World’s most expensive coffee

Even in tough economic times, coffee aficionados will go that extra mile to get their caffeine high. Sol River Coffee House & Lounge, Orlando, Fla., offers customers the rare opportunity to experience Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee beans in the world.

COOL food labels to cost billions

The USDA projects that the new country-of-origin food label rules, which go into effect on September 30, will cost U.S. companies $2.5 billion next year to comply. And more than 1.2 million U.S. business "establishments" will be "either directly or indirectly affected" by the new labeling requirements, the department estimates.

Weirdest ice creams

Restaurants love to give us unexpected flavor combinations to create sensory appeal, and some of the most unique flavors are being combined in ice cream offerings, reports Collen Kane, (Thanks to CultureWaves for turning us on to this story.) New York City based Restaurant Rosa Mexicano, the 2008 James...

Has the organic market plateaued?

In 1997, The Hartman Group published its first strategic analysis of the rapidly changing organic market with the aptly titled report The Evolving Organic Marketplace. The report accurately predicted not only a fast-changing corporate game board within a vibrant subset of consumer packaged goods (where large conglomerates would begin to...

Breakthrough in Salmonella investigation

In addition to raw jalapeño peppers, avoid eating raw serrano peppers from Mexico, warns the FDA. According to Associate Commissioner of Foods David Acheson, a key breakthrough has occurred. A serrano pepper sample and a water sample from a farm in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, which is in the northeastern state...

Appeal of probiotics and floral flavors

This month's roundup of innovative products from Datamonitor’s Productscan global database includes further proof of the increasing appeal of probiotics. These active cultures are being included in numerous products, including savory snacks, while a probiotic/prebiotic combination has made it into frozen yogurt.

It’s in the bag

As time pressed workers try to cut costs and eat healthier, brown-bagging is becoming increasingly popular in the American workplace, according to a new study ‘ What’s in the Bag and Why Is It in There?’ from Rosemont, Ill.-based The NPD Group.

Stimulus checks didn’t translate into groceries

Despite rising food costs, low consumer confidence and grocers' mass-marketing push to attract economic stimulus spenders, approximately 84 percent of U.S. consumers in a nationwide survey said they did not use the check they received from the federal government to purchase groceries.

Local beats organic

Nine in 10 Americans describe themselves as Conscious Consumers, and have a stronger preference for labels touting specific ecological benefits than they do for the USDA’s organic label, according to New York City-based branding and marketing agency BBMG.

Diet Wars take an unexpected turn

Americans, who are expected to spend more than $64 billion in the seemingly endless quest to lose weight, will be happy to hear that a major study published on July 17th in the New England Journal of Medicine might just have the answer to longer lasting results.