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New Luxury Item: Butter?

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New Luxury Item: Butter?

Price hits all-time high amid surge in demand

(Newser) - Will American shoppers soon be saying, "I can't believe I can't afford butter?" Butter prices hit a record high on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week, and with the levels of the stuff in storage down 42% over this time last year, "Americans are about to...

Actually, Margarine May Be Worse Than Butter

New study re-analyzes decades-old research

(Newser) - Eating margarine in an effort to safeguard your heart? In what Forbes terms "an exceedingly strange turn of events," it turns out the fake stuff may be worse for your heart than the real stuff. Researchers were able to access previously unpublished mortality data from a nearly five-decades-old...

In Wisconsin, a Fight for the Right to Serve Margarine

A dozen lawmakers want to repeal decades-old pro-butter law

(Newser) - There’s a battle going on in Wisconsin: margarine vs. butter. Any restaurant, prison, or school that substitutes margarine for butter without a specific customer request is subject to a fine of $100 to $500 and up to three months in jail. But the decades-old law is rarely enforced, and...

Turnaround King Sees Gold in Margarine

Marketing guru aims to make Smart Balance a billion-dollar brand

(Newser) - Hailed as a marketing magician for successes with Healthy Choice and Tropicana, billion-dollar brand legend Steve Hughes is at it again, Fortune reports. Turning Smart Balance’s “good” cholesterol into an industry-leading line of spreads is the goal, though stiff competition, rocketing commodity prices, and strapped shoppers could work...

Margarine Shortage Stymies Passover Bakers

Kosher spread too pricey for most producers

(Newser) - Jewish families are facing a culinary crisis: a shortage of margarine that’s kosher for Passover. The lack of available stick margarine in particular is frustrating cooks who bake confections that offset the holiday’s ban on leavening, the Wall Street Journal reports. "There are so few really tasty...

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