Manufacturers increasingly are buying targeted checkout ads based on customers' personal shopping habits and what they have just bought. Companies including Nestle, Kraft, Stouffer's and Coca-Cola have tapped into the trend.
As part of a series of online consumer polls, Wegmans asked customers about its gluten-free products and services. The survey asked customers whether they would attend a store tour of gluten-free products and asked them to compare the store's offerings with what is sold elsewhere.
Earlier this year, Dr Pepper promised a free can of soda to every American if Guns N' Roses finished its latest album. It seemed unlikely because the album took 17 years to make. But Dr Pepper plans to deliver on its pledge through coupons on its Web site.
Nancy Nadel, an Oakland, Calif., City Council member, launched Oakland Chocolate Co. on her day off from working for the government. The company uses Jamaican cocoa and is working with Jamaican farmers to build a cooperative.
Food allergies affect one in 26 U.S. children, up from one in 30 in 1997, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is not certain what is causing the increase, but one factor might be heightened parent awareness.