Birds Eye Foods plans to sell its Veg-All canned vegetables unit to Allen Canning. The deal, which is expected to close in June, won't affect farmers in the Rochester, N.Y., area who supply vegetables to Birds Eye, according to the company.
Wild Oats Markets is the first grocer in the U.S. to use "corntainer," packaging that looks plastic but turns into compost when disposed. The grocer is testing the new container in 11 of its Pacific Northwest stores.
The USDA has given no timeline for lifting its ban on imported Canadian beef products. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman is carefully examining the safety of beef from Canada, following the discovery a month ago of a BSE-infected cow.
Floral retailers are focusing on grocery stores to boost sales based on impulse purchases. Superstores and grocery chains are expanding their floral sections and moving them to visible parts of the stores.