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,…

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…

Brinker heating up innovation at Chili’s

DALLAS — Brinker International, Inc. is “dialing up intensity on product innovation” in an effort to drive sales and bolster results at its Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurant chains, said Wyman Roberts, president and chief executive officer of Brinker. In an Oct. 23 conference call to discuss fiscal 2014 first-quarter results, Mr. Roberts said newly…

A different perspective of animal agriculture

WASHINGTON – Criticisms leveled at modern-day agriculture practices focus on perceptions of what’s gone wrong in the agriculture industry. Now, livestock and poultry groups want to tell consumers about what’s going right in animal agriculture. The Animal Agriculture Alliance has issued a report called “Advances in Animal Agriculture: What the Center for a Livable Future,…