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  • Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery

    YONGNING COUNTY, China (AP) — France's Moet Hennessy is betting on China's taste for bubbly with the launch of sales this month by the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine. China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite...

  • The fight for freedom is largely the fight against food regulation

    The Boston Tea Party. The Sugar Act. The Quartering Act that authorized British troops to steal beer, vinegar, salt, and pepper from colonists. The Fisheries Act.

  • Landrieu 'keg stand' photo making rounds on social media

    Photos are making the rounds on Twitter showing Sen. Mary Landrieu helping a Louisiana State University student manage a "keg stand" before a football game on Saturday.

  • FDA revises food safety rules due next year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw...

  • Obama sips tea, not coffee

    President Obama is an anomaly in a town that runs on coffee. Apparently, he gets his caffeine fix from tea instead.

  • Olive Garden investor: Back off on the breadsticks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks. In a nearly 300-page treatise on what's wrong with Olive Garden and its management, investor Starboard Value suggests the Italian restaurant chain is being reckless with its unlimited breadsticks. The hedge fund notes the...

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion...

  • Lawmakers' lunch shows vagueness of meetings law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — City council and school board members gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy. The same rules do not apply for state lawmakers, who have long exempted...

  • Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour. The protests, which were...

  • Sodexo pledges to buy more Vermont food

    RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — International food service company Sodexo on Thursday pledged to buy more Vermont-produced food for the colleges, schools and businesses it serves in the state, saying that will lead to more local jobs and provide the freshest, best-quality food to its customers. Last year,...

  • Behind Big Macs, a drama over corporate control

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control. The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when...

  • US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

    CHICAGO (AP) — A new study says Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor. Those results show a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal. The 12-year study used an index of healthy eating where a perfect...

  • NY farmers seek solutions to invasive berry pest

    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A new invasive insect has devastated northeastern berry crops, and growers are working with Cornell University plant experts to develop strategies to fight it. Binghamton apple grower Dave Johnson tells The Ithaca Journal (http://ithacajr.nl/1nPmhK8 ) that the Asian...

  • McDonald's can't appeal NLRB franchise decision

    The National Labor Relations Board will treat the hamburger chain as a co-employer in 43 cases charging unfair labor practices at various franchised restaurants.

  • Burger King seeking to acquire Tim Hortons and move headquarters to Canada

    Burger King would be one of the largest and most well-known companies to seek to leave the U.S. in a so-called corporate inversion, in which a U.S. company buys a smaller foreign company in a lower-tax jurisdiction and then places its headquarters in the foreign country to lower its tax bill.



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