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Juror: Landmark EEOC Verdict Sends Message

May 3, 2013 9:36 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A juror says she wanted to send a message by supporting a historic $240 million verdict for 32 mentally disabled men who faced decades of abuse by a Texas company: Never again. Juror Robin Griebel outlined her rationale for awarding $7.5 million to each former employee of Henry's Turkey Service, while the men, their attorney and relatives celebrated Wednesday's verdict.

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Rat Meat Sold as Lamb in China’s Latest Food Scandal

May 3, 2013 9:34 am

Chinese police have broken up a criminal ring accused of taking meat from rats and foxes and selling it as lamb in the country's latest food safety scandal. The Ministry of Public Security released results of a three-month crackdown on food safety violators, saying in a statement that authorities investigated more than 380 cases and arrested 904 suspects.

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Photo of the Day: Sniffing Out Allergens

May 3, 2013 9:32 am

In this Sunday, May 29, 2011 file photo, Jeff Glazer guides his allergy-sniffing dog, Riley, through a dugout of a ball field before his team's baseball game in Middlebury, Conn. Riley accompanies Jeff to ensure there are no peanut products or residue that could trigger his life-threatening allergic reactions.

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Daily Sound Bite: Anti-Addiction Groups Balk at Pa. Liquor Bills

May 2, 2013 12:36 pm

As a bill passes through the state senate in Pennsylvania, aiming to privatize the control of liquor and wine sales, some state senators and anti-addition groups are railing against the new proposed measure, claiming it will cost taxpayers and harm families.

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Food Manufacturers Support Dairy Freedom Act

May 2, 2013 12:30 pm

Food processor groups voiced their strong support last week for the Dairy Freedom Act in a letter to the bill's authors, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and David Scott (D-GA). The bill would offer the safety net of margin insurance for dairy farmers without forcing them to participate in a supply management program, a provision included in the dairy section of last year's Senate and House Agriculture Committee Farm Bills.

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Kellogg 1Q Profit Falls 11 Percent

May 2, 2013 12:28 pm

Kellogg's first-quarter net income slid 11 percent on higher expenses and acquisition costs. The Battle Creek, Mich., company announced a $1 billion stock repurchase program Thursday, but shares slipped in premarket trading. Kellogg — whose brands include Eggo, Keebler, Frosted Flakes and others — earned $311 million, or 85 cents per share, for the period ended March 30.

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Starbucks Makes Management Changes

May 2, 2013 12:27 pm

Starbucks Corp. is making management changes it says will give its top leaders deeper experience with the company. The world's biggest coffee chain declined to say whether the changes were part of succession planning for Howard Schultz, who returned as CEO in 2008 and has since led a turnaround of the company.

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Boston Beer Weighed Down by 1Q Expenses

May 2, 2013 12:24 pm

The Boston Beer Company Inc.'s profit slipped in the first quarter as rising costs dampened sales gains for the brewer. The company, which makes Samuel Adams beer, Twisted Tea and other beverages, said Wednesday that it faced higher costs for some of its goods during the quarter, and it increased spending on advertising and promotions.

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Dean Foods Spinning Off WhiteWave

May 2, 2013 12:22 pm

Dean Foods Co. said Wednesday that it will distribute a portion of its remaining stake in The WhiteWave Foods Co. later this month. The dairy processing company took WhiteWave — which makes Silk soy products and Horizon Organic dairy products — public in October and is using proceeds to pay down debt.

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Consumer Trends: Who Is Today's Primary Shopper?

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm

For today's retailers and manufacturers, it has become increasingly complicated to pinpoint who are today's primary shoppers. Soccer moms? Working women? Men? In a new study commissioned by PLMA, GfK Custom Research North America answers the questions with some surprising results.

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Cott Reports Lower Sales for 1Q

May 2, 2013 9:50 am

Shares of Cott Corp. fell Wednesday after the beverage maker reported lower first-quarter revenue, citing a loss in market share and a broader decline in the North American soft drink industry. The Canadian company, which makes private-label drinks for retailers, said its total filled beverage volume was 193 million cases for the quarter, down 5 percent from 203 million cases a year ago.

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Groups Criticize Pa. Liquor Bills

May 2, 2013 9:48 am | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press

Gov. Tom Corbett's push to liberalize Pennsylvania's beer, wine and liquor laws drew broad criticism from anti-addiction groups during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, and a key state senator suggested that any sale of private alcohol licenses won't deliver the kind of windfall Corbett has touted.

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Wis. Panel Approves Junk Food Stamp Bill

May 2, 2013 9:47 am | by KEVIN WANG,Associated Press

A Wisconsin Assembly committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would limit the amount of food stamp benefits that could be spent on junk food. Republican Rep. Dean Kaufert, of Neenah, amended his original bill to require people enrolled in the state nutrition assistance program, known as FoodShare or food stamps, to spend at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits on items such as milk, bread and vegetables.

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Abused Disabled Iowa Plant Workers Awarded $240M

May 2, 2013 9:45 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

For decades, the lives of 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers were controlled by their Texas-based employer, which profited handsomely by hiring them out. Regardless of sickness or injury, they were driven from the dilapidated, bug-infested bunkhouse where they were housed to their 41-cents-an-hour jobs removing the slaughtered birds' innards.

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Calif. Lawsuit Claims Lead in Ginger, Plum Candies

May 2, 2013 9:43 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, as required by state law.

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Photo of the Day: Spreading the Word About Wine

May 2, 2013 9:42 am

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a production of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA). The LPVA was formed in 1998 with a goal to help spread the word about all the wonderful things the Leelanau Peninsula has to offer including a growing number of award-winning wineries, excellent restaurants and a rich agricultural history.

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Daily Sound Bite: Monster Sues San Francisco City Attorney

May 1, 2013 12:51 pm

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney, arguing that City Attorney Dennis Herrera unfairly singled the company out by asking that it produce evidence that its drinks are safe.  Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change its labels and marketing materials.

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U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace in April

May 1, 2013 12:45 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower pace in April, held back by weaker hiring and less company stockpiling. The report is the latest sign that economic growth may be slowing this spring. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity slipped to 50.7 last month.

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Cargill Looks To Improve Nutrition of Kids’ Food

May 1, 2013 12:43 pm

Cargill today announced a new initiative to help food and beverage manufacturers and foodservice operators find formulation solutions to address the complex challenges associated with improving childhood nutrition. In support of this initiative, Cargill is launching www.childhood-nutrition.com to provide ideas for solving formulation challenges associated with creating kids' products that are healthier and taste great.

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PepsiCo Pulls Controversial Mountain Dew Ad

May 1, 2013 12:41 pm

PepsiCo pulled an online ad for Mountain Dew that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, The Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A goat character known as Felicia is included in the lineup.

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