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.
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.
IBM has signed a seven-year agreement to provide back-office operations for Sara Lee Corp. The companies will work together to create software for a distributed worldwide network that will handle accounting, procurement and other tasks.
To celebrate the Tennessee Titans being in the National Football League playoffs, 10 Kroger stores in the state will host simultaneous Titans parties from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Each store will give away five pairs of tickets to the Jan. 10 game.
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.