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May 20, 2003

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Parma ham and Parmesan cheese can only be sliced and grated in the region where they are produced, the European Court of Justice ruled. The court said grating cheese and slicing ham were operations that could damage the quality of the goods and undermine the protective certificate, reported CNN. Full Story

After getting off to a slow start, Maine's maple syrup season ended about even with last year's production, syrup producers said, noted MaineToday.com. Final production figures have not been compiled, but Eric Ellis, who taps 50,000 trees in Somerset County for Maine Maple Products, said the season will end near or a little below average. Maine is the country's No. 2 syrup producer, behind Vermont, with production totaling 230,000 gallons last year. Full Story

For Immediate Release - News Direct From The Specialty Food Trade

A new food radio show, The Beyond Organic Show, has been launched in San Francisco, CA. Every Wednesday, the show will broadcast for one hour, featuring information about buying, growing, eating and cooking healthy food, as well as interviews with leading chefs, authors, environmental experts and organic farmers. Full Release

Uniquely Together Gourmet introduces new Brunch Biscuits, available in three flavors, Meyer Lemon and Cardamom, Tangerine and Ginger, and French Toast with Maple and Brown Sugar. They are available in their own "serve it up" tin. Full Release

Mad Cow, LLC,áNew York, makers of Karma'Licious Veggie Bolognese, announced it is now in distribution by both Tree of Life Northeast and Southeast and stocked in many other independent health food and specialty food storesáon the East Coast, including eight Whole Foods markets in Georgia and North Carolina. Full Release

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Two partners in Essential Baking Co. paid $1.8 million for the former Redhook Ale brewery, reported Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Jeff Fairhall and George DePasquale are not yet making their plans public, although several others in the neighborhood said the Essential Baking founders have talked about using at least part of the building as a chocolate factory. Full Story

Leprino Foods is selling two cheese plants in Nebraska. The Denver, CO-based outfit is offering its Hartington plant for $1.65 million, while the smaller Dodge plant is being sold for $875,000, noted Fremont Tribune. Full Story

Straus Family Creamery launched a line of organic ice creams: Vanilla Bean, Dutch Chocolate and Raspberry. Straus Family Creamery Organic Ice Cream will be carried by Whole Foods in the Pacific Region, Wild Oats in Southern California, as well as many independent grocery stores on the West Coast. Full Story

Asian food is thriving in Houston, TX - the land of barbecue - thanks to a new generation of chefs, observed TIME. The Asian population in Houston has more than doubled over the past decade and now accounts for 7% of the city's two million residents. Full Story

In New Zealand, the Commerce Commission is considering whether to investigate a complaint from Peter Bray, managing director of Airborne Honey, about the labeling and marketing of premium honey flavors such as manuka and rata, noted The New Zealand Herald. Bray claims that some honey varieties in supermarkets contain little of the honey type they claim to be. Full Story

Royal Ahold NV reached a definitive agreement with NBTY Inc. for the divestment of its Dutch natural products retail unit De Tuinen. Full Story

In an effort to develop a clearer image of Austrian wines abroad, the country's producers have begun phasing in a new appellation system, Districtus Austria Controllatus (DAC). Austria's new DAC system, which places more emphasis on the name of the wine region than on the grape varieties, will gradually replace its current, often confusing, wine classification, which is based on 34 officially recognized grape varieties and a maze of quality and style designations, reported Wine Spectator Online. Full Story

Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. plans to close its last store in Japan later this month, a little more than a year after entering the market. The coffee store chain has already closed its three other outlets in Japan, reported The San Francisco Chronicle. Full Story

The Irish government announced plans to require health warnings on alcoholic drinks and limit liquor ads, because it is alarmed that Ireland has become one of the hardest-drinking countries in Europe. Full Story

Canadians devoured about C$1.6 billion worth of salty snacks last year, including potato and tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts and "extruded" snacks. Industry players say consumption is expected to grow about 5% a year. The business is dominated by Frito-Lay Canada, which claims it has a 60% share of the chip market in Canada, according to The Globe and Mail. Full Story

A study that found cranberry juice can effectively reduce the risk of heart disease requires closer scrutiny, according to The Wichita Eagle. Full Story


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