Soft sales in liquid refreshment Food news and notes


Fewer of you are reaching for Diet Pepsi. It fell from fourth to seventh place on Beverage Digest's list of best-selling soft drinks for 1996. Coke Classic and regular Pepsi were Nos. 1 and 2, followed by Diet Coke, Coca-Cola's Sprite, Dr Pepper, Pepsico's Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi and 7-Up.

No-longer-forbidden fruit

Coming to your grocery -- Mexican avocados. Lifting an 80-year ban, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to allow restricted importation of the fruit. A box of Mexican avocados sells for $8 in Canada, which allows imports, compared with a price here of $30 for U.S.-grown avocados.

Other white meats

Warning: This item may get your goat. Seeing an increase in demand from immigrants and the health-conscious, agricultural officials in Garrett County want to form a cooperative for goat- and rabbit-producers. They believe they could sustain production of up to 3 million pounds of goat and rabbit meat a year, and create an industry rivaling those in other parts of the country.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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