Topics :: food production

Where’s the Beef? Prices Reach Highest Level Since 1987

By Betsy Blaney | Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners - and relief isn’t likely anytime soon.

Dieters Move Past Calories, Food Makers Follow

By Candice Choi | Friday Apr 11, 2014
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients.

FDA: Honey With Any Added Sweeteners Isn’t Honey

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Tuesday Apr 8, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

A Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped in Landfill

By Jeri Clausing | Tuesday Apr 1, 2014
Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

Demands for Halal Food Grows as Industry Evolves

By Aya Batrawy | Saturday Mar 15, 2014
The global industry for halal food and lifestyle products is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow. Producers outside the Muslim world are eager to tap into the market.

Europe Makes a Stink About American Cheese Names

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Friday Mar 14, 2014
As part of trade talks, the EU wants to limit the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States.

Putting Olive Oil to the Test

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
Imposing stricter standards might help American olive oil producers grab more market share from the Europeans, who produce in bulk and now have 97 percent of the U.S. market.

Beer Float? Yuengling’s Ice Cream Returns

By Michael Rubinkam | Tuesday Feb 11, 2014
Breyers, Ben & Jerry’s, Edy’s and Yuengling’s: Which thing is not like the others? Trick question. They all make ice cream.

Hershey Takes on Fast-Growing Nutella

By Candic Choi | Wednesday Jan 22, 2014
Americans apparently like smearing their foods with chocolatey spreads. The Hershey Co. announced last week that it was introducing a line of chocolate spreads, including a hazelnut variety reminiscent of Nutella.

Small Soda Maker Looks to Provide Diet Alternative

By Candice Choi | Friday Jan 10, 2014
Can natural sweeteners that taste good rescue diet sodas from their decline? Americans have been cutting back on soda for years in part because of fears over weight gain. But the pullback on diet soda is a relatively newer phenomenon.