Snack Ads Spur Children to Eat More
from The New York Times
Psychologists recognize that certain behaviors can be automatic. For example, unrecognized external stimuli can unconsciously stir us to anger, spur us to loyalty or incite us to rudeness without our knowing it. A new study finds that seeing food ads on television can induce people to eat more snacks while watching.
Small Business Groups Want Aid Plan Details
from The Wall Street Journal
A potential plan under consideration by the White House and Treasury Department to redirect money from the financial industry's bailout fund to the small-business sector is getting a lukewarm reception from small-business advocacy groups. They cite the lack of details on the plan, though they are hopeful that the renewed attention could ignite lending.
A Rare Retort to Drudge
Through the Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made $100 million available to the states for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which acquires food that is distributed to local organizations that assist the needy – including food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens.
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Coffee Obsession Becomes Business
from The San Francisco Chronicle
Being a geek has served James Freeman well as one of the Bay Area's premier coffee roasters. Known for his exacting roasting standards and his passion for high-quality, organic coffee beans, Freeman has just opened branches of his Blue Bottle Cafe at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Ferry Building, a year after opening his first cafe, in downtown San Francisco.
Ethiopia Government Settles Coffee Loans
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has paid off the loans taken out by six banned coffee exporters. The re-payment of loans comes after the ministry exported beans seized off the major exporters, who were alleged to have been hoarding the commodity, through the Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise and other private exporters.
Restaurants and Retail
from Food Biz Daily
The success of restaurants like Burger King and California Pizza Kitchen in the grocery channel has led some restaurant execs to think "wow, this is easy," and others to worry "this must be a real threat to our franchisees." In both cases, they're wrong. The food industry is changing in so many respects. Both convenience stores and supermarkets now compete with restaurants in offering meal solutions.
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Bottled Water Makers in the Hot Seat
from The New York Times
Bottled water makers, it seems, are under seige. The Environmental Working Group, which found chemical contaminants in tests of bottled water, has begun calling for more oversight of the bottled water industry. Proponents of low-carbon lifestyles, meanwhile, are urging consumers to eschew bottled water and fill up reusable bottles with tap water instead.
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