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  • 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...

  • It's new, and it's not bacon. It's 'Schmacon' Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 1:35 PM ET
    Schmacon: It’s bacon, without the pork.

    "I think Schmacon is the evolution and, frankly, it's maybe the revolution in bacon," says Howard Bender, creator of beef-based bacon.

  • CHICAGO, April 10- Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators reported on Friday, data that is sure to fuel concern that bacteria infecting humans could grow more resistant to the drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that domestic sales and...

  • U.S. meat industry buying more human antibiotics -FDA Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    CHICAGO, April 10- Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators reported on Friday, data that is sure to feed the national debate about the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that domestic sales and distribution...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 10- Carolin Wood, an artist and graduate student from Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, has a secret that she keeps from her husband and some foodie friends. Once a month, she takes her two young children to McDonald's for inexpensive breakfasts or ice cream. To lure back consumers, McDonald's Corp's new Chief Executive Steve...

  • SAO PAULO/ PARIS, April 9- Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz is in talks to raise his 5.07 percent stake in Carrefour SA and has the support of major shareholders to take a board seat in the retailer, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday. Diniz, who is Carrefour's fourth-biggest shareholder behind France's Moulin family, billionaire Bernard...

  • $35 a pound for 'best steak you're going to have' Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:31 PM ET
    Bison at the Star B Ranch in Ramona, California.

    Bison is America's original protein, and now it's America's hottest, putting the "paleo" in the popular Paleo Diet.

  • Forget 'food trucks'—California has water trucks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Water truck delivery at home just outside Clovis, California.

    Neeley Keeney's water delivery service is struggling to keep up with a booming demand in the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley.

  • April 6- U.S. federal law enforcement agencies contacted several top Herbalife Ltd members last week seeking information on their business practices, CNBC reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. Herbalife's shares fell as much as 4.1 percent in early trading on Monday. The inquiries are focused on the activities of about 10 top Herbalife members,...

  • Raw milk does a body good? Depends on who you ask Saturday, 4 Apr 2015 | 3:24 PM ET
    A dairy farmer tends to his cattle while they pump milk.

    Proponents of raw milk argue that pasteurization is actually destroying the vital nutrients a body needs.