Health-conscious consumers will soon have more options for increasing the omega-3 content in their diets. The nutritious fatty acids, found in fish, some nuts and oils, will soon be showing up in everything from orange juice and cereal to Unilever's I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Omega Farms already adds omega-3 to milk and cheese and will soon add it to yogurt and orange juice.
Coffee lovers who don't have time to stop in at a coffee shop are looking for drinks they can buy at a vending machine or supermarket. In response, Coca-Cola will launch an iced drink under the Caribou Coffee Co. banner this summer, while PepsiCo and Starbucks, who have a marketing partnership, will roll out a hot vending machine offering 9 ounces of Starbucks coffee.
Tesco, which took up half the new shopping space in the U.K. last year, according to one report, has triggered a price war with its smaller competitors. The company says it is permanently cutting prices on 600 products by more than $158 million.
Houston's population is growing more diverse, creating a demand for varied food products to supply a booming ethnic restaurant industry. Wholesalers such as Phoenicia Specialty Food and Goya are stocking up on products for pho houses, taquerias, dumpling cafes, tapas bars and other ethnic eateries.
Local cows and dairies have played important roles in the success of Cabot Creamery of Vermont, a cooperative that formed in 1919 with 94 farmers. Dairy farmers have gained a sense of security through their roles in cooperatives, while their farms have been able to focus on specialty products and export to large markets.