Voters in Arkansas, which has 37 dry counties of 75, will decide whether to standardize alcohol laws there this November, after a ballot petition was approved on Friday. Across the U.S., 10 states still have dry counties while 15 are partially dry or contain dry municipalities, but restrictions are loosening, says the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.
Researchers found that tasters did not have higher expectations of chocolate when it was labeled as being made of single-origin cocoa or having a high percentage of cocoa. The report was published in the journal Appetite.
People with celiac disease, a genetic disorder that makes them intolerant of gluten, are finding more food options as sales of gluten-free food rise 15% to 25% a year, according to research. In 2008, more than 800 gluten-free foods entered the market, and customers say the products have improved in flavor and texture.
Things are looking great for Ganong Bros., and production at the company's plant in St. Stephen, Canada, is expected to grow. The company capitalized on the failure of competitors as a result of the economic downturn, investing in marketing to capture business from closing companies.
Salted caramel, long popular with French and American chefs, has gone mass market, with Starbucks selling salted caramel hot chocolate and Häagen-Dazs introducing the flavor in its ice cream. The rise of salted caramel illuminates the flow of food trends.