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Wash. Sells Liquor Stores For $31M

April 24, 2012 1:06 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

The Washington state Liquor Control Board announced Monday that bids for Washington's 167 state-run liquor stores totaled about $30.8 million in an auction prompted by a voter initiative kicking the state out of the booze business.

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Pa. Lawmakers To Live A Week On $35 Worth Of Food

April 24, 2012 1:03 pm | by KATHY MATHESON,Associated Press

A congressman, the Philadelphia mayor and a trio of Pennsylvania state legislators pledged Monday to live on $35 worth of food for the next week in what they said was an effort to show how hard it is to subsist on government benefits.

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Higher Prices Lift Hershey 1Q Profits

April 24, 2012 1:00 pm

The candy maker said Tuesday its first-quarter profit rose 24 percent as higher prices and cost cutting helped offset higher ingredient costs. The company raised its sales forecast for the year and its shares rose 3.5 percent in premarket trading.

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Consumers, Food Inspectors Deliver Poultry Petitions

April 24, 2012 12:58 pm

Consumer watchdogs, concerned citizens and federal food inspectors represented by the American Federation of Government Employees delivered nearly 150,000 petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing proposed changes to the poultry inspections process they say will impact the health and safety of the American public.

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Feds Accuse Wash. Farm Of Rehiring Illegal Immigrants

April 24, 2012 12:54 pm | by MANUEL VALDES,Associated Press

A Washington state herb farm that was forced to fire nearly 90 illegal immigrants because of a government audit rehired some of those workers, paid them cash and asked them to work at night because production began to drop, according to court documents filed Monday.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Organic Market Passed $31 Billion In 2011

April 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, while the organic non-food sector reached $2.2 billion, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) 2012 Organic Industry Survey.

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U.S. Sen. Says Whole Foods Policy Hurts Fishermen

April 24, 2012 10:00 am

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is asking Whole Foods to reconsider a decision to no longer sell seafood it doesn't consider sustainable. In a letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb Monday, Brown said the decision has more to do with political correctness than sound reasoning.

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Shrimp Processors Object To BP Settlement Terms

April 24, 2012 9:58 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors asked a federal judge Monday to hold off on giving his preliminary approval to portions of BP's proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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U.S. Asparagus Industry Sees Slight Recovery

April 24, 2012 9:55 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Asparagus farmers crushed for decades by a flood of South American imports have begun to expand production again in the hope that healthy eating trends and demand for homegrown vegetables will help bolster prices and sales of their stalks.

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Kellogg's Bleak Outlook Raises Stakes On Pringles

April 24, 2012 9:51 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers

Kellogg's lowered forecast for 2012 is raising the stakes on the breakfast food giant's purchase of Pringles earlier this year.

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Muscatine Residents Sue Corn Plant Over Pollution

April 24, 2012 9:47 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A Muscatine plant that manufactures corn-based products emits so much pollution that it has damaged homes, cars and property across the city, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

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Photo Of The Day: Asparagus Resurges

April 24, 2012 9:44 am

U.S. asparagus growers are replanting fields following a decades-long downturn.

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Beam Buys Pinnacle Vodka For $605M

April 23, 2012 1:08 pm

Beam Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy the Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum brands, along with other related assets, for $605 million in cash, from White Rock Distilleries.

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Pepsi Plant To Close

April 23, 2012 1:06 pm

A Pepsi-Cola franchisee says it's closing its soft drink plant in Huron. The Huron Plainsman reports that the last day of production will be May 17. Ten full-time employees are affected.

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Starbucks To Open At Disney

April 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is about to perk up "the happiest place on earth." The Seattle-based coffee chain on Monday is announcing a partnership to open a store inside each of the six Disney properties in California and Florida.

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Watchdog: Mexico Should Probe Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal

April 23, 2012 1:02 pm | by GALIA GARCIA-PALAFOX,Associated Press

Government officials declined on Sunday to comment on the allegations contained in a New York Times report that said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. failed to notify law enforcement after its own investigators found evidence that millions of dollars in bribes had been paid in Mexico to spur the company's rapid expansion there.

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Blast Kills 1 At Norway Dairy Plant

April 23, 2012 12:57 pm

An explosion ripped through a Norwegian dairy plant building in the country's southeast on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding three others, a Norwegian broadcaster reported. Rescuers also sought five people believed to be missing.

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Consumer Trends: Fewer Americans Thinking Green

April 23, 2012 12:54 pm

Since the summer of 2009, the Harris Poll has been tracking Americans' attitudes toward the environment as well as their engagement in various environmentally-friendly, or "green," behaviors. The latest installment finds that many green behaviors, including those capable of saving consumers money, continue to decline. And perhaps more alarming, considerably fewer U.S. adults now express concern for, and awareness of, environmental issues.

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McDonald's Ever-Changing Menu Boosts Profits

April 23, 2012 10:01 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's ever-evolving mix of affordable menu items and new offerings like the Chicken McBites is helping the chain solidify its dominance in the fast-food industry.

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Romney's Budget Would Cut Food Inspections

April 23, 2012 9:58 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press

Reducing government deficits Mitt Romney's way would mean less money for health care for the poor and disabled and big cuts to nuts-and-bolts functions such as food inspection, border security and education.

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