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Many women just skip meals

One-third of U.S. women say they would give up sex for a month if they could lose weight, but many women just skip meals, according to a survey by White Plaines, N.Y.-based Dannon, reports UPI. The Dannon Light & Fit recent calorie IQ survey found more than one-third of women...

Money to burn

Most consumers are feeling pinched in the pocketbook, but there are those fortunate few with money to burn. In fact, some of the world’s super-rich are amassing Pernod Ricard SA’s Perrier-Jouet brand limited-edition deluxe champagne offering with a hefty price-tag of $5,300 a bottle, or nearly $79,000 for a case...

Bitter taste receptors

A team of scientists from the Philadelphia-based Monell Center and Tokyo University of Agriculture used a new molecular method to identify chemical compounds from common foods that activate human bitter taste receptors, proving a practical means to manipulate food flavor in general and bitter taste in particular.

More green for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is traditionally held on March 17. This year, the Vatican ordered it to be moved to March 15 because an early Easter causes March 17 to fall in Holy Week, according to Noreen Kinney, president, Academy of the Culinary Arts.

Ageless geezers

"Seniors, particularly baby boomers, each believe they belong to a market segment made up of exactly one person," says Quinnipiac's Blaine Branchik, reports the New York Times. "Many believe the only thing they have in common is that they are all so unique that they have nothing in common," he adds.

Mergers & Acquisitions 2007

The upward pace of mergers & acquisitions in the food industry continued in 2007, with a total of 413 transactions completed during the year and an additional 60 agreed upon, but not yet closed by the end of the year, according to Elmwood Park, N.J.-based The Food Institute, which has...

Drugs contaminate our drinking water

Environmentalists are on a mission to rid the planet of plastic water bottles. According to Beverage Digest, retail sales of bottled water (excluding vending and Wal-Mart) grew only 9 percent in 2007 compared with 16 percent in 2006.

Snacks that fool our brains

Fat-fighting ready-meals and snacks containing appetite suppressants could appear in UK supermarkets within two years, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Scientists at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich are working on a new approach that will incorporate hunger-curbing plant chemicals called lipids into a wide range of convenience foods such as cakes...

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 NewKerala.com.