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Yogurt sales sour as US breakfast culture changes

Nov. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EST

What’s eating yogurt? Despite shelves full of new varieties — from Icelandic to Australian to coconut-based — U.S. yogurt sales are in a multiyear slump. Yogurt companies are confident that more new products can boost sales. But some analysts are skeptical, saying larger trends — like...

No. 1 milk company declares bankruptcy amid drop in demand

Nov. 12, 2019 3:41 PM EST

Got milk? Increasingly, Americans don't, and that led the nation's biggest milk producer to file for bankruptcy Tuesday. Dean Foods blamed a decadeslong drop in milk consumption that has seen people turn to alternatives like soda, juice and almond milk. The Dallas company said it may sell itself to the Dairy...

Ben & Jerry's sued over 'happy cow' characterization

Nov. 8, 2019 6:29 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ben & Jerry's is facing a lawsuit accusing the ice cream maker and its parent company of false advertising by saying the milk and cream in its products comes from "happy cows." In a complaint filed Oct. 29 in federal court in Burlington, Vermont, where Ben & Jerry's was...

State concedes law on raw milk ads is unconstitutional

Nov. 7, 2019 3:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas farm couple prevailed in a lawsuit challenging a state law that limited advertising of raw milk. Shawnee County District Court Judge Richard Anderson signed a consent judgment Wednesday ending a lawsuit filed by goat farmers Coraleen and Mark Bunner, who run Shepherd's...

Wisconsin GOP targets ag secretary in latest spat with Evers

Nov. 4, 2019 6:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Senate on Monday was preparing the extraordinary step of rejecting a governor-appointed Cabinet secretary, the latest flash point in a series of ongoing tensions that began even before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers took office in January. Senators have...

Cheesemaker stops making cheese listeria outbreak, recall

Oct. 25, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WEST PAWLETT, Vt. (AP) — An award-winning Vermont cheesemaker that sold its raw milk cheeses around the country has stopped manufacturing and selling cheese after a listeria outbreak and recall. Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlett announced Thursday that its current funds do not allow it to continue...

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs

Oct. 17, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with. The tariffs on $7.5 billion...

County with only 1 dairy farm left could be lost

Oct. 13, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Megan Dobbins' entire life was based around the family dairy farm. At its peak, Pine Lane Farm, now called Four M Farm, had 300 cows. Now that she no longer sees them every day, she said she feels empty. "It's a sad, empty feeling to know that there's no cow standing out here," she...

US consumers snap up Italian Parmesan before tariffs hit

Oct. 11, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — U.S. consumers who appreciate the tang of aged Italian Parmesan cheese as an aperitif or atop their favorite pasta dish are stocking up ahead of next week's tariff hike and as dairy producers in the two countries square off. The Italian agricultural lobby Coldiretti said Friday that sales of...

Blue Bell recalls ice cream that may contain plastic bits

Oct. 11, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Blue Bell Creameries is recalling a batch of ice cream made at an Alabama plant over concerns it may contain pieces of plastic. The agency made the announcement Wednesday. News outlets report about 1,700 half gallons of Butter Crunch ice...