Ads for national brands increasingly have stressed value in an effort to keep consumers from switching to lower-priced store brands. Reckitt Benckiser, for example, has begun a campaign for French's condiments that touts larger packages at lower prices.
Many of the most-famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors have come from fans' suggestions. The company is in London as part of a world tour to find the next flavor. Among the suggestions: fish and chips and jammy scones.
Susie Scoops, an ice cream shop in Incline Village, Nev., has resumed selling frozen yogurt. It took a break when there was less demand during the cold-weather months because the treat must be sold more quickly than other offerings.
Refrigeration, municipal sewer systems and pasteurization have made the food supply safer. But the growing complexity of the food supply, along with better contamination detection and reporting, means that food scares and recalls still occur.
A frozen yogurt topped with fresh fruit from Red Mango or Pinkberry is a healthful, low-fat and low-calorie treat. But choosing a flavor such as Cake Batter from Golden Spoon and topping it with brownies or chocolate-covered raisins will send the calorie count soaring.