STOCKERAU, Austria (AP) — Austrian police say thieves have made off with an unusual heist — 21 tons of mustard and ketchup. The loot was in a semitrailer parked in a lot over the weekend northwest of Vienna. Police say the truck driver showed up Monday to deliver his cargo only to see the trailer missing.
MEXICO CITY and PURCHASE, N.Y. (PRNewswire) — Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, S.A.B. de C.V. (GEUPEC), Empresas Polar and PepsiCo today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which they will form a new joint venture, creating a nationwide beverage company in Mexico. The joint venture will combine PepsiCo-owned beverage manufacturing and distribution operations in Mexico with those of GEUSA, the other Pepsi bottler in Mexico and a subsidiary of GEUPEC.
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is selling off part of its original chocolate plant at the sweet price of nearly $58 million. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Monday that the company wants to sell a part of the century-old building that's being used for office space. Hershey's goal is to lease it back as its corporate headquarters.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Kuwaiti military food supplier accused of defrauding the government of at least $68 million says it's working to resolve the dispute. The statement from Public Warehousing Co. came a week after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta declined Agility's request to review a ruling that allowed the charges to go forward.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company accused of exploiting mentally disabled men who worked at a turkey plant in Iowa has agreed to follow minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws in the future under a settlement with labor regulators. Hill Country Farms of Goldthwaite, Texas agreed to those steps Monday in an injunction approved by a federal judge that settles a complaint brought by the U.
(ZESPRI) — ZESPRI Kiwifruit has an ongoing commitment to understanding and minimizing its impact on the global community. ZESPRI Kiwifruit trains its local growers to use thorough, environmentally savvy practices from the orchard to the supermarkets around the world. The kiwifruit growers’ commitment to helping the environment and growing the sweet and succulent fruit is embedded in Zespri’s strong heritage.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge in Vermont is considering whether to approve a settlement that would require dairy processor Dean Foods Co. to pay Northeast farmers and their attorneys $30 million to settle antitrust allegations in a class-action lawsuit. A hearing was held on Monday to determine whether the settlement is "fair, reasonable and adequate.
DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — The Tyson Foods processing plant in Dakota City is operating normally after firefighters checked out a smoking tank of beef fat. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson (MYE'-kuhl-suhn) said Monday that the incident Sunday night involved an overheated tank of beef fat in the by-product rendering area.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Candace Nelson plays a judge on the Food Network's reality television show "Cupcake Wars." But now her cupcake company has taken up a legal fight of its own against an upstart business. Nelson's company, Sprinkles Cupcakes, is so frosted that it filed a federal trademark-infringement lawsuit Friday in Connecticut against a store named Pink Sprinkles.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Baton Rouge, La.-based Kleinpeter Farms Dairy is packaging and distributing the milk of a one-time competitor whose dairy plant was destroyed by an explosion, with the first products from Smith Creamery set to hit supermarket shelves Tuesday. Under the arrangement, Smith Creamery's milk, half and half, and heavy cream products will be sold at the 50 stores across southeastern Louisiana where they were stocked before the June explosion shuttered the facility.
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co.'s second-quarter net income rose 18 percent as it sold more drinks around the world and offset higher ingredient costs by raising some prices. The world's largest beverage maker has seen consistent growth for years because of steady sales in established markets and faster increases in emerging markets.
(AP) — In this photo taken Thurday July 14, 2011, the new Sevilla soccer shirt is seen with a small badge on the sleeve reading "I (love) cucumbers" in Seville, Spain. Sevilla is lending support to the farmers of Spanish cucumbers which were initially blamed for a deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — In a state known for its love of beer and strong brewing heritage, guys like Harald Tomesch and Allan Haas might be swimming against the tide. But their new winery and vineyard, located near Grafton, is among the latest signs of the growing strength of Wisconsin's wine industry.
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi oystermen can't seem to catch a break. Over the years, the industry has been damaged by Hurricane Katrina, cheap imports, high gas prices and the perception Gulf oysters weren't safe to eat because of the BP oil spill. Now, the upcoming harvest season may be lost.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A fish farm facility in south-central Idaho will be converted into an egg production facility, the new owner says. Officials with Troutlodge Inc. said work will start next week on converting the former Canyon Trout Farm west of Twin Falls into producing eggs. The Idaho Business Review reports that the Sumner, Wash.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Starbucks has sued a South Dakota information technology company over a dispute concerning both companies' use of the initials "SDN." Starbucks recently filed the lawsuit against South Dakota Network LLC in federal court in Omaha, noting that the South Dakota company has an office in Omaha.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — Seven more farms in Fukushima Prefecture fed their beef cattle rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium, bringing a total of about 411 more cows suspected of having been exposed to the isotope into the nation's beef distribution chain, the Fukushima prefectural government said Monday.
(AP) — Erik Andrus is followed by ducklings at his rice paddy on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Ferrisburgh, Vt. Several New England farms are experimenting with growing rice, after a Vermont couple was awarded a grant to determine if rice production in the Northeast is possible and to create seeds for interested farmers.
NORTHFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. said Wednesday that its Europe president, Michael Clarke, will leave next month to work for a U.K.-based public company. Timothy Cofer, a 19-year Kraft veteran, will take his place and be based in Zurich, Switzerland. Cofer, 42, was most recently the senior vice president of Kraft's global chocolate team and led the global integration team after Kraft bought Cadbury in early 2010.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Lawton police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a deadly accident at a Bar S Foods plant. Authorities received an emergency call late Tuesday that an employee was trapped in machinery. Bar S officials say Michael Raper was cleaning an auger when he fell into it.