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Suit Seeks $5M Damages Over Mac-and-Cheese Prep Time

Suit accuses Kraft Heinz of misleading advertising over 3.5-minute prep time

(Newser) - According to the packaging, it takes just 3.5 minutes to prepare Velveeta Shells & Cheese. According to Amanda Ramirez, that’s not true when one accounts for the time it takes to remove the lid, add water, and stir in the cheese sauce (not to mention waiting for that...

Kraft: Skip the Holiday Cheesecake, We'll Give You $20

There may be a silver lining for your wallet amid our national cream cheese shortage

(Newser) - First it came for our bagels . Now, our Christmas cheesecake. Thanks to a cream cheese shortage around the nation, the holiday dessert staple may be scarce this season, but Kraft is trying to put a positive spin on things with its newest offer. CNN Business reports the company, known for...

Heinz, Kraft to Become Food Giant

Merger will make them continent's No. 3 food and beverage company

(Newser) - News that might interest those whose favorite pantry staples are ketchup and mac and cheese: Kraft Foods Group Inc. and H.J. Heinz Co. have announced they will merge in a deal that will create the Kraft Heinz Co.—the third largest food and beverage company on the continent...

Kraft Recalls Mac and Cheese

6.5M boxes in question over bits of metal

(Newser) - Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The boxes have "best when used by" dates ranging from Sept. 18, 2015, through Oct. 11, 2015, and are marked with the...

Fast Food's New Trend: 'Stealth Health'

Companies don't always tell us when our food gets healthier

(Newser) - In the minds of customers, healthy food often means less-tasty food. At the same time, however, many clamor for healthier options. All this puts restaurants and food makers in a bind—and the solution, the Wall Street Journal reports, is "stealth health." This refers to companies secretly improving...

Cheese Mix-Up Forces Huge Oscar Mayer Wiener Recall

Kraft recalls 96k pounds

(Newser) - It hardly seems like the worst thing that could find its way into your hotdogs, but Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain ... cheese. The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said yesterday that Kraft's...

Cheesepocalypse: Velveeta Shortage Looms

High demand eating up supplies, Kraft says

(Newser) - In what some Twitter users have dubbed a Cheesepocalypse, a Velveeta shortage is spreading just as cheesy dip season is reaching its peak, Yahoo finds. "Given the incredible popularity of Velveeta this time of year, it is possible consumers may not be able to find their favorite product on...

Kraft Kerfuffle Costs Starbucks $2.7B

Settlement ends packaged-coffee battle

(Newser) - Starbucks has to cough up an eye-popping $2.76 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution, an arbitrator has decided. The two companies had been locked in a fight for three years after Starbucks fired Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery chains, complaining that...

Some Kraft Mac and Cheese to Get Less Artificial

Brand cutting artificial dyes from 3 of its kid-friendly pastas

(Newser) - Kraft mac and cheese is about to get a little less artificial—in cases where the "mac" part is made in a kid-friendly shape. The company will remove artificial dyes from its SpongeBob Squarepants, Halloween, and winter shapes varieties; the "original flavor" version will see no such change,...

Activists Demand Kraft Stop Dyeing its Mac & Cheese

They say US should get the same version as rest of the world

(Newser) - A pair of food bloggers are taking aim at one of America's most iconic delicacies: Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Lisa Leake and Vani Hari have as of this writing gathered more than 148,000 signatures on a petition asking Kraft to stop using food dyes in the...

How Scientists Get You to Love Junk Food

Cadbury, Kraft, Frito-Lay hire the experts

(Newser) - The makers of American junk food have your personal taste—but not your personal health—down to an exact science, the New York Times Magazine reports. With Americans plagued by obesity and type 2 diabetes , companies like Cadbury Schweppes, Kraft, and Frito-Lay are hiring experts to conduct lengthy studies on...

Retailers: Payroll Tax Hit Is Going to Hurt

Nearly half of consumers say they'll spend less: survey

(Newser) - Major retailers are preparing for customers with less cash in their pockets, thanks in part to the newly restored payroll tax, the Wall Street Journal reports. Rising gas prices aren't helping, either. Some 45.7% of consumers plan to spend less in the face of 2% lower take-home pay,...

Is Australia Sick of Vegemite?

Kraft struggles to market iconic spread

(Newser) - Say it ain't so: Australians seem to be tiring of a national culinary icon. Vegemite, a spread made from yeast extract, has been beloved since 1923. But lately, owner Kraft has had trouble getting young people hooked on the stuff, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company has tried...

Now Kraft Quits 'Stand Your Ground' Supporter

Joins Coke, Pepsi in ditching conservative ALEC group

(Newser) - In January, it was Pepsi; earlier this week, it was Coke . Now Kraft is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council, which supports laws like Florida's "stand your ground" rule. The food company won't be renewing its membership in the conservative group "for a number of reasons,...

Kraft Spins Off Snacks in Crummy New Name
 Kraft Spins Off Snacks 
 in Crummy New Name 

Kraft Spins Off Snacks in Crummy New Name

'Mondelez' will be on back of Oreos, other snack foods

(Newser) - Kraft is spinning off its snack business from its grocery business, and it seemingly couldn't have come up with a stranger new name for the snacks portion: Mondelez. That's pronounced "mohn-dah-LEEZ," Bloomberg reports, and experts are scratching their heads over the awkward choice. It's a...

Oreo Celebrates 100th Birthday

Kraft launches international marketing campaign

(Newser) - The National Biscuit Company sold its first batch of Oreos on March 6, 1912—and as the cookie's 100th birthday approaches, its makers want the world to celebrate. Kraft Foods has launched an international campaign across media new and old, centered on a birthday-party theme and complete with special...

Naomi Campbell Rips 'Racist' Chocolate Ad

Cadbury calls campaign 'all in good fun'

(Newser) - Tranquility-challenged super model Naomi Campbell is furious and threatening to sue a chocolate company that's using her name in what she blasts as a "racist" ad. "Move over, Naomi, there's a new diva in town," say the British Cadbury ads touting the company's Dairy...

Axed Female Kraft Employee Shoots 2 Dead

Employee opened fire minutes after being suspended

(Newser) - A woman who had just been suspended from her job at a Kraft plant in Philadelphia returned and opened fire on her colleagues, killing two of them, police say. The worker—identified by colleagues as Yvonne Hiller—drove through a fence surrounding the baking plant 9 minutes after she had...

Kraft Tries to Woo Adults With Grown-Up Mac & Cheese

Sorry, we mean macaroni & cheese

(Newser) - Kraft would like the moms and dads of America to know that the gooey good stuff isn't just for kids anymore. In an attempt to bring mac & cheese from the kids' table to the family dinner table, it's launched Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese, an 18-months-in-the-making product that it hopes...

Kraft Closes in on Cadbury Deal
 Kraft Closes in on Cadbury Deal 

Kraft Closes in on Cadbury Deal

British miffed as $19B takeover deal sealed

(Newser) - Kraft has won a sweet victory in its 4-month-long battle to take over Cadbury, according to sources who expect a deal to be announced today, barring last-minute complications. The British chocolate maker's board has agreed to accept Kraft's improved offer of roughly $19 billion in cash and stock in a...

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