Toops' Scoops

"Pink Slime" and "red meat" controversies heat up

Gerald Zirnstein, a former USDA scientist, told ABC News that 70 percent of ground beef sold at supermarkets contains filler called "pink slime," a phrase that he coined while working at USDA, reports Supermarket News.Consisting of salvage trimmings of beef that are sprayed with ammonia to kill bacteria (to make...

Jeremy Lin of food products

Greek yogurt is the Jeremy Lin of food products, launching out of nowhere into a stunning and sudden rise in fortune, reports the Los Angeles Times. Greek yogurt, overall, has had one of the fastest growth spurts the food and beverage industry has seen in recent history.

Never a dull moment in the food industry

Hostess Brands Inc., in its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent years, announced that Gregory F. Rayburn, "a seasoned turnaround executive" has been named president and CEO. He succeeds Brian Driscoll, who resigned March 9. Rayburn was with Kobi Partners L.L.C., a restructuring advisory services firm based in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Generation "Always On"

The Internet may be a mixed blessing for younger generations, whose brains are being irrevocably altered by their relationship with the medium, warn more than half of the respondents to the fifth survey of more than 1,000 Internet experts fielded by Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew...

Athenticity key ingredient in ethnic foods

Two-thirds of Mintel survey respondents who eat ethnic food at home say authentic or traditional flavors are the most important factor when buying or eating ethnic food. "If flavor fanatics are going to spend their hard earned money and time visiting an ethnic restaurant or buying international foods to prepare...

M&A activity strong and growing

A record 381 mergers were executed in fiscal 2011, an increase of about 20 percent over the 317 deals in 2010, according to Upper Saddle River, N.J.-based The Food Institute's Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions 2011 guide, the newest edition of the annual publication.

Meat labels, mergers and moving up

Raw meat sold at grocers must carry a nutrition label with information including calories, calories from fat and the level of protein, cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium and iron, reports CNN/The Chart Blog. "It's the kind of information that consumers are asking for, and we just think it's about helping people...

Neuromarketing and the Oscars

If you're one of the billion-plus people who watched the Oscars, you probably already know how emotionally engaging cinema is, reports MediaDailyNews.

Gluten-free products on a roll

The gluten-free industry is booming, growing 27 percent since 2009 and exceeding $6 billion in 2011, and fueled by an abundance of new products in 2010 and 2011 that bear a gluten-free claim. According to Mintel.

Small bites for Oscar attendees

For the 84th Academy Awards, Wolfgang Puck is whipping up a laid-back Oscar-night meal at the Governors Ball featuring plenty of sophisticated small bites, reports the Los Angeles Times. There will be no main course, only 10 small plates, cold appetizer and sushi platters, and plenty of tray-passed bites.