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US FOOD TRENDS: new wine frugality, space eats tweets

 – California wine shipments fell in 2009 for the first time in 16 years as purchases in the U.K., the biggest export market, plunged during the global recession, according to researcher Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. The global shipment volume of wine made in California dropped by 1.6 percent, to 236 million cases. Shipments in the U.S. fell 0.4 percent. Revenue for California wineries, whose biggest product is Chardonnay, probably fell more than shipment volumes as shoppers sought out cheaper bottles, he said. – bloomberg.com

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have logged on to Twitter — and in time-honored manner, they’re tweeting about what they had for breakfast. “This morn I had granola with blueberries, and a vegetable quiche (both rehydrated & very tasty),” wrote flight engineer T.J. Creamer, aka @Astro_TJ. – Smart Brief on Social Media

– Imported beers have been a big driver for growth in the US over the last decade with volumes ballooning 13 per cent between 2004 and 2009, according to Mintel data. But that long term trend disguises a more recent drop in demand in 2007/2008 as volume sales of imports fell 5.4 per cent. The recession has an important part to play in this story of falling volumes. A Mintel analyst told BeverageDaily.com that a lack of innovation was another stumbling block along with innovations in domestic beer. Results of a recent Mintel survey of 1,880 consumers in the US support this idea as only 24 per cent of respondents said they preferred to drink imported beer, and, when asked to explain why, 42 per cent said domestic “just tastes better” than imported. –www.foodnavigator-usa.com

JohnLehndorff.com

Eat In Eat Out: Food trend forecast 2010: http://americanforecaster.com/

The Kombucha Report: http://www.teareport.com/

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