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Genuardi’s Buyout Signals the End for Another Local Icon; Camembert Rinds Pull Double Duty

• When the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show concludes next week, the 1,000 pound butter sculpture commissioned for the show will get fed through a digester to convert it into 65-kilowatt hours of electricity to operate a farm. [York Daily Record]

• With Giant Food Stores acquisition of Genuardi’s Family Markets, another of the Philly area’s iconic brands will disappear for good. [myfoxphilly]

• Evidently fast-food restaurant offer their biggest deals this month. Sounds like a great way to break those New Year’s resolutions. [USAT]

• Now’s a nice time of year to decamp to the mild climes of Austin, Texas. If you do so — or you’re heading there for SXSW — here’s where to eat. [Newsday]

• Is there a point to the Camembert rind? Why, yes. “For a group of Swiss bioengineers, that moldy rind is one of nature’s greatest living surfaces, doing double duty as a shield and a cleaner.” [Salt/NPR]

• And today in globalization, Smashburger has announced plans to expand to Latin America, while Baskin Robbins has stated its intentions to open 50 stores in Vietnam. [NRN, Grub Street-

Genuardi’s Buyout Signals the End for Another Local Icon; Camembert Rinds