Burger King satisfied with strong quarter

MIAMI — The launches of better-for-you Satisfries and a value burger topped with french fries helped drive traffic for Burger King Worldwide during the third quarter, but U.S. and Canada comparable sales declined 0.3% on soft consumer spending and continued competitive headwinds. For the three months ended Sept. 30, net income rose sharply to $68,200,000,…

McDonald’s splits with Heinz

OAK BROOK, ILL. — McDonald’s Corp. has announced plans to end its 40-year relationship with supplier H.J. Heinz Co. following recent management changes at the ketchup company that hit too close to the Home of the Whopper. Bernardo Hees, previously chief executive officer at fast-food rival Burger King Worldwide Inc., stepped in to the same…

Saturated fat reduction a focus in the U.K.

LONDON — Leading food companies in the United Kingdom have signed onto a “responsibility deal” and are working with the country’s Department of Health to reduce the amount of saturated fats in food products. Companies that have signed a voluntary agreement include Mondelēz International, Nestle, and Unilever, as well as such retailers as Aldi, Subway,…

C.D.C. links Texas cyclospora outbreak to cilantro

ATLANTA — Public health officials have linked an outbreak of illnesses in the state caused by cyclospora to fresh cilantro harvested in Puebla, Mexico. The C.D.C. indicated the cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 643 people from 25 states may be multiple outbreaks from different sources. Officials in Iowa and Nebraska concluded that the cyclospora illnesses…

Bunge North America reaches into Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited based in St. Louis, Missouri, US, agreed to buy the wheat milling business of Grupo Altex SA de CV, Mexico City. Financial terms were not disclosed. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the year subject to regulatory…

USDA resumes reports on egg sets

WASHINGTON – Commercial hatcheries set 188 million eggs in incubators during the week ending Oct. 19, 2013, an increase of 6 percent over the corresponding a week a year ago, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 84 percent. Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production gained…

Tyson shifts purchases of Canadian cattle

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc. has stopped buying cattle directly from Canadian producers citing burdensome costs incurred because of US country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules. Under revised COOL regulations, meat packers must label muscle cuts of meat with information about where each of the production steps occurred. “These new rules significantly increase costs because they…