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Hold on to your wallet

Consumers paid as much as 36 percent more in 2007 than they did in 2006 throughout the U.S. for common kitchen staples, according to the Department of Labor’s CPI index as of Dec. 31, 2007 (vs. December 2006).

Potato chips grow on farms

Kids in the UK are so ignorant about the food they eat, one in 20 of them believe that potato chips grow on farms, according to a Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFB) survey of 1,000 children, reports

Macho males are back

Men account for 48.6 percent of the adult population in the U.S. and number about 110 million. Despite the fact that women continue to gain ground on campuses and in the workplace, men still generate 62 percent of total personal income, and will earn an additional 19 percent of the...

90 is the new 100

Packaged-food giants from Quaker to Kraft are discovering that calorie-conscious snackers, who turned 100-calorie packs into a $200 million annual gold mine, are getting bored with 100, reports USA Today. In fact, they seek new magic numbers – 90, 80, 70 or 60.

Cannibalizing sales

More new products were added to supermarket shelves than almost ever before, but many are cannibalizing sales of old product lines rather than expanding the market. In 2007, 6,472 food, beverage and personal care packaged products debuted, up from 3,825 in 2006 and 3,408 in 2005, according to Mintel global...

And the winner is …

Predicting the winners of the 80th annual Academy Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, is particularly difficult this year. But one thing you can be sure of all the nominees and winners will dine in style at the Governor’s Ball after the...

Kidding around

Inspiring children to eat healthier foods is a challenge for all parents, but they are going to get some help this fall in Canada from marblemedia, producers of Taste Buds. Described by the TV producers, as a “food adventure series,” Taste Buds was developed for seven to 10-year-olds, and the...

USDA orders largest beef recall ever

Over the weekend, the USDA ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., a California slaughterhouse that provided meat to school lunch programs, reports Associated Press. Federal officials suspended operations at Westland/Hallmark after an undercover Humane Society video surfaced showing crippled and sick...

Chocolate reigns supreme

The word aphrodisiac comes from the name Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and belief in the power of aphrodisiac foods dates back to ancient times. Foods purported to contain Aphrodisiac qualities include: artichokes, avocados, bananas, chocolate, garlic, ginger, honey, oysters, pine nuts and vanilla.

Green M&M goes interactive

Now here's a great idea. Green M&M makes her debut today, with a Valentine's Day tie-in for the product, appearing on some 25 national and local talk shows, interacting with and being interviewed by hosts in a unique marriage of technology and media, reports Creativity Online.