A Connecticut school district's farm-to-school program has become a model for the state, says Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky. The district has used grants to purchase an outdoor freezer, cutting equipment and a "Veggie Van," which schools use to pick up produce from local farms.
The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
should increase its efforts to monitor whether Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Co. and other makers of alcoholic energy drinks are making "misleading health-related" claims about their offerings to appeal to young consumers, according to a letter from 29 attorneys general.
Starting this week in New York and continuing in 10 cities, some cats -- and the people who dote on them -- will be attending The Meow Mix Acatemy, which offers classes such as "Cat-isthenics," a cafeteria serving Meow Mix and a school store stocked with branded products. The event, which is meant to reinforce the brand's feline expertise, is the work of Del Monte, Grand Central Marketing, New York, and Tracey Locke, Dallas.
Whole Foods and Wild Oats do not operate in a distinct market, and therefore their merger will not drive down competition, wrote the federal judge who dismissed the FTC's injunction to stop the deal in an opinion released Tuesday. The FTC, in an appeal made public Tuesday, said that the judge ignored Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's comments that the deal would indeed eliminate competition.
Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market success in the U.S. will rely on its ability to ramp up its portfolio quickly and meet expectations ranging from low prices and fresh and ethnic fare in "food deserts" to gourmet prepared foods in more affluent neighborhoods, industry observers say.