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• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that "per capita U.S. butter consumption has hit highs not seen in about 40 years. The once demonized fat is downright de rigueur in cooking circles, a star on celebrity chef shows. It has become a natural food darling … Butter owes much of its comeback to its simplicity. Consumers have become increasingly picky about processed foods with lists of indecipherable ingredients."

Overall, the story says, "U.S. butter sales by volume increased 5 percent last year."

USA Today is reporting on rampant speculation that Starbucks could be about to acquire at least some percentage of SodaStream, the Israeli-owned company that "makes carbonated beverage machines that allow consumers to create their own sodas as a greener, cheaper alternative to bottled soft drinks."

This is not the first time that SodaStream shares have been reported to be in play; last year, there were rumors that PepsiCo was interested in taking a position in the company.
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