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Hawaii, a critical spot for modern US corn, becomes flash point in genetic engineering debate

WAIALUA, Hawaii - You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The industry's leading companies all have farms in the tiny island state. They take advantage of Hawaii's warm weather to grow new varieties of corn genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.

Correction: Restaurant Sales story

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a story April 17 about restaurant sales, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the average sales in a Starbucks location in 2013 was $13.1 million. It was $1.31 million, according to an estimate by restaurant industry tracker Technomic. A corrected version of the story is below: How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank compared with other chains By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer Chipotle restaurants are ringing up more sales than ever before.

Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

Pistachios are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as "green gold" -- by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are currently examining plans to build the country's first ecological city with buildings both private and public heated by burning pistachio shells. And there can be few better locations for such a project than Gaziantep -- the south-eastern region close to the Syrian border which produces thousands of tonnes of the nut every year.

Chobani to expand product offerings with desserts, dips as it faces intensifying competition

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category. Starting in July, the company plans to offer Chobani Oats, which is yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent and new flavours for kids. Later this year, the Norwich, N.Y.-based company will also introduce savory dips, Chief Marketing Officer Peter McGuinness said in a phone interview. Chobani has been testing such offerings at its cafe in New York City's SoHo neighbourhood.

Chobani to expand product offerings with desserts, dips as it faces intensifying competition

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category. Starting in July the company plans to offer Chobani Oats, which is strained Greek Yogurt mixed with fruit and steel-cut oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent and new flavours for kids. The privately held company has grown quickly over the last several years, riding the surge in popularity of Greek yogurt. It even aired a Super Bowl ad in February.

Finnish man in HK court after midair 'chocolate sword threat'

A Finnish passenger accused of making a hoax bomb threat on a Cathay Pacific flight wielded a chocolate bar like a sword and demanded that the plane be diverted so he could attend the Winter Olympics, a report said Friday. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, appeared in a Hong Kong court on Thursday charged with disorderly behaviour on an aircraft and for "communicating false information as to the existence of a bomb" during the Amsterdam-Hong Kong flight on February 14.

Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.

US orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar

A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida's orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets. The culprit? The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, which is infecting citrus trees across the Sunshine State with huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, which causes fruit to taste bitter and fall from trees too soon.

PepsiCo quarterly profit beats expectations on stronger snack sales, cost cuts, price hikes

NEW YORK, N.Y. - PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the company sold more snacks around the world and hiked prices, including on its drinks. The company, which also makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 per cent in the period. Global beverage volume was unchanged from a year ago, including in its closely watched North American drinks unit.

Chipotle plans first price hike in 3 years as ingredient costs climb; quarterly sales surge

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos. The Mexican food chain said Thursday that it would raise prices for the first time in three years as its popularity continues to soar. Menu boards with the new prices should start rolling out in coming weeks and be in place at all restaurants by this summer. Executives have said in the past they were considering a hike of about 3 per cent to 5 per cent. That translates to an extra 24 cents to 40 cents for an $8 burrito bowl.
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