Consumer interest in flavored vodka is expanding, evidenced by the 23.3 percent gain that catapulted the segment to account for more than one-quarter of total U.S. vodka volume in 2011. Flavored vodka increased 3.3 million 9-liter cases in 2011 to rank among the fastest-growing segments of the spirits industry, reveals Technomic's Special Trends in Adult Beverage (TAB) Report: Vodka Category Close-up.
An energy drink maker is planning a $25 million expansion that's expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to a northern Indiana city. Living Essentials, the producer of 5-hour ENERGY, announced Wednesday it would build and equip a plant in Wabash with a total of 1 million square feet to be added in phases.
Kellogg Co. reaffirmed its full-year earnings guidance on Wednesday, saying that strong performance from its recently acquired Pringles brand offset costs for the anticipated costs a recent recall of Mini-Wheats cereal. The company, based in Battle Creek, Mich., is one of the nation's largest food makers with products ranging from Corn Flakes cereal to Keebler cookies.
It's the end of an era for Coca-Cola lovers, as the last 6.5-ounce returnable, glass bottle rolls off the production line. A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.
Kellogg has initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.
Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Wednesday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowered his rating on the energy drink maker, citing slowing sales growth and regulatory risks. After years of growth, Monster faces tough year-over comparisons, analyst Mark Astrachan noted.
The small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20-cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.
Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system. State figures released Tuesday show that sales by volume were up 12 percent in August compared to the year earlier. That increase came despite prices being up 10 percent. Tax revenue was also up by about $4 million in the month.
Shares of basmati rice seller Amira are rising in their first day of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange after the company raised $90 million in an initial public stock offering. Amira Nature Foods Ltd., which is based in the United Arab Emirates, sells packaged rice grown in India in more than 40 countries.
Missouri and California ice cream makers are recalling their peanut butter ice cream products because the peanut butter in the products came from Sunland, Inc. Sunland recalled everything produced in its New Mexico plant after a peanut butter sold at Trader Joe's was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
Food safety officials are reviewing a report on a pre-inspection of the Alberta beef plant that is closed over E. coli concerns. Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff went through the XL Foods plant in Brooks on Tuesday to see if the company has fixed problems that led to a massive international recall of beef products.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week against Forever Cheese, Inc., The Aniata Cheese Co., and Cookbook Los Angeles — the cheese importer, distributor and retailer whose Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese was identified as the source of a multi-state listeria outbreak in September.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and has long known to be healthy, but new research released at the USDA shows that tea — black, green and white — can help to promote heart health, bone mass, healthy weight and even brain power.
For the owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, it was a profitable combo — higher demand in the U.S. and a quick turnaround in its fast-growing China division. Yum Brands Inc. said Tuesday the result was a 23 percent increase in its third-quarter net income.
Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza — one large pie a week for 30 years — or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall-style debate next Tuesday.
Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.
Farmers in California's agricultural heartland say record-high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices across the U.S. Keith Nilmeier, a fourth-generation farmer in Fresno County, has cut down on using his farm equipment to compensate for climbing fuel costs.
Three former dairy workers with Idaho's largest dairy operation have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.
Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. Unlike other farmers this year, pumpkin growers have plenty to show, and the reason is pretty simple- pumpkins do well in dry weather.
At PACK EXPO 2012, ORBIS Corporation will host a Global Trends in Reusable Packaging Panel and share the company’s latest innovations in reusable packaging programs and products. Packaging users from any industry are invited to attend this event to hear firsthand how reusable packaging positively impacts the environment and injects sustainability throughout their global supply chain.