Toops' Scoops

Dow hits 13,000

The dollar edged up against the euro in the wake of a euro-zone agreement to approve a long-awaited bailout for Greece, reports MarketWatch. U.S. stocks gained and bonds fell, indicating the deal made investors feel more confident shifting to riskier from safer assets, which initially boosted the euro.

Hartman trends for 2012

Here are 12 consumer trends that food/beverage makers should be attuned to in 2012, according to Bellevue, Wash.-based research and consulting firm The Hartman Group. In addition, Hartman's forecasts which foods/ingredients will be hot this year, and which will become passé. Consumer/Cultural Trends include:Meal fragmentation -- Today's households are run as...

Snacking on sea vegetables

Each year brings new trends, and according to Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, one of the 2012 food trends is eating sea vegetables, like seaweed and algae, as snacks, reports WDIV-TV.

PepsiCo scores highest in Super Bowl commercials

Winning commercials at this year's Super Bowl according to Nielsen include Doritos' "Sling Baby," which earned the rare distinction of being both the most memorable and best-liked ad, indexing 177 on the former and 190 on the latter, reports Marketing Daily.

Valentine's Day aphrodisiacs and wish lists

If you'd like to celebrate Valentine's Day with some famous aphrodisiacs, Chef Michael Formicella's blog at Meatingplace.com identifies some well-known examples used through the ages.

What's HOT for college students?

Hot off the press for Valentine's Day is Just Born's Hot Tamales 3 Alarm Report on "What's Hot with College Students." Hot Tamales brand Chewy Cinnamon Flavored Candies is a leader of all things "hot" and shares this lighthearted look at young college students between the ages of 18-24.

Still catching up

Shareholders of Corona, Calif.-based Hansen Natural Corp. voted to change the company's name to Monster Beverage Corp. ... Private equity firm PAI Partners has agreed to sell its 25.66 percent stake in Danish food ingredients company Chr. Hansen to Novo A/S for about $715.56 million ...

Giant pleasure for baby boomers

Super Bowl XLVI (46) was apparently a Giant pleasure for fans, who gathered in Indianapolis to cheer on the Giants and Patriots. The Super Bowl, which is the most watched television show of the year, had some 111 million viewers in 185 countries.

Super Bowl or snack bowl

Football fans have cultivated a palate for wings during the last several years, and these saucy snacks now rank second only to salsa and dips this year on the list of favorite Super Bowl snacks, according to Harris Interactive's annual Supervalu Snack Down survey.

Everything tastes better with bacon

Bacon roses from Inscrutables are a meaty treat for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, according to www.foodista.com. A do it yourself project, it will certainly make the baconator in your life a happy man or woman.