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Check Out Line: The Swiss drinks fight


Check out the battle brewing between iced tea and hot cocoa.

ConAgra Foods filed a suit against Dean Foods over the common look of their “Swiss” drink packaging.  ConAgra asserts that Dean’s Swiss Premium iced teas infringe its trademark for Swiss Miss hot cocoa products, Reuters’ Jonathan Stempel reports.

The beverages taste different, but they do seem to have some similar looks when it comes to their labels.  Perhaps that confuses some shoppers into thinking that the Swiss Premium sugar-sweetened teas come from the same company as those packets of hot cocoa mix.

Take a look for yourself.  Do these look like they come from the same manufacturer? #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } FireShot capture #003 - 'Iced Tea- Swiss Tea, premium ready made iced tea' - swisspremiumtea_com Swiss Miss 2

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Check Out Line: Commodities trump kisses at Hershey


hershey.jpgCheck Out how higher commodity costs offset the benefit of a higher prices at Hershey.

Back in August, Hershey announced a roughly 10-percent price increase in the United States as it tried to deal with higher costs for cocoa, corn sweetener, sugar and peanuts.