Restaurant sales slide sharply; casual dining hit hard
Sharp same-store sales declines among some of the biggest players in the $331 billion restaurant industry have analysts and marketers worrying whether the slide is a long-term trend or a short-term hit due to less disposable income. In either case, casual-dining chains and independents are the biggest losers.
Studies fail to quell concerns over gas treatment of meat
A bitter regulatory battle over the safety of a packaging system that can keep meat looking fresh long past its shelf life is escalating, amid complaints that the industry misinterpreted recent research reports to bolster its case. At issue is the growing practice of spiking sealed packages of meat with small doses of carbon monoxide. The gas is harmless at the concentrations being used, but it can keep meat looking bright red and fresh even as it spoils.
What's in a Name? The Avocado Story
In 1915, a group of California farmers reinvented the humble ahuacate. The fruit now known as avocado has a buttery, nutty flesh unlike any other and presents a mouthwatering array of serving options.
Getting the Goods on 'Good Bacteria'
Probiotics are the latest health buzz. The "good bacteria" are found in foods like yogurts and kefirs, and are also packaged as pill-form dietary supplements.