February 6, 2013 |
Starting Thursday, people who attend Live Talks Los Angeles events will be able to nosh on a Conversation Bar. It's a custom, branded energy bar that tastes a lot like cookie dough. It will be, as far as we've been able to determine, the first reading series energy bar. Does a reading series really need a snack food? Founder Ted Habte-Gabr thinks so; he's got dual purposes in mind. The first is promotion: Rhe first 25 people at a Live Talks Los Angeles event who share something about it via Facebook or Twitter can have a bar for free. The second is as a fundraiser.
January 8, 2013 |
Congratulations, America! We've become a nation of healthier snackers. So says market research firm NPD, which has declared fresh fruit the most popular snack food in the country. Even better, the popularity of fresh fruit is continuing to grow. Over the course of a year, Americans snacked on fresh fruit an average of 10 times more than they snacked on chocolate and 25 times more than they snacked on potato chips, according to NPD's recent “Snacking in America” report . Fresh fruit, chocolate and potato chips were the top three snack foods identified in the report.
December 8, 2012 |
Move over, potato and corn chips. There's a cornucopia of other vegetables making its way to the grocery store snack aisle. Whether it's black bean chips or dehydrated cabbage, sprouted sweet potato tortilla crisps or baked and salted peas, the options in the $560-billion global snack food market are expanding along with the waistlines of Americans and their desire to eat more healthfully. "For me, it's about eating smart but not giving up things that taste good," said Doug Foreman, founder of Beanitos, in Austin, Texas.
November 26, 2012 |
Though most of the early coverage of the collapse of the Twinkie Empire focused on the immediate story of the role of the workers' union in bringing about the bankruptcy of Hostess, it now seems there may have been more to the situation. My colleague Michael Hiltzik dug through the corporation's bankruptcy filings and in a Business section analysis Sunday argued that the collapse of the snack food empire was more the result of long-term incompetency by management. “Let's get a few things clear," he wrote.
June 19, 2012 |
In the land of sushi, ramen and tempura, pretzel sales apparently do gangbusters. After launching its first Asian outpost in Japan, Pasadena-based Wetzel's Pretzels said the store has become its top-selling location worldwide. Photos show snaking lines at the Ario Kameari Mall in Tokyo, with customers carting away armfuls of pretzels. Now the chain is talking to potential franchisees in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and other Asian nations. The company plans to open 10 more locations in Japan over the next two years.
February 15, 2012 |
Procter & Gamble Co. has nixed its deal to sell its Pringles potato chips business to struggling Diamond Foods Inc., agreeing instead to a $2.7-billion all-cash offer from Kellogg Co. The transaction, which is expected to close this summer, will allow P&G to exit the snack-food business and gives cereal maker Kellogg a popular addition to its line of snacks. Pringles — stacked, crispy chips served out of distinctive long canisters — racked up $1.5 billion in sales last year and are sold in more than 140 countries.