The Food and Drug Administration has released safety guidelines for food makers that use peanut butter. It is urging companies to buy peanuts only from suppliers with protection processes, and to test for salmonella in the products they make.
First lady Michelle Obama is making health and nutrition a top item on her agenda, according to White House officials. As the U.S. fights an obesity epidemic, Obama is promoting locally grown and unprocessed foods.
During the past decade, Danone has trimmed its portfolio to focus on healthful foods, particularly functional products such as Actimel, which claims to strengthen the body's natural defenses, and the probiotic yogurt Activia. But Danone faces competition from private labels during the recession.
Baskin-Robbins is introducing Smooth & Creamy Hard Candy with the help of candy maker Best-Sweet. Available in regular and sugar-free varieties, the licensed candy has a swirl appearance and comes in several ice cream flavors.
Denmark's Chocolate Co. hosted the Chocolate Festival this week, featuring chocolate producers and artisans from around the country. The show, designed to promote local products, has been running since 1996.