Daily business briefing: Capri Sun has fungus?

News-DemocratMay 8, 2013 

BND

A popular kids' juice drink that is manufactured in the metro-east has been found to contain fungus, but is not believed to be harmful. Capri Sun, which is manufactured at Kraft Foods' plant in Granite City, has recently been found to contain five different kinds of fungi. But the researchers who discovered it said the fungi are probably not dangerous. Associate professor microbiology at Indiana State University Kathleen Dannelly says your immune system should be able to protect you from any potential harm the fungi may bring. Kraft says some bacteria are present because the drinks are all natural and it does not use preservatives. ...

The new GFS Marketplace store that will open Sunday in Fairview Heights will host food tasting each day next week through May 18 and give shoppers a chance to win a $300 shopping spree. The new store at 340 Market Place, off Illinois 159, is the 159th for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based bulk food delivery service and grocery store. ...

Coal will make a comeback. That's how the St. Louis Business Journal is reporting it after citing that demand for coal is poised to rebound. The journal said that coal demand will likely recover this year as natural gas prices have gone back up. Last year, natural gas prices fell as it displaced coal used to make electricity and coal profits dropped. Last week, the BND reported that global demand for Illinois coal boomed last year. The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity revealed that the Land of Lincoln exported a record 13 million tons of coal last year after having exported 2.5 million tons in 2010. The total output across Illinois rose 25 percent to 47.2 million tons in 2012, up from 37.8 million in 2011. U.S. coal production dropped by 11 percent in that span. ...

This week is Drinking Water Week, and Illinois American Water Co. is joining other water utilities to bring awareness to maintaining water quality and supply. The water company, which supplies much of the metro-east area, advises customers to be conscious of daily water use and take the necessary steps in your home to help preserve it, repair all leaking pipes and faucets, make sure all garden, lawn, garage or other home products do not inadvertently seep anything into the groundwater, and dispose of chemicals or other potentially harmful products properly by not pouring them directly into home drains, the sewer, street drains or the lawn.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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