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Monster Beverage Suing San Francisco City Attorney

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors. The company, based in Corona, Calif., says it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe.

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Consumer Trends: Same-Store Sales Improve at Restaurants

May 1, 2013 12:00 pm

Buoyed by positive sales results and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) rose above 100 in March.  The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry — stood at 100.6 in March, up 0.7 percent from February's level of 99.9.

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NYC Elementary School Adopts Vegetarian Menu

May 1, 2013 9:31 am

A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili. Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation.

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U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant To Open Soon

May 1, 2013 9:30 am

The first U.S.-based horse slaughter plant in six years will open soon unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, the country's agriculture secretary said Tuesday. Valley Meat Co. has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses.

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Wining with the Stars

May 1, 2013 9:28 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE,Associated Press

The MacMurray Ranch is now owned by the Gallo wine family and open to the public only during the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in August, but it's one of several California wineries with celebrity connections, including wineries owned by "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, the late "Davy Crockett" star Fess Parker, and the late "Perry Mason" star Raymond Burr.

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Egypt Investigating New Student Food Poisoning Case

May 1, 2013 9:25 am

A security official says that Egyptian authorities are investigating a new case of food poisoning at Al-Azhar, Cairo's centuries-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning. The official says the investigation opened Tuesday. Some 160 university students fell sick after a tuna meal on Monday, sparking protests by colleagues angry over the quality of basic services in the university hostel, the official said.

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Worker Dies in Blender at Ore. Meat Plant

May 1, 2013 9:24 am

An Oregon cleaning worker was killed when he fell into a running blender at a meat-processing plant, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. Deputy Nate Thompson identified the worker as Hugo Avalos-Chanon, 41, of Portland. He worked for DCS Sanitation Management, a cleaning company that has a contract with Interstate Meat Distributors.

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Photo of the Day: Hollywood and Vine

May 1, 2013 9:22 am

In this photo taken March 15, 2013 Kate MacMurray, daughter of the late actor Fred MacMurray poses with a glass of Pinot Noir by a photograph of her father in a tasting area and gallery of old photographs at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg, Calif. The former cattle ranch, which was purchased in 1941 by the actor in the popular TV series "My Three Sons," now produces wine and is owned by the Gallo wine family.

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Resources Improve Sustainability of U.S. Dairy

April 30, 2013 12:37 pm

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy today announced new science-based resources available for dairy producers, processors, industry partners and stakeholders. The resources help the industry act on the unprecedented scientific research commissioned as part of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Commitment — a collective effort of the dairy value chain to measure and improve the sustainability of U.S. dairy from farm to table.

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General Mills Reports Global Responsibility Efforts

April 30, 2013 12:33 pm

Today, General Mills released its 2013 Global Responsibility Report, which outlines the company's progress and commitments in the areas of health, environment, sourcing, workplace and community engagement. The full report can be accessed at www.GeneralMills.com.

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AB InBev Sees Falling Volumes in Key Markets

April 30, 2013 12:31 pm

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's largest brewer, says that its profits rose in the first quarter in spite of falling sale volumes in important markets. The company behind Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Becks said Tuesday that even though revenues grew by 1.5 percent in the first quarter, volumes declined by 4.1 percent.

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Posh Vegas Restaurant Shuttered amid Outbreak

April 30, 2013 12:28 pm | by MICHELLE RINDELS,Associated Press

A trendy Las Vegas tapas restaurant that's racked up hundreds of rave reviews on the website Yelp is closed after more than three dozen patrons reported food poisoning symptoms. Southern Nevada Health District officials said the flagship Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road was shuttered Friday and will remain closed while they run tests to try to determine the source of the outbreak.

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Heinz Shareholders Approve Acquisition

April 30, 2013 12:26 pm

Heinz is one step closer to going private. The Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker said Tuesday that shareholders overwhelmingly approved its acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the investment firm that also owns Burger King.

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Consumer Trends: Top 100 Brunch Restaurants

April 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Just in time for Mother's Day, OpenTable is pleased to announce the 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Sumitomo To Set Up Joint Venture in China To Make Sugar

April 30, 2013 9:51 am

Trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Tuesday it will set up a joint venture in China with Hong Kong and South Korean firms to manufacture and sell sugar from 2014. Sumitomo and TS Corp. of South Korea will hold a 33 percent stake each in the joint venture, while Taikoo Sugar Ltd. of Hong Kong will have a 34 percent stake in the venture to be launched in China's Guangdong Province.

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Dairy Co-op Laying Off More Than 100 Workers

April 30, 2013 9:50 am

A large Wisconsin dairy cooperative plans to close a cheese plant, idle another plant indefinitely and lay off more than 100 employees. Baraboo-based Foremost Farms is closing an Alma Center plant that makes mozzarella cheese for foodservice markets. The co-op is idling a cheddar cheese plant in Waumandee.

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Czech Whisky Succeeds in Communist Market

April 30, 2013 9:47 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

Demand for Hammer Head has been solid around the globe, but Vaclav Sitner, a member of the team tasked with creating a premium whisky, would not reveal how much was made and how much is still available. He would only said if the current sales remain at the same level of 10,000 - 15,000 bottles a year, it is expected to be sold out in five to seven years.

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Hostess Opening Bakeries in Indiana and Illinois

April 30, 2013 9:44 am

Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands. The predecessor to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of turmoil and later decided to go out of business after a nationwide strike crippled its operations.

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FDA Investigating Added Caffeine in Foods

April 30, 2013 9:41 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer. The Food and Drug Administration is closely watching the marketing of these foods and wants to know more about their safety.

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Photo of the Day: Communist Whisky Rises to Excellence

April 30, 2013 9:38 am

In this Monday, April 8, 2013 photo Eva Brozovska labels bottles with single malt "Hammer Head" whisky in a distillery in Pradlo, Czech Republic. The "Hammer Head" whisky made in communist Czechoslovakia matured in oak barrels for more than 20 years to reach surprisingly good quality before hitting the market.

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