Searches for recipes using inexpensive ingredients increased 91 percent over the past three months at Allrecipes.com, which receives more than 35 million annual visits from users, according to its Monthly Measuring Cup report. Consumers seek more pocketbook-friendly recipes because of an unstable economic landscape.
With food prices increasing at the fastest pace in 17 years and gas prices soaring, a new study “How Do Economically Challenging Times Affect In-Home Meal Strategies” from Rosemont, Ill.-based The NPD Group, finds concerned consumers looking for value, making trade-offs and counting on leftovers when planning their meals.
Big brands, small brands, celebrity brands are scrambling to make news, reports CultureWaves, Tide Report. Established brands from fashion, entertainment, and electronics are expanding into other categories. In a downturning market, making celebrity affordable can pay off.
New products boasting environmentally friendly claims in 2007 was 328 — almost double the number of new items making similar claims the previous year, according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database. “More than ever, shoppers want to purchase goods that help protect and preserve the world around them,” says Chris...
With prices continuing to march higher for commodities ranging from corn to wheat, food companies are cutting costs, raising prices and otherwise adjusting to tighter margins for the long haul, reports WSJ.com. Sara Lee Corp. reformulated some of its regional bread brands with cheaper, lower-protein wheat. Meanwhile, General Mills Inc.
Conventional wisdom says that the emerging economies of China and India are the biggest opportunities for global consumer companies, reports Forbes. But a much bigger opportunity is emerging here in the U.S.--the 24 million middle-class American households approaching retirement with lofty lifestyle aspirations, a thirst for new products and brands,...
Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political ramifications. The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance (GMFA) has a mission -- to study what Midwesterners eat and why, to preserve our past and present for the future through research, documentation and oral histories.
A comprehensive review of 97 published studies comparing the nutritional quality of organic and conventional foods, conducted by Boulder, Colo.-based The Organic Center, found that organic plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, and grains) contain higher levels of eight of 11 nutrients studied, including significantly greater concentrations of health-promoting polyphenols and antioxidants.
This weekend, it will be "lights out" at Pittsburgh-based H. J. Heinz Co. offices across the world as Heinz and its employees observe Earth Hour 2008, a bright idea to help combat climate change and promote energy conservation.