TRENDS: Craft Beer

Try a spicy beer with your fruitcake. Photo courtesy CraftBeer.com. Here’s an idea for Christmas dinner or New Year’s Eve: Treat guests to a craft beer tasting. As we relayed last week, a Wakefield Research survey shows that more than 60% of men would prefer to toast the New Year with beer rather than Champagne.…
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TRENDS: Chefs Predict 2011 Restaurant Trends

The National Restaurant Association surveyed more than 1,500 chef members of the American Culinary Federation for the bead on what we can expect at restaurants in 2011. Things haven’t changed much since last year. Locally sourced ingredients and sustainability top the restaurant trends projections for 2011, and the rest of the Top 20 trends have…
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TREND: The Next Thing In A Fresh Cookie?

The Sweet Flour Bake Shop in Toronto is at the vanguard of something we haven’t seen before: cookies and muffins custom-baked with your choice of mix-ins, prepared while you wait—in as little as two minutes. You can create just one cookie or take home a dozen. Do the math, and you get 15,000 different combinations—a…
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FOOD TRENDS: Trade Cupcakes For Pie?

Will pie be the cupcake of 2011? Photo courtesy WildBlueberries.com. Move over cupcakes: pies are on the way. Pies, both sweet and savory, will be the top restaurant trend in 2011, predicts restaurant consultant Andrew Freeman & Co. “If I had one trend—one trend—of the year that I could predict, [it] would be the trend…
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TRENDS: Store Brands

Do you buy store brands? We do. Market research firm The Nielsen Company has released new information regarding store-brand (private-label) buyers. While some people think that it is lower-income people with limited funds who buy store brands, it is actually middle-income families ($30,000 to $70,000) who are the primary store-brand shoppers. Store brands also have…
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