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September 25, 2002 | Bloomberg News
PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay unit will begin using corn oil to make Doritos, Tostitos and Cheetos snack foods as more people seek to eliminate harmful fatty acids from their diets. The switch from soybean oil, which contains higher levels of trans fatty acids, will be made next year. PepsiCo shares fell 43 cents to $36.77 on the New York Stock Exchange.
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BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Snack-food maker Diamond Foods Inc. agreed to pay $5 million to settle allegations that the company cooked its books. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Thursday that Diamond boosted its earnings and stock price in 2010 and 2011 by systematically underreporting payments to walnut growers. The SEC also charged two former Diamond executives. Former Chief Executive Michael Mendes agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a charge that he should have known the accounting was bogus.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1991 | TERRY SPENCER
In response to a new state sales tax on snack foods, the Anaheim Union High School District will raise the price that students pay for chips, cookies, sodas and cakes by 5 cents. Barry Sackin, the district's food service director, said the added nickel will raise $63,000 for the district, while its expected tax bill from the state will be $57,000. But Sackin said officials decided to impose the 5-cent increase rather than have cafeteria workers add the 7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Good morning, and let's be honest - your New Year's resolutions are probably only good for a week, maybe two. Instead of trying to give up chips and salsa or joining a gym, you would be better off aiming not to be one of the millions who will land in emergency rooms in 2014 for entirely avoidable mishaps. And I just happen to have some pointers from ER doctors who have seen it all. In November, after writing about federal judge and WWII veteran Harry Pregerson's continued good deeds for his fellow servicemen and women, I got a book in the mail from the judge's nephew, Dr. Brady Pregerson.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
The latest government figures on wholesale prices foretell higher prices on the grocery shelves for items such as corn chips, pasta, salad oil and non-dairy creamers. Already, there are some signs of rising prices. A comparison by The Times of supermarket grocery ads in mid-July, 1987, and this week showed some spot price increases. A national brand of corn chips was advertised at sharply higher prices this week: $1.59 for a 16-ounce bag that cost just $1.29 in mid-July of last year.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
Pepsico Inc. says it may write off as much as $30 million in onetime expenses next quarter for restructuring its European snack-food business. In a third-quarter report to securities regulators, Pepsico said two additional pretax charges against profits might be necessary in the fourth quarter. Those charges would be due to possible changes at its Kentucky Fried Chicken division and the unprofitability of a small overseas operation.
NEWS
March 29, 2000 | ELLEN ALPERSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Some doctors use inkblots to help their patients reveal their personalities. Dr. Alan R. Hirsch uses snack foods. In his recent study, "Snack Food Hedonics and Personality," Hirsch, a neurologist and director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, correlated junk food choice with hedonics (the branch of psychology that deals with pleasant and unpleasant feelings) and came up with a list of personality traits associated with several types of savory snacks.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Links found by researchers between snack foods and obesity in poor communities are prompting new calls for more regulation of convenience stores in South Los Angeles. The proposed new regulations under discussion are an outgrowth and expansion of last year's city restrictions on new fast-food restaurants in a 32-square-mile area of South Los Angeles. The area is home to about 500,000 residents, including those who live in West Adams, Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park. Motivated by new data focusing on convenience stores, civic activists and a City Council member favor limiting the development of new convenience stores.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
If you've recently discovered your darling child is throwing away the apple you give her and buying a neon-green slushie and bag of cheese-flavored salt doodles from the school cafeteria's "a la carte" line, Tuesday's your last chance to sound off on snacks offered for sale at schools across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ending a 60-day public comment period on a proposed slate of rules to govern the sale of "smart snacks in school. " First unveiled on Feb. 1, the new rules "will help to ensure all foods and beverages sold in schools contribute to a healthy diet," the agency said.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Think your children will snack only on chips? Researchers found otherwise - and kids who were served vegetables and cheese ate 72% fewer calories than the kids offered chips. Moreover, the effects were more pronounced among overweight or obese children, according to the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers from Cornell University randomly sorted 201 children from the Chicago area in grades three to six into four groups: just chips, just cheese, just vegetables, cheese and vegetables.
OPINION
November 23, 2012
Re "My Hostess envy," Opinion, Nov. 21 Much has been written about the demise of the Twinkie, and rightly so, but what of its sister snack foods, the CupCake, Sno Ball and Ding Dong? Wherefore the Ho Hos, Chocodile, Suzie-Q and even the humble Zinger? If you squeeze them, do they not ooze? If you bite them, do they not crumble? Enough on the Twinkie, I say. Let us celebrate its sister snack foods as well. They may not have the name recognition of Hostess' flagship product, but they deserve our notice and the respect that comes with it. Dan Gilvezan Sherman Oaks Re "Hostess says mediation has failed," Nov. 21 Kudos to the union bosses for telling their workers at Hostess Brands to hold fast and not make any concessions to their employer.
OPINION
November 21, 2012 | By Amy Goldman Koss
In my childhood, Hostess snack foods loomed as the symbol of freedom. Freedom from the cruel health food regimen and ethnic dietary peculiarities of my keepers. Freedom to eat and dance and flirt and wear loafers and be cute and silly and utterly American. While I trudged the three blocks to Zeman's bakery for a loaf of salted and seeded rye wrapped in brown paper, I knew that happy, free girls were out there digging into plastic polka-dotted bags of Wonder Bread, selecting two perfect slices as soft as clouds.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Procter & Gamble Co. has nixed its deal to sell its Pringles potato chips business to struggling Diamond Foods Inc., agreeing instead to a $2.7-billion all-cash offer from Kellogg Co. The transaction, which is expected to close this summer, will allow P&G to exit the snack-food business and gives cereal maker Kellogg a popular addition to its line of snacks. Pringles — stacked, crispy chips served out of distinctive long canisters — racked up $1.5 billion in sales last year and are sold in more than 140 countries.
NEWS
April 28, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Manufacturers of foods pitched most heavily to kids -- breakfast cereals, snacks, carbonated beverages and restaurant fare -- should develop and reformulate their offerings to cut salt, added sugars and saturated fat and ensure they contribute meaningfully to a child's healthy diet, a federal working group recommended on Thursday. The food manufacturers should make those changes soon, with a target date just five years away, in 2016; they should revamp their advertising pitches and marketing messages to stress the nutritional values of their fare and shift their ad campaigns away from less healthy options; and they should do all this voluntarily (please)
NEWS
July 5, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO
When Orange County lawmakers recently voted on tax issues offered as a solution to the state budget shortfall, they mostly held to positions they declared in a Times survey June 4. Ross Johnson declined to state his views at that time and Tom Umberg was away on military duty. Marian Frank John R. Edward R. Bergeson Hill Lewis Royce Issue R-Newport Bch. R-Whittier R-Orange R-Anaheim Increase sales tax by 1 1/4 cents. Yes No No No Prior Position: No No No No Tax newspapers, candy, snack foods.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A seasoning made with imported Chinese ingredients used on recalled snack foods was contaminated with salmonella, a company executive said Tuesday. The snack foods sickened dozens of people. The seasoning, used on Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks and Veggie Booty snack foods, tested positive for the bacteria, said Robert Ehrlich, chief executive of Robert's American Gourmet Food Inc. The "veggie" seasoning's ingredients came primarily from China, the company said.
NEWS
January 10, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
We know one person can adopt a more healthful lifestyle -- but can an entire household? It's possible, with some success, according to a recent study published online in the journal Obesity . Most weight-loss intervention studies focus on individuals, but researchers in this study worked with 90 households to see if an intervention designed to create more beneficial habits would have any effect. Half of the households took part in the intervention for a year, while the other half did not, and served as a control.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Links found by researchers between snack foods and obesity in poor communities are prompting new calls for more regulation of convenience stores in South Los Angeles. The proposed new regulations under discussion are an outgrowth and expansion of last year's city restrictions on new fast-food restaurants in a 32-square-mile area of South Los Angeles. The area is home to about 500,000 residents, including those who live in West Adams, Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park. Motivated by new data focusing on convenience stores, civic activists and a City Council member favor limiting the development of new convenience stores.
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