Nestle will speed up salt reduction in foods
GENEVA – The world’s biggest food and drink company is pledging to speed up making hundreds of products with less salt to honor new U.N. dietary guidelines.
Swiss-based Nestle said further cuts in salt would be made in all its food brands worldwide in keeping with the World Health Organization’s new guideline earlier this year that adults should limit salt intake to no more than five grams per day.
The company Monday said hundreds of products would be affected, including soups, noodles, recipe mixes, frozen and chilled meals and pizzas in popular brands such as Maggi, Stouffer’s and DiGiorno.
Microsoft signs contract for Texas wind power
HOUSTON – It takes a lot of energy to store all the data 1 billion people and 20 million businesses plug into their computers, phones, tablets and gadgets. So as part of an effort to become carbon neutral, Microsoft Corp. has entered a 20-year deal to buy power from a new wind farm in Texas.
The deal announced Monday between Microsoft and RES Americas is being funded in part by money collected from a “carbon fee,” an internal tax of sorts that the company has been charging its departments for every ton of carbon produced.
Barilla boosting diversity after protests
ROME – Italy-based pasta maker Barilla is pledging to improve diversity after protests were sparked by an executive’s claim the company would never feature ads depicting gay families.
Barilla said it has newly established a board to develop diversity goals and strategies. It said in a statement Monday that former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs in a car crash, and David Mixner, a gay rights activist, agreed to serve on the board.
In September, gays and others raised calls to boycott Barilla products.
Bangladesh may raise garment workers’ pay
DHAKA, Bangladesh – A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers from $38 to about $66 a month – still the lowest in the world.
The harsh and often unsafe working conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry drew global attention after the collapse of an eight-story factory building killed more than 1,100 people in April.
The Ministry of Labor still must approve the raise.
U.S. factory orders rise in September
WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories rose in September on a big jump in commercial aircraft demand.
The Commerce Department said Monday that factory orders increased 1.7 percent in September from August.