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Nov 6, 2013

Starbucks wants to recruit 10,000 vets, spouses

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp is looking for thousands of good men – and women.

The world’s biggest coffee chain said on Wednesday it would commit to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and spouses of active military in five years.

Nov 6, 2013

Starbucks wants to recruit 10,000 vets, spouses to its ranks

Nov 6 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp is looking for
thousands of good men – and women.

The world’s biggest coffee chain said on Wednesday it would
commit to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and spouses of active
military in five years.

Nov 3, 2013

Insight: U.S. farm kids lavish shampoos and drugs on their prize cattle

DALLAS (Reuters) – For more than a century, ranchers and their kids have paraded cattle around the dusty show ring at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, in a rite of passage that is part farm economics, part rural theater.

Today, with U.S. auction prices for champion cattle topping $300,000 a head and hefty scholarship checks for winners at stake, the competitive pressures are intense. It’s no wonder animals with names like Beast or Chappie get the farm version of luxury spa pampering – shelter from summer heat, baths with pricey shampoos and careful coiffing with electric razors.

Nov 3, 2013

U.S. farm kids lavish shampoos and drugs on their prize cattle

DALLAS, Nov 3 (Reuters) – For more than a century, ranchers
and their kids have paraded cattle around the dusty show ring at
the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, in a rite of passage that is
part farm economics, part rural theater.

Today, with U.S. auction prices for champion cattle topping
$300,000 a head and hefty scholarship checks for winners at
stake, the competitive pressures are intense. It’s no wonder
animals with names like Beast or Chappie get the farm version of
luxury spa pampering – shelter from summer heat, baths with
pricey shampoos and careful coiffing with electric razors.

Oct 31, 2013

Analysis: For Merck, bringing cattle feed Zilmax back won’t be easy

By P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co (MRK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) faces significant challenges bringing its controversial feed additive Zilmax back to market in the United States and Canada, even after a vote of confidence from South Korea on Thursday.

South Korea plans to begin accepting meat from cattle raised with the muscle-growing supplement early next year, a senior official in the country’s food ministry said, opening the door to beef imports after a government risk assessment found the additive could be permitted at certain levels.

Oct 31, 2013

For Merck, bringing cattle feed Zilmax back won’t be easy

Oct 31 (Reuters) – U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co
faces significant challenges bringing its controversial
feed additive Zilmax back to market in the United States and
Canada, even after a vote of confidence from South Korea on
Thursday.

South Korea plans to begin accepting meat from cattle raised
with the muscle-growing supplement early next year, a senior
official in the country’s food ministry said, opening the door
to beef imports after a government risk assessment found the
additive could be permitted at certain levels.

Oct 30, 2013

McDonald’s and Kraft to test grocery coffee sales in 2014

By Phil Wahba and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Kraft Foods Group Inc (KRFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plan in 2014 to test sales of McCafe-branded packaged coffees at grocery stores and other retail locations in multiple U.S. markets, the companies said on Wednesday.

The tests will include packages of whole bean and ground coffee as well as “single-cup” options, which typically include K-cups for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ (GMCR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) popular Keurig brewer. Test markets and pricing were not disclosed.

Oct 30, 2013

Starbucks 2014 profit forecast falls short, shares drop

Oct 30 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp forecast 2014
profit below Wall Street’s view, despite fourth quarter profits
that jumped 34 percent on strong traffic gains and a rise in
spending by its customers.

Shares in the world’s biggest coffee chain, one of the
economy-defying growth companies such as burrito chain Chipotle
Mexican Grill and upscale grocer Whole Foods Market Inc
, fell 2.4 percent to $78.90.

Oct 30, 2013

Cut in food stamps to hit low-income Americans this week

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One of every seven Americans will take a hit on Friday when a $5 billion cut in food stamps, the first across-the-board reduction in the history of the decades-old federal program, takes effect.

But if conservative Republicans in Congress get their way, this week’s pullback may be just a taste of what’s to come for some of the almost 48 million Americans who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Oct 25, 2013

Ketchup changeup: McDonald’s dropping Heinz after CEO change

Oct 25 (Reuters) – World’s biggest fast-food chain seeks new
ketchup for its famous french fries.

McDonald’s Corp on Friday said it plans to end its
40-year relationship with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, since
that company is now led by Bernardo Hees, the former chief
executive of hamburger rival Burger King Worldwide Inc.

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