Two new calorie- and flavor-packed confections, Dulce de Leche Latte and Dulce de Leche Frappuccino, represent more than just the latest drink concepts emerging from Starbucks' marketing machine. Chairman Howard Schultz is asking his senior team to return to the company's roots, and to keep the "coffee joie de vivre" alive.
The quality of California's various cheeses is getting as much attention as its sheer quantity lately, rivaling cheese king Wisconsin. "It's quite dramatic," a California Milk Advisory Board spokesman said. "California is now one of the centers of cheese making in the country and it is gaining the same recognition as its wine industry."
Slightly more than a third of all TV spots watched by kids are for candy and snack foods, 28% are for cereal and 10% for fast food, and a smaller number are for dairy products and fruit juices, while none tout vegetables or fruits, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study, "Food for Thought: Television Food Advertising to Children in the United States," also found tweens ages 8 to 12 saw the most food ads, followed by teen-agers and younger kids, ages 2 to 7.
There is a bottled water backlash in the high-end restaurant industry as restaurateurs respond to high prices and concerns that using the product -- which involves transportation and a high numbers of bottles -- negatively impacts the environment. "It's not like we've got bad water here. Our water's terrific," said Larry Mindel of Poggio in Sausalito, Calif. "I don't think we've had one single person that's said, 'Oh, can't you bring me Perrier?'"