Bits and pieces: Magical pomegranate, Starbucks and other food news from the web, 9.27.10

  • Starbucks will join a host of other companies as it raises the prices of certain coffee drinks, according to an article in Business First of Louisville. The increased prices come as a response to the soaring costs of coffee beans, the article states. Other companies that have raised coffee prices include J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company of Folger’s and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and Kraft Foods Inc., which includes Maxwell House coffee.
  • This is kind of a bummer – Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will remove its “all natural” label from some of its frozen treats after debate about the validity of that claim. According to NPR:
  • The flavors containing alkalized cocoa, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil particularly irked the folks over at the Center for the Science in the Public Interest, who had asked the company to stop using “all natural” claims last month in a letter to parent company Unilever.

  • Don’t like eating at that restaurant that got a B grade on the health inspection? Well, their kitchen is probably cleaner than yours. The Los Angeles County health department conducted a study on home kitchens that showed that one in seven home kitchens would not pass the standard restaurant home inspection, according to the Poynter Institute.
  • The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the makers of POM Wonderful for “false and unsubstantiated” claims that pomegranate can prevent and treat everything from “heart disease to erectile dysfunction,” according to an article from the Chicago Tribune. I don’t know if the company’s advertising is true, but that POM juice makes a heckuva smoothie ingredient.

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