Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said schools that serve more fruit, vegetables and whole grains should receive additional federal funding. "It is important for us to reward top performers," he told a Senate committee.
An Illinois businessman and candy entrepreneur, John Kesinger, hopes to launch the Pope Creek Candy Co. in Aledo, Ill. The business would offer a chocolate bar, cafe and a factory that customers can observe in action.
As Cadbury faces a takeover bid from Kraft Foods, rival Hershey is planning its own bid for the U.K. confectioner. Hershey is in talks with Italy's Ferrero, maker of Tic-Tacs, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, as a possible partner for the bid, but a source said the talks are in early stages.
Sequencing the cacao genome could produce cacao trees immune from disease, said scientists at the World Cocoa Federation's summit on sustainability. It could also maximize trees' productivity and improve sustainability.
Interest in specialty foods such as high-end chocolate and cheese appears to be recession-proof as shoppers turn to affordable luxuries. Though people are saving money by cooking at home instead of eating out, sales of gourmet and specialty foods have grown faster than the overall industry for the past five years.