June 16, 1988 |
Two former top executives of Beech-Nut Nutritional Corp. were each sentenced today to a year and a day in jail and fined $100,000 for distributing phony apple juice intended for babies. "The fraud was too extensive and involved not to be punished," said U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt in sentencing Neils Hoyvald, 54, the former president and chief executive officer of the company, and co-defendant John Lavery, 56, a former vice president of Beech-Nut.
November 14, 1987 |
Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., the nation's second-largest baby food producer, pleaded guilty Friday to 215 felony counts of intentionally shipping millions of jars of bogus apple juice for babies. According to the government, Beech-Nut knew that the jars were filled with a cheaper mix of other juices and sugar syrups. U.S. District Judge Thomas C.
October 5, 2012 |
Cider has been picked on as a sugary drink not meant for consumption by serious craft beer fans. But its modern reputation is unfair, says Paul Thomas, founder and president of Julian Hard Cider based in Julian, Calif. In fact, this country was founded on hard cider. When the colonists came in the 1600s they brought apple seeds, and it wasn't to make apple juice. Now that craft brewers and micro-pressers are getting into the cider act (including Julian, Sacramento's Two Rivers and Oregon's Wandering Aengus)
October 29, 1987
The current trend is for parents to plan children's Halloween parties at home. Games and prizes take the place of traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, with refreshments rounding out the evening of fun. A mulled tea punch, appropriately named Hobgoblins' Brew, combines brewed tea with apple juice and spices. Orange half-slices, studded with whole cloves, provide the finishing touch.
July 24, 1998 |
Odwalla Inc., whose tainted apple juice killed a baby and sickened dozens of other people in 1996, has pleaded guilty to criminal charges and will pay a $1.5-million fine, the biggest ever in a food-poisoning case, officials said Thursday. The company, based in Half Moon Bay, agreed to plead guilty to 16 counts of shipping an adulterated food product after an outbreak of bacteria traced to its juice, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Fresno.
June 2, 1992 |
The label says "Very Cherry," but the fine print says the bottle holds mostly white grape and apple juice, a consumer group said. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said the truth about what's in fruit-juice products is usually hidden in small type on the back of the bottle.
June 17, 1992 |
Juice Maker Pays $6 Million to Settle With Pentagon: A California company has agreed to pay the government $6 million to settle charges that a plant manager sold the Department of Defense diluted juice at the price of pure orange juice. The settlement by Paramount Citrus Assn. of San Fernando kept the case from going to court, U.S. Atty. Michael M. Baylson announced in Philadelphia.
March 31, 1989 |
A federal appeals court panel Thursday reversed the conviction of a former Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. executive for distributing apple juice for babies that was basically water with added sugar. But because the charges were dismissed for jurisdictional grounds, they could be brought again in Upstate New York where the criminal acts allegedly occurred. In a 2-1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York dismissed 350 counts against Niels Hoyvald, former chief executive of Beech-Nut.
November 2, 1996 |
Odwalla Inc. completed its recall of apple and carrot juice products as health officials reported more than 30 confirmed or suspected E. coli cases in three states. One of the most seriously affected victims, 2-year-old Tara Azizi of Concord, Calif., was listed in critical but stable condition with kidney failure, but doctors said she is expected to recover. Odwalla, based in Half Moon Bay, Calif., launched the recall in seven Western states and Canada after E.