Hot tomato

Officials from the FDA and CDC told reporters at a press conference on Monday that they have found a cluster of nine cases of Salmonella poisoning from tomatoes that could lead them to the source of the outbreak, which has sickened 277 people in 28 states since April.

Less dieting and healthier diets

Eating “better for you” foods rather than dieting appears to be the weapon of choice against the battle of the bulge, according to Rosemont, Ill.-based The NPD Group. In fact, the percentage of adults on a diet has decreased by 10 percentage points since 1990, while the percentage of Americans...

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday is Father's Day, a day to celebrate with the most important man in your life. Omaha Steaks has discovered a connection between the personality traits of individuals and the types of steaks they prefer. The findings of a recent informal survey conducted by the Omaha Steaks Product Development Team...

Sight and sound

Researchers at Oxford University have found the sound diners hear (and the color of food) while eating can change the way they think the food tastes, reports Meanwhile, many food manufacturers employ neuroscientists to help them develop new tricks for altering the flavor of products.

Color controversy

Spurred on by a successful revolt against artificial food dyes in the UK, the Washington D.C.-base Center for a Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a petition with the FDA to ban the two most commonly used dyes, Red 40 and Yellow 5, as well as six other colors...

Big brother is watching

Some supermarkets in the U.S. can now establish the “closure rate” of products – how many consumers bought a product as a percentage of those who passed by, reports Called Prism, the surveillance system uses infrared devices (sensors) similar to those used on automatic garage doors.

Smucker to get a caffeine boost

Orreville, Ohio-based J.M. Smucker made a $2.95 billion bid for more of the breakfast table Wednesday, announcing all-stock deal for Procter & Gamble Co.’s Folgers coffee, expected to close in the fourth quarter reports Smucker will issue a special $5 dividend to Smucker shareholders before the acquisition, P&G shareholders...

Food preferences predict voting

If what we eat says a lot about who we are, it also says something about how we might vote, reports The New York Times. Political advisers to the presidential candidates are looking closely at consumer behavior, including how people eat.

Green advertising tricky business

Although consumers have better-than-average recall when it comes to remembering green advertising, they aren't buying into the claims, reports More than 70 percent of respondents to a Burst Media online survey in April of some 6,000 consumers, recalled seeing green ads at least occasionally, yet more than 20 percent...

A heady scenario

Belgian beer giant InBev is in the early stages of preparing what could be a $44.6 billion offer for Anheuser-Busch, reported The Financial Times’ Alphaville blog last week. InBev, the world’s largest brewer by sales volume and the maker of Stella Artois, drinking up Anheuser-Busch, which has more than 50...