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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.

Build a better mousetrap

Wasabi flavored sorbet, powdered peanut butter, beer with nicotine and hot dogs coated with yogurt were among 2007's worldwide build a better mousetrap innovations, as determined by Naples, N.Y.-based Datamonitor's Productscan Online database. Each launch offers new to the world product benefits with the potential to change or shape consumer...

Happy Lunar New Year

Today ushers in 4705, and the Year of the Rat, the first sign in the Asian Zodiac. Unlike the Western world, which associates rats with filth and disease, in Chinese culture they are traditional symbols of incoming wealth and prosperity.

FDA budget advances food safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requested nearly $2.4 billion to protect and promote public health as part of the President's fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget, a 5.7 percent increase over the budget that the FDA received for the current...