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• Winn-Dixie said yesterday that it is using a new oil to eliminate the trans fat in selected deli items. The shift affects Winn-Dixie's fried chicken, chicken tenders, drumettes, fried turkey breast, chicken wings, catfish and catfish nuggets, and chicken breast used for chick fillet sandwiches.

• Burger King announced yesterday that it will begin adhering to new animal welfare standards, “buying eggs and pork from suppliers that did not confine their animals in cages and crates” and favoring “suppliers of chickens that use gas, or ‘controlled-atmospheric stunning,’ rather than electric shocks to knock birds unconscious before slaughter,” according to a story in the New York Times this morning.

• In a bow to traditional New York City neighborhood marketing, the new Whole Foods store on Houston Street (pronounced “How-ston,” for those unfamiliar with the vernacular) reportedly will have a pickle stand where local pickle makers sell their products.

• The New York Times this morning reports on an interesting nutrition fact – that “about 21 percent of calories consumed by Americans over the age of 2 come from beverages, predominantly soft drinks and fruit drinks with added sugars” and that “there has been a huge increase in sugar-sweetened drinks in recent decades, primarily at the expense of milk, which has clear nutritional benefits. The calories from these sugary drinks account for half the rise in caloric intake by Americans since the late 1970s.”
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