… From naturalfoodsmerchandiser.com: Grocery retailers could increase annual food sales by 3.2 percent as a result of consumers choosing to eat at home more, according to a new report from Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council of North America. The economy has caused frugal customers to shift away from dining out in favor of cooking at home. The study showed that the top five motivations driving dinnertime consumer food and beverage choices are taste (44.9 percent of dinner occasions), ease of preparation (41.6 percent), hunger satisfaction (39.8 percent) and pleasing to everyone (34.2 percent).
… In 2007, Domino’s Pizza in Australia and New Zealand released a meat pie pizza, consisting of minced beef, peas, diced fresh tomato, onions, gravy, thick pastry and tomato sauce. There are no reports of the meat pie pizza being served in the U.S. yet.
… Rimag.com reports: “At Le Gourmet Burger in Montreal, nontraditional burger condiments offered range from hummus, pesto and pickled beets to caramelized figs, truffle oil and foie gras.”
Also: “At Blind Faith Café in Evanston, Ill., gluten-free items are prepped on a designated table, with gloved chefs using sanitized utensils and bowls. The café’s gluten-free baked goods are prepared 24 hours after gluten-containing items, to give the air time to clear. In addition, the bakery and dining room have separate air systems, enabling gluten-intolerant guests to dine fear-free.”
– Reuters reports some good beer news: “Scientists from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California have issued a report touting beer as a good source of silicon, an important element for supporting bone density and preventing osteoporosis. The study showed pale ales topped the charts with up to 56.5 milligrams of silicon per liter and concluded that varieties rich in malted barley and hops contain the highest levels of the mineral.”
Eat In Eat Out: Food trend forecast 2010: http://americanforecaster.com/