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Cool, Wet Streak Damps Soda Sales

Beverage companies might have some choice words for Mother Nature when they report their second-quarter results in the coming days. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. are expected to disclose weak U.S. sales in the wake of a chilly spring and the wettest June in decades. That's not the kind of weather that drives Americans into the arms of a cold drink, likely exacerbating a nearly decadelong decline in domestic soda consumption amid obesity concerns. (WSJ)

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FDA Proposes Arsenic Limit for Apple Juice Makers

The Food and Drug Administration proposed a limit on the amount of arsenic allowed in apple juice, and said it will consider enforcement actions against juice makers that exceed the standard. The new stance signals that the agency is moving forward on restricting trace levels of arsenic in food, partly in response to pressure from consumer groups. (WSJ)

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US Open Beer Championship Picks Top Breweries

With the explosion of excellent craft beers these days, it's not easy picking the country's best beers or breweries. The highly respected U.S. Open Beer Championship in Atlanta, Ga. took on that task this past weekend with its annual competition that judged more than 2,500 beers, representing 68 different categories. (FoxNews)

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Craft Brewers Feel Growing Pains Of Boom

It seems even people who get to brew delicious beer for a living can have a bad day at work. Craft brewers across America were frustrated last week after hundreds were shut out from a prestigious beer festival, which many consider the premier event for networking and showcasing new products. The festival’s 600 exhibitor spots were sold out in under two hours, an unprecedented scenario that took many, including event organizers, by surprise. (Huffington Post)

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Pepsi Signs Robinson Cano

Pepsi has signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to be the face of its national Major League Baseball marketing campaign. Cano will make his debut with a television spot that will run during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game this Tuesday. Cano will start the game on the field for the American League. (ESPN)

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Australian Winemaker Faces a Hangover

One of the world's biggest vintners has been left with a hangover after poor U.S. sales forced it to destroy thousands of gallons of wine. Treasury Wine Estates Ltd., whose brands range from the mass-market Beringer through to $1,000-a-bottle Penfolds Grange, said Monday that it would book a 160 million-Australian-dollar (US$145 million) charge against its U.S. business in the year ended June 30, 2013. (WSJ)

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