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Approved by more than 90 percent of shareholders who voted, Kraft Foods Inc.'s name will be changed to Mondelez International Inc. The new name will become effective at the time of the planned spin-off of the company's North American grocery business. Kraft Foods Inc.

Memorial Day weekend

May is National Barbecue Month, the kick off to the peak outdoor cooking season, and consumers are eager to fire up their grills and smokers and get cooking. According to new nationwide poll results from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), the great outdoors is the preferred place to...

I am, or want to be alone

One of the most notable social changes is that some 32.7 million people in the U.S. are living alone, many by choice, reports CBS Sunday Morning. That computes to roughly one of seven adults, compared to 4 million in 1950, according to Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and...

Man aisles debut

Shopping scientist and author Herb Sorenson says we're seeing a societal evolution at the grocery store, reports Men are doing more shopping, and supermarkets such as Walmart and Target are adding "man aisles" to some of their locations.

Impulse purchases at all time high

More shoppers are utilizing in-store marketing and branding cues to make an overwhelming portion of their purchase decisions, according to Point of Purchase Advertising International's (POPAI) 2012 Shopper Engagement Study. Today's in-store decision rate has reached an all time high of 76 percent.

Energy/Nutrition bars get a boost

Cereal and the energy bar makers are drawing product innovation inspiration from each other these days, and the tactic seems to be working out well, reports Candy Industry. Food bar sales reached $5.7 billion in 2011, according to Food Bars in the U.S., a March Packaged Facts report, up from...

We all scream for ice cream

Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" just sold for a record $120 million at auction in New York, but that's peanuts compared to the demand for ice cream, according to Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S., a just-released report from Packaged Facts.

What Mom really wants

Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, the New York City-based brand and customer loyalty research consultancy polled 5,000 men and women age 18 to 60 about how they were planning to celebrate Mother's Day.

Convenience stores sales set new records

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4 percent, reaching a record $195 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one...

Consumer confidence inches up

Consumers' confidence in their personal finances is returning, reports SymphonyIRI Group's latest MarketPulse survey (Q12012). However, they remain cautious about their financial future and will continue to ramp up and/or maintain their conservative shopping behaviors this year.