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Coffee Prices Surge to 26-Month High Coffee Prices Surge to 26-Month High

Arabica coffee prices for May delivery increased to a 26-month high to about $2.12 a pound, up 7.7 percent, on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange.

Study Finds a Little Wine May Improve Kidney Health Study Finds a Little Wine May Improve Kidney Health

Occasional wine consumption may prevent kidney disease, and improve heart health among those who already suffer from kidney problems, according to a study by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center.

Spearmint Oil Rates Reduced for 2014–15 Spearmint Oil Rates Reduced for 2014–15

The assessment rate established for the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee has been reduced from 10 cents to nine cents per pound of spearmint oil handled for the year beginning June 1 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Craft Brewers Flourishing in Chicago Craft Brewers Flourishing in Chicago

The April 18 opening of Lagunitas Brewing Co. in Chicago is a sign of the times.

School Chocolate Milk Bans Having Unintended Effects School Chocolate Milk Bans Having Unintended Effects

A chocolate milk ban in Oregon elementary schools may have led to a drop in fat-free white milk consumption, according to a study by Cornell University's Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

Flux in Coffee Bean Prices Expected to Continue Flux in Coffee Bean Prices Expected to Continue

The price of coffee beans rose 85 percent this year on concerns that dry weather in Brazil will damage the harvest there.

Boston Specialty Grocers Brace for Supermarket Competition Boston Specialty Grocers Brace for Supermarket Competition

Andrian Shapiro, owner of Baza Gourmet Foods and Spirits, has been preparing to compete with the Wegmans location that will open soon a few miles away from his store.

Peruvian Cuisine Takes Off at Retail, Restaurants in 2014 Peruvian Cuisine Takes Off at Retail, Restaurants in 2014

A growing interest in unique, exotic offerings has brought plenty of attention to Amazonian superfoods and a variety of South American cuisines.

Seafood Consumption Still Low Despite Growing Meat Consumption Seafood Consumption Still Low Despite Growing Meat Consumption

The seafood industry has been unable to organize major marketing campaigns to promote fish consumption, efforts that paid off for the beef and pork industries.

Mead Sales Outgrew Beer, Wine, Spirits in 2013 Mead Sales Outgrew Beer, Wine, Spirits in 2013

Mead sales jumped 130 percent from 2012 to 2013, exceeding growth rates for beer, wine, distilled spirits and hard cider, according to a survey by the American Mead Makers Association.

Online Shoppers Shape Future of Retail, Specialty Sales Online Shoppers Shape Future of Retail, Specialty Sales

Online shoppers are a steadily growing and evolving demographic. A recent survey of global online shoppers from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that customer expectations are higher than ever and retailers would be wise to update or change their business strategies to keep up with new technologies.

Standalone Cupcake Shops Dwindle, Moving Brands into Supermarkets Standalone Cupcake Shops Dwindle, Moving Brands into Supermarkets

Crumbs Bake Shop is entering BJ's Wholesale Clubs with its latest product, the Crumbnut.

Beef Prices Reach Nearly Three-Decade High Beef Prices Reach Nearly Three-Decade High

Beef prices are the highest in almost three decades.

Quality Concerns Rise in Craft Beer Industry Quality Concerns Rise in Craft Beer Industry

Paul Gatza, president of the Brewers Association, says beer quality is at all an all-time high, especially at the top end of the industry.

Competition Grows between Specialty, Conventional Grocers Competition Grows between Specialty, Conventional Grocers

The specialty food niche is growing, but conventional supermarkets are catching on.

Bacon Prices Soar as Pork Production Declines from Deadly Virus Bacon Prices Soar as Pork Production Declines from Deadly Virus

The average price for a pound of bacon in February was $5.46, 13 percent more than a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Vertical Farming Gets Greener with Food Scraps as Fuel Vertical Farming Gets Greener with Food Scraps as Fuel

A Chicago entrepreneur is working to prove vertical farming can be even greener than once thought.

Top Trends from 2014 sofi Awards Judging Pt. 1 Top Trends from 2014 sofi Awards Judging Pt. 1

Last week, the sofi Awards took over the Specialty Food Association offices with the start of its 2014 judging process. With scents of baked goods, crackling meats, and fragrant seasonings wafting through the halls, some 20 judges scrutinized and sampled more than 2,000 products across ...

Craft Beer Exports Rise, but Domestic Demand Limits Growth Craft Beer Exports Rise, but Domestic Demand Limits Growth

U.S. craft breweries are exporting their products to the countries that inspired the segment three decades ago.

Chefs Seek Out Unique Local Foods Chefs Seek Out Unique Local Foods

Restaurant chefs and food purchasing managers who bought local foods in the past are more likely to continue adding them to menus and store shelves.

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