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Wash. Liquor Prices up 10 Percent Since Privatization

January 2, 2013 12:10 pm

Privatizing liquor sales in Washington state hasn't brought prices down, as some had hoped. Instead, average liquor prices are up 10 percent since a year ago. The cost of liquor in Washington went up six months ago, right after the changeover, and has mostly stayed that way, The Daily Herald reported Monday.


Starbucks Completes Teavana Deal

January 2, 2013 12:07 pm

Starbucks Corp. said Monday it completed its $620 million purchase of Teavana Holdings Inc., which sells high-end loose-leaf teas. Teavana has locations in about 300 shopping malls, and Starbucks plans to set up stand-alone stores around the world and add tea bars where customers can buy hot and cold drinks.


Idaho Inmates Sue Beer Companies

January 2, 2013 12:05 pm

Five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise are suing a handful of major beer and wine companies, contending that alcohol led to their crimes and that they should have been warned that the beverages can be addictive.


Consumer Trends: Top Flavor Sensations for 2013

January 2, 2013 12:02 pm

American palates now prefer sweet and smoky above other popular flavors, according to a Kettle Brand-commissioned national survey conducted in December. The company is predicting a new wave of flavor sensations for 2013, and this summer will launch at least one new flavor to appeal to the evolved consumer palate.


Cal-Maine Slumps on 2Q Earnings

January 2, 2013 9:55 am

Shares of Cal-Maine Foods Inc. slumped more than 10 percent Monday, after the egg producer said its profit dropped because of higher feed prices and costs related to a recent acquisition. Cal-Maine's net income fell 39 percent in its fiscal second quarter because of higher prices for corn and soybean meal, the main ingredients it uses to feed its chickens.


British Company First in Europe To Grow Wasabi

January 2, 2013 9:53 am

A British farm has become the first place in Europe to grow and sell the native Japanese plant wasabi, as European chefs increasingly use it in a wide range of dishes. A farm in Dorset in southwest England began growing wasabi about three years ago and says the plant is now being "snapped up" by chefs all over Europe since going on sale in July.


‘Cliff’ Deal Prevents Spike in Milk Prices

January 2, 2013 9:49 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A potential doubling of milk prices will be averted as part of the compromise that White House and congressional bargainers reached on wide-ranging legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff," a leading senator said late Monday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told reporters that negotiators had agreed to extend portions of the expired 2008 farm bill through September.


Gluten-Free Foods and Veggies Are Hot Items in 2013

January 2, 2013 9:45 am | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

An increase in gluten-free cuisine that has fabulous flavor is going to be a big trend in 2013. Quince and cauliflower should be on your radar, along with finger limes and such delicacies as octopus and grits. The demand for more gluten-free foods has led to a wider availability of products that can be digested by those with celiac disease or an intolerance for the wheat protein.


Study: Fructose May Trigger Overeating

January 2, 2013 9:41 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE and MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writers

This is your brain on sugar — for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found.


Photo of the Day: Congress Avoids 'Cliff'

January 2, 2013 9:38 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to a closed-door GOP caucus as Congress meets to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that could kick in Jan. 1., at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.


SD Plant Can Process Unlimited Number Of Cattle

December 27, 2012 10:02 am

Northern Beef Packers can now process an unlimited number of cattle after getting its permanent certificate of occupancy from the city of Aberdeen. The city previously had restricted the plant in northeastern South Dakota to processing 125 head of cattle a day because of delays in the installation of wastewater equipment.


Canadian Regulators Can't Find E. Coli Source

December 27, 2012 9:43 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has completed its investigation into ingredients used in burgers produced at Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. but hasn't been able to find the source of E. coli contamination which led to the recall of burgers made by an Ontario company.


Beer Sales Help Rebuild Monastery In NorCal

December 26, 2012 1:10 pm

Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a 16th Century Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the first phase of the building's decades-long restoration in the Sacramento Valley town of Vina has been completed, with the chapter house of the monastery now standing.


Argentina Farmers Halt Sales Of Livestock

December 26, 2012 1:09 pm

Argentina's top farming groups are halting the sale of livestock for 24 hours to protest the government's planned expropriation of the Argentine Rural Society's exposition center. The country's biggest farm show called La Rural is held here each year as a showcase for the industry.


Experts: Canadian Food Safety Rules Good, Must Be Followed

December 26, 2012 1:07 pm | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Veteran cattleman George Graham has a common-sense solution for how to prevent a repeat of an E. coli outbreak and extensive product recall in the fall that made 18 people sick, threw thousands out of work and smeared the Canadian beef brand. Officials who regulate and work in the industry must simply do their jobs properly.


Audits Of Businesses For Illegal Immigrants Rising

December 26, 2012 1:04 pm | by MANUEL VALDES,Associated Press

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer forms verifying worker eligibility increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. 


Domino Foods Helps Communities Rebuild After Sandy

December 21, 2012 12:16 pm

Domino Foods, Inc. is further strengthening its commitment to help the communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy by contributing $50,000 to The American Red Cross for its relief and rebuilding efforts in the Northeast. Domino Sugar launched the first phase of its giving program over the Thanksgiving holiday with a donation to The American Red Cross of 30,200 lbs. of assorted Domino® Sugar products.

Low pH Levels Can Eliminate Some Massive Fish Kills

December 21, 2012 12:12 pm

Baylor University researchers are one step closer to understanding the algae that causes a substantial number of fish deaths in more than 18 states. Golden algae, Texas Tide or Prymnesium parvum, as it is known by its scientific name, produces toxins that can severely impact aquatic organisms. Over the past decade, golden algae blooms have been responsible for the death of tens of millions of fish in Texas reservoirs.


Mondelez Gives CEO $10M Award

December 21, 2012 12:08 pm

The company that makes Oreo cookies is sweetening the pay for its CEO with a special stock award valued at $10 million. Mondelez Inc. says in a regulatory filing that the reward recognizes Irene Rosenfeld for "top-tier performance," including the recent "highly successful" spinoff of its Kraft Foods grocery business.


FDA: Fast-Growing Salmon Would Not Harm Nature

December 21, 2012 12:06 pm

Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration has released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency.



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