PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, Dec 12 : PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc’s new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday. Tesla has been trying […]

China’s budding coffee culture propels Starbucks, attracts rivals

By Adam Jourdan and Lisa Baertlein SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 : In Wu Qiong’s small cafe in downtown Shanghai, coffee beans nestle in glass jars on the bar while various brews bubble away behind the counter. The cafe – one of thousands of trendy, artisan coffee shops in the city – reflects a growing cafe […]

US pumpkin growers toast nontraditional demand for fruit

By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO, Nov 14 : US farmers are cheering a bumper crop of pumpkins this year, due to dry weather, and celebrating a year-round boost in demand aided by new avenues of growth in such products as flavored coffee and pet food. Experts said this year’s pumpkin crop will match or top 2016’s […]

EU worker exodus threatens UK food industry, some leaving already – survey

By Andy Bruce LONDON, Aug 24 : – Nearly half of businesses operating in Britain’s food supply chain say European Union workers are thinking about leaving because of uncertainty around Brexit, an industry survey showed on Thursday. Food processing makes up the biggest chunk of British manufacturing and relies heavily on immigrants, all though much […]

South Africa’s east coast sees return of Sardine Run

By Mfuneko Toyana KELSO, South Africa, Jul 29 : Fishermen on South Africa’s east coast were treated to a sight they have waited five years to see as millions of sardines swam in from the Indian Ocean, almost hurling themselves into nets that bulged to bursting point. Each year during the southern hemisphere’s winter months […]