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Have a Shot of Horse Semen; Some College Dining Halls Forgo Trays

• Holy horse semen! Yep, flavored shots of the stuff will be on offer at an upcoming New Zealand food festival. [AsiaOne]

• Some college dining halls have eliminated trays, and that's reduced food waste astoundingly. Probably helps with the old freshman fifteen, too. [WP]

• To make drinkers and non-drinkers more comfortable, alcohol-free cocktails are cropping up at NYC restaurants including Craft and the Modern. [NYT]

• There are some genetically amazing fish living in the Hudson River that have adapted to withstand all the pollution they're exposed to. Less amazing: Larger fish like striped bass eat those guys, so the PCBs, dioxin, and whatnot gets into the food chain. [Discovery News]

• Today in food-inflation news: China's ministry of commerce released a plan to keep staple supplies steady in order to minimize price swings; meanwhile, higher food-commodity prices in Nigeria have contributed to that country's inflation rate rising to 12.1 percent. [WSJ, AllAfrica]

• But don't worry, Nestle, the world's largest food company, saw its profits triple in 2010. [MarketWatch]

• Consumers around the nation are getting more and more into "exotic" cuisines like Japanese and Thai! Some people are even going so far as to order things like the sweet Thai chili garlic sauce at Boston Market! [NRN]

• German discount grocer Aldi opened its first New York store, in Rego Park, and it's planning two more NYC-area outlets. [Crain's]

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