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A spike in lime prices has led some airlines to eliminate the fruit from their drink service

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines — for now — to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service. "We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices," says Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge. She says the airline normally goes through about 900 limes a day.

Taco Bell continues teasing McDonald's with 'Old MacDonald' tune in new ad

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Taco Bell is taking another jab at McDonald's in a new ad for its breakfast menu. The fast-food chain will begin airing a TV spot that is set to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and shows a man who has been eating Egg McMuffins since 1984. After trying Taco Bell's breakfast, the man trims his mullet, switches to tighter pants, gets a smartphone and takes down his "Loverboy" poster.

When things are going to the dogs in politics, politicians go for the dogs

OTTAWA - Release the hounds! When a photo of embattled MP Eve Adams and her freshly unemployed fiancee Dimitri Soudas, late of the helm of the Conservative Party of Canada, landed on the front page of a national newspaper this week, the two leashed pugs underfoot were no mere happenstance. "Took our friends' dogs Boo and Chester for a walk w @MPEveAdams after a long day of work," Soudas posted on Twitter early Wednesday evening as the couple were in the eye of a self-created storm.

US diners gorge on oysters as polluted bay revives

Cage after cage, oysters destined for a sprinkling of lemon juice and a delighted diner are pulled from the majestic Chesapeake Bay, where 20 years ago they had nearly disappeared. "Those will be at the restaurants tomorrow," says Tal Petty, 55, an oysterman who has worked these waters for 40 years. Today, the mollusk's reintroduction is playing a vital role in the health of the bay and Petty is quick to point out the dual ecological and gastronomical benefits.

Hillshire to close 70-year-old Alabama plant, cut 1,100 jobs

(Reuters) - Hillshire Brands Co <HSH.N> on Friday said it will close its Florence, Alabama, plant, the site of its breakfast sandwich and breakfast sausage cooking operations, and cut roughly 1,100 jobs by December 30. The 242,000-square-foot facility, which was built in the 1940s, did not meet its efficiency and long-term profitability targets, Hillshire said in a regulatory filing. Closure-related costs are expected to total about $34.4 million, including severance, depreciation and other items.

Exclusive: Nestle and Fresenius home in on Danone Medical - sources

By Anjuli Davies and Andreas Kröner LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The field of bidders for Danone's Medical Nutrition business has narrowed to German healthcare group Fresenius and Swiss food company Nestle, two people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. Talks over the business, which has been valued at 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion), would soon enter a decisive phase, they said.

Exclusive: Merck wants to test Zilmax on 240,000 cattle but beef industry resists

By P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc wants to feed its controversial feed additive Zilmax to 240,000 U.S. cattle to prove it is safe. But there is a problem: giant meat processors like Cargill Inc don't want to touch animals fed with the drug. Merck plans to conduct the biggest ever test of its kind in an effort to reintroduce the weight-adding drug into the United States and Canada after suspending sales last August. A test herd of this size is currently worth up to $500 million.

Lawsuit over Hebrew National hot dogs is revived

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A year after ConAgra Foods Inc won the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that its Hebrew National hot dogs were not kosher, a higher authority has given the case new life. A federal appeals court in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday said a trial judge erred in dismissing the lawsuit brought by 11 consumers in its entirety on the ground that the First Amendment barred him from addressing the underlying religious questions.

Grain mostly lower on the CBOT, cattle and pork lower on the CME

CHICAGO - Grain futures were mostly lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.76 a bushel; May corn was 4.25 cents lower at 4.9575 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.1475 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 5 cents to 14.7025 a bushel. Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. June live cattle was 1.82 cents lower at $1.3555 a pound; May feeder cattle was .90 cent lower at 1.7925 a pound; June lean hogs lost 2.70 cents to $1.2085 a pound.

Grain mostly lower on the CBOT, cattle and pork lower on the CME

CHICAGO - Grain futures were mostly lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.76 a bushel; May corn was 4.25 cents lower at 4.9575 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.1475 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 5 cents to 14.7025 a bushel. Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. June live cattle was 1.82 cents lower at $1.3555 a pound; May feeder cattle was .90 cent lower at 1.7925 a pound; June lean hogs lost 2.70 cents to $1.2085 a pound.
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