Men toss it on the barby

BBQ grilling is no longer just a summertime activity as an increasing number of Americans fire up their grills year round, according to Port Washington, N.Y.-based The NPD Group. In fact, NPD’s 22nd annual “Eating Patterns in America” report shows that outdoor grill usage in America is at an all-time...

Sen. McCain addresses restaurateurs

U.S. Sen. John McCain, Republican Party nominee for president, addressed a packed ballroom of restaurant and foodservice professionals attending the 89th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at McCormick Place in Chicago this week. “I appreciate the hospitality of the National Restaurant Association and of the city of Chicago,”...

Healthy and convenient is the key to R&D

Convenient, healthy, natural and organic characteristics dominate new products in 2008, according to a survey of more than 300 food and beverage product developers conducted by Troy, Mich.-based Clear Seas Research. Although products with health attributes are top of mind as consumers become more health conscious, consumer "convenience" is still...

Talk to me

Russians have a saying - drinking is bad for you, but not drinking is much worse! reports BBC News. And to encourage consumers to drink more vodka, a team of scientists at a Moscow workshop developed the world's first ever talking vodka bottle top, possible because of the latest microchip technology.

Thrill for the grill

Reigniting their thrill for the grill, consumers are heading outside to enjoy mouthwatering grilled meals this May for National Barbecue Month (NBM) and all summer long. As revealed in the Arlington, Va.-based Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's (HPBA) national consumer poll of 1,000 consumers, 76 percent prefer to cook outside...

World’s worse cook

According to the second annual cooking survey of 1,041 men and women from the Park Ridge, Ill.-based American Egg Board, 50 percent of Americans reported having a disaster in the kitchen at least several times a year, and 42 percent said they know someone in desperate need of basic cooking skills.

Because she’s worth it

Mother's Day, which falls on May 11, is the biggest eating-out day of the year, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). But this year might not be as rosy for moms, with consumers planning on slightly scaling back on expenditures, according to a poll of 8,180 consumers by BIGresearch...

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S. on May 5. It is officially known south of the border as the Battle of Puebla Day, which is observed voluntarily to celebrate Mexico’s victory over France in the city of Puebla in 1862, when the outnumbered Mexican army rallied to the cause.

Gap between what shoppers say and do

Through a special arrangement with e-zine, CPG matters, Retailwire prints an article investigating the results of a two-year study examining 250 million shopping baskets weekly by Catalina Marketing. The goal was to probe the gap between what shoppers say in surveys and what they actually buy, and it’s quite revealing.

Holy Cow!!!!

M&M's candy maker Mars Inc. has teamed up with billionaire Warren Buffett, to buy Wm Wrigley Jr Co., the world's largest chewing gum maker, for $23 billion, creating the world's largest confectionary company, reports Reuters. The deal, which includes Wrigley brands such as Altoids, Extra and Eclipse and Mars’ M&M's,...