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1/21/2019

Monster Energy will debut its six-variety Reign brand in March, featuring branched chain amino acids and 300 milligrams of caffeine in each can. Monster has other new products rolling out this year, such as a Dragon Tea line, an Ultra Paradise drink, a Swiss Chocolate Java Monster and a Monster-branded caramel espresso beverage.

1/21/2019

Whole Foods Market has opened a new store in Newtown Square, Pa., after signing a lease for the space four years ago and seemingly completing construction on the building nearly 18 months ago. The long-awaited opening is indicative of the retailer's plans to shift back into growth mode after slowing store openings following its acquisition by Amazon in 2017.

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1/21/2019

Fry's Food & Drug Stores, Giant Eagle and Ralphs had the most loyal customers in 2018, according to a report from inMarket. Publix Super Markets and Smith's Food & Drug Centers rounded out the top five food retailers that have the most brand-loyal customers, according to the report, which was based on the average frequency of shoppers' return visits.

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1/21/2019

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers is mourning the loss of longtime owner Thomas Gross Sr., who died earlier this month at age 83. Gross was a principal of the company for 60 years before retiring last February.

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1/21/2019

PepsiCo has a new spot for its Mtn Dew line, which marks the first time an ad shows the entire product range in one commercial. The "Let's Do" spot features such celebrities as UFC fighter Holly Holm, artist Ushio Shinohara and music trio Migos.

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1/21/2019

President Donald Trump and his administration are working on programs to improve farmers' circumstances, he said during remarks at the 100th annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention last week. "On every front, we are fighting for our great farmers, our ranchers, our growers, we are fixing broken trade deals that are horrible," he said.

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1/21/2019

Farmers can learn more about how crop insurance can enhance their risk management programs by working directly with their crop insurance agents, said National Crop Insurance Services Agriculture policy analyst Mickey Paggi. "The force of the crop insurance agents that are on the ground in the areas where these crops are grown is really valuable, and they can work individually with the producer to make them aware of what they have to do when they have to do it," he said.

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California Ag Today
1/21/2019

Crop insurance allows third-generation Calif. farmer Devon Yurosek stay financially stable. Having the ability to continue growing pistachios, cherries, pomegranates, citrus and almonds allows him to not only help feed Americans, but also to help his employees and vendors stay afloat.

1/21/2019

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall kicked off the organization's yearly convention by outlining the agency's achievements in 2018 and his optimism for 2019.
"Farm Bureau members throughout our history, and still today, have always answered the call to feed, fuel and defend our nation. I am grateful for this wonderful organization," he said.

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1/21/2019

Roughly 2,500 Farm Service Agency employees have been called back to provide interim services to farmers, including processing payments made on or prior to Dec. 31, 2018. Offices will be open in about 50% of FSA sites on Tuesday to address farmers' needs, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said.

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