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French Bread From A Vending Machine

February 22, 2011 2:47 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Pastry chef David Lebovitz recently discovered a vending machine in France that bakes freshly ordered bread before dispensing it. How does it taste? Lebovitz says he doesn’t “think they’re going to put any bakeries out of business soon.” Photo source: … 

Has Coca-Cola’s Recipe Been Leaked?

February 16, 2011 10:45 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An episode of NPR’s This American Life claims it may have found the original recipe for Coca-Cola. Where has it been hiding all this time? In a 1979 newspaper, of course. 

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McDonald’s Sued Over Glass In Chicken Sandwich

February 14, 2011 10:48 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Reuters, a woman is suing McDonald’s after being injured from a large piece of glass inside her spicy McChicken. She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

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$29 Cheez Whiz

February 11, 2011 11:20 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to CBC News, communities in the High Arctic region of Canada are suffering from drasticly increased food prices, including $29 Cheez Whiz, $40 infant formula and $77 breaded chicken. This is all thanks to a new food subsidy … 

World’s Waistline Busting At The Seams

February 10, 2011 11:22 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A neat interactive chart by the Washington Post shows the increase of each country’s average body mass index since 1980. Not surprisingly, the United States’ average BMI has grown a lot over the past 30 years. 

Reminiscing About Retro Sodas

February 8, 2011 10:59 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Do you remember Crystal Pepsi? How about the horrors of Coke II? Urlesque remembers 16 sodas that you will never be able to drink again. Growing up in the 90s, I remember Surge very well. I also remember Orbitz, …

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Starbucks’ Trenta Holds An Entire Bottle Of Wine

February 7, 2011 11:21 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Remember Starbucks’ new 31-ounce Trenta size? It can hold an entire bottle of wine, according to this video.

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Amish Smuggle Illegal Milk

February 4, 2011 11:02 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to The Daily, many Amish and Mennonite dairy farmers are making Prohibition-style milk runs to sell raw milk illegally across state lines. Raw milk smugglers could face police raids, fines and even jail time.

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Walmart ‘Nutritionizes’ Food

February 3, 2011 10:47 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Colbert talks with Leslie Dach of Walmart to discuss the company’s new partnership with the Obama administration to sell cheaper, healthier food. 

Vending Machines Go On The Defense

February 1, 2011 10:53 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the Wall Street Journal, vending machine thefts are on the rise, prompting operators to try new high-tech methods like sales-tracking devices and text message alerts for deterring thieves. 

How Fat Is Your State?

January 25, 2011 11:50 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Trust For America’s Health report shows that obesity rates increased in 28 states over the past year. More than two-thirds of America have an obesity rate higher than 25 percent. In eight states (all in the South), one … 

McDonald’s Around The World

January 24, 2011 10:35 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Business Insider story is featuring several meals customers can order at McDonald’s throughout the world, including a Bacon Potato Pie in Japan and the McLobster in Canada and Maine. If you live in Europe, you can even get … 

I’ll Have The Cereal With Blueberries… Or Not

January 21, 2011 11:27 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An LA Times article reported that many popular products, including cereal, muffin mix and more that claim to feature blueberries, in reality, do not. In place of blueberries, food manufacturers are using sugar, other flavorings and some food coloring. … 

Kraft Knows What You Want To Eat

January 20, 2011 12:38 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to digitaltrends.com, Kraft knows what you really want to eat. The food giant has teamed up with Intel to create a kiosk that scans your face and makes food recommendations (Kraft products, of course) based on your gender …

What Did Celtics Drink 2,550 Years Ago? Beer, Of Course!

January 18, 2011 10:38 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Wired, early Celtic rulers in Germany celebrated with beer flavored with mugwort, carrot seed and henbane. Some say archaeological find could inspire some “extreme brewers” to create a modern version of the ancient drink. Would you try … 

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Starbucks Introduces Super-Sized Drinks

January 17, 2011 10:38 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Reuters, Starbucks is introducing a new 31 oz. cup for iced beverages, naming the new size “Trenta.” While the serving size may seem like a bit much, the company maintains that unsweetened beverages in the new size … 

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What Food Best Represents Your State?

January 14, 2011 2:32 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The I Can Has Cheezburger site has posted a map of the United States featuring the food that it thinks best represents each state. Some are obvious, like Wisconsin and cheese. Others are a bit more surprising. As for …

Rainbow Bacon

January 7, 2011 4:07 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

He’s keeping his technique a secret for now, but graphic designer Neil Caldwell has created vividly colored bacon that’s still edible. Though by the looks of the photos, “edible” might be up for debate. 

3D Printer: The Future Of Food?

January 6, 2011 10:29 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Too tired to cook? In the future, you may be able to print your food. According to Designboom, Cornell University researchers have developed a 3D printer that uses liquid and gel cartridges to print food. They’ve already printed chocolates, cookies …

Bananas: The Newest Endangered Species?

January 5, 2011 11:10 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If you love bananas, you may want to start eating them as much as possible, because bananas are on the verge of disappearing, at least that’s what an article in The New Yorker argued. The issue is that banana … 

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