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Spaniards and Cypriots to drink Bulgarian “Boliyarka” Beer April 19, 2008

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  Bulgarian beer “Boliyarka” company starts to export beer for Spain and Cyprus.

The abroad sales are planned to reach capacity of 70 to 100 thousands hectoliters beer. Thanks to the six new cylindrical containers for fermentation of the beer the sales are expected to increase with 5-10% and the export to Romania to double.

The brewery’s director shared the factory intends to launch for sаlе new sort of beer own production, which will be of new class and will be bottled in 330 and 500 ml bottles. Other renewal of “Boliyarka” company is the beer with transparent self-sticking label.

The factory invested 1 million EUR in the new technology “Clear label” which brought it an award from the Finance Minister Plamen Oresharski and the big award of Bulgarian Chambers of Commerce “Ikar” statue.

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A new coffee war brews between Starbucks and McDonalds April 19, 2008

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McDonalds Web site pokes fun at Starbucks snobbery > According to US media the “Golden Arches” Starbucks’ newest nemesis, have a fresh tactic in their battle for America’s coffee dollars. If you can not outsell Starbucks, how about just giving it away.

McDonald’s latest campaign is Free lattes on Friday mornings in Seattle, Starbucks hometown. “It’s quite comparable to Starbucks,” one tester said. There is nothing subtle about this battle of the brews. Aside from the free coffee, McDonalds has launched a website essentially poking fun of Starbucks.

The website address “unsnobbycoffee.com” does not leave much to the imagination. The site is devoted to making Starbucks look snooty and overpriced. “Well, there’s always a catch with something that’s free. But it was okay. I don’t think it’s any better than Starbucks,” said another tester.

Starbucks has a public relations offensive of its own. They recently shut down every store in the country to re-train baristas, and of course get lots of press coverage. “So, we’re hoping that our baristas will walk away with a renewed focus on our standards, and appreciation for all the work that goes into our coffee,” Starbuck manager Ann-Marie Kurtz said.

Starbucks is not backing down, but McDonald’s is not exactly easing up. If it takes giving the stuff away to take over the coffee throne, they are apparently willing to do it, at least for the next few weeks.

A French winemaker’s £4million nose March 25, 2008

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A French wine maker has insured his nose for £3.9 million, the Lloyd’s of London insurance company said.

The bespoke policy was created for Ilja Gort, the Dutch owner of Chateau de la Garde in Bordeaux, France, to cover the loss of his nose and sense of smell.

Mr Gort, who produces Tulipe Wines, said his nose was his most important asset. While the tongue has only five areas of taste, the nose can distinguish millions of different scents, he added.

“This certainly is an insurance policy not to be sniffed at,” said Jonathan Thomas, lead underwriter at Watkins Syndicate who co-insured the policy with Allianz Nederland. “The nose and sense of smell of a winemaker are as important as the fingers of a chef.”

Tea to fight diabetes March 18, 2008

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Drinking tea could help combat diabetes, scientists claimed today. The potentially therapeutic properties in black tea have been discovered by scientists at the University of Dundee.

Green tea has long been held to possess various health benefits. Dr. Graham Rena, of the University’s Neurosciences Institute, said his team’s research into tea compounds is at a pre-clinical, experimental stage. However, he said, “There is definitely something interesting in the way these naturally occurring components of black tea may have a beneficial effect, both in terms of diabetes and our wider health.”

However, people with diabetes should continue to take their medicines as directed by their doctor, Rena stressed. He added, “This is something that needs further research, and people shouldn’t be rushing to drink masses of black tea, thinking it will cure them of diabetes. We are still some way from this leading to new treatments or dietary advice.”

Rena’s team are interested in identifying agents capable of substituting for insulin in Type 2 diabetes, the form of diabetes where the body stops responding to insulin properly. They have discovered that several black tea constituents, known as theaflavins and thearubigins, mimic insulin action.

“What we have found is that these constituents can mimic insulin action on proteins known as FOXOs,” said Rena. “FOXOs have previously been shown to underlie associations between diet and health in a wide variety of organisms including mice, worms and fruit flies. The task now is to see whether we can translate these findings into something useful for human health. Our study is just the first step. If we can identify substances that restore FOXO regulation in people with Type 2 diabetes, we might be able to use these to reduce the considerable burden of serious health problems associated with this diagnosis.”

The results of the research appear in the current issue of the journal Aging Cell. Rena now hopes to secure additional funding for his research to determine more precisely how the tea components mimic insulin action.

Energy drinks erode teeth March 18, 2008

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Energy drinks are fast gaining popularity and may give the consumer that extra zing, but they are bad for the teeth, a new study contends.

More than sodas and colas, whose effect on teeth are well documented, energy drinks play a significant role in the erosion of enamel, reports Sciencedaily, quoting a report in the peer reviewed journal General Dentistry.

Earlier research has warned consumers how the pH levels in sodas and colas lead to tooth erosion, caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. The latest study, however, says the pH level of soft drinks is not the only factor that causes dental erosion. A beverage’s “buffering capacity”, or the ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in dental erosion.

The study found that energy and sports drinks had the highest buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel. According to the study, the popularity of energy drinks, billed to become a $10 billion industry in the U.S. by 2010, is on the rise, especially among adolescents and young adults, exposing their teeth to decay.

The journal suggests three ways to curb teeth decay among those who consume such beverages.

  • Position the straw at the back of the mouth so the liquid avoids the teeth,
  • Rinse the mouth with water after drinking acidic beverages,
  • Llimit the intake of sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks.