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Prairie Farms Launches First Jelly Bean Flavored Milk

March 5, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Prairie Farms Dairy has unveiled a new line of seasonal milk flavors, including jelly bean — a first in the category — chocolate marshmallow and Easter egg nog. The company says the jelly bean flavored milk is sweetened with a combination of sugar and monk fruit juice.

Bill Would Allow Wine Shipments in RI

March 4, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Rhode Islanders could have wine shipped directly to their door under a new bill under consideration by state lawmakers. The legislation would allow wineries and retailers to ship up to 24 cases of wine per year to any resident aged 21 or older.

Monster Energy Drink Sales Rise Despite Legal Attacks

February 28, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Despite facing legal attacks regarding the safety of its energy drinks, Monster Beverage Corp. sold more of the beverages in its latest quarter. Monster has denied claims by regulators that it targets children who could be harmed or killed by the caffeine levels in the company's drinks.

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Maker’s Mark Distillery Plans Expansion

February 28, 2014 10:09 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The producers of Maker's Mark bourbon announced a $67 million distillery expansion to pump up production and keep pace with increasing demand for the Kentucky whiskey, known by its distinctive bottles sealed in red wax. The expansion comes amid strong sales across the whiskey sector.

Photos of the Day: Woman Climbs to Top in Napa Pruning Contest

February 28, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

This year, there was something a little different about the Napa Valley Grapegrowers' pruning competition. Some of the contestants lining up to hack and slash at the overgrown vines were women. The women's first-place winner, Celia Perez of V. Sattui Winery, had the highest scores for both men and women.

Female Vineyard Worker Tops in Napa Contest

February 28, 2014 9:50 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year, there was something a little different about the Napa Valley Grapegrowers' pruning competition. Some of the contestants lining up to hack and slash at the overgrown vines were women. The women's first-place winner, Celia Perez of V. Sattui Winery, had the highest scores for both men and women.

Beer Saves Town from Drought

February 26, 2014 8:00 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Bear Republic Brewery, located in Cloverdale, Calif., has provided the small town with enough money to dig new wells in the midst of a crippling drought. In return, the brewery receives the steady supply of water it needs to produce its beer.

Irish Whiskey Suit Against Beam to Proceed

February 25, 2014 1:16 pm | News | Comments

In March of 2013, Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Beam, Inc., alleging that Beam improperly sought to destroy SFIC's Michael Collins Irish Whiskey brand and seeking $100 million in damages. A New York federal judge is allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

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K-Cups Cause a Stir

February 25, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

In 2013, American consumers purchased a whopping $3.1 billion worth of single-serve coffee pods, up from $132 million in 2008. Consumer Reports' senior projects editor Tod Marks talks about the K-cup boom and its impact on the coffee industry.

Carousel Filling Machine

February 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The KF 2/4 carousel filling machine is designed for the aseptic or ultra-clean filling and closing of bottles and cups.

Oklahoma State Center Testing Quality of State’s Grapes

February 24, 2014 12:42 pm | by MOLLY M. FLEMING, The Journal Record | News | Comments

Wineries in Oklahoma no longer have to send their product out of state for testing. Food scientists at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center at Oklahoma State University are performing those tests and have even used the results to help name a state wine to be used by the governor.

Mich. Farmer Gets Prison for Bad Cider

February 24, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

A northern Michigan man could spend up to four years in prison after improperly processed apple cider he made led to an E. coli outbreak and hospital stays for two adults and two children. James Ruster is the first person convicted of a felony under Michigan's Food Law.

PepsiCo to Close Va. Bottling Facility

February 24, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo is shutting down production at its bottling facility in Hollins, Va. PepsiCo says in a release that the move will allow it to improve efficiency, fund future investments and be more competitive. Thirty of the Pepsi Bottling Group facility's 150 workers have lost their jobs.

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Possible Booze Price Hike Looms over Washington

February 24, 2014 10:13 am | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Booze prices at bars and restaurants in Washington may go up this year as multiple interests fight over rules following the voter-approved privatization of the state's liquor system. The possible price hike could be a hangover from battles among two giant national distributors.

Mountain Valley Spring Water Adds Workers

February 24, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Hot Springs-based Mountain Valley Spring Water has been adding employees and increasing its revenue. Mountain Valley Chairman and CEO Breck Speed says the company added 40 workers in the last year and has seen revenue grow by 38 percent in that span.

Coffee Shop Taps 'Morning Beer'

February 24, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters company in Sacramento, Calif., is putting a new spin on brewing coffee. The company puts iced coffee under nitrogen and serves it out of a keg. The texture of the beverage is compared to that of a stout beer.

Tenn. House Passes Supermarket Wine Bill

February 21, 2014 10:08 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A years-long effort to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores easily cleared what was expected to be its toughest hurdle when the state House approved the measure. The concept of supermarket wine sales has broad public support, according to various polls.

Coca-Cola CFO to Retire

February 21, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Longtime Coca-Cola Chief Financial Officer Gary Fayard will retire in May as the company ramps up its cost-cutting efforts. The world's largest drink maker is trying to keep up with shifting consumer tastes as volume declines in North America reached 1 percent in the most recent quarter.

California Considers Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks

February 21, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

California state Sen. Bill Monning is proposing a bill that would place warning labels on sugary drinks. According to a study, children who drink just one regular soda per day increase their chance of obesity by 55 percent. But some believe the bill is a losing battle.

Tenn. House to Vote on Supermarket Wine Sales

February 20, 2014 12:37 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, would allow for local votes to take place as early as this fall.

Group Expects Beer Demand to Fall in Western Europe, Russia

February 20, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Carlsberg says it expects beer sales to fall this year in western Europe and Russia, but continue to grow in Asia. The Copenhagen-based group made the forecast as it announced its fourth-quarter net sales fell slightly to $2.9 billion and beer volumes dropped 3 percent.

Peltz Again Calls on PepsiCo to Split Drinks, Snacks

February 20, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is ramping up the pressure on PepsiCo, reaffirming his call for the company to separate its global drinks division from its snack unit. The call for a split comes as PepsiCo's drinks have lost ground to bigger rival Coca-Cola Co. in recent years.

A Tour of Russian Vodka

February 20, 2014 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Vodka is the national spirit of Russia and is a popular beverage worldwide. Generally produced from grain or potatoes, vodka traditionally is consumed with food in Russia. Lester Holt of the TODAY Show tries six different Russian varieties of vodka.

Water Bottler Faces Opposition in California

February 19, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes, who say the planned bottling operation could deplete wells and the aquifer.

Mead Johnson Warns of Possible Violations in China

February 19, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Infant formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition said its Chinese subsidiary may have violated U.S. and local laws, including anti-bribery statutes. Mead Johnson said in October that the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into its business practices in China.

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