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  • April 20- Nomad Holdings Ltd said it would buy Iglo Foods Holdings Ltd, Europe's biggest frozen foods business and the company behind the Birds Eye brand, for about 2.6 billion euros from a company backed by private equity group Permira.

  • The 'big macro trend' that impacts Cargill   Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 8:36 PM ET
    The 'big macro trend' that impacts Cargill

    Speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, Alan Willits, Asia Pacific chairman of Cargill, outlines the factors that drive its business worldwide.

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs...

  • LONDON, April 17- Nestle became the third European food company to report better-than-expected first-quarter sales on Friday, adding to evidence that the sector is moving past the troubles of 2014.. Last year, makers of consumer packaged goods were hammered by slowed economies, including in once-hot markets such as Brazil and China. "Another European food Q1...

  • Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    Now they're preparing for the worst, said Donna Carver, extension veterinarian at North Carolina State University. The highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain has turned up since December in commercial poultry farms, backyard flocks wild birds in the Pacific and Central flyways, but it's done the most damage in the heavily traveled Mississippi Flyway,...

  • The key to helping small farmers? Going organic Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

    Government invests in organic farmers to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes.

  • LA rally calls for higher wages for fast-food workers Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Demonstrators filled a major street outside a Los Angeles McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday to protest low wages for fast-food workers. Chanting "Fight for 15," the demonstrators filling Figueroa Street near the University of Southern California included members of unions, college students and clergy. They need a living wage, "said Duncan Gammy,...

  • McDonald's to Chipotle: Secret menus decoded Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:22 PM ET

    Ever do a double take when the person in front of you asks for a McDonald's Monster Mac or Chipotle Quesarito? Check out these not-so-secret menu items.

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said on Wednesday the ministry had yet to decide whether a wheat export tax should be extended for the next 2015/ 16 marketing year and whether to lift a ban on some Western food products. Russia banned most Western food imports, worth about $9 billion, last year in retaliation to Western sanctions...

  • Nestle in talks to sell frozen-food unit to Brakes Group Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:17 AM ET

    BERLIN— Nestle SA says it is in exclusive negotiations to sell its Davigel frozen-food division to the Brakes Group, a European catering supplier. The Vevey, Switzerland- based food company said Wednesday it is not disclosing financial details of the prospective deal, which is subject to consultations with employee councils and approval by competition...

  • CHICAGO, April 14- The number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu rose on Tuesday as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twenty-two commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota, the leading U.S. turkey-producing state, have been infected with the H5N2 flu in...

  • LONDON, April 14- Nestle is in advanced talks to sell its frozen food unit Davigel to Brakes Group, owned by buyout fund Bain Capital, a person familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. Credit Suisse is handling the sale for Nestle, which is expected to raise between 200 million and 300 million euros, said a second source. Nestle declined to comment, while Brakes...

  • MIAMI— They want it fresh. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them. I don't go out to restaurants to give stuff up; I go to restaurants to be tantalized, " Greg Dollarhyde, CEO of Santa Monica-based chain Veggie Grill, said by way of summarizing the typical consumer.

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed the first case of a lethal strain of bird flu in a commercial chicken flock, widening the impact of a virus that has already killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year. The H5N2 flu strain infected a commercial flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, between Madison...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The sponsor of a Maine law that requires food producers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients says state lawmakers are misguided in their effort to repeal the law's trigger provision. Harvell said Maine risks the possibility of food producers pulling products from the state if there isn't a critical mass of other...

  • SIOUX CITY, Iowa— The jail sentences that two former egg industry executives received Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak represent the latest high-profile victory for government officials hoping to emphasize food safety. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, each faced up to a year in jail on misdemeanor charges for...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Sharon Akabas, a professor at Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition, told state lawmakers Monday that labels could discourage the consumption of products linked...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Nestle SA said on Monday it is cutting the added sugar in its Nesquik flavored milk products, the latest in a series of moves by the Swiss food company to reduce sugar and salt in its offerings amid growing public health concerns. Still, Nestle's changes, similar to efforts at big food companies including General Mills Inc, fail to satisfy concerns...

  • *Prime Minister Renzi sees Expo 2015 as "litmus test" for Italy. Italy has had four different governments in the seven years since Milan was chosen to follow the 2010 Shanghai Expo and has undergone its most severe economic crisis since World War Two. "Expo will be the litmus test for the great ambitions which Italy has," Renzi said in a speech in Milan last month to...

  • CHICAGO, April 10- Sales of human antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators said on Friday, although recent statements by producers suggest those figures could be dropping. Companies such as Tyson Foods Inc and Perdue Farms have said in the past year, however, they have either reduced or...