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  • May 4- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, reported a 10.5 percent rise in quarterly sales, helped by the acquisition of Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands Co.. Net income attributable to Tyson Foods rose to $310 million, or 75 cents per share, in the second quarter ended March 28, from $213 million, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Tyson Foods 2Q profit beats analysts' expectations Monday, 4 May 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    SPRINGDALE, Ark.— Tyson Foods got strong performances from its chicken and prepared foods divisions, topping Wall Street expectations for the second quarter Monday. The per-share earnings were 2 cents better than expected by analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research. Tyson Foods Inc. still expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.30 to $3.40 per...

  • Working for Buffett is like 'marriage': BNSF chief Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 11:04 AM ET
    Matthew 'Matt' Rose, chairman and chief executive officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC (BNSF).

    BNSF is currently the largest entity in Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio. Is there a lot of pressure when you report to Warren Buffett?

  • OMAHA, Neb.— Berkshire Hathaway shareholders always celebrate Warren Buffett at the annual meeting, but amid the praise Saturday, investors also questioned a couple of the conglomerate's recent business moves. Buffett marked 50 years of leading Berkshire Saturday by spending hours answering questions alongside Vice Chairman Charlie Munger before an...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak. Iowa is the nation's leading egg producer, providing one of every five eggs consumed in the country.

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry an infectious bacteria that can cause skin and respiratory problems and resists treatment from multiple drugs, according to a new U.S. research study. The study, published this week in the online journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is the largest-ever examination of...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • NEW YORK— Labor organizers are opening a new front in their campaign for a $15- an-hour wage for fast-food workers with a push to mobilize an unusual ally: franchisees. The International Franchise Association, which represents franchisors like McDonald's, Subway and Wendy's, said in a statement that franchisees indicate "incredibly high satisfaction rates."

  • April 30- Maple Leaf Foods reported a profit on an adjusted basis after six quarters due to lower operating costs as the Canadian meat processor worked through its plan to upgrade its plants. As part of its plan to focus on its meat operations, Maple Leaf, sold its bakery business, Canada Bread Co, to Mexico's Grupo Bimbo last year. Net loss from continuing operations...

  • Bunge beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. _ Bunge Ltd. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $263 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $12.35 billion.

  • Maple Leaf Foods reports adjusted profit Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:54 AM ET

    April 30- Maple Leaf Foods reported a quarterly profit on an adjusted basis due to lower operating costs as the Canadian meat processor worked through a plan to replace older meat plants. Net loss from continuing operations narrowed to C $2.8 million, or 2 Canadian cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from C $124.6 million, or 89 Canadian cents per...

  • Pilgrim's Pride posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:51 PM ET

    GREELEY, Colo. _ Pilgrim's Pride Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $204.2 million. Pilgrim's Pride shares have fallen 27 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Pilgrim's Pride, Earnings Report.

  • *Vegetarian sausages prove popular in Berlin. BERLIN, April 29- Germans, known for their love of sausages, are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal welfare and the environmental cost of livestock farming. Meat consumption is stable or declining in most developed countries but the shift is particularly striking in...

  • April 29- Backers of mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods on Wednesday launched a campaign aimed at turning back food company lobbying against labeling, and the first target is PepsiCo. PepsiCo is one of many food and agricultural companies that signed on to a letter delivered Tuesday to members of Congress supporting passage of the "Safe and...

  • Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service told Reuters the H5N2 virus- along with two other highly pathogenic strains of bird flu- will likely be passed among birds at breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada through the summer. The USDA statement marks a shift in tone in the agency's...

  • April 28- Kraft Foods Group Inc, which is merging with ketchup maker H.J. Kraft's net income fell 16 percent to $429 million, or 72 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 28 from $513 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier. Heinz, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft to...

  • UPDATE 1-Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase speed and sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down more than 3 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. McDonald's Corp is cutting its bloated menus and...

  • Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down nearly 4 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. St. Louis- based Panera reiterated its forecast for 2015 diluted...

  • Kraft Foods quarterly profit falls 16 pct Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    April 28- Kraft Foods Group Inc, which is merging with ketchup maker H.J. Kraft's net income fell 16 percent to $429 million, or 72 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 28 from $513 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier. Heinz, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazilian private equity firm 3 G Capital, will combine with Kraft to...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017, one of the most aggressive timetables yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas- based chicken and meat company also said Tuesday it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its...