Toops' Scoops

Snipping out the middle man

"We are living in a new era of hyper-competition," said Todd Buchholz, former White House economic policy director, trend forecaster, author and presenter at last week's Worldwide Food Expo. During his presentation, "Competing and Succeeding in a Global Economy," he pointed out that the speed and open competition of the...

Think like a Boy Scout


What happens at school stays at school

With best intentions in mind, most moms pack their children's lunches with wholesome snacks. But what those same moms don't realize is that 50 percent of kids are either throwing those snacks away or giving them to a friend, according to the "Great Lunchbox Treat" survey of some 300 kids...

Put that back on the shelf


Playing the blame game

Childhood obesity has, over the past two decades, become a critical worldwide problem, and many critics blame the food industry for advertising calorie-laden foods to these impressionable minds. Last year, the Council of Better Business Bureau's (CBBB) Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative was set up as a voluntary self-regulation...

Four pillars of food safety

Dave Fusaro, editor of Food Processing, has commandeered my blog today to report news from the Package/Process Expo under way in Las Vegas. "We're not really facing a crisis, but we are facing a challenge." That was how Cal Dooley, president/CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Assn.

Beyond basic nutrition

Getting the message out about the attributes beyond basic nutrition can be confusing for consumers. It is notable that positive marketing and connectioning the attribute of the food and specific health benefit seems to be working, according to the fifth national survey of 1,000 consumers, conducted April 10-24, 2007 and commissioned by the Washington, D.C.-based International...

What’s good for America

America's thirst for ethanol and a federal mandate for the U.S. to use 7 billion gallons (26.5 billion liters) of renewable fuels by 2012, caused corn prices to start rising sharply in September, reports the International Herald Tribune.

She likes the way you blog

Metrosexuality (heterosexual men whose lifestyle, spending habits and concern for personal appearance are likened to those considered typical of a fashionable, urban, homosexual man, as defined by Wikipedia) is out, reports Instead, The New York Times' Horacio Silva coined the word "menergy" to describe the hyper-masculine energy he found...

Unilever closing the digital gap

I can program, repair and generally maneuver around my TV, VCR and CD player with very little effort, but it can take me 15 minutes to download my blog. But I'm happy to hear there is hope for the technologically-impaired Pre-Internet generation.