Toops' Scoops

Solution for the obesity crisis

Two months before the end of the school semester, my 11-year-old grandson was apparently struggling (I thought), with D grades in every subject. No amount of inspiration or coercion seemed to work. So, I did the unthinkable: I bribed him.

Is wellness a long-lasting trend or great marketing tool?

During lunch last week, I asked trend guru Bob Messenger, a former editor of Food Processing, if wellness is a long-lasting trend or just a great marketing tool. After all, one would think with all the foods promising wellness -- from heart health to better digestion - hitting the market,...

Okay, so I’m opinionated

When I was in high school a few years ago (ha ha), my career counselors all tried to convince me that becoming a psychiatrist was the perfect career path for me. But as luck and life events would have it, I preferred writing and food.

FDA budget advances food safety

FDA budget advances food safety The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requested nearly $2.4 billion to protect and promote public health as part of the President's fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget "”a 5.7 percent increase over the budget that the...

More Coke is it

Soda fountains could be a lot more fun in the near future. Coca-Cola Co. is testing new fountain machines that can dispense 100 different beverages in about the same space as the traditional eight-nozzle design. The new dispenser works by using highly-concentrated ingredient packs that are about as easy to...

Nourishing your skin from within

Nestle has officially launched Glowelle, a beauty drink dietary supplement that "protects and hydrates the inner and outer layers of the skin," includes a proprietary blend of high-antioxidant vitamins, botanical and fruit extracts, and phtyo-nutrients, in the U.S., reports MediaPost.

Making the most of trade shows

Thanks to RFID chips embedded in trade-show nametags -- offered by Austin, Texas-based Alliance Tech -- a company can know how many visitors stop by their booth at a trade show and what companies they represent.

A banner year (so far)

Cash-strapped consumers are embracing inexpensive meal alternatives, eat more meals at home and seek convenient and inexpensive options such as cereal, sandwiches, ramen, and macaroni and cheese. So, even with rising ingredient prices, it’s been a banner year (so far) for food companies.

Don’t cut back on advertising

Marc Goldstein, president and CEO of media agency conglomerate GroupM North America, told attendees at the annual Advertising Week Conference in New York City that he is confident many companies will not cut back on advertising in 2009, despite the troubled economic conditions, reports Mediaweek.

“Sin stock” markets flourishing

Americans are still reaching for small pleasures despite shrinking pocketbooks, according to new research from Chicago-based Mintel. Sales for chocolate, cigarettes and alcohol are strong and steady, and historically, these "sin stocks" have performed well during times of economic recession.