Toops' Scoops

Talking turkey

Thanks to increasing energy costs and world food demands, Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost a little more than last year, says Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander. "Food prices in 2007 are up across the board," she says. "What we've seen happen in 2007 is different from previous years.

Move over turkey!

Each holiday season, the turkey and its sleep-inducing L-tryptophan gets all the attention for its 'chill-out' properties, but adding a daily dose of pistachios to your diet can help battle the stressors of the season. Sound too good to be true?  According to a study conducted by nutrition researchers at...

Customer satisfaction drops significantly

Overall customer satisfaction with food manufacturers has dropped significantly, according to the University of

Follow your nose

Diane will be back next week. Be sure to check back for her latest entry. I know you'll be delighted to hear that you can now purchase scratch and sniff wallpaper. Inspired by New York designer Michael Angelo, New Orleans-based Flavor Paper has introduced its Fruit Cocktail Collection in three...

Future shock

Diane's away of vacation, but she managed to write a few comments before she left. Here's what she had to say: Ethnic cuisines are center of the plate in restaurants and prepared foods in the U.S.

Tea times two

I suspect Americans have a propensity for avoiding tea because of a deep-seated psychological cue that if American colonists hadn't protested against Great Britain by destroying tea on ships in Boston Harbor in December of 1773, the American Revolution would never have been sparked.

Drink this

Carbonated soft drinks account for 26.3 percent of the beverage marketplace, but share is continuing to decline, according to Gary Hemphill, managing director of New York City-based Beverage Marketing Corp., who spoke at the recent Worldwide Food Expo 2007 in Chicago.

Leaner, meaner brand machine

Citing unidentified sources "familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, Ill., is close to selling its Post cereal division, which includes Raisin Bran, Grape-Nuts and Pebbles children's cereals, for about $2.8 billion to St. Louis-based Ralcorp Holdings, which makes private-label cereals and frozen waffles.

Private label growth

Inspired by tastes from the around the world, Toronto-based Loblaw plans to launch 140 new products under its President's Choice private label this month. Among the offerings are hand-rolled dim sum from China; Dulce de Leche, "known as sex in a bottle," from Argentina; and tarte au chocolate and tarte...

Trick or treat

Halloween is the season of ghosts, goblins, and most of all, candy. According to The Nielsen Co., U.S. consumers are expected to purchase more than $2.1 billion in candy this Halloween season (the 10 week period ending Nov.