Dining and Restaurants / Eating / Food and Cooking

FOOD TRENDS: Expiration dates; banning bluefin; Eataly; new product trials

 –  From Slate.com: “Expiration dates are intended to inspire confidence, but they only invest us with a false sense of security. The reality is that the onus lies with consumers to judge and maintain the freshness and edibility of their food—by checking for offensive slime, rank smells, and off colors. Perhaps, then, we should do away with dates altogether and have packages equipped with more instructive guidance on properly storing foods, and on detecting spoilage. Better yet, we should focus our efforts on what really matters to our health—not spoilage bacteria, which are fairly docile, but their malevolent counterparts: disease-causing pathogens like salmonella and Listeria, which infect the food we eat not because it’s old but as a result of unsanitary conditions at factories or elsewhere along the supply chain.”
– From the Boston Globe: Next month, at a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meeting in Qatar, countries will vote on whether to ban international trade of bluefin tuna, 80 percent of which is sold to Japan.  “A lot of sushi restaurants are in denial. Sustainability is not a choice. It’s coming. The sushi industry is falling apart. It’s eating itself, and we need to adapt to that.’’ – Casson Trenor, author of “Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time.’’

 – Fast Company’s list of 2010’s Top 10 Most Innovative Food Companies includes 1. Frito-Lay; 2. Aldi Süd (discount supermarket); 3. Darden Restaurants; 4. Nestlé; 5. Cadbury; 6. Syngenta; 7. Eataly; 8. Costco; 9. Foodzie, and 10. McDonald’s – Details: http://www.fastcompany.com/mic/2010

– From Denver Business Journal: Starbucks coffee and vitaminwater were among the food and beverage products most often tried for the first time by U.S. consumers in the last 30 days, according to surveys by Market Force.  The “new brand trial” surveys conducted in January on nearly 6,000 consumers were intended to “shed light on which brands drove the most new-product trials and why,” the research firm said. In the coffee and tea category, 52 percent of the 2,000 who responded in that category said they had tried a new product for the first time in the last 30 days. Starbucks products got the most mentions, with 81 respondents saying they’d sampled its products in the last 30 days, followed by Dunkin Donuts and Celestial Seasonings. Among non-coffee beverages, vitaminwater was most frequently tried for the first time (32 mentions).  Asked what prompted them to pick up a tray a new product, four in 10 surveyed said they simply “saw it on the shelf or display,” while three in 10 mentioned coupons.


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

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