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BrandWeek reports that a new study suggests that Coca-Cola is the most talked-about brand in the US. Coming in second was AT&T, while Verizon was number three and Pepsi was number four.

Number five: Walmart.

• The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced that its members who work for Penn Traffic’s BiLo stores in western and central Pennsylvania have ratified a new three-year contract that gives them a raise and access to improved health care coverage.

• Smithfield Foods said late last week that it has completed the $565 million sale of its beef business to JBS SA, a Brazilian company.

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