Amys Tests Organic Vending Machines
Amys Kitchen, Santa Rosa, Calif., recently purchased seven frozen food vending machines, which the company is testing in office buildings, hospitals and police stations, according to Vending Market Watch. The machines offer a range of Amys items currently available in supermarkets, including breakfast entrees, pasta bowls and enchiladas, all retailing for $2.25 to $3.95.
Beer is losing its fizz among the drinking set
Though beer is still the most-quaffed alcoholic beverage in the country by far, it is slowly losing its grip around the marketplace edges. From 1998 through last year, beer's share of all alcohol servings slipped from 59.6 percent to 58.1 percent.
Health findings make tea -- especially green tea -- a hot sip
Consumers are starting to consider tea, especially green tea, a health drink something with antioxidants that can make you feel better and possibly prevent cancer or a heart attack. Though research on specific health benefits still is preliminary, beverage companies are boosting tea sales by playing to that perception.
The tea section is huge at Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta. The idea of tea as healthful is centuries old, but now that science has begun to validate such beliefs, the tasty beverage is increasingly popular with consumers.
Ready-to-drink tea that's tea that comes in a bottle or can and doesn't need to be brewed grew 10 percent in the first half of the year, according to Beverage Digest. For the beverage industry, this is particularly significant because sales of sugary soft drinks are down and companies are searching for new growth areas.
Clone-generated milk, meat may be approved
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule soon that milk from cloned animals and meat from their offspring are safe to eat, raising the question of whether Americans are ready to welcome one of modern biology's most controversial achievements to the dinner table.
California-based POM Wonderful is coming out this fall with ready-to-go packs of pomegranate arils -- the part you're supposed to eat. The arils, juice sacs surrounding edible seeds, will come in 8-ounce plastic containers and retail for $5.99.
Making the world safer, one eggshell at a time
David Radlo, chief executive of egg producer Radlo Foods, is hatching an affiliated Watertown, Mass., company, Born Free Eggs, to market safer and fresher eggs, laser-etched with expiration dates and numerical codes that trace each egg from the farm to the store.