Today's hot ice cream retail market is not unlike the retail coffee market boom of the last few years, according to Maggie Moo's President and CEO Jonathan Jameson. "Consumers want and demand better quality and are willing to pay for it," Jameson said. Maggie Moo's, Cold Stone Creamery and Marble Slab Creamery are among the chains that will battle for market share.
Arla Foods has worked with NASA to develop food for use in space flight since 2001, and now the firm says it can utilize the technology for new consumer products. Powdered yogurt, with its two-year shelf life, is one product the company is considering for its more earthly business.
Yesterday's release of an Institute of Medicine report linking food ads to children's diets may be a pivotal event in the history of marketing, according to Advertising Age. Ad industry representatives say the IOM's recommended restrictions for advertising directed at children are unconstitutional, and some food industry groups faulted the report for failing to take into account their recent efforts to respond to parents' health concerns.
Consumers in Europe and North America are skeptical of health benefit claims made by functional food manufacturers, according to an ACNielsen study that found confusion over labels also may be hurting growth in the sector.