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China's Inflation Drops As Food Prices Ease

March 9, 2012 12:59 pm | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Consumer price inflation declined to a 20-month low of 3.2 percent from January's 4.5 percent, data showed Friday. Inflation in politically sensitive food costs declined even more markedly, falling to 6.2 percent from the previous month's 10.5 percent.

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Alcohol Sales Plummet Near S.D. Reservation

March 9, 2012 12:56 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcohol sales have plummeted in a tiny Nebraska town faulted for selling beer to members of an American Indian tribe plagued by alcoholism.

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Grain Company Owner Sentenced To 6 Years For Fraud

March 9, 2012 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The owner of a Gallatin grain company is sentenced to six years in federal prison for a fraud that cost more than 100 northwest Missouri farmers an estimated $3 million.

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Consumer Trends: Texans Lead U.S. In Dining Out

March 9, 2012 12:51 pm | News | Comments

A Zagat survey shows that Texans lead the nation in dining out with a statewide average of 3.8 meals per week, approximately 20 percent higher than the national average of 3.1.

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Harnessing the Risk Factors of Facility Project Planning

March 9, 2012 12:48 pm | by Dan Vining, PMP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

A project team who tackles risk planning and management with collective intensity wins [at least] most of the time.

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Poland Pulls Food That May Contain Rock Salt

March 9, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Polish health authorities have ordered the withdrawal from the market of more than 230,000 kilograms (500,000 pounds) of pickles, bread and other food suspected of containing industrial salt, the latest development in a scandal raising fears about food safety.

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Neb. Turkey Plant Continues To Grow

March 9, 2012 10:10 am | News | Comments

The owners of Nebraska's only turkey processing plant expect to expand production and nearly double its current workforce of 50 in 2012.

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Starbucks To Sell Single-Cup Coffee Machine

March 9, 2012 10:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. said Thursday that it will soon sell a single-cup coffee machine that lets people brew lattes and other coffee drinks at home.

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Washington Auctions Off State-Run Liquor Stores

March 9, 2012 10:03 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 20 states control the retail or wholesale liquor business. Some, such as Iowa and West Virginia, have relinquished partial control in recent years, but Washington would be the first in that group to abandon the liquor business entirely.

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Biologists Forecast Big Pacific Salmon Season

March 9, 2012 10:01 am | News | Comments

Pacific Coast fishermen can start gearing up for what's expected to be the best salmon fishing season in years. Federal fishery managers are forecasting robust populations of chinook and coho salmon off the Pacific coast and in California and Oregon rivers.

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi Make Changes To Avoid Cancer Warning

March 9, 2012 9:54 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label.

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Photo Of The Day: Washington Privatizes Liquor Business

March 9, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Washington state begins the process of fully privatizing its alcoholic beverage business on Thursday when a public auction of state-run liquor stores opens online, marking a historic change for a state that has tightly controlled its booze since the end of Prohibition.

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Showing Their New Colors

March 9, 2012 9:36 am | Videos | Comments

Soda giants Coca Cola and Pepsi have changed their recipes, removing a caramel coloring chemical that could cause cancer.

Growth & Value in a Volatile World (Part I)

March 9, 2012 9:27 am | by PwC | Articles | Comments

Commitments to doing more business globally are accelerating in 2012 despite economic, regulatory, and other uncertainties. CEOs see the fundamentals for future growth still squarely in place.

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Knowing What You Need And Getting It — Even In Lean Times

March 8, 2012 12:58 pm | by Paul Glover, Founder of The Glover Group | Articles | Comments

Our world changed when the recession began in earnest. Since then, businesses have had a much more frugal attitude with an absolute need to control waste and thus increase profitability.

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Smithfield 3Q Profit Falls On Higher Costs

March 8, 2012 12:51 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Smithfield Foods posted a 61 percent decline in third-quarter earnings Thursday on higher costs and charges related to the pork producer's share of a Spanish processed-meats company.

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Bad Weather Ups Food Prices

March 8, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

International food prices have risen for the second time in two months, a U.N. agency said Thursday blaming bad weather in major exporting countries among other factors that have reversed downward price trends.

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Growing Mushrooms For Packaging

March 8, 2012 12:46 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press | News | Comments

Mushrooms are a key ingredient in the pale, soft blocks produced by the thousands in an upstate New York plant that are used to cushion products ranging from Dell Inc. servers to furniture for Crate and Barrel.

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Coca-Cola Paid CEO $21.2M In 2011

March 8, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Co. gave its CEO a pay package worth $21.2 million last year, up 10 percent from the previous year, as the world's biggest soda maker sold more of its drinks and expanded overseas.

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Celebrities Brew Coffee For A Cause

March 8, 2012 12:40 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Celebrity coffees are just a fraction of the overall market, but he trend of celebrities working with high-quality roasters to make coffee for a cause "can only be a good thing," says Miles Small, owner and editor-in-chief of CoffeeTalk magazine, based in Vashon, Wash.

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