Coffee Prices On the Upswing; Jack in the Box Launches a Food Truck

• Prices for raw green coffee beans are at the highest they’ve been in fourteen years, and you can expect to see that reflected in per-cup prices soon, or you may have already. [SF Biz Times]

• A mini-review of the new dinner experience at Brenda’s, and a tour with Brenda herself. [Tenderblog]

• Did you hear about this? A bunch of San Francisco businesses, including Safeway, Subway, and We Be Sushi, have been dinged for underpaying their employees, particularly undocumented workers. Of the 408 offending businesses, half are restaurants. [Examiner]

• An ice cream truck in New York doubled as a seller of black-market oxycodone. Funny… in S.F. the dealers don’t really need a truck to hide in. [Examiner]

• Have food trucks gotten too trendy for their own good? With uncool restaurants like Jack in the Box, joining the wheels brigade, perhaps so. [NRN]

• The European Parliament is “deadlocked” in decisions about how to regulate the use of cloned animals for food. Proponents are looking into cloning themselves to generate more votes. [Reuters]

• Here’s an article that sheds some additional light on the causes behind rising food prices, including speculation and growing affluence; also, your restaurant bill isn’t immune to these costs. [USAT, WalletPop/AOL]

• And some will undoubtedly get rich from the food crisis: “Those looking for the next big bankable idea should park their money in companies that deal with resources in tight supply and growing demand such as food and water, according to participants in the Reuters Global Food and Agriculture Summit … ” [Reuters]

• Following all the beefin’ over its beef a few months back, surveys show Taco Bell has rebounded in the public opinion. How quickly we forget! [NRN]

Coffee Prices On the Upswing; Jack in the Box Launches a Food Truck