Many leading European food manufacturers are boycotting soy illegally grown in the Amazon, which has contributed to rainforest depletion. The companies, including Tesco and Unilever, have said they will not deal with four specific exporters, including Cargill and ADM, unless legal sources are proven.
The director general of the World Trade Organization suspended trade talks Monday, making it unlikely that any sort of trade deal will be inked while President George W. Bush is still in office. The debate between the U.S. and the EU on reducing tariffs remains the major sticking point in negotiations.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.'s renovation program, which includes new designs for Food Emporium and a hybrid Fresh Market and Food Basics format, is already paying off for the company, executives said. The company's new Fresh Market stores, for example, have reported increased sales of 20%.
Despite busy schedules, eating meals together remains a priority for families with children younger than 18, according to a study commissioned by SuperTarget. The retailer funded the study as part of its effort to help customers organize grocery shopping and meal planning at their stores.