February 16, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Before the stock markets opened Thursday, Pittsburgh's world-famous ketchup maker, H.J. Heinz Co., announced that it had agreed to be acquired for $28 billion in cash and debt by an investment partnership between Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, owner of such well-known brands as Burger King and Budweiser. Heinz had been the subject of takeover rumors for years, as many thought it was a small enough and tempting enough player in the food business to be swallowed by another company.
December 30, 2011 |
I am not a homemade kind of gal. I'm not even a homemade kind of mom. While I admire the moms who paint their own furniture and sew their own diaper covers and regularly sit their kids down at the long beat-up farm table for craft time, it just ain't me. I make a mean brownie and a decent spaghetti sauce, but that's about as far as I'll usually go. But a couple of weeks ago, I was reading Jennifer Reese's inspiring book Make the Bread, Buy the...
August 11, 2011 |
Just a few short weeks ago, my daughter Mila, not yet 2, happily munched on tapas and demanded more flatbread with dip at Amada. She chowed down on grilled eggplant picked from Linvilla Orchards, and devoured pattypan squash from the Media Farmers Market. She also enjoyed eating shrimp and fish. I proudly thought I had a hearty - even adventurous - eater. But then, the other night, Mila opened her mouth to let a mass of chewed grapes fall out: "Mom - has skin. " Minutes before, she wouldn't touch her asparagus, which she usually inhales.
October 31, 2001 |
Like so many working mothers, Julie Hyland of Yardley treasures the moments she can spend with her 14-month-old daughter, Hanna, after day care and before bedtime. Hyland, deputy executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Philadelphia, says she spends few of those moments making baby food from scratch unless she can whirl it in a blender from foods already cooked for the family meal. Hanna, who was breast-fed, started eating cooked cereal and strained vegetables when she was about 6 months old. By her first birthday, she was making the transition to table foods, cut fruits, and toddler foods such as Gerber's Pasta Pick-ups.
August 15, 2000 |
A South Philadelphia man yesterday was sentenced to two years in prison for helping steal 3,618 cases of baby food and 570 Raleigh bicycles for the local Mafia. Robert Miller Sr., 61, of 20th Street near Snyder Avenue, who runs a private social club, the Santa Fe Club, on Hutchinson Street near McKean, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner to make restitution of $132,304.89 to CSX Railroad. The FBI recovered most of the stolen bikes and baby food, but the baby food, worth $126,483, couldn't be marketed because it had been stolen, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger, a case prosecutor.
December 17, 1999 |
To the consumer it's known as "hot stuff. " To the distributor it's called "swag. " But yesterday, federal investigators targeting reputed mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino and four of his top associates attached a different name to the truckloads of televisions, bicycles, baby formula, women's sweatsuits, toy trains and electrical ceiling fans that were allegedly the stock in trade of a South Philadelphia stolen property ring. The feds called it "evidence. " The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the arrest of Merlino and four other reputed mobsters yesterday morning on racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with what they allege was a million-dollar stolen property ring operating in South Philadelphia.
August 7, 1999
They held a "Lactation Celebration" in the nation's capital last week, and one mother told this story: On a visit to one of the Smithsonian museums, Noel Marie Taylor was asked to leave when she tried to breast-feed her baby. The reason? No food or drink was allowed on the premises. It sounds suspiciously like a comedy sketch, but many women trying to breast-feed their children say they have been asked to leave the U.S. Capitol and national parks. Reasons given included the old standby: Even discreet breast-feeding offends the tender sensibilities of others.
February 19, 1998 |
New Jersey's flea-market vendors, blindsided recently by a new law that could have put some of them out of business, were breathing easier yesterday. Legislators who wrote the law after being prodded by lobbyists for the food industry and retail merchants are saying now they will undo their work. State Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. (R., Monmouth), one of the sponsors, said he and his colleagues had "not heard a peep" from the vendors before they sent a bill to Gov. Whitman to outlaw the sale at flea markets of baby food, cosmetics and dated non-prescription drugs.
February 12, 1998 |
You could go to Wal-Mart today and buy a tube of Revlon lipstick for $6.47. Or you could wait until Saturday, drive to the Cowtown flea market near Woodstown and, at Nancy Bea's booth, buy a tube of Revlon for about $2. But don't wait until April 8 to save a few dollars. On that Wednesday, a law signed last month by Gov. Whitman will put Bea, of Elmer, who said she had been selling cosmetics at flea markets for the last 12 years, out of business. It would do the same to flea-market vendors selling baby food or any over-the-counter drugs marked with a date.
June 4, 1995 |
A recent study contended that eating lots of fish didn't reduce the risk of heart attacks. Then the Center for Science in the Public Interest panned commercially prepared baby food. Finally, the National Heart Savers Association bought advertising space in 40 newspapers and commanded: "Don't drink 2 percent milk. " If this kind of news leaves you feeling confused and discouraged, come get a spoonful of reality: THE FISH ISSUE. One study does not refute an entire body of evidence.