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  • —FEBRUARY 2012: McDonald's Corp. requires its U.S. pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls that limit movement. —APRIL 2015: Aramark, the largest U.S. food-service company, says it's eliminating all cages for laying hens by 2020, gestation crates for mother pigs by 2017 and crates for veal calves by 2017. Among other steps, the...

  • Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take a stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in other...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.

  • No sunny side: Bird flu squeezing egg prices Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:10 PM ET
    Eggs

    Normally a low-cost egg producer, the U.S. might be looking to import more costly eggs as the bird flu outbreak spreads.

  • *Q3 adjusted profit $0.62/ share vs estimate of $0.52. May 22- Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Co on Friday reported an unexpectedly better quarterly profit, helped by lower spending on promotions, higher prices for its products and cost cuts. Shares of the company, known for its soups, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Goldfish crackers, rose about 1.5 percent.

  • May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, joining the list of U.S. companies that have responded to consumer and government concerns over the excess use of drugs in livestock. Wal-Mart's U.S. units will ask suppliers to limit the use of antibiotics for the treatment of sick animals and not...

  • The quest to healthier snacks   Friday, 22 May 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    The quest to healthier snacks

    Tom Bilyeu, Quest Nutrition President, discusses his business strategy and mission to pushing forward healthy snacks.

  • May 22- Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Co reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales, hurt by a strong dollar and "movements in retailer inventory levels" in its U.S. soups business. Retailer Target Corp informed packaged food makers, including Campbell, that it would spend less on promoting some of their products and instead promote fresher items, the...

  • May 22- Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Co reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales and profit, hurt by a strong dollar and "movements in retailer inventory levels" in its U.S. soups business. Retailer Target Corp informed packaged food makers, including Campbell, that it would spend less on promoting some of their products and instead promote fresher...

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail...

  • Campbell Soup's quarterly sales fall 3.6 pct Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    May 22- Campbell Soup Co, the maker of Pepperidge Farm cookies and Goldfish crackers, reported a 3.6 percent fall in quarterly sales, hurt by a strong dollar and "retailer inventory movements" in its U.S. soup business. The net income attributable to the company fell slightly to $182 million in the third quarter ended May 3 from $184 million, a year earlier.

  • TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:24 PM ET
    TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'

    Vichai Sriprasert, honorary president of Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA), says prices of grains now adhere to market mechanisms after the military ended the controversial price-support scheme.

  • CHICAGO, May 21- Rembrandt Enterprises, one of the top U.S. egg producers, said on Thursday it would temporarily cut 39 full-time employees, after the company's poultry facilities in Renville, Minnesota, tested positive for the fast-spreading avian influenza virus. Rembrandt's Renville plant has been quarantined by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. More mass-market retailers want niche brands that shoppers view as healthier to drive traffic in stores, particularly as they face rising competition from natural food and specialty chains like Whole Foods Market Inc..

  • NEW YORK, May 20- Sanderson Farms Inc, the third largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to continue using antibiotics on its birds partly because there are no alternatives on the horizon for treating a deadly but common gut disease, Chief Executive Officer Joe Sanderson said on Wednesday. Two of the biggest makers of animal drugs have told Sanderson Farms that...

  • ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, to settle a federal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia, sickening more than 600 people and triggering a massive recall eight years ago.

  • May 20- Hormel Foods Corp, the maker of Spam lunch meat, said it expected sales at its Jennie-O Turkey Store business to fall about 15 percent in the second half of the year, due to a supply shortfall caused by an avian flu outbreak in the United States. However, shares of the company, which reported a better-than-expected second-quarter profit and reaffirmed its...

  • Kroger CEO: Simple Truth brand home run for us   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:37 AM ET
    Kroger CEO: Simple Truth brand home run for us

    Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, discusses what's driving strength for its stores, and why it's sustainable.

  • A startup scrambling the egg game   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    A start-up scrambling the egg game

    CleverFoodies cofounder Paolo Volpati-Kedra pitches his startup to a panel of experts on CNBC.

  • May 20- Hormel Foods Corp, the maker of Spam lunch meat, reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales and said its Jennie-O Turkey Store business would be "significantly challenged" due to an outbreak of avian flu in the United States. The Jennie-O business, which accounts for about 18 percent of Hormel's revenue, got about 78 percent of its turkeys from its farms...