Salad bar decline; menus illuminated; our ‘spastic food’ era; Grillin beans are tops

Reported by ADWEEK.com:

It sounds like the list of ingredients for an Iron Chef concoction: Campbell’s Select Harvest soup, Bud Light Lime beer, Arnold Select Sandwich Thins bread, Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen prepared vegetables, and Dreyer’s/Edy’s Fun Flavors ice cream. Instead, these are the leading entries in Information Resources Inc.’s roster of top new food/beverage consumer packaged goods of 2009, based on sales during their first full year on the market. Filling out the top 10 were Gatorade Tiger/Focus sports drink, MGD 64 beer, Mountain Dew Dewmocracy carbonated beverage, Bush’s Grillin’ Beans and Kellogg’s FiberPlus snack bars

Reported by Roanoke.com:

The convenience-driven nature of most Americans is a factor forcing the slow obsolescence of salad bars at supermarkets nationwide. Ironically, the removal of salad bars at some supermarkets comes as federal legislators lobby to promote and add salad bars to the nation’s schools to limit childhood obesity and encourage nutrition. The growing presence of prepackaged meals in the grocery aisle is symbolic of an evolving mindset: American consumers want food convenient and cheap. Increasingly, grocers are eliminating salad bars, and replacing them with prepackaged foods, and olive and cheese bars. 

 Reported by FoodNavigator-USA.com:

According to the Hartman Group’s new report, Beyond Organic & Natural 2010, manufacturers continue to launch ”natural” foods and drinks. “Natural” is now the leading label claim on new products. According to market research organization Mintel, it is featured on 23 percent of new products launched globally last year.

 From sunsentinel.com:

SoLita on Las Olas, Marriott Harbor Beach’s Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach nightclub LIV are among restaurants investing in a new generation of menus that actually pop open and light up — like a laptop computer or a Kindle.

Reported by the New York Times:

 “It used to turn heads if you took a picture of your food, and I even got in trouble at a few restaurants. Now it’s ubiquitous and just shows that we are in a spastic food era — we couldn’t get more obsessive,”  said  Tucker Shaw, food critic for The Denver Post, who made do with a basic point-and-shoot digital camera to take pictures of everything he ate in 2004; he published the photos in his book, “Everything I Ate: A Year in the Life of My Mouth.”

 * Listen to Radio Nibbles, John Lehndorff’s weekly food conversation and  commentary program,  at 8:25 a.m. Thursdays on KGNU – 885 FM, 1390 AM, and online at http://www.kgnu.org.

* Nibbles Dining Column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/03/24/nibbles-talkin-bout-my-aging-generation

* Comments: lehndorffj@aol.com

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