March 16, 2013 |
Fast-food chain Carl's Jr. is known for its bosomy brand ambassadors, debaucherous burgers and a clientele that leans toward young, hungry dudes. But the wizard behind the curtain isn't a frat boy with a salad allergy. It's Andy Puzder, a 62-year-old jogger and devoted grandfather of six who has never met "celebutante" Paris Hilton. Remember her? Nearly a decade ago, she shimmied into a slinky bathing suit, lathered herself up with soap suds and downed a burger atop a car in an infamous Carl's Jr. television ad. Puzder has spent the last 12 years approving similar marketing efforts as the chief executive of CKE Inc. The company is based in Carpinteria and owns Carl's Jr. and its sister chain Hardee's.
September 22, 2009 |
The Let's Be Frank food trailer parked most days outside the old Helms Bakery complex is no ordinary lunch wagon. The San Francisco company that operates the hot-dog vendor serves franks and sausages made from cows that ate only grass or pigs that were raised humanely. Customers also can choose turkey or soy dogs, all on buns from L.A. Breadworks. The small business was funded in part by venture capitalist Peter Rogers and his Dry Creek Ventures, which targets clean energy, water and food businesses.
May 5, 1994 |
The government Wednesday issued a definition for "healthy" foods that will almost certainly force manufacturers to either change the names or ingredients of many products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said foods labeled "healthy" must be low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The agency said a "healthy" food must also contain at least 10% of the recommended daily value of either Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or fiber.
July 9, 2011 |
WASHINGTON--Advertisers and food and beverage industry officials called the government's new guidelines for advertising directed toward children a "reckless" maneuver in light of today's fragile economy. After Congress asked the Federal Trade Commission, along with three other federal agencies, to develop a strategy to target childhood obesity, the FTC released a set of guidelines in April. They call on advertisers to encourage children to choose healthy foods and to limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium in food marketed to children.
December 16, 1991 |
It's probably not the best-known fact in supermarket circles, but Borden Inc. is fast becoming to pasta what Anheuser-Busch is to beer. In the last five years, the company that's better known for Elsie the cow has nearly quadrupled its worldwide pasta sales to an estimated $800 million in 1991. Borden holds 34% of the national pasta market, has the country's only true national brand with Creamette and doesn't appear to be reaching a comfort zone.
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April 17, 2011 |
Every weekend anglers stream to piers along Los Angeles County's beachfront, cast their lines into the ocean and plop fish into buckets and coolers to take home to eat. It's no secret that some of the fish they catch, including the abundant white croaker, are so tainted by lingering pesticides and other pollutants that they should never be eaten. For many, though, it's a meal and caution is thrown to the wind. But now, after an exhaustive scientific study and a new health advisory, authorities are asking pier anglers to be more discriminating and warning them that the number of fish on the "do not eat" list has expanded from one to five species.
May 21, 2006 |
One might call it the chicken soup of Korea. For years, Koreans have clung to the notion that kimchi, the pungent fermented cabbage that is synonymous with their culture, has mystical properties that ward off disease. But what was once little more than an old wives' tale has become the subject of serious research, as South Korean scientists put kimchi under their microscopes.
May 7, 2012 |
Obesity in the United States is projected to continue its rise over the next 18 years, extending to 42% of Americans by 2030, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That expected growth in the proportion of obese Americans -- up from 34% -- contained good news and bad: Obesity's growth has slowed from the record-setting pace that has marked most of the last three decades; at the same time, the numbers of the severely obese -- those carrying 80 or more pounds more than the healthy, normal weight for their height -- is expected to grow by 130%.
June 13, 2012
The Good Food Revolution Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities Will Allen with Charles Wilson Gotham Books: 272 pp., $26
August 7, 2010 |
I'm of two minds about whether "Savages," Don Winslow's marvelous, adrenaline-juiced roller coaster of a novel, is a rookie reader's best introduction to his work. There's a delicious sense of satisfaction in seeing how Winslow has chiseled his increasingly lean prose to diamond-like precision over the course of 12 novels and fused the themes of "The Power of the Dog" (2005), his epic account of the country's never-ending war on drugs, with the razzmatazz syntax of his surf-detective novel "The Dawn Patrol" (2008)