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.
February 2, 2012 |
The next time you're sitting across from someone, eating with them, take note: Are you both taking bites at the same time? You might be, a study finds. Researchers from the Netherlands and Toronto looked at eating behaviors among 70 pairs of young women who ate a 20-minute meal together. Would dining simultaneously cause their bites to be in sync as they mimicked each other's actions? The bites of the women in the pairs were noted. Mimicked bites were considered those that were taken within five seconds of each other.
March 28, 2010 |
Tiger's Den, the student-run snack bar at South Pasadena High School, has watched its profit plummet by more than half this year after a law banned junk food sales in California public schools and forced it to yank its best-seller, AriZona ice teas. The shop is open 30 minutes a day during the school lunch break, and it has made about $6,000 in profit this year. That's compared with $14,000 at this point last year. The student managers blame the law's July 1, 2009, deadline, by which time high schools had to exorcise sodas, including diet varieties, and other sugary drinks.