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Multitasking media

How much media can any one person consume?  As a technologically-impaired geezer, I like to do one (two, when desperate) things at the same time. But according to BIGresearch's latest Simultaneous Media Survey (SIMM 11) of 15,727 people, I'm in the minority.

Size matters

"Consumers tell us that the reigning in of portion sizes is the cornerstone of any successful weight management strategy: just over half (56 percent) of those who have dieted to lose weight say they adjusted portion sizes as part of their most recent dieting strategy," writes Laurie Demeritt, president &...

Buzz about caffeine

According to the National Coffee Association, more than 166 million Americans, or one out of every two, “drinks coffee at least daily." That translates to 400 million cups a day, or more than 146 billion cups per year, and makes the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee worldwide.

What’s a mom’s job worth?

CEO and CFO compensation is a hot topic in every organization, especially if company shares are stagnant or falling. But even more controversial is the lack of compensation for the chief mom officer, who doesn't get a paycheck.

Beets, Farro and Fig Relish

In celebration of National Soup Month, Camden, N.J.-based Campbell Soup Co.'s Swanson Broth experts, who stir up new ideas in the Campbell's Kitchen, are making 2008 predictions for the world of soup. While enjoying a bowl of soup is a wintertime staple, homemade soups are generating renewed interest in kitchens...

Pregnant pause

Expectant mothers can give their children a taste for healthy foods by eating them during pregnancy or when breast-feeding, according to a study of the development of food and flavor preferences by scientists at Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia, reports

What’s ahead on your plate?


Great divide

You can tell a person's politics by the cut of his pasta, according to a recent red state vs. blue state analysis by Kansas City, Mo.-based American Italian Pasta Co. (AIPC). AIPC analyzed Nielsen-based sales data from across the country and compared different shapes and cuts of pasta preferences in...

Why product development is lagging

We can talk about consumer trends and their desire for convenience, foods that make them healthier and/or look good, authentic flavors and cuisines from around the world, affordable options and most of all great taste. We can zero in on new technologies in R&D, new packaging options that retain freshness...

IDDBA’s What’s In Store 2008

It's time to reflect on 2007, analyze trends for 2008 and jump start strategies to give consumers what they want. Consumers are more aware of nutrition and the effects of trans fats, Omega-3s, functional foods, antioxidants, and sweeteners on their health, according to What's In Store 2008, the annual trends...