INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: St. Elmo to Test Championship Eaters

2013-11-27T11:54:00Z 2013-11-27T15:34:11Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: St. Elmo to Test Championship EatersGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
November 27, 2013 11:54 am  • 

The title of Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Champion of the World will be up for grabs next month in Indianapolis. Joey Chestnut and other Major League Eating competitors will take part in a St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail eating competition before the Big Ten Championship football game. Competitors will have eight minutes to consume as much shrimp cocktail as possible.

Economist: Black Friday is Retail 'Arms Race'

An Indiana University economist says, despite objections, the decision by many retailers to open on Thanksgiving Day is "reinforced" by consumer spending. Center for Education and Research in Retailing Associate Director John Talbott says if the trend continues, more will follow suit. At least one major retailer is planning to open tomorrow at 6 a.m.

Home Sales Increase

The Indiana Association of Realtors is reporting increases in existing single-family home sales and median sale price. The association says October sales were up 3.7 percent, compared to the same month a year earlier. The median price of those homes increased 3 percent.

Board Approves Pfizer Land Purchase

The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board has approved the acquisition of more than 800 acres from Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE). Our partners at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute report the deal is valued at $50,000.

Farm Bureau Reports Drop in Thanksgiving Meal Cost

Indiana Farm Bureau says the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the state is lower than last year. The organization's annual informal survey shows the average price of a meal for 10 is slightly more than $48.00, down roughly $3.00 from 2012.

Big City Deals Drive Hoosier Momma Growth

Brownsburg-based Hoosier Momma LLC continues to gain traction throughout the country. The cocktail mix maker can now be found in 19 states and recently struck distribution deals in Chicago and New York City. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Co-founders KC Cranfill and Erin Edds talked about the company's rapid success.

Church Moves Annual Convention

An annual religious gathering is leaving Anderson for the first time in nearly a century. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the 2014 Church of God Convention will be held in Oklahoma City. The ministry's general director says a drop in attendance has prompted the move.

Business Grants to Boost Recycling Efforts

Six Hoosier businesses have landed state grants for recycling initiatives. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the $525,000 in funding will support programs that could lead to dozens of jobs.

AT&T Beefs up Coverage

AT&T Inc. has added more Indiana communities to its high-speed data network. The company says it has turned on its 4G LTE network in several sections of Blackford and Grant counties.

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