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Is there growth in gardening?

As the pandemic forced people to spend more time at home, one activity many have turned to is gardening. A Reuters article published in 2020 found that there are a

What to cover in the beverage industry

People are drinking less soda and choosing less sugary alternatives. This new shift in American consumption has caused some headaches for big soda companies. Soda sales slipped for the twelfth

Farming plays a major role in many U.S. regions. These recent reports highlight some of the big topics reporters should keep in mind. (Image by "tpsdave" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Agriculture update: Six great reads

Farming is a vital part of the American landscape. According to the USDA, agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $992 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5-percent share.

From farm-to-table to environmental issues, there are plenty of oyster tales to be told. ("Oysters" image by Jeremy Keith via flickr CC BY 2.0)

Oyster season basics for business reporters  

Oyster season, which traditionally runs from fall through early spring, is a great time to harvest business stories on these tasty bivalves. Particularly as the oyster industry, global in scale,

The composting industry has plenty of money story angles, jobs to corporations. ("Compost" image by Antranias via pixabay)

4 money stories in the compost industry

The feasting season is also the season for food waste. According to the Worldwatch Institute the amount of discarded food in the U.S. increases by a third between Thanksgiving and

The humble cranberry delivers a good story. (Image by "WikiImages" via pixabay)

The business of cranberries: 4 story ideas

As Thanksgiving approaches, business reporters ought to start thinking about the cranberry industry and features around this small but powerful fruit. This blog outlines the important themes and news. The core

How to use databases to untangle local food webs

As the world grows more interconnected, so do food systems. Most communities import their food from many regions; local growers are additional sources. At the same time, those local farms

Story ideas for your local Thanksgiving coverage

In the past, we’ve written about how useful the Census Bureau’s “Facts for Features” can be for generating topical business stories. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s a good time

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5 facts about the chocolate industry

Chocolate has been part of the western lifestyle for generations and now its popularity is growing in eastern countries. That’s one factor in the industry’s changing landscape. Here are five

3 ways Gen Z will impact the food business

Generation Z is poised to begin making a major impact on the food and beverage industry. Born roughly between 1996 and 2011, this generation is touted as being highly practical,

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