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Thought Of The Day: Freer Fishing

December 17, 2012 9:00 am

Feds are considering opening long-closed fishing areas in the Northeast. Those involved in the fishing industry in the area are debating the best way to limit over-fishing while ensuring the livlihood of local fishermen. Here's the position of Maggie Raymond, a fishing boat owner from Maine.

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Consumer Trends: America's Most Popular New Restaurants

December 14, 2012 10:12 am

Urbanspoon, the leading mobile restaurant discovery application and reservation management system, today released its list of America's Most Popular New Restaurants of 2012 , highlighting the 50 most sought-after restaurants across the U.S. to open this year.

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Coca-Cola FEMSA To Buy Stake In Philippines Bottler

December 14, 2012 10:09 am

The Coca-Cola Co.'s biggest franchise bottler, Coca-Cola FEMSA, said Friday that it has agreed to buy a 51 percent stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. for $688.5 million in cash. Coca-Cola FEMSA is based in Mexico and distributes Coca-Cola products throughout Latin America. The deal allows the bottler to expand beyond that region while capturing one of the company's biggest markets.

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China, South Africa Ban Beef Imports From Brazil

December 14, 2012 10:07 am

Brazil says China and South Africa have banned imports of its beef because of fears of mad cow disease. The Agriculture Ministry says China and South Africa told Brazil they are temporarily suspending beef imports from the world's second largest exporter of the product. Japan did the same earlier this month.

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Vegetable Farm Settles Discrimination Suit

December 14, 2012 10:05 am | by PHILLIP LUCAS,Associated Press

One of the state's largest vegetable farms reached a settlement with former employees who claimed they were discriminated against because of their race or national origin. Hamilton Growers Inc., which has done business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable Inc., agreed to pay $500,000 in a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Coalition.

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Gloria Jean's Tall Coffee Scheme Leaves Bitter Taste

December 14, 2012 10:03 am | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press

A promotion earlier this month by Gloria Jean's Coffees International offered a free second drink to women who measure at least 1.65 meters, or about 5 feet 6 inches, and was meant to echo a government campaign to increase the average national height, state media reported. But critics said on the social networking site Facebook that the promotion was offensive to Vietnamese women, prompting the company to cancel it and apologize.

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Illnesses Prompt Expanded Burger Recall

December 14, 2012 10:01 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is monitoring the recalls, which were prompted by four cases of E. coli infection. Public Health officials notified the CFIA last week that the E. coli cases could possibly be linked to a food source, which prompted the investigation into the meat.

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Consumer Prices Drop 0.3 Percent

December 14, 2012 9:47 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A steep fall in gas costs pushed down a measure of U.S. consumer prices last month, keeping inflation mild. The seasonally adjusted consumer price index dropped 0.3 percent in November from October, the Labor Department said Friday. Gas prices fell 7.4 percent, the biggest drop in nearly four years. That offset a 0.2 percent rise in food prices.

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Schumer: Fiscal Cliff Would Hike NY Milk Prices

December 14, 2012 9:45 am

Sen. Charles Schumer warns that if Washington doesn't avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, New Yorkers could see the price of milk double and dairy farmers would suffer. The Democrat says Congress must agree on a budget or a 1940s law will kick in on Jan. 1 that will trigger higher costs even as famers get lower prices under the government's subsidy program.

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Missouri Wineries Flourish Over Past Decade

December 14, 2012 9:43 am

A University of Missouri researcher says the number of wineries in the state more than tripled over the past decade. Fabio Chaddad is an assistant professor of agricultural economics. His research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Missouri had 108, mostly small wineries last year, compared with just 31 wineries in 2000.

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Graincorp Rejects ADM's Latest Offer

December 14, 2012 9:40 am

GrainCorp says Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s latest, $2.35 billion offer for the Australian grain handler is still too low. ADM earlier this month offered GrainCorp shareholders 12.20 Australian dollars per share in cash. That works out to about $2.35 billion for the shares of GrainCorp ADM doesn't already own. ADM has a 19.9 percent stake in GrainCorp.

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Dairy Co-Owner Indicted In Theft

December 14, 2012 9:36 am | by CASEY GROVE,Anchorage Daily News

A grand jury has indicted the former manager and current co-owner of Valley Dairy, which owns and operates Palmer-based Matanuska Creamery, on charges of misusing federal grant money that was intended to help Alaska's dairy industry. Under the indictment handed up Tuesday, Kyle Beus faces three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Photo Of The Day: A Cranberry Christmas

December 14, 2012 9:32 am

“Cranberries are an exceptional holiday fruit,” said Larry Martin, vice president of global marketing at Ocean Spray. “They make everything more festive and provide the perfect complement to holiday dishes and décor whether they’re fresh, dried, juice or sauce.”

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U.S. Trade Deficit Grows To $42.2 Billion

December 13, 2012 10:33 am

The U.S. trade deficit grew 4.8 percent in October from September to $42.2 billion. The deficit increased because exports fell by a larger margin than imports. U.S. exports dropped 3.6 percent to $180.5 billion because sales of commercial aircraft, autos and farm products all declined. Imports fell 2.1 percent to $222.8 billion, reflecting fewer shipments of foreign-made cell phones, autos and machinery.

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NY Chocolate Festival Makes Manhattan Debut

December 13, 2012 10:30 am

With choices ranging from healthy and nutritious to decadent and delicious, attendees will get to sample, purchase and otherwise indulge in gourmet chocolates, baked goods, fudge, gelato, specialty foods, cheeses, wines, beers and much more from over 60 local and regional vendors.

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Weekly Unemployment Aid Applications Drop

December 13, 2012 10:28 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the lowest in two months. It is the second-lowest total this year.

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Canadian Company Recalls Burgers For E. Coli

December 13, 2012 10:26 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public to avoid certain Butcher's Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers because of possible E. coli contamination. The affected product is sold frozen in 1.13 kilogram packages with a best-before date of March 3.

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Food Prices Rise By Most In 2 Years

December 13, 2012 10:24 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

Food prices rose by the most in nearly two years, pushed higher by costlier beef and vegetables. Beef prices jumped 8.2 percent, the biggest gain in four and a half years. Vegetable prices rose nearly 12 percent. Grocery stores may mark up the prices of those products in the coming months, but probably not by as much.

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Consumer Trends: Catering Trends

December 13, 2012 10:19 am

Recent research on consumers' use of restaurants and retailers for social catering found three-year compound annual growth rates projected at 5 percent or better for several market segments. But fast-casual restaurants are poised to outperform all other players, with projected growth at 12 percent, followed by quick-service sandwich restaurants (8 percent) and club stores (7 percent).

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Snack Company Issues Allergy Alert For Raisins

December 12, 2012 5:43 pm

Mister Snacks, Inc. of Amherst, New York, is recalling its 5 oz. packages of Sunbird Snacks Yogurt Raisins because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

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