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Buffett Calls Coca-Cola's Pay Plan 'Excessive'

April 24, 2014 2:24 pm | by Candice Choi and Josh Funk, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Buffett has long been a critic of excessive executive compensation. Berkshire Hathaway does not award stock options to Buffett or any other executive, and Buffett receives a salary of $100,000.             

PepsiCo To Bottle Taco Bell Drink

April 24, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo is again mining its partnership with Taco Bell, with plans to start selling the Mexican...

Cult Brands Highlight Bourbon Renaissance

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bourbon as a whole has become a big player on the liquor scene in recent years, but part of the...

Chiquita Wants Court To Toss Terror Payments Case

April 24, 2014 8:49 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out...

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2-Week Truce For Hot Sauce Maker And California City

April 24, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                 

U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.              

Why Are There Brand Names In N.Y. Standardized Tests?

April 22, 2014 8:26 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.    

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                         

TreeHouse Foods Buys Protenergy For About $150M

April 21, 2014 7:58 am | News | Comments

TreeHouse Foods is buying private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for 170 million Canadian dollars (about $150 million).                    

Chobani To Expand Offerings

April 18, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                      

Brewers Aim To Rekindle Belgium's Love Of Beer

April 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.      

Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's the largest drop in a decade.              

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Post Buying Michael Foods For $2.45B

April 17, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products.                  

Coke Sells More Drinks, But Soda Falters

April 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global sales volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.   

New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Lindt Wins Latest Round In Gummy Bear Battle

April 11, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the Swiss company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.                

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Subway Phasing Out 'Yoga Mat' Chemical From Bread

April 11, 2014 8:46 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ingredient is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and can be found in a variety of products. But the blogger said she targeted Subway because of its healthy food image.             

Food Makers Follow As Dieters Move Past Calories

April 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients.                  

Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.              

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

Mars Buys Some P&G Pet Food Brands For $2.9B

April 9, 2014 10:51 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mars is buying some of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for $2.9 billion to help strengthen its pet care business.                           

Officials Sentenced For Tomato Price-Fixing Scam

April 9, 2014 8:43 am | News | Comments

Randall Rahal of Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants such as Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.          

Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs

April 9, 2014 8:38 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices.       

FDA Defines Honey

April 8, 2014 11:01 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."                      

EU Opens Case Over Russia's Pork Import Ban

April 8, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

The European Union is opening a case against Russia before the World Trade Organization to protest a pork import ban which it calls disproportionate and illegal.                 

Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.                

Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 8:15 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.    

Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.        

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