Chicagoland shoppers are passionate about their favorite supermarkets, voting Caputo's, Dominick's, Jewel-Osco, Sunset Foods, Trader Joe's and Whole Food Markets their top five favorite grocers in the area. "People are unbelievably passionate about the grocery stores they love," said Michael Sansolo, a representative from a food industry group.
Although U.S. soft drink makers have agreed to phase out selling soda in public schools by 2009, Coca-Cola, Pepsico and Cadbury Schweppes are launching a campaign to inform policy makers and parents about the companies' other, less controversial offerings including bottled water, juices and sports drinks. "The whole societal challenge with obesity is a lot larger than one product or one product category," said an American Beverage Association executive.
Dakota Farms International, which produces barley tea bags for a Japanese company, is hoping to make the drink more popular stateside. The FDA recently verified that barley can reduce the risk of coronary disease.
Ahold and Delhaize are pushing new nutrition initiatives in their New England stores. Ahold's Stop & Shop and Giant Food stores are offering educational tours to schools and other organizations, while Delhaize's Hannaford Bros. stores launched "Guiding Stars," a ranking system that labels food with stars depending on its nutritional value.