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THE DISH – Honors, milestones, transitions and more

By Jim Duncan It has been a quarter of surprises, mostly pleasant. Bird flu virus seemed to level off after a horrific first quarter. The percentages of fresh, local and organic foods in American diets rose considerably over previous years. Food trucks made their long-awaited debut in the prime real estate of downtown. The Greek […]

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THE DISH – Free-range breweries yes; fish and chips no

By Jim Duncan The winter quarter brought a perfect storm of food chaos to the world. For the first time in history, the number of people living in cities outnumbered those living in the countryside. Food inflation reared its ugly head in the third world. The Goldman Sachs commodity index soared by 77 percent in […]

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THE DISH – Falling Arches and Other Food News

By Jim Duncan The previous quarter was baffling. As oil, gas and corn prices fell precipitously, food inflation continued mysteriously to rise. Fast food in general, and McDonalds in particular, remained in long slumps. Mickey D’s CEO Don Thompson, who took over a thriving company from Iowan Jim Skinner two-and-a-half-years ago, finally admitted a problem […]

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THE DISH- Pretzels? No. Color-changing ice cream? Yes.

By Jim Duncan The third quarter of 2014 was a bizarre time in the food world. As food prices rose at an accelerated rate, school districts in both New York City and Chicago decided to forego nearly $1 million each in subsidies rather than accept federal restrictions imposed on schools to make cafeteria food “healthier.” […]

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THE DISH- Disappearing borders

By Jim Duncan The spring quarter was a time of alarm and espionage. Mo Yun, the wife of a billionaire Chinese seed magnate, was indicted on intellectual property theft after her brother and another man were caught digging up and stealing patented seedlings in an Iowa farm field. Food inflation began to raise its ugly […]

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