How the Perfect Bacon Bowl created so much sizzle
April 7th, 2014
11:46 AM ET
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It's no secret that America loves its bacon. For proof, just look at the crazy success of the Perfect Bacon Bowl, As Seen on TV's newest sensation.

The Perfect Bacon Bowl resembles an upside-down plastic bowl. Wrap three strips of bacon around it, pop it in the oven, microwave or toaster oven and the bacon cooks in the shape of the container - a "bacon bowl." Then you fill it with whatever you want - scrambled eggs, dip, mac 'n cheese.

The Perfect Bacon Bowl debuted in November 2013 on As Seen on TV and almost immediately became a hit. Since then, more than two million boxes have been sold (they come two to a box and retail for $10.99).

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February 24th, 2014
04:15 PM ET
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"Got Milk?" is one of the most recognizable ad campaigns of the past 20 years. But the iconic ads are getting axed as the industry looks for a new hook to increase milk consumption amid declining sales.

The Got Milk ad first appeared in 1994 featuring supermodel Naomi Campbell wearing a milk mustache. Over the years, the ads have featured celebrities such as Elton John, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton and David Beckham.

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July 23rd, 2013
04:15 PM ET
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Are edible insects the food of the future? One Salt Lake City-based company thinks so. Chapul Inc. has cooked up an energy bar with an eye-popping ingredient - crickets.

Chapul Bars come in three flavors - peanut butter, chocolate and Thai - and sell for $2.99 to $3.59 each. They're made from natural ingredients such as dates, agave nectar, coconut, ginger, lime and dark chocolate. And all contain cricket flour.

"Most people don't know that crickets are a rich source of edible protein," said Patrick Crowley, 33, an environmentalist and Chapul's founder. And compared to cows and pigs, crickets are also a more environmentally-friendly source of protein, he said.

Read - This energy bar gets its kick from ... crickets

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Smithfield won't import Chinese pork
July 10th, 2013
08:00 PM ET
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Pork from China won't make its way into the U.S. if Smithfield Foods is acquired by China's Shuanghui International, Smithfield CEO Larry Pope told lawmakers Wednesday.

Shuanghui's planned purchase "will not result in any U.S. imports of food from China," Pope said in prepared remarks to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "This is about exporting meat products from the U.S. to China."

July 2nd, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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As Paula Deen's home-goods empire unravels, companies making or distributing her products - everything from pots and pans to dishes and scented candles - may be left with a messy situation of their own.

Several large stores, including the world's largest retailer Wal-Mart, announced last week that they would stop selling Paula Deen products. Target, Home Depot, Sears, J.C. Penney and QVC also said they would discontinue her merchandise.

Never wait for the check again
June 27th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
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Have you ever waited so long at a restaurant for a waiter to bring the check that, even though you enjoyed the food, you swore never to eat there again?

Or how about that awkward moment after a meal with friends, when the check arrives and conversation stops because someone has to figure out how to split the bill fairly?

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Starbucks price hike starts next week
June 21st, 2013
07:15 PM ET
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Your Starbucks latte is going to cost you a little bit more next week. The coffee chain on Tuesday is set to raise prices on some of the drinks it sells in its U.S. stores by an average of 1%.

The price hike will affect beverages including Starbucks' brewed coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks, said spokesman Jim Olson. While drink prices vary from city to city, Olson said that customers in some markets could pay about 10 cents more for a tall brewed coffee.

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Take another little pizza my heart now, baby
February 10th, 2012
03:45 PM ET
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Candy, flowers and bling may dominate Valentine's Day gifts, but this year, one more item is likely to be among the love offerings: heart-shaped pizzas.

Searches on Google for "heart-shaped pizzas" have soared 230% since January, according to Google's research tool Insights for Search.

And the highest number of searches for heart-shaped pizzas over the past few weeks is coming from Illinois, Texas and California, according to Google.

The novelty pizza has easily been around for decades but lately, pizza sellers - large and small - have been rushing to capitalize on this quirky trend, especially around Valentine's Day.

Read - Heart-shaped pizzas hot for Valentine's Day

U.S. attempts to pluck up flagging chicken market with $40 million bailout
August 16th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
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The United States is stepping in to help bail out another American industry - chicken farmers and meat processors.

The nation's chicken industry is having a difficult year. Chicken producers are struggling with higher costs of running their business at the same time that consumers are buying less meat.

This has created a glut of chicken products in the market.

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