canadian Press) — A University of Alberta scientist has figured out a way to transform cattle parts into plastic to offer a potentially profitable alternative to the disposal of all those bits that the mad cow crisis turned into waste. "We're one of the few projects that was kind of a wild card — go out and see if we could add value," said biochemical engineer David Bressler.
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Bakery company Flowers Foods Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal second-quarter net income fell 17 percent, hurt by increased ingredient and packaging costs. The maker of brands including Nature's Own and Tastykake also lowered its full-year earnings per share outlook.
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Foreign students working at a candy warehouse protested conditions and pay Thursday, chanting on Chocolate Avenue under streetlights shaped like Hershey's Kisses, arguing that they were employed under the guise of a cultural exchange but toil away in what amounts to a sweets sweatshop.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it has suspended butchering of cows at a slaughterhouse in central Mexico after finding many of the cattle there tested positive for clenbuterol. The federal Health Department says 68 percent of the livestock at the slaughterhouse in Cuernavaca had the anabolic agent.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The demand for canola, best known for the cooking oil it produces, continues to rise and the industry is working to grow more of the plant in the U.S. to keep pace with increased sales. Experts said the best hope for meeting demand is to grow a variety of canola that is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring, offering farmers in some regions a chance to make use of their land during a normally dormant period.
WASHINGTON (Mintel)—Most consumers look to avoid total added sugars, not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) specifically, according to a recent study designed and executed by Mintel Research Consultancy. In the study, more than 2,000 consumers were asked a series of questions about their dietary habits.
MARSHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A spokesman for a turkey processing plant in Union County says the company is investigating an ammonia leak that forced the evacuation of more than 100 people in the North Carolina community. Police say ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit early Tuesday at the Pilgrim's Pride plant near Marshville, about 35 miles southeast of Charlotte.
EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) — Oreo is triple-stacking its newest cookie. Kraft Foods Inc. on Wednesday rolled out the "Triple Double Oreo," a conglomeration of three cookie wafers, one white frosting layer, and one chocolate frosting layer. The newest addition to 99-year-old brand joins products including Oreo brownies, Oreos covered in white fudge and Oreo pie crust.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Foster's Group Ltd., Australia's biggest brewer, said Thursday it had again rejected a $10 billion cash takeover offer from London-based rival SABMiller PLC, reiterating that the bid significantly undervalues the company. Foster's board of directors said it intends to unanimously recommend shareholders reject the offer of Australian dollars 4.
BEIJING (AP) — Coca Cola Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $4 billion in China as food brands scramble to expand in its fast-growing consumer market. The investments will take place over three years beginning in 2012 and raise Coca Cola's total investment in China between 2009 and 2014 to $7 billion, the company said.
(AP) — In this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, a jar of Smucker's preserves is displayed in Philadelphia. J.M. Smucker Co. said Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, its second-quarter net income rose 8 percent as it raised prices in most categories to offset higher commodity costs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) 380,000 Pounds Of Canadian Bacon Recalled Military Food Supplier Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Cargill Resumes Turkey Production At Ark.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Canadian company is recalling about 380,000 pounds of Canadian bacon that may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have been reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies listeriosis as a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Kuwaiti military food supplier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of defrauding the U.S. government on a multibillion-dollar contract to feed soldiers in the Middle East after more than a year of legal wrangling over a procedural issue. The Public Warehousing Co.