Anheuser-Busch reportedly has had preliminary discussions with Mexico's Grupo Modelo about a deal that could thwart InBev's recent $46 billion bid for the U.S. brewer. Neither company has commented on the matter.
Lawmakers approved subpoenas for nine food-testing companies this week as concern grows over the recent salmonella outbreak. The same lawmakers say they are frustrated that the FDA has not yet found the source of the problem.
Companies are pledging to revamp their environmental practices, particularly in terms of reducing carbon footprints. Coca-Cola has gone one step further, with CEO Neville Isdell promising that the company will become "water neutral," meaning it will return the water it uses back to the earth, recycle or participate in conservation efforts.
Cadbury has been rated Britain's most trusted chocolate brand despite some food-safety concerns last year, according to a Reader's Digest survey. Other top-rated brands include Galaxy, Thorntons and Green & Blacks.