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Pepperidge Farm Expands International Distribution Through Sales in Panama

Food & Drink NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In an effort to expand international distribution, Pepperidge Farm is pleased to announce the sales extension of cookies and crackers to the Central American country of Panama. Seven popular Pepperidge Farm products are available for the first time in Panama beginning this month. This exciting addition will contribute to Pepperidge Farm's roster of sales in international markets. The following varieties of Pepperidge Farm cookies and crackers are now available in Panama: Milano cookies, Bordeaux cookies, Chessmen cookies, Goldfish crackers, Baby Goldfish crackers, Goldfish Crackers in 100 Calorie Pouches, and Entertaining Quartet crackers. (more)
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Basic Food Costs Continue to Rise in Panama

Food & Drink By Cindy Calderón for the Panama America - Paradox. The prices for most agricultural products continue to go down according to the Institute of Agricultural Marketing. But the overall cost of the "canasta basica" (basic food basket) continues to rise. At the moment the "canasta basica" costs $243.29 on average, although in some parts of town such as San Miguelito it can cost as much as $248.22. (Note: In Panama they keep track of food inflation using this "canasta basica" index. There is a clearly defined list of goods considered to be the essential monthly grocery list for a family of four, and government officials closely track the rise and fall of those food items as a kind of home-grown inflation index.) (more)
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And So It Starts - Bread Going Up 40% in Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Today an association of bakers announced they would be raising their prices as much as 40% in some cases due to the rising costs of their primary raw materials such as flour. Inflation, and a general across the board increase in the cost of living for the average Panamanian, is probably going to be the most significant issue the various political candidates will be talking about from now until the next national elections in May 2009. All basics for life are getting more expensive - fuel, electricity, food, rice, bread, potatoes, milk - and the average Panamanian spends a much greater percentage of their take home pay on food than families in the United States or Canada, for example. Inflation and the rising cost of living is going to be the #1 subject of debate, replacing safety and security in the streets. And remember this - if the Free Trade Agreement were passed then many basic food items would have been cheaper for Panamanian consumers due to lower or the removal of importation tariffs. So thanks for that, Pedro. But in reality most of the inflation in Panama is caused by external factors local politicians can't do a damn thing about anyway. Well, not much anyway - they can only apply short term "patch" fixes - tax over here to pay for a subsidy over there, but that's a short term fix.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Cost of Bread Rising

Food & Drink La Critica - The price of a popular kind of bread called "flauta" is rising between .10 and .15 cents in several bakeries in Panama City. Normally sold for .40 cents, it's now up to .55 cents in some places. It is the second item in the "Basic Nutritional Basket" for Panamanians, and it's estimated that each person consumes an average of 75 grams daily. At the end of March the price of flour will be rising $12.00 per 100 pound sack. Currently flour costs $33 per sack, but it is estimated that price will rise to $45 dollars. Bakeries allege that in addition to the increase in the international prices of wheat and therefore flour, they are facing rises in the costs of cooking gas and other products used to process the flour into bread. Flour represents 65% of the ingredients used to make bread. The price of bread has risen together with the cost of flour. In 1976, 100 pounds of flour cost $9.00 and the "flauta" bread cost .15 cents. Bakeries are raising the cost of bread now in anticipation of the $12.00 per sack rise in flour that will be implemented at the end of the month. At the moment a 100 pound sack of flour costs $33 dollars, which will rise to $45 dollars on 1 April 2008.
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Panama Produce in New Paltz, New York

Food & Drink "Hi Don, I check out the green grocers several times a week up here in New Paltz, New York. Very seldom are there bananas from Panama, even less than once in a blue moon. Sticker 3111 is papaya from Panama and the other seedless watermelon, I have never seen here before until last month. I like your melon poster better than these. Bill" Thanks for the photos of the stickers. I grew up backpacking around the waterfalls at Minnewaska, and the Shawangunk Mountain Range, particularly near the VerKeerderkill Falls and the Blue Trail down to the Ice Caves and Ellenville. Let's see - mid March... Are the blueberries coming in yet? One spring a group of us set out to hike the ridge from one end to the other and got distracted by the fields of fresh, wild blueberries, as big as grapes. While happily munching away I heard a noise and just a few feet away saw a fully grown female black bear, also gorging on the blue berries. Both of us decided to just keep eating. I bet she would love to get into some of those Panama Melons...

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Panama geisha coffee to get its own online auction

Food & Drink By Brian Harris for REUTERS - BOQUETE, Panama – Panama's Hacienda La Esmeralda gourmet “geisha” coffee, which has broken world price records in online coffee auctions, is now so sought after that the farm is planning its own Internet auction this year. In a bold step never before attempted by a single estate, the farm in the cool highlands above Panama's western town of Boquete will put its entire crop up for bidding in a private auction, farm administrator Daniel Peterson said. “We are going to auction all of the geisha together. This is the fairest form of exchange,” Peterson told Reuters in the warehouse storing this year's harvest, just 200 60-kg bags. (more)
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All Kinds of "Porquerías" Found in the Lung Fung Restaurant

Food & Drink La Critica - Dead rats, rusted and moldy refrigerators, and foods in various states of decomposition state were what inspectors from the Metropolitan Region of Health found in the popular Lung Fung restaurant. These discoveries were the most recent results of a series of surprise inspections being carried out by health authorities and inspectors in the Metropolitan region in restaurants in Panama City, in search of sanitary irregularities. They also found birds hung up on hooks and fish in a tray basking in the sun.
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Authorities Seize Sauces Containing Lead from 14 Chinese Restaurants in Panama City

Food & Drink La Critica - Some 500 bottles of food coloring containing lead were seized from 14 Chinese food restaurants, according to the Director of the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (AUPSA) Gilberto Real. He said samples were sent to the Specialized Analysis Institute where scientific studies indicated that the sauces, named Permicoll Egg Yellow Powder, contain more than 2.0 of lead making it dangerous for human consumption. In addition he indicated that in the past foods containing lead were discovered in the month of September in a clandestine warehouse containing foreign foods that had entered the country illegally. The seized bottles were not in the registry and the labels on the bottles did not list the ingredients used for their manufacture.
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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hangout

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By MIKE HINTON for Panama-Guide.com - This Thursday there will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at THE HANGOUT on Via Argentina in the El Cangrejo neighborhood of Panama City. There will be two seatings, the first at around 12:00 noon and another in the early afternoon at around 4:00 pm or so. Angel will be doing the cooking and she has additional information with regards to the menu. The cost is $15.50 per person, and please buy your tickets in advance at the restaurant as there are a limited number of tickets being sold. Later I will provide Angel's telephone number and in addition she will be mentioning the event on the talk radio station 98.9 FM on Monday morning I think.

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Panamanian Selling Imported Rice at .30 cents per Pound

Food & Drink La Critica - Panamanian President Martín Torrijos eats a plate of imported rice of the "Compita" brand yesterday that the government is distributing through a system of fairs at a price of .30 cents per pound. It remains to be seen if the government's efforts to make cheaper rice available will reduce the numbers of people protesting against inflation on Transístmica.
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