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Kool-Aid Refreshes Its Mascot's Image

April 15, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Kool-Aid Man, known for busting through walls and his "Oh yeah!" tagline, will now be computer-generated and take on the personality of a celebrity trying to show he's just a normal guy. In past ads, the character was played by an actor in foam costume and had little to say or do besides crashing through a wall with a big, smiley face.


Brazilians See Red as Tomato Prices Surge

April 15, 2013 9:41 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD,Associated Press

The tomato has long been a near-obligatory garnishing for just about any Brazilian dish, yet it's becoming the country's apple of discord. A longer-than-usual rainy season, high fuel prices and superheated demand have combined to send prices for the beloved food soaring, and consumers are seeing red.


Prosecutor: Barn with Animal Carcasses ‘Unprecedented’

April 15, 2013 9:38 am

A prosecutor said Friday that an Indiana barn where investigators found starving animals living on top of more than 100 rotting carcasses was the worst case of animal cruelty he has seen, while one of the owners maintains that the conditions have been exaggerated.


Photo of the Day: Kool-Aid Man Gets a Makeover

April 15, 2013 9:35 am

Kool-Aid is unveiling a new look for its big red mascot Monday, April 15, 2013 as the powdered drink looks to refresh its image and tout a new liquid mix. The Kool-Aid Man will now be computer generated and take on the personality of a celebrity trying to show he's just a normal guy.


Wegmans Recalls Fruit Juices

April 12, 2013 12:18 pm

Wegmans Food Markets says it's recalling two fruit juice products because they may contain unacceptable levels of a byproduct of mold. The grocery chain says some 64 oz. containers of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Apple Juice and Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Cranberry Juice Blend may contain patulin.


Wholesale Prices Drop 0.6 Percent in March

April 12, 2013 12:16 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

A measure of wholesale prices fell in March by the largest amount in 10 months, reflecting a big drop in gasoline prices. The March decline reflected a 6.8 percent plunge in gas prices, the sharpest drop since November. Overall energy prices fell 3.4 percent, the biggest decline in three years. Food prices posted a 0.8 percent rise in March.


Starbucks Lowering Price of Bagged Coffee

April 12, 2013 12:15 pm

Starbucks is cutting the suggested retail price of its bagged coffee sold in supermarkets, following similar moves by competitors amid falling commodity costs. The Seattle-based chain says 12-ounce bags of its whole and ground coffee will be $8.99, down from $9.99. The list price of its Seattle's Best coffee will also be slashed to $6.99 a bag, from $7.99. The new prices go into effect May 10.


Dutch Coffee Company Agrees to $9.8 Billion Buyout

April 12, 2013 12:13 pm

The management of Dutch coffee maker D.E. Master Blenders 1753 NV says it has agreed to a 7.5 billion euro ($9.8 billion) buyout offer from a group led by private German investment company Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH. The offer of 12.50 euros per share announced Friday is 30 percent higher than where Master Blenders shares closed on March 27, the day before it announced it was in takeover talks with Benckiser.


Jury Awards Billionaire $380K in Fake Wine Case

April 12, 2013 12:11 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER,Associated Press

A Florida billionaire said he planned to drink a glass of wine to celebrate a federal jury's conclusion Thursday that he was defrauded by a California businessman who sold him two dozen bottles of fake vintage wine at a 2005 auction. The jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan awarded William Koch $380,000 in compensatory damages for the counterfeit bottles of Bordeaux labeled as if they were created from 1864 to 1950.


Consumer Trends: U.S. Wine Sales Reach New Record

April 12, 2013 12:00 pm

Wine sales in the U.S. from all production sources — California, other U.S. states and foreign countries — increased 2% from the previous year to a new record of 360.1 million 9-liter cases with an estimated retail value of $34.6 billion, according to wine industry consultant Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates in Woodside.


Sound Bite: Bird Flu Hits KFC in China

April 12, 2013 11:53 am

As a new strain of Bird Flu sweeps through China, many consumers are swearing off chicken. Yum Brands has said the epidemic has had a "significant, negative impact" on it's KFC business in the country, despite the fact that Bird Flu cannot be contracted through eating properly handled chicken.


Mislabeled Pork Jerky Recalled

April 12, 2013 9:39 am

An Iowa company has recalled more than 1,000 pounds of pork jerky because the product's label doesn't list wheat, which can cause an allergic reaction for some consumers. Formosa Food Co., of Hull, is recalling 16-ounce individual packages of Formosa Brand Pork Szu, a cooked seasoned dried pork product.


ND Pasta Plant May Reopen Under New Ownership

April 12, 2013 9:38 am

A shuttered pasta plant in the northeastern North Dakota city of Cando might reopen soon under new ownership. A group of local buyers hopes to close a deal to purchase the former Noodles by Leonardo plant by the end of the month, Towner County Economic Development Director JoAnn Rodenbiker told the Grand Forks Herald.


Top Baristas Duke It Out for National Championship

April 12, 2013 9:36 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI,Associated Press

The caffeinated concoctions sound like something out of a mad scientist's lab: coffee infused with bacon or caramelized tangerine; spiced orange reduction or liquefied cheesecake. After months of preparation and percolation, the country's top baristas are giving it their best shots in Beantown.


Mexico City Tries To Get Salt Shakers off Tables

April 12, 2013 9:33 am | by MARK STEVENSON,Associated Press

Mexicans love salt, so much so that some estimates show them eating nearly three times the recommended amount and significantly more than what Americans put down. Add this to rising obesity and a hypertension epidemic, and you have a potential health nightmare that has spurred Mexico's massive capital city to try to get residents to shun the salt shaker.


4 Dead, Scores Ill from Food Poisoning in Guatemala

April 12, 2013 9:30 am

Four people, including two children, died and 96 others were hospitalized Thursday for food poisoning in a town west of Guatemala's capital. The fire department said the victims ate fruit and vegetables that weren't properly cleaned in the town of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. A doctor at one of the hospitals said the medical exams show the deaths were caused by E. coli bacteria.


Photo of the Day: Brewing a Champion

April 12, 2013 9:28 am

Participants in the annual United States Barista Championship have 15 minutes to prepare and serve four espressos, four cappuccinos and four signature beverages, as they compete for a chance to go to the world championship in Melbourne, Australia.


Daily Sound Bite: Don't Talk About 'Pink Slime'

April 11, 2013 12:56 pm

A judge in Iowa has ruled that Iowa State University may not release documents containing research information about the meat product disparagingly dubbed 'pink slime.' The judge says releasing the information could damage Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), the company that manufactured it.


Q&A: Safety On Ice

April 11, 2013 12:50 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associated Editor

Ammonia refrigeration leaks pose both safety and economic risks to food companies, but many are unaware of these hazards. Attorney J. Tom Boer spoke with Food Manufacturing about ammonia refrigeration regulations and how manufacturers can ensure their system’s safety.


La. Company Recalls 20K Pounds of Deli Meat

April 11, 2013 12:27 pm

A Louisiana meat-packing company has recalled 20,166 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted cooked roast beef deli meat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday that Manda Packing Co., based in Baker, is recalling the meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.



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