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Posted on December 22, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Eggnog has been a popular holiday drink for centuries. While a drink mixing milk, eggs and alcohol is not the most appealing idea to many, it has been gaining more popularity in the past few years. Unfortunately, this year, that following may have ... Read More

Posted in Egg Nog  
Posted on December 21, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Daily readers of Today in Food likely have noticed a trend in our Washington section over the past few years. From Hershey's to McCormick Spices and seemingly every company in between, food and beverage producers are contending with class ... Read More

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Food is a hot topic during the holidays, but most of the time it is not focused on health. Traditional holiday foods are generally not very nutritious (cookies, eggnog, candy canes), and most dishes lean towards the indulgent side. However, as con ... Read More

Posted in Health  
Posted on December 19, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Shoppers looking through the meat case for the holiday season and the new year will likely see lower retail prices on beef, even for popular holiday cuts like the tenderloin and rib roast. What's driving this trend? With beef production on the ris ... Read More

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

With Christmas and Hannukah only ten days away and many people already starting their holiday festivities, it seems like the perfect time to take a step back from our normal food industry news and focus on the holidays. So put on your Santa hat an ... Read More

Posted in Holidays   Starbucks   Santas   Cinnabon   Burger King  
Posted on December 14, 2016 by Chris Campbell

We are in the final stretch of 2016: Thanksgiving is over, and grocery retailers are looking forward to holiday sales fueled by Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and New Year's Eve celebrations. However, certain things will be changing, especially for re ... Read More

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

There was once a time when all coffee drinkers wanted from their morning cup of joe was a caffeine boost, a reasonable price point and maybe a touch of hazelnut or vanilla flavor. Now, coffee drinking has morphed into something much more than just ... Read More

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Microsoft vs. Apple. Star Wars or Star Trek? The list of classic rivalries goes on, but in the food sector, is there one as storied as the one between the Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo? Over the past week, ... Read More

Posted in PepsiCo   Coca-Cola  
Posted on December 08, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

It happened just a few days ago, but it is already causing quite a shakeup in the food industry: Amazon unveiled that it is beta testing a grocery store with no checkout lines.

The brick-and-mortar store concept, called Amazon Go, is curre ... Read More

Posted in Amazon  
Posted on December 06, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

At the end of every year, food industry analysts all make their predictions about what will be the next hot product or trend in the coming year. We're only a few days into December, but there are already numerous 2017 trend lists floating around. ... Read More

Posted in Trends  
Posted on December 05, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Is there anything more polarizing thna genetically-modified crops? Proponents note that the GMO traits allow farm products to be perfected and grown even in the most adverse conditions, while those against the production technique cite health and ... Read More

Posted in GMO   Colorado   Washington  
Posted on December 01, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The emergence of healthier, whole foods is something that has been developing over the past few years, but as it is with many food trends, it isn't clear whether this consumer preference is just a passing fad, or if it will define the way we eat f ... Read More

Posted in Health