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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1985 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
One youth wears a plaid wool shirt and a small clenched fist that dangles from a chain pinned to one ear. Another has a butch haircut and half a dozen crosses around his neck. A third wears baggy shorts and a white T-shirt. A little cholo, a little punk, a little surfer. Offbeat, mildly intimidating. When they want to be really intimidating, they switch to all punk. The boys belong to a gang, but not the usual gang. It's made up of white kids who grew up in suburban homes.
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BUSINESS
March 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Procter & Gamble Co. raised prices on its Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts coffee brands by as much as 7%, citing soaring coffee bean prices. P&G said it would charge 20 cents more for Folgers ground coffee in 10 1/2 - and 13-ounce containers. Prices of Folgers instant coffee and Folgers Gourmet Selections will increase 5% and 3.5%, respectively, while bags of Dunkin' Donuts coffee will go up 6%. The increase on Folgers is the second since Feb. 11.
NEWS
August 3, 1985 | From Reuters
Police have detained three men attempting to blackmail the Nestle food firm by poisoning instant coffee, the Austrian press agency APA said Friday. It quoted police as saying that the three had confessed to sending a can of Nestle coffee which had been injected with the poison natriumhydroxide to the firm's Vienna headquarters. In an accompanying note the men, all from Linz, threatened to inform the public about the poisoned can unless they were paid $1 million.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1998 | A Times Staff Writer
Taster's Choice Instant Coffee's new advertising campaign won't build upon the company's serial romance campaign that ended last fall. Instead of a continuing story line that moves from commercial to commercial, the Nestle USA Beverage Division product will use special effects to create hundreds of separate vignettes that evolve into a single image of a Taster's Choice jar and a cup of coffee. The commercial that was created by McCann Erickson USA Inc.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1985
MJB Co. is a significant producer and distributor of roast and ground coffee and instant coffee with manufacturing plants in Union City, Calif., and Denver. The company, headquartered in San Francisco, employs 500 and also produces and distributes tea and rice products. Terms of the agreement were not available. Nestle is the holding company for Swiss-based Nestle S.A.'s food and beverage operations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
FOOD
January 16, 1992 | CHARLES PERRY
Big news? The biggest--possibly a permanent change in how we bake. Last year we read a story by Washington Post writer Sally Squires that struck us as totally bizarre: A paste of prunes, vanilla and water, she claimed, "is replacing high-fat shortening in a variety of commercially baked goods." She suggested cutting the fat content of brownies 75% by using this prune goop in place of butter. What crazy things health-foodies will eat, we thought. We passed the story around and snickered.
FOOD
October 6, 1999 | Donna Deane
There are plenty of rich, gooey, over-the-top brownies out there, but I still like plain old moist brownies the best. But even eating a simple brownie can bring on the guilts. This low-fat version cuts the fat and calories but doesn't cut the flavor: good news for brownie lovers. Make sure not to over-mix the batter; stir just until the ingredients are blended or the brownies will be tough. I like using baby-food prunes in place of homemade puree; the fruit flavor is less pronounced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1986
Repeal the 22nd Amendment? You are jesting, right? The 22nd Amendment is one of our few protections in a country where anybody can become President, given the tendency of the American public to select Presidents the way they do dishwashers and brands of instant coffee--by preferring what looks best on television. This time we were lucky, it was only Ronald Reagan. I cannot think of a single President, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose third term would have been of overwhelming benefit to the nation.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Starbucks Corp., the world's largest coffeehouse operator, will expand its Via Ready Brew instant coffees to all stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Sept. 29. The instant blends were introduced in March in Seattle, Chicago and London as part of an effort to get a piece of the $21-billion soluble coffee market, the company said. The coffees are available in two varieties -- bold and medium -- and are sold in packs of three servings for $2.95 or 12 for $9.95. Instant coffee accounts for about 40% of all cups made globally, according to Starbucks.
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