DALLAS (AP) — Dean Foods Co., one of the largest dairy distributors in the United States, says it has agreed to pay $140 million to settle a lawsuit over pricing with a group of dairy farmers in the Southeast. The dairy farmers claimed that Dean and cooperatives that are major buyers worked together to keep the prices of milk artificially low, thereby limiting the farmer's profits.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest food companies say they will cut back on marketing unhealthier foods to children, proposing their own set of advertising standards after rejecting similar guidelines proposed by the federal government. A coalition of food companies — including General Mills, ConAgra and Kellogg — plan to announce the guidelines Thursday.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The unrelenting Texas drought has produced a cruelly ironic twist: cattle dying from too much water. Agriculture officials in parched Texas said Wednesday there are no hard numbers on how many head of cattle have died but reports of deaths from too much water or too little are showing up across the nation's leading cattle production state.
(AP) — Paolo Beldran eats a healthy choice meal at a south Miami Burger King Tuesday, July 12, 2011. At least 19 large restaurant chains — including Burger King, Chili's, IHOP and Friendly's — plan to announce Wednesday that they will add healthier options to their children's menus.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly moved Monday to prohibit the production and sale of beer laced with caffeine and join other states concerned the beverages are aimed at young people and make it easy to drink too much. The ban was approved on a 43-24 vote. It passed the state Senate in April but that chamber must now reconsider changes made by the Assembly before the bill can be sent to the governor.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. is trying to reinvigorate its brand of soups and other products and go after a new generation — a move the company says could mean higher prices for consumers and a year of lower profits for investors. Denise Morrison, who takes over as CEO on Aug.
CHICAGO (AP) — Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids' weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation's most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A heat wave that has pushed temperatures well over 100 degrees has killed tens of thousands of turkeys and chickens in Kansas and North Carolina and left farmers across the lower part of the country struggling to cool off their flocks. In North Carolina, about 50,000 chickens died at a farm after the power went off for less than an hour.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents seeking healthier restaurant meals for their kids can start to look beyond chicken nuggets and macaroni-and-cheese. At least 19 large restaurant chains — including Burger King, Chili's, IHOP and Friendly's — plan to announce Wednesday that they will include healthier options on their children's menus.
(AP) — This image provided by the California Milk Processor Board shows part of a new "Got Milk?" ad campaign. The California Milk Processor Board is encouraging men to buy more milk for their wives and girlfriends, which the campaign says will help them fend off the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
(USDA) —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued instructions to its inspection program personnel in an effort to protect vulnerable consumers after an increased number of products have been recalled in the first half of 2011 due to the presence of undeclared allergens or other ingredients.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has named Todd Walters as vice president of operations effective Monday. Walters takes over the post from David Jenkins, who is retiring at the end of 2011. Walters will oversee production and processing in Texas and report to Chief Operating Officer Sherman Miller.
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Starbucks is realigning its top management to help drive its international growth. The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday that it is dividing responsibilities for its business into three global regions: Asia, the Americas and a combination of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
ATLANTA (AP) — The debate about the dangers of eating too much salt has gained a new wrinkle: A federal study suggests that the people most at risk are those who also get too little potassium. Potassium-rich foods, including fruits and vegetables, have long been recommended as a dietary defense against heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
ROME (AP) — As more than 2,000 swimmers, divers and water polo players converge on Shanghai for the world aquatic championships, teams are taking precautions against the threat of eating contaminated Chinese meat. Australia is hoping to eliminate the threat altogether, shipping in all of its meat from home and avoiding all pork products, while other teams plan to eat only in hotels accredited by swimming governing body FINA.
(AP) — In this photo taken on April 18, 2009 and released by China's Xinhua News Agency on Monday, July 11, 2011, children visit a showroom of Chinese confectionery company Hsu Fu Chi in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong Province. Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, took another big step into the Chinese market Monday with the announcement that it is to buy a majority stake in candy maker Hsu Fu Chi for 2.
The company's Portable Air Division has become the Portable Energy Division, a name to reflect its extended product portfolio, which includes compressors, on-site generators, light towers and pumps. The new division focuses on five pillars: air, power, light, water and used equipment. The extended product offering, along with a greater focus on the construction business as a part of the new Construction Technique business area, is designed to provide customers with the best service.
ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials have confirmed the first American death tied to the food-poisoning outbreak in Europe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said lab tests show an Arizona man was infected with the same E. coli bacteria blamed for the outbreak centered in Germany.
SEATTLE (AP) — Wild-caught Pacific salmon is more myth than reality on some Puget Sound restaurant menus, a study at the University of Washington Tacoma has found. About 38 percent of samples from Tacoma-area restaurants showed a menu was promoting farm-raised Atlantic salmon as wild-caught Pacific salmon, or calling a coho a king.
SAMISH ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — For over 75 years, Blau Oyster Co. has relied on Washington state's cool clean waters to grow the plump oysters that are as prized in the Northwest as salmon and orcas. But too much pollution from animal and human waste has been washing into Samish Bay in north Puget Sound, prohibiting shellfish harvests 38 days already this year.