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FOOD TRENDS: Let them eat chocolate in China

– From Agence France-Presse: The European Union has introduced a “green” logo that starting in July must be shown on all packaged organic foods sold in Europe. The logo of a green leaf with 12 stars was chosen through a design contest.

– From the NDP Group: “Average eater check for midscale (i.e., Denny’s/IHOP) morning meal is $7.43.”

– From Progressive Grocer: A report by IGD predicts China will surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest grocery market by 2014, with sales of $1.05 trillion.

ALSO: Last December, Mintel reported that chocolate sales worldwide rose dramatically — by 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively, in China and the Ukraine, for example. Each country has seen steady sales growth since 2005, and Mintel predicts continued growth through 2013. In Britain, the chocolate market produced 5.9 percent growth, with 3.2 percent in Belgium, a country that claims to produce some of the world’s best chocolates, showing a sales increase of 3.2 percent. Overall U.S. chocolate sales increased 2.6 percent over 2008, Mintel reported. “It’s clear that despite economic trouble this year, the world’s chocolate lovers didn’t deviate from their favorite treat,” says Mogelonsky. “Even in countries not known for chocolate consumption, sales are on the rise.”

– From Wall Street Journal: The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo are among the supporters of a beverage-industry plan to put calorie counts on the fronts of containers by the end of 2012.

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