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Morimoto Samples Duane Reade Sushi; Ben & Jerry's to Go Fairtrade Compliant

Whole Foods has reported higher-than-expected fiscal first quarter earnings, which is being attributed largely to a price shift instituted last year. [Forbes]

Romania has proposed a tax on burgers, french fries, soda, and other fast foods in an effort to fight both adult and child obesity. [AP]

Burger King has decided to raise the price of its $1 double cheeseburger following protests from franchisees that they were losing money on it. [Nation's Restaurant News]

Meanwhile, two Burger King employees in north Florida were arrested for attempting to drug customers by dosing sandwiches with hydrocodone pills. [Miami Herald]

Is American Idol getting its newest judge from the Food Network? An insider says the show is in talks with Paula Deen to take over one of the judges' seats. [E! Online]

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto tasted the sushi from Duane Reade, pronouncing it "a five" on a scale of 1 to 10. But only if eaten on the day it's prepared. [NY Post]

Walgreens will buy Duane Reade (and its sushi) for some $620 million, making it not only the largest drug store chain in the U.S., but also a dominant presence in New York. [Wall Street Journal]

The founders of Ben & Jerry's are hoping to make the company fully Fairtrade compliant by the end of 2013, but have faced some resistance from the company's owner, Unilever. [FT]


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