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  • The US House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill next week, according to the Wall Street Journal, “that will require food makers to label, in plain English, eight of the most troublesome ingredients: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. The eight account for roughly 90% of the nation's food allergies.

    “The Senate passed the bill unanimously in March, and President Bush is expected to sign it into law. A few companies already label their food this way, but all would have to adopt the new practices by Jan. 1, 2006.”

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. reportedly is suing George Weston Ltd. And its Entenmann’s unit for the use of the phrase “original glazed” on their doughnuts, contending that Krispy Kreme owns the trademark on the phrase.

  • BusinessWeek Online suggests that there shortly could be a major shift in the order of things in the fast food business, as Wendy’s is poised to take over the second spot from Burger King. This would seem to highlight not just what Wendy’s has been doing right in terms of marketing and menu items, but also what Burger King has been getting wrong.

  • The Denver Post reports that Starbucks has begun selling prepackaged sandwiches and salads at half of its 118 Colorado stores, a program similar to that being used by the company in six other markets, including New York, San Francisco and Boston.

    According to the company, by the end of July about 1,800 of Starbucks' 4,338 company-owned stores in North America – or more than a third - should be selling lunches that are prepared and delivered by outside vendors.

KC's View:
In Denver, the company providing the sandwiches is the Lufthansa Sky Group, an airline catering firm – which isn’t exactly where we’d turn for quality cuisine.