FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE - 2008
2008 Mexican multinational company Grupo Bimbo acquired Weston Foods Inc., becoming the world's largest bread manufacturing company.
2008 New Zealand Crop & Food Research scientists announced they have created a tear-free onion.
2008 All 7,100 Starbucks Coffee Shops in the U.S. close for three hours of employee training.
2008 In Alamosa, Colorado state health officials warned residents to stop drinking and cooking with tap water after samples had tested positive for salmonella contamination. The ban was lifted on April 11, 2008 after the city flushed its 51 miles of water lines with a heavy dose of chlorine. The salmonella outbreak linked to the city's tap water sickened nearly 400 people before being declared safe to drink on April 11, 2008.
2008 The last livestock auctions were held at the 122 year old South St. Paul Stockyards, which was once one of the world's leading livestock centers.
2008 The tap water in Alamosa, Colorado has been declared safe to drink. On March 19 water samples had tested positive for salmonella contamination.
2008 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 42 cents and post cards to 27 cents.
2008 The U.S. Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species due to the loss of Arctic sea ice.
2008 Folgers Coffee is acquired by J.M. Smucker Co. from Procter & Gamble.
2008 U.S. antitrust regulators approved the joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors, and MillerCoors began operation as a combined entity on July 1, 2008.
2008 MillerCoors, the joint venture between brewers SABMiller and Molson Coors began operation as a combined entity.
2008 The U.S. Navy agreed to restrict loud sonar blasts from anti-submarine vessels in large areas of the world's oceans to protect whales and other vulnerable creatures.
2008 Mars Inc., makers of M&Ms completed its acquistion of chewing gum company Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. for $23 billion.
2008 'The Secret Life of Bees' opened in U.S. theatres.
2008 The Global Seed Vault ('doomsday seed vault') opened deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the world and shield them from man-made and natural disasters.
2008 San Francisco passed a law requiring chain restaurants (with 20 or more locations in California) to post nutrition information on their menus.
2008 The musical 'A Catered Affair' opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.
2008 Paul Newman died Sept 26 (born Jan 26, 1925). Actor, director, race car driver, etc. Newman also co-founded 'Newman's Own' food company, which donates all profits to charity (amounting to more than $380 million as of 2013).
2008 Oil prices hit $100 for the first time.
2008 The Yellow River Conservancy Committee reported that one-third of the Yellow River in northern China, was heavily polluted and was unsafe for any use.
2008 The UN designated 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. (Potatoes are the world's 4th largest food crop.)
2008 Irv Robbins died. Co-founder, with Burt Baskin, of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 in Glendale, California.
2008 J.R. Simplot died. Founder of J.R. Simplot Company in 1929 in Idaho. specializing in potato products (in 2005 it supplied more than 50% of McDonald's french fries).
2008 Wilbur Hardee died. Founder of fast food chain Hardee's in 1960.
2008 Rocky Aoki died. Founder of Benihana Japanese Steakhouse restaurant chain.
2008 Sidney Craig died. Co-founder with his wife, Jenny Craig, of the Jenny Craig chain of diet centers.
2008 Thailand: Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was forced out of office because he was appearing on the TV cooking show 'Tasting, Ranting.' It was illegal for a government minister to hold another job.
2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse.
2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.
2008 It takes about 2 hours labor to produce 100 bushels of wheat.
2008 On May 14, The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of Foie Gras.
2008 Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye's restaurant chain, died on March 23.
2008 Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald's Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, died on March 25
2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94 on May 13. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.
2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban trans fats in restaurants and retail food establishments. The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2010. California is the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants. There are several cities that have banned them, and California and Oregon have previously banned trans fats in school meals.
2008 IBM is granted a patent for storing a customers preference for 'paper or plastic bags' on the stores customer loyalty card. Does this really deserve a patent?! Our patent system is definitely out of control.
2008 Flatulent Assault or Battery by Fart: A man in West Virginia was charged with battery on a police officer when he passed gas and allegedly 'fanned' it toward the police officer. He had been taken to the police station for a Breathalyzer test when the alleged 'fart and fan' caper occurred. The prosecutor's office later requested that the criminal complaint be dropped.
2008 Water on Mars! NASA announced that its Phoenix Mars Lander had uncovered about eight small pieces of water ice.
2008 Belgian based brewer InBev reached a deal to acquire Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion. This would create the world's largest brewer, which brands include Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, Rolling Rock, Labatt, Bass, Whitbread, Beck's, Corona, Lowenbrau, St. Pauli Girl, Stella Artois - a total of over 200 brands throughout the world. Annual sales in 2013 were over $43 billion. (See also Sept 6, 2004).
2008 The movie 'Beer for My Horses' opened in U.S. theatres.