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Tomato Prices Could Double; Trade Agreement With Mexico In Question

It seems we live in interesting times.  Or, maybe we should say expensive times.  First it was gas.  Then it was our paychecks.  Next was the price of milk.  Now, it appears that the prices we pay for tomatoes might be getting ready to double - if a trade agreement that the United States has with Mexico falls through.

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Obama’s News Taxes Expected To Hurt The Restaurant Industry In A Major Way

Observers close to the food and restaurant industry are watching their bottom line shrink, with profits expected to be lost due to new taxes that went into effect on January 1st.  With Obamacare putting a halt to hiring and forcing some managers to cut staff and hours, the industry was already forecasting a pale 2013.  But now with the reversal of the payroll tax holiday that eats an additional 2% from employees take-home check, the companies and supervisors that manage the nations biggest restaurant chains are fearful for what that will mean for their bottom line.  Rising gas prices don't help, either.

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Obamacare Equals Reduced Hours For Some Wendy’s Employees

Apparently they weren't empty threats.  When The Obama administration pushed for the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, some of the nations largest employers said that the costs associated with the new mandate would force them into reducing hours, a cut-back on hiring, or worse

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Obama Administration Rolls Out New Food Regulations

Over 80% of the nations food supply will now be subject to new regulations.

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Hormel Buys Skippy Peanut Butter

Minnesota-based Hormel Foods - food parent to brands like Spam and Hormel Meats - has bought Skippy Peanut Butter from Unilever.  The deal is rumored to be $700 million for the venerable food brand.

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Fiscal Cliff And Milk Prices; Deal Reached To Avert Prices Doubling

An update on a post from two weeks ago:  Congress has passed a deal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill that heads off rising milk prices in 2013.

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‘Time Has Come Today’ Singer Turns to Internet After Decades Without Royalties

After going decades with what he considers unfair payments for singing on the classic song 'Time Has Come Today,' Chambers Brothers singer Lester Chambers is taking to the internet to fund a new album and raise awareness for other artists who are in similar straits.

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Glass Baking Pans Shatter More Frequently Than In The Past

It's happened to me.  A couple of years ago, I took food out of my oven that I had baked in a glass pan, set it on a dry cutting board with a hot pad underneath it, and then watched in horror as it shattered into a million pieces of hot flying glass.  It sounded like a gun went off.  The hot glass melted into my floor.  My insurance company was not amused.

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Olive Garden And Red Lobster Owner Darden Continues To Underperform

Revamped menus and marketing didn't help Florida-based Darden Restaurants boost their sales in the most-recent quarter.  The parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse posted numbers that were even lower than analysts had forecasted.

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Holiday Warmth Turns Ugly At A Denny’s Restaurant In Texas

Police are investigating an incident that happened at a San Antonio, Texas Denny's restaurant.  Apparently an angry customer set an in-restaurant Christmas Tree on fire.

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How Would The Fiscal Cliff Affect You? Milk Prices Could Double To Over $6 A Gallon

Everyone's waiting and watching the Fiscal Cliff news this holiday season - and the affects of a "non-deal" would be staggering to the average American.  And while everyone is aware of the approximately $2,500 increase on middle-income taxpayers, one fact has largely been ignored by the press - and could prove to be equally as spendy:  A failed farm bill from this summer would see milk prices double to more than $6 a gallon

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America’s Endangered Food List; Modern Grocery Stores Offer More Options With Less Variety

Step into a modern grocery store and it would be understandable if you assumed that there are more foods available today than ever before.  But, that assumption would be wrong!

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