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Launching global WCup campaign, Coca-Cola discloses plan to soften tone if unrest hits Brazil

LONDON - Coca-Cola has disclosed contingency plans to adapt its World Cup sponsorship and soften its celebratory tone in Brazil if unrest returns to the streets. Launching their biggest World Cup marketing campaign, which aims to promote inclusivity, Coke executive vice-president Joe Tripodi told The Associated Press the soft drinks giant would react rapidly to any outbreak of protests in an attempt to reflect the mood of the nation.

Tainted horsemeat eyed in five deaths in Philippines

Five people are believed to have died from eating tainted horsemeat in the Philippines while as many as 60 may have consumed it, a local official said Wednesday. Four horses died from unexplained causes and their meat was given away to residents in the largely rural southern province Sultan Kudarat on March 25, Henry Albana, the province's social welfare officer said. Many fell ill after eating it, with the town of Senator Ninoy Aquino particularly affected, Albano added.

Bubbling ambitions in China's 'hot pot city'

Thousands of vats of hot pot seasoning thicken the air around Nie Ganru's home with a miasma of chili as flame-red paste, thick with oil, bakes in the sun. Nie lives and effectively breathes hot pot, the spicy cook-it-yourself communal Chinese meal that made his fortune, and has built a pot-shaped six-storey museum dedicated to the dish. Now his home town, the megalopolis of Chongqing, is seeking national and ultimately global recognition for the food.

Prize Normandy cattle enjoy cider tipple

French livestock farmer Francois-Xavier Craquelin believes a little pampering goes a long way when it comes to producing meat prized for its melt-in-the mouth tenderness. Cattle at his farm in northeastern France enjoy classical music, a special massage machine and even regular tipples of Normandy cider. In Japan, Kobe cattle -- one of the wagyu breeds recognised worldwide for its quality -- are treated to sake or beer. But in Normandy, cider is king.

Prize Normandy cattle enjoy cider tipple

French livestock farmer Francois-Xavier Craquelin believes a little pampering goes a long way when it comes to producing meat prized for its melt-in-the mouth tenderness. Cattle at his farm in northeastern France enjoy classical music, a special massage machine and even regular tipples of Normandy cider. In Japan, Kobe cattle -- one of the wagyu breeds recognised worldwide for its quality -- are treated to sake or beer. But in Normandy, cider is king.

Starbucks bringing back cake slices as pastry makeover hits a glitch

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Starbucks is learning that people really like their sliced cake loaves. The Seattle-based coffee company says it will start bringing back its cake slices in response to customer feedback. The company had been getting rid of the slices that came in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavours as part of a staggered rollout of its pricier new baked goods. In their place, Starbucks offered what looked like miniature loaves that cost $2.45, an increase of 20 cents.

Starbucks pastry makeover hits a glitch as customers demand old favourites

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Starbucks' plan to revamp its baked goods is hitting a glitch. The Seattle-based coffee company says it will start bringing back its sliced cake loaves in response to customer feedback. The company had been getting rid of the sliced loaves that came in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavours as part of a staggered rollout of its pricier new baked goods. Lisa Passe, a Starbucks spokeswoman, says the company realized that "people really like the familiar, sliced cake." She noted that the cake slices will still carry the higher prices.

Iconic Schwartz's smoked meat sandwich to cost $1 more with beef prices up

MONTREAL - Lovers of smoked meat will have to fork over a little more cash the next time they visit the famous Schwartz's deli in Montreal. The restaurant blames rising beef prices for its decision to make its smoked meat sandwich a bit more expensive. Frank Silva, Schwartz's general manager, said the the price of the beef he buys from Alberta has increased by about 50 per cent since last November. The meat is trimmed by a local butcher, with the brisket then marinated and smoked in house.

Soda sales in US continued to slide in 2013; diet sodas falling at faster pace

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago. U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 per cent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest, an industry tracker. That represents a steeper drop than the 1.2 per cent decline in 2012 and brings total soda volume to the lowest level since 1995.

U.S. soda sales decline worsened in 2013: Beverage Digest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The decline in U.S. sales of carbonated soft drinks accelerated in 2013, according to a leading beverage industry newsletter. Total sales volume fell 3 percent in 2013 to 8.9 billion cases, the ninth straight year of decline, according to Beverage Digest. That compares with declines of 1.2 percent in 2012 and 1 percent in 2011.
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