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Sen. Schumer: Immigration Bill Would Help Northeast Farmers

April 18, 2013 9:47 am | by MARY ESCH,Associated Press

"There's going to be a lot of relief for our dairy farmers, our apple growers and our other specialty crop growers," Schumer said. "I think we're going to see our agriculture industry start growing at a much greater pace because of this bill."

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Brazilian Liquor Gets a Name of Its Own

April 18, 2013 9:45 am

Made from sugarcane, cachaca has always been sold in the United States under the label "Brazilian rum," but a recent decision by the U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau allows for it to be commercialized under its Portuguese name.

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Coca-Cola’s Independent Bottlers See Shifting Role

April 18, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker, which makes Sprite, Dasani and Powerade, had purchased its biggest North American bottler in 2010 to make it easier to introduce new products and clean up the messy patchwork of factories that had been created over the decades. The idea was that the company would consolidate production and eventually refranchise the business.

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Man Sentenced To Death for Bakery Blast

April 18, 2013 9:40 am

A court has sentenced a man to death for a bomb attack that killed 17 people three years ago at a bakery popular with tourists in western India. Judge N.P. Dhote sentenced Mirza Himayat Baig on Thursday after finding him guilty of murder and conspiracy in the February 2010 blast at the German Bakery in Pune in Maharashtra state. Six other suspects are still at large.

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Photo of the Day: The Spirit of Brazil

April 18, 2013 9:38 am

In this April 11, 2013 photo, waiter Ivanildo Soares serves a bottle of cachaca, Brazil's national spirit, at the "Adega da Cachaca" cellar in Brasilia, Brazil. The vast majority of cachaca is consumed domestically, much of it sipped in Brazil's famed caipirinha cocktails with lime, sugar and crushed ice.

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Tesco Prepares U.S. Exit with Sale of Fresh & Easy

April 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by sales, is to pull out of the U.S., selling off its lossmaking Fresh & Easy supermarket chain after it failed to transfer its winning formula from the U.K. to the western states. The supermarket group booked a loss of $1.8 billion for the U.S. misadventure.

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Daily Sound Bite: Food Seized at Infested Warehouse

April 17, 2013 12:30 pm

The FDA initiated a seizure by U.S. Marshals of food manufacured in a rodent-infested warehouse that processes and distributes kosher food products. Evidence of rodent activity, including rodent droppings and at least one dead rodent, were found in the facility.

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Idaho Rancher Urges Appropriators to Provide Ranchers Stability

April 17, 2013 12:21 pm

The Public Lands Council Vice President Brenda Richards urged the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to improve business stability for ranchers through well-placed appropriation of funding to federal agencies.

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FDA: U.S. Marshals Seize Food at Rodent-Infested Facility

April 17, 2013 12:17 pm

U.S. Marshals have seized food products at a Ridgewood, N.Y. warehouse that manufactures and distributes kosher food products, after investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread rodent infestation in the facility.

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Budweiser Introducing Bowtie-Shaped Can

April 17, 2013 12:12 pm

Anheuser-Busch is introducing a new, bowtie-shaped beer can that mirrors its iconic Budweiser logo. The St. Louis-based subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Wednesday that the new cans will be available in a special 8-pack nationwide beginning May 6.

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Brewers: Minn. Alcohol Tax Hike Will Hit Consumers

April 17, 2013 12:11 pm | by KYLE POTTER, Associated Press

Lawmakers' plan to boost alcohol taxes in Minnesota, proposed to help the state raise revenue and pay for the social costs of alcoholism, could add as much as $2 to the cost of a standard 12-pack of beer, local brewers and liquor lobbyists said Tuesday as they tried to rally opposition to the proposed tax spike.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers' Belts Remain Tight

April 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Even as the economy improves, 94 percent of Americans indicate they will remain cautious and keep their spending for food, beverage and household goods at its current level, according to Deloitte's 2013 American Pantry Study. More than nine in 10 (92 percent) consumers surveyed indicate they have become more resourceful, and 86 percent say they are getting more precise in what they buy.

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Vt. Co-Ops Push for GMO Labeling

April 17, 2013 9:53 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

One of the most common questions these days among customers at Vermont's food cooperatives is whether the food they're buying contains genetically modified ingredients — but the member-owned cooperatives say they can't tell their customers for sure.

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American Crystal Union Members Return to Work

April 17, 2013 9:51 am

Union members will soon head back to work at American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota, but they say the sting of a 20-month lockout will make their return difficult both for them and the company. A slight majority of union members voted to accept the company's contract offer over the weekend after rejecting the same terms four times before.

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Brazilian Meat Packers Face Fines Over Illegal Cattle

April 17, 2013 9:49 am

A statement from the office of federal prosecutors in Brazil says prosecutors in Amazon jungle states want Brasil Foods and other companies to pay 557 million reals ($278.5 million) for producing beef products from cattle raised in environmentally sensitive regions

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Conn. Bill Requires Labeling of BPA

April 17, 2013 9:46 am

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban food packaging containing the plastics chemical, bisphenol A, unless the packaging has a clear warning label. The proposed ban would take effect on Jan. 1, requiring the warning label to be in a clear, legible, uniform, boldface font.

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Deal Expected in Muslims' Suit Against McDonald's

April 17, 2013 9:43 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

A judge is expected to finalize Wednesday a $700,000 settlement between McDonald's Corp. and members of Michigan's Muslim community over claims a suburban Detroit restaurant falsely advertised its food as prepared according to Islamic law.

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Photo of the Day: Snacking for 100 Years

April 17, 2013 8:00 am

Lance is launching new cracker and cookie products this month as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. "Our 100th anniversary is all about giving our fans more of what they love and delivering on the many consumers requests we've heard over the years," said Tom Ingram, Senior Brand Director, Bakery at Snyder's-Lance, Inc.

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U.S Consumer Prices Fall 0.2 Percent

April 16, 2013 12:13 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check. The consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in March, after jumping 0.7 percent in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

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Optimism Prevails Among U.S. Manufacturers

April 16, 2013 12:11 pm

U.S. industrial manufacturers remain positive regarding the outlook for the U.S. economy in the year ahead, while sentiment pertaining to the world economy remains guarded, according to the Q1 2013 Manufacturing Barometer, released today by PwC US.

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