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On Our Radar: Starbucks, Street Carts and Sweetener Wars

Starbucks was hit hard when the Great Recession made consumers question their $4 lattes. But the Economist reports that the coffee behemoth may be making a comeback. Coffee drinkers appear to like 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea, a spin-off "inspired by Starbucks." So do investors: This year, the stock is up 120 percent, compared to about 25 percent for the S&P index.

Metrocurean's Amanda McClements reports on a potential boon for DC's street cart scene: a new business, Food Chain, that cooks up a range of creative dishes such as Caribbean bean burritos, coconut rice and, soon, Thai food, and delivers it to existing carts.

Think culinary gimmicks are a modern invention? A four-month archeological dig in Rome has revealed what experts think are the remains of a rotating restaurant. Guardian blogger Felicity Cloake follows up by putting gastronomic tackiness in context.

Apparently, the high fructose corn syrup industry is mad and isn't going to take it any more. This week, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom launched a TV ad campaign that features actors dressed as an ear of corn, a sugar cube and a honey bear standing in a police line-up. The "victim" in the commercial is unable to identify the sweetener responsible for making him "gain the weight" because, the ad says, all three sugars are nutritionally the same.

-- Jane Black

By Jane Black  |  October 1, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
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Hopefully, this is a signal that people are getting informed about HFCS and won't tolerate it anymore.

Too bad mercury wasn't in the lineup with the corn!

Posted by: Post43 | October 2, 2009 3:29 AM | Report abuse

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