The international food retailer and distributor said it will look to sell 46 Ohio Tops stores, choosing to concentrate in New York and Pennsylvania instead. Ahold said it will review the rest of the Tops chain later this year.
Sales of prepared foods at grocery stores reached $20 billion in 2005 and are expected to grow at 3% every year, according to food consultant Technomic. Retailers in Florida including Publix, Wal-Mart Stores and Whole Foods Market are ramping up their prepared foods takeout business to meet with increased demand for healthy, convenient meals.
Tesco and other U.K. food retailers rejected the government's food labeling system, saying it sometimes made healthy foods appear unhealthy, and countered with their own system. But a recent consumer survey rated Tesco's system as the "least helpful" among four options offered.
London-based ingredient maker Tate & Lyle is making an unlikely move into the clothing industry. In a deal with DuPont Co., it will manufacture Sorona, a new soft, stain-resistant fabric, out of a corn-based fiber that the company has been developing for years.
Coca-Cola launched a $14.8 million ad campaign in the U.K. for Coke Zero. Sugar-free drinks represent more than 40% of the soft drink market in the U.K., where Coke's traditional carbonated drink sales have been in decline. The company also plans to launch a bottled water product in the U.K.
Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Goldkist, Perdue Farms, Wayne Farms and Foster Farms all failed federal tests for salmonella contamination in their plants, according to advocacy group Food & Water Watch. The group analyzed testing data from the USDA from 1998 to 2005.