Online grocery sales are forecast to make significant gains in major markets, according to research from Brick Meets Click. E-commerce sales in the grocery category will increase from 5% in the New York area to 23% by 2023, from 3.8% in Chicago to 13.5% and from 2.3% in Atlanta to 8.6%, the research found. "Retailers will benefit by having a better idea of how fast this type of online grocery shopping is likely to grow in their market so they can develop both offensive and defensive business strategies," Brick Meets Click's Chief Architect Bill Bishop said.
Treated tea seed oil can take the place of about 10% of the cocoa butter in dark chocolate, saving money for chocolate makers, a study indicates. Substituting the oil, a byproduct of tea production, did not harm the sensory qualities of the chocolate, researchers said.
Pregnant women and new mothers should eat more fruits and vegetables to help babies develop healthy dietary habits, new research suggests. Repeated exposure to a variety of foods and flavors will help introduce infants to the taste of solid food, researchers say.
Decreasing the amount of salt in processed food will not increase the food's spoilage risk, despite concerns that food with less salt will have a shorter shelf life, a research team found. "In general, we discovered that the growth of different sorts of typical food spoilage bacteria was unaffected by the various salt levels we tested, which means that low salt foods are just as safe as conventionally processed ones," one researcher found.