MOLINA, Chile (Canadian Press) — When Chile's worst earthquake in 50 years hit, Alvaro Galan bolted out of bed and ran, still in pyjamas, to his winery next door. In the 4 a.m. darkness of the echoing warehouse, rocking and groaning from aftershocks, he waded through a scene from a sinking submarine: Streams of liquid sprayed from cracked tanks that teetered and slammed against each other, and the cement floor ran red with cabernet.
CANADA (AP) — The Government of Canada is investing in research and innovation that will help beef producers remain on the cutting edge. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) will receive more than $6 million to lead a research cluster of industry experts, scientists and universities.
PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. (Canadian Press) — Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea went to Boston to extol the virtues of Canadian seafood, but critics of salmon farms say they don't know how she could call the practice safe. A news release issued by the Fisheries Department before Shea's trip to the annual International Boston Seafood Show said would promote Canada as "a leader in the production of high-quality, safe and nutritious fish and seafood.
Has even the Last Supper been supersized? The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers report in a medical journal Tuesday. Using a computer, they compared the size of the food to the size of the heads in 52 paintings of Jesus Christ and his disciples at their final meal before his death.
ATLANTA (U.S. Poultry & Egg Association) — The 2010 Feed Mill Management Seminar, sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association's Poultry & Egg Institute, focused on the management, maintenance, and monitoring of equipment throughout the feed mill to achieve optimum efficiency.
WASHINGTON (NCBA) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has submitted comments in support of a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to require nutrition labeling of meat products. “As an industry, it’s our responsibility to provide accurate information about the nutritional value of our products—because consumers have a right to make educated decisions about the food they purchase for their families,” said Steve Foglesong, NCBA president.
DALLAS (PRNewswire) — People apparently can't be pulled away from their beloved pizza, tacos and mac n' cheese, according to a new survey released by the American Heart Association. The survey found that 40 percent of American adults would not accept payment to forgo their favorite foods—with another half of respondents taking no less than $100,000.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Here's something that could make Gilligan and the Skipper smile. Coconut water is making a splash in the beverage market, touted by manufacturers and fans as the healthy way to hydrate. "It's an exciting category right now," says Arthur Gallego, spokesman for Vita Coco, which recently got an endorsement from none other than Madonna.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Coca-Cola and the U.S. Agency for International Development will invest $12.7 million to provide clean water in sub-Saharan Africa, the duo said Monday, nearly doubling previously announced investments in water supply. Coca-Cola has been very public about its efforts to cut water usage and also its campaign to ensure adequate water supply in places where it is scarce.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Eleven plaintiffs remain in a round of lawsuits against a microwave popcorn packaging plant in Jasper. Originally, 44 plaintiffs were part of lawsuits filed in 2006 against the makers of butter flavorings used at the Jasper Popcorn Co. plant, which has operated as Gilster Mary Lee Corp.
LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) — Cash-strapped farmers in California's agricultural heartland and environmentalists at odds over water rights and wildlife protections finally agree on something: that thousands of acres of cracked, salty farmland is the perfect site for a sprawling utility-scale solar farm.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods expects its buyout of the maker of Kettle potato chips to close by the end of the month and boosted its guidance for the second half of the year. Previously the deal was expected to close by the end of Diamond's fiscal year. But the company received notice of early termination of the antitrust waiting period for the acquisition, it said in a news release Friday.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is leading a 16-state effort to save small farmers and ranchers by urging the federal government to use antitrust weapons and enlist the states' help to fight increasing consolidation in agriculture. The feds are listening. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack say a series of workshops on competition in the industry is an unprecedented act of cooperation between their agencies.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday hit back at a group of 30 U.S. senators who accused the country's dairy industry of anticompetitive practices, as a first round of talks ended for a free trade agreement. The talks are for a deal to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement between New Zealand, Brunei, Chile and Singapore to include the U.
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. plans to cut the sodium found in each serving of its key brands by one-fourth in five years, the company announced Monday, as the industry deals with pressure from the government and health-conscious shoppers who want more options. The maker of Frito-Lay chips and Pepsi drinks announced several nutrition goals Monday at the start of a two-day investor conference.
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss food and beverage company Nestle SA says it dropped an Indonesian palm oil supplier over concerns about the company's environmental record. Nestle says it stopped buying directly from Sinar Mas Group "recently" following its own investigation into damage caused to rain forests and peat fields in Southeast Asia by palm oil plantations.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. said Wednesday that it will cut the salt in its products that are sold in North America by an average of 10 percent over the next two years to appeal to health-conscious consumers. The changes at Kraft, the largest U.S. food maker, will affect more than 1,000 products and eliminate more than 10 million pounds of salt over the two-year period, the company said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An angry letter and a bag of Golden Flake chips were taped inside Major Bashinsky's abandoned car when it was found near downtown Birmingham. Days later the snack food heir's body was fished out of a public golf course pond a few miles away, and now police are trying to find out if the chips that made his family wealthy had anything to do with his death.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Construction is getting under way on a new 39,000-square-foot Vermont yogurt plant that is expected to employ 50 people within five years. Gov. Jim Douglas and other state officials attended the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday in Brattleboro for the $32 million Commonwealth Dairy plant, which is owned by German yogurt maker Ehrmann AG.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lori McHughes calls energy drinks, those jolts of caffeine popular with teenagers and college students, "speed in a can." And she wants restrictions on who can buy them in Louisiana. Lawmakers will consider the idea of a ban on the sale of the drinks to anyone under the age of 16, after McHughes' health concerns about the beverages persuaded state Sen.