Toops' Scoops

Latest food & beverage sales breakdown

Fickle consumer sentiment in retail sales was evident in the June figures for our nation's food and beverage stores. By contrast, some consumers find higher menu prices at dining establishments easier to digest, as this sector saw a recent boost, according to latest figures from the Census Bureau as analyzed...

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Significantly fewer calories in whole almonds than thought

Whole almonds might have about 20 percent fewer calories than originally thought, according to s breakthrough study conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, giving consumers and product developers even more reason to choose almond-containing menu items or food products as part of a weight management diet and to support...

Never a dull moment in the food industry

High temperatures and drought are harming the U.S. corn crop, sending the price of corn futures up 14 percent in a single week and reversing a three-month trend of declining global food prices, reports SmartBrief. "Every day that passes, more corn will be abandoned," said Illinois farmer Don Duvall.

Ice cream month is here

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Approximately 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2011. The U.S.

Catching up after IFT

It is estimated that it costs $234,900 to raise a child from birth through 17, compared to $25,000 in 1960, reports ABC News. Then they go off to college (hopefully on scholarships) and then move back in with you ...

America's Declaration of Independence

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83), reports

Dads take over the grocery aisle

A new survey of 1,000 parents of kids 17 and under, conducted by Cone Communications reports that 52 percent of fathers now identify themselves as the primary grocery store shopper, reports Marketing Daily. And while dads say they are doing more, moms acknowledge the change, as well.

What's your favorite pie?

We are a nation that puts apple pie above all other pies, but that's not the whole scoop on popular pies, reports NPR.

Americans spend more on processed food

Health advocates have one tip for Americans trying to eat less fat, sodium and sugar in their diets: Shop the perimeter-produce, dairy and meat aisles, reports The Huffington Post. Avoid the inner lanes where processed foods and sugary snacks hang out.