A deadly Listeria outbreak linked to cheese manufactured by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese and sold in Whole Foods stores has swept through Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. At least one person has died as a result of the outbreak, and five reportedly have been sickened.
Shares of infant formula makers continued to decline on Wednesday as China investigates alleged price fixing and an analyst downgraded one of the companies named in the inquiry, Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. On Tuesday the state-run People's Daily reported that infant forumla companies are under investigation for allegedly violating anti-monopoly laws by charging high prices and limiting competition.
China has launched an investigation into alleged price fixing by some foreign makers of infant formula, including Danone and Nestle SA. The state-run People's Daily reported Tuesday that other companies including U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. also are under investigation.
"Five dollars a person for a special event cookout is affordable for most people," said John Anderson, chief deputy economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. "We certainly know that there are people who struggle with affording food and other necessities, but in general, we're blessed with very affordable food in this country."
Dairy farmers expressed frustration last week with Congress' failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program. Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling.
Nestle S.A. will invest $53 million to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio. The new center will be designated as a global Product Technology Center, dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research, and will serve Nestle's businesses worldwide.
Chobani Flip features dynamic pairings of authentic strained Greek Yogurt complemented by innovative mix-ins such as chia seeds, hemp seeds and pistachios. The four new varieties are inspired directly from the unique yogurt creations served at Chobani SoHo, the brand's innovative retail store in New York City.
The Wegmans supermarket chain is partnering with Cornell University in a project showcasing and promoting New York's specialty cheese industry. Wegmans announced Wednesday that a selection of New York cheeses from five artisan cheesemakers will be available at its store in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford.
Dole Food Company, Inc. today announced that it has designated a special committee of its Board of Directors, consisting of four independent members, to act on behalf of the company in respect of the acquisition proposal made by David H. Murdock on June 10, 2013.
A strategic plan being studied by local stakeholders has the potential, if all goes right, to enhance the Dodge County agricultural industry and make Nebraska a destination within the national dairy industry. The Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and its Agricultural Business and Natural Resources Council has been studying the potential opportunities and benefits of a revitalized and expanded dairy industry in Nebraska.
On March 12, 2012, Lebanon Cheese Company and its president Joseph G. Lotito were charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with knowingly shipping tainted product. The complaint alleged that in 2009, milk meant to be shipped to a manure pit for disposal was instead used by Lebanon to make cheese.
An overhaul of dairy policy and a new insurance program for dairy farmers included in the farm bill have passionately divided farm-state lawmakers. Most importantly, it has caused a rift between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
The WhiteWave Foods Co. said Friday that it filed plans for a secondary offering of 29.9 million shares of its stock currently held by one-time parent company Dean Foods Co. The company has granted the option to underwriters to buy an additional 4.5 million shares of stock.
The Greek yogurt boom in New York is being harnessed to make electricity. More Greek yogurt production has meant more whey, a watery byproduct from the process. Yogurt makers commonly ship it back to farms for use as feed and fertilizer, but it's also is being used to generate power in several places.
Whey, a byproduct of Greek yogurt production, is collected at Gloversville-Johnstown wastewater plant west of Albany, N.Y., and mixed with anaerobic bacteria. The resulting methane gas becomes combustible fuel that generates nearly enough electricity to power the plant.
Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) has identified the top ten natural and organic food trends that will influence mainstream grocery shelves soon. With a breadth and depth of culinary experience, the brand strategy, innovation, and communications firm has counseled and created foods for several of the largest food companies in the world.
New research from Tetra Pak forecasts that flavored milk consumption will grow at more than double the rate of white milk globally between 2012 and 2015. Consumers are increasingly turning to tasty, nutritious and conveniently packaged flavored milk as an alternative to other beverages, creating opportunities for dairies to improve profitability.
President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that he has put a halt to a plan to restrict sales of 20 basic food products in Venezuela's most populous state, a scheme critics had deemed rationing in disguise. Officials in western Zulia state had said the plan to limit sales of items such as cooking oil, flour, chicken and toilet paper — all of which are subject to price controls — could begin as early as Monday at 65 supermarkets.
Agriculture officials have revoked the permit of a dairy plant in northern Iowa because of food safety concerns. An administrative law judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which revoked the dairy plant permit for Meinders Farm Fresh Dairy in Buffalo Center. The company must cease all operations and sales.
The accused in a chocolate price-fixing case could face a bitter fate if convicted — millions of dollars in fines for the companies and potential jail time for the individuals. Canada's Competition Bureau said Thursday it is laying criminal charges against Nestle SA's Canada arm, Mars Inc.'s Canada division and ITWAL Ltd., a network of independent wholesale distributors.
The latest research from Mintel reveals that for just more than half (51%) of all adult consumers the favorite type of plain chocolate is milk chocolate, followed by 35% who favor dark chocolate and 8% who prefer white chocolate. In contrast, Mintel's 2011 report found that 57% of consumers favored milk chocolate and 33% of consumers preferred dark chocolate.
In response to growing discussions surrounding chocolate milk and childhood nutrition, Company has developed flavored-milk recipes using Fructevia, a blend of natural fructose, inulin stevia and magnesium carbonate, as a direct, all-natural replacement for sugar and artificial sweeteners.
The Senate is considering a massive, five-year farm bill this week that would set policy for farm subsidies and food stamps. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the nearly $100 billion-a-year bill, which outlines government farm subsidies and pays for the country's nutrition programs, including food stamps.
According to a new report from Rabobank, consumers are becoming less interested in mid-market products and are instead trading down when it comes to everyday value-for-money items, such as basic groceries. Using money saved by trading down on staples, hybrid consumers are trading up to premium, high-end products that matter most from an emotional and social perspective, such as premium brands in supermarkets and fine dining.
The latest player in upstate New York's yogurt boom is set to officially open. PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi is scheduled to cut the ribbon on the new Muller Quaker Dairy Facility in Batavia on Monday, joined by Sen. Charles Schumer and others.