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Forecasters say weather in Brazil to be easier on coffee crop than last year's freezes

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A worker selects coffee beans from coffee plants during a harvest at a farm in Esp'rito Santo do Pinhal, Brazil. Brazil's coffee crop faces a smaller risk of frost this year, forecasters said, lowering chances that the world's biggest producer will suffer freezes that contributed to 34-year high in prices last year.

The J. M. Smucker Co. is cutting most of its packaged coffee prices by 6 percent on average because it is paying less for unroasted beans.

The company said Tuesday that it is lowering prices on Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts, Millstone and Cafe Bustelo coffee after sustained declines in the cost of "green" coffee.

-- Reported by the Associated Press

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