Food safety agencies mince their meats
After years of trying to sort out who should regulate such culinary delights as the bagel dog, the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department may be coming to a resolution. On Dec. 15, the FDA and the Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service , the nation's two federal agencies with primary responsibility for food safety, will hold a public meeting on jurisdictional issues that affect the regulation of foods containing meat and poultry.
Sunset Brands completes U.S. Mills acquisition
Los Angeles-based Sunset Brands, Inc. has gobbled up U.S. Mills, Inc., a Needham, Mass.-based marketer of natural, organic and specialty ready-to-eat cereals, hot cereals, cookies and crackers.
FPMA, IAFIS agree to merge
In announcing the proposed merger to its members, FPMA noted that the aim is to provide the members of each association the strongest possible programs to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the new millenium.
Alford tapped as new chief of Nestlé USA
Alford is currently president and CEO of Nestlé Brands, a unit of Nestlé USA, with such brands as Nestlé Crunch, Coffee-Mate, Taster's Choice and Nesquik. He also heads the company's North American food business and foreign trade/sales divisions.
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.