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Smucker cuts prices of Folgers coffees

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK J.M. Smucker & Co. has cut the prices of four Folgers coffees due to a drop in costs of green coffee beans, the company announced Friday. The price cuts on the newly-acquired Folgers brand products were put into effect immediately.

A spokesperson for Folgers told the international press that Smucker cut the price of Folgers Ground by 10 cents each for10.33-ounce to 11.5-ounce containers, a price cut of about 3.5 percent.

The price of Folgers Gourmet coffees was also slashed by 35 cents for every 10-ounce to 12-ounce container, a price reduction of almost 8 percent.

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Lindt gets into the holiday spirit with seasonal packaging for its chocolates

BY Melissa Valliant

KILCHBERG, Switzerland Lindt just made the holidays a little sweeter. The Swiss chocolate manufacturer has refashioned its premium chocolate packaging with holiday designs and prices affordable enough to pick up a few for relatives and friends with a sweet tooth.

Lindt’s Holiday Tree, for $7.99, is filled with a bag of Lindor Truffles, and their red poinsettia box, for $6.99, brings to mind the holiday flower often used for decoration this time of year. The milk or dark chocolate Santa Claus, wrapped in brightly colored foiled, is available for only $3.99, as are the reindeer, which are wrapped in gold foil and are available in milk, dark and white chocolate.

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Research shows potential prebiotic qualities of enzyme-converted durum wheat

BY Jenna Duncan

NAPLES, READING, England, and BARCELONA Several new studies at universities in Europe have examined the possibility that enzyme-treated insoluble durum wheat could possibly be infused with prebiotic qualities, reports said.

Studies conducted by universities in Barcelona, Naples and Reading have examined adding Trichoderma enzymes to insoluble cereal fiber. Some results have appeared in a report published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Reports stated that the addition of the enzyme produced soluble feruloyl oligosaccharides, also containing bifidobacteria and lactobacilli-boosting properties in a “model gut system”—bacteria known to aid in digestion.

Researchers have stated that if the studies can confirm the prebiotic potential of durum wheat plus enzymes, this fiber could join the growing line-up of commerical prebiotic/probiotic health supplements.

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