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  • Basket cheese an 85-year tradition for Pa. firm 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:35 am
  • VERONA, Pennsylvania - Easter often is associated with the candy aisle, and its tempting display of rainbow-hued jelly beans, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and bright-yellow marshmallow Peeps.

  • Iowa commission denies Sioux City casino's appeal 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:29 am
  • COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has rejected a Sioux City riverboat casino's challenge to renew its gaming license, and has set July 1 as the deadline for the gambling boat to shut down.

  • PepsiCo's profit rises on snack sales, price hikes 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:19 am
  • NEW YORK - PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the company sold more snacks around the world and hiked prices, including on its drinks.

  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:14 am
  • St. Cloud Times, April 16

  • Tobacco supplier Universal to enter food business 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:07 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - The world's leading supplier and processor of leaf tobacco is venturing beyond the cash crop into the food business.

  • Travelocity owner Sabre rises 3 percent in IPO 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:04 am
  • SOUTHLAKE, Texas - Shares of Sabre Corp. rose over 3 percent in their stock market debut Thursday after an initial public offering that valued the travel software company at more than $3.9 billion.

  • Chipotle sales surge as it draws more customers 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:01 am
  • NEW YORK - Mexican food chain Chipotle reported a higher quarterly profit Thursday as more customers flocked to its restaurants for burritos, bowls and tacos.

  • City: Philly chocolate factory not being harassed 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:43 am
  • PHILADELPHIA - A city official denies that a popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store shuttered days before Easter is being harassed.

  • Old meat processing site now island research lab 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:44 am
  • OSSABAW ISLAND, Georgia - A former meat processing facility on a Georgia island has been transformed into a laboratory for scientists and students at Armstrong State University.

  • Cherokee Nation to build new east Oklahoma casino 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:25 am
  • ROLAND, Oklahoma - A casino in eastern Oklahoma operated by Cherokee Nation Businesses will be replaced with a newer, larger complex featuring a hotel, officials said.

  • Ala company specializes in rare Porsche autos 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:13 am
  • FLORENCE, Alabama - Fast sports cars with sleek, sexy lines are the last thing passers-by probably imagine when they pass the nondescript metal building in an industrial park in northwest Alabama.

  • Weak Barbie sales weigh on Mattel 1Q 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:53 am
  • EL SEGUNDO, California - Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.

  • Japanese firm to open production plant in Alabama 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:46 am
  • VANCE, Alabama - A Japanese automotive supplier is planning to open a new production facility in Tuscaloosa County, the latest addition to the area's growing automotive industry.

  • Ford to sell Lincoln cars in China for first time 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:52 am
  • BEIJING - Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.

  • Post Holdings to buy Michael Foods for $2.45B 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:49 am
  • ST. LOUIS - Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products.

  • Strike at China sneaker factory snowballs 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:19 am
  • BEIJING - A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.

  • Sweet Olive declared a nuisance 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:07 am
  • VICKSBURG, Mississippi - The fate of the Sweet Olive, which took tourists on tours of the Mississippi River for nine years, is in the hands of Mack Varner, Vicksburg's Community Court judge.

  • NY AG reaches agreement with GrubHub over tips 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:06 am
  • ALBANY, New York - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with the online food delivery company GrubHub Inc. to ensure that the tips it collects from customers will be given to the workers they were intended for.

  • Chinese auto brands limp into Beijing show 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:26 am
  • BEIJING - China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models.

  • Relocation offers pour in for hot sauce maker 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:05 am
  • IRWINDALE, California - A hot sauce company accused of stinking up the atmosphere around its Southern California plant is being peppered with offers to relocate.

  • Legal arguments filed in casino referendum appeal 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:34 pm
  • BOSTON - The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office filed legal documents in the state Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday defending its decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state's 2011 gambling law.

  • State help for Northern Beef was about $4.3M 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:21 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

  • La-Z-Boy cutting 100 jobs in North Carolina 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:18 pm
  • MONROE, Michigan - La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.

  • 2 House Dems pressing inquiry into Tenn. VW vote 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:28 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Two House Democrats said Wednesday they are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that rejected a bid to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

  • Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:08 pm
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Floridians who rely on Internet giant will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases.