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Prairie Farms chooses Edwardsville for new headquarters

Dairy products distributor Prairie Farms will move its corporate headquarters to Edwardsville.

To accommodate the 80 to 100 jobs the move will bring, a $9 million, 30,000-square-foot building will be built on land along Illinois 143 just east of I-55.

The News-Democrat first learned of Prairie Farms’ intention to locate to an office in Edwardsville in March, but at that time the company had not announced the office would house its headquarters.

Prairie Farms currently has headquarters in Carlinville in Macoupin County. The company distributes dairy products to 15 states.

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Budweiser’s new, alcohol free beverage it calls “Prohibition Brew” comes with the goal of “(empowering) consumers with choice and (changing) social norms.”

That’s according to Kyle Norrington, marketing vice president for Labatt, a Canadian brewer that’s owned by AB-InBev.

The beverage, for now, is only on sale in Canada. AB-InBev has previously announced a push to offer a wider variety of products with less alcohol. Last year, the company announced 20 percent of its global beer volume would be low- and no-alcohol by 2025.

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A different way of making coffee has quickly turned into one of Starbucks’ top selling items in its Seattle tasting room.

That’s why the coffee giant is rolling out its Nitro Cold Brew to around 500 locations in seven of its large U.S. markets.

Cold brew coffee is made by steeping coffee beans in cold water for several hours. Add nitrogen to the mixture and you get the Nitro Cold Brew that company CEO Howard Schultz says “almost comes out like a Guinness beer.”

Local drinkers beware: The closest Starbucks that will feature Nitro Cold Brew is in Chicago.

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The U.S. Commerce Department announced Tuesday that consumer spending in April was at its highest point in six years.

Anchoring spending in April were the purchases of long-lasting goods like cars.

Perhaps the rise in spending is linked to data showing incomes also are rising. Wages and salaries were up 0.5 percent in April, the second month in a row such an increase was measured.

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