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TRENDS: “Trenta,” GM crop boom, cheeseburger Doritos, sesame seed grinders

A compendium of food, dining and beverage trends information from the U.S. and the world

From Reuters: Starbucks is testing a 31-ounce serving size of iced coffees and teas in Tampa, Fla., and Phoenix locations. The introduction of the “Trenta” portion size comes as McDonald’s is promoting 32-ounce sweet teas for $1.

From sun-sentinel.comFrito-Lay has just introduced Late Night All-Nighter Cheeseburger flavored Doritos.

According to tastingtable.com, the next hot tabletop icon will be sesame seed grinders:

Just like peppercorns, sesame seeds are best when freshly ground, which releases their scented oils and toasty flavor. (Plus, they’re dense with nutrients and antioxidants.) Most sesame seed grinders are cheap and can be found at Asian markets. Instead of grated Parmesan cheese, try a hefty shower of toasted seeds on top of pasta or sautéed greens and vegetables. Or swap finely ground sesame for flour or bread crumbs to prepare a coating for crispy chicken or seafood. Sesame also works on sweets: Sprinkle some sesame powder on cookies and honey-soaked Mediterranean pastries.

From foodanddrinkeurope.com:

Global cultivation of genetically modified crops grew by seven percent during 2009, according to a new report, with the US leading the way. With another 134m hectares (330m acres) planted last year, the cumulative area planted to genetically modified, also known as biotech, crops since their introduction in 1996 surpassed one billion hectares for the first time, said the report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA).  The US also grows more types of biotech crops than any other nation, with GM soybeans, maize, cotton, canola, squash, papaya, alfalfa, and sugarbeet. Despite the climb in acreage planted to biotech crops, controversy about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply has continued.

 From Brandweek:

“(Our) $2.99 meals… are a way for people to come in and get the great food we’re known for—chicken side dishes, meat loaf, soup and salad. They can come in and get a smaller portion than we’d normally serve and pay a [significantly] reduced price for it. Across the industry, we see the consumer is still having a hard time. The stock market has rebounded, but the consumer has not.” – Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell

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