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Wash. Proposal Would Require GMO Label

January 4, 2013 9:35 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Any food sold in Washington state and made with genetically engineered crops would have to be labeled under a ballot initiative submitted Thursday. The move came two months after California voters rejected a similar measure that pitted food safety advocates against agricultural and biotechnology giants in a roughly $55 million advertising battle.

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Photo of the Day: Hold the Veggies

January 4, 2013 9:33 am

This photo shows vegetables left over by students on their cafeteria trays at the Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast-food for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds that they’re split on how the government should help.

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Thought of the Day: Who Gets to Sell Wine?

January 3, 2013 12:56 pm

Despite the protests of some liquor store owners, a new bill will be taken up in the Tennessee legislature next week. The bill aims to remove the ban on the sale of wine in state grocery stores, where beer sales are already allowed.  

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Kansas Chamber Supports Loosening Liquor Laws

January 3, 2013 12:38 pm

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce wants to allow the state's groceries and convenience stores to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer. Chamber vice president Kent Eckles says the chamber will be part of a coalition urging legislators to rewrite laws on alcohol sales in the upcoming session.

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USDA Issues Final Animal Traceability Rule

January 3, 2013 12:36 pm

The USDA announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. "With the final rule announced today, the United States now has a flexible, effective animal disease traceability system for livestock moving interstate, without undue burdens for ranchers and U.S. livestock businesses," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Starbucks Rolling out Reusable Cups

January 3, 2013 12:33 pm

Starbucks Corp. is rolling out a $1 reusable plastic cup at its cafes starting Thursday. The Seattle-based coffee chain already gives customers a dime discount each time they bring in reusable cups for refills. Now it's hoping the new cups — which bear its logo and resemble its white paper cups — will increase the habit.

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Liquor Stores Rebuff Proposal for Wine in Tenn. Groceries

January 3, 2013 12:28 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

An effort to reduce opposition to supermarket wine sales in Tennessee has so far failed to change the minds of the liquor store owners who stand to lose the most out of the proposal. Under the bill taking shape before the Legislature convenes next week, local referendums would determine if wine could be sold alongside beer in grocery and convenience stores.

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Smithfield Continues Phasing out Gestation Crates

January 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, said Thursday it is on track to end the practice of keeping female hogs in small metal crates while pregnant at its U.S. facilities by 2017 and plans to phase out the practice at its international hog production operations and its joint ventures by 2022.

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Consumer Trends: Perceptions of Healthy Evolve

January 3, 2013 12:23 pm

Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, but their perceptions of what is considered healthy eating at restaurants are also changing. Contemporary definitions of health are strongly associated with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and drink.

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Russians Have New Dilemma: Where to Buy Beer?

January 3, 2013 9:35 am | by JIM HEINTZ,Associated Press

Under a law that took effect on New Year's Day, selling beer at the ubiquitous kiosks that mushroomed along Russian sidewalks and roadsides after the collapse of the Soviet Union has been banned. New laws could deal a finishing blow to a symbol of the country's lively and disorderly post-communist free market.

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Coca-Cola Buys Independent Bottler

January 3, 2013 9:32 am

Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co., one of the largest Coca-Cola bottling companies in the U.S., said Wednesday that it will be acquired by Coca-Cola Co. The Sacramento, Calif., company said it is the sixth-largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola in the U.S. and does business in northern California. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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Ski Resorts Spruce up Cocktail Menus

January 3, 2013 9:30 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ,Associated Press

Skiers have always sought out a refreshing drink or two after a day of racing down the mountain. Every afternoon, they can be seen unbuckling tight boots and heading into slopeside bars. Beer flows freely while a cheesy guitarist or cover band wails away. But now resorts are making apres ski a bit fancier, with drinks that leave weary skiers shouting, "Another round, barkeeper!"

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Dean Foods Rises on ‘Cliff’ Deal

January 3, 2013 9:28 am

Shares of Dean Foods rose more than 4 percent on Wednesday, as the "fiscal cliff" compromise deal will avert the potential doubling of milk prices. The measure approved by Congress extends portions of the expired 2008 farm bill through September, according to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

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Hormel Buying Skippy Peanut Butter for $700M

January 3, 2013 9:25 am

Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it's buying Skippy, the country's No. 2 peanut butter brand, for about $700 million.

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Photo of the Day: Skiers Kick Back with Specialty Drinks

January 3, 2013 9:22 am

This undated image provided by Park Hyatt Beaver Creek shows a beer float served at the hotel in Avon, Colo. The drink features local beers and ice creams and sorbets made in house at the hotel. It’s one of a number of specialty drinks served for the après ski crowd at resorts and hotels around the West.

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Thought of the Day: "Mitch McConnell's Version of a Farm Bill"

January 2, 2013 1:15 pm

When the U.S. House of Representatives voted last night to approve a Senate bill to avoid the "fiscal cliff," a little known provision in the bill provided relief to dairy farmers across the country. A somewhat controversial measure put forward by Senate Republican Mitch McConnell will extend some portions of the yet unpassed Farm Bill through September.

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Dole To Close on ITOCHU Deal in 2013

January 2, 2013 12:14 pm

Dole Food Co. anticipates completing the approximately $1.7 billion sale of its worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses to Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. early this year. But the food company also cautioned that earnings from its fresh fruit business continue to drop due to weak economic conditions and rising banana prices in Asia.

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S&P Lowers ConAgra Rating on Ralcorp Purchase

January 2, 2013 12:12 pm

Standard & Poor's Rating Services has lowered its rating on ConAgra Foods Inc. because the food company's planned $5 billion acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings Inc. will add to its debt. When including debt, the companies value the acquisition at $6.8 billion.

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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.

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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.

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