American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories coming from fat and saturated fat, consuming less cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a report released in January from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
“The Obama Administration is working hard to empower the American public to make smart choices every day at school, at home and in their communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We have made significant progress, but our work is not done. We will continue to invest in critical programs that expand the availability of healthy, safe, affordable food for all Americans.”
The researchers found that use of nutrition information, including the Nutrition Facts Panel found on most food packages, increased in recent years. Forty-two percent of working age adults and 57 percent of older adults reported using the Nutrition Facts Panel most or all of the time when making food choices. When asked about nutrition information in restaurants, 76 percent of working-age adults reported that they would use the information if it were available.
Reduced consumption of food away from home (such as food from restaurants and fast food) accounted for 20 percent of the improvements in diet quality. A recent study found that during the recession of 2007-2009, U.S. household overall food expenditures declined approximately 5 percent, mostly due to a 12.9 percent decline in spending on food away from home. Calories consumed through food away from home dropped by 127 calories per day, and the average person ate three fewer meals and 1.5 fewer snacks per month away from home. Eating at home more often was also associated with more frequent family meals.
The report also indicates changing attitudes toward food and nutrition. Compared with 2007, the percentage of working-age adults who believed they have the ability to change their body weight increased by three percentage points in 2010. During the same time period, the report shows there was little change in the importance that price played when making choices at the grocery store, but working-age adults placed increased importance on nutrition when choosing items to purchase.
“When individuals believe that their actions directly affect their body weight, they might be more inclined to make healthier food choices,” said study author Jessica Todd, Ph.D., of the Economic Research Service.
The researcher used individual dietary intake data for working-age adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which collects detailed individual and household information on a wide range of health-related topics through questionnaires, physical exams and lab work, in two-year segments. The survey is designed to be nationally representative, with a sample composed of 9,839 individuals. Overall, daily caloric intake declined by 78 calories per day between 2005 and 2010. There were overall declines in calories from total fat (3.3 percent), saturated fat (5.9 percent), and intake of cholesterol (7.9 percent). Overall fiber intake increased by 1.2 grams per day (7.5 percent).
This research was conducted by the Economic Research Service, which is a primary source of economic information and research at USDA.
Jarlsberg® can now be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Jarlsberg Minis elevate grab-and-go snacking to a gourmet level with their premium quality and mild, mellow and nutty flavor.
Jarlsberg Minis come packaged in eye-catching 100g bags containing five 20g Minis, for easy deli merchandising. Each Mini has been dipped in wax and wrapped in cellophane – replicating the popular Jarlsberg wheel.
Jarlsberg Minis perfectly suit the needs of today’s busy consumer with hectic schedules who snack more frequently but want healthier options. All natural and just 70 calories per piece, Jarlsberg Minis are a good source of calcium and protein.
The product will have full in-store merchandising support plus an ongoing multi-faceted marketing program. Visit www.jarlsbergusa.com to learn more.
Gratify Foods will introduce several new pretzel varieties at the Summer Fancy Food Show, held June 29-July 1 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City at booth 1151. The popular gluten free snack company has added four new holiday flavors and one all-around flavor to its crunchy line-up.
Here’s a peek at the newest pretzels to join the Gratify Foods family:
White Chocolate Peppermint Twists: Luxurious white chocolate, sweetly studded with peppermint candy flakes, envelopes these gluten free pretzel twists, delivering gratification to holiday sweet teeth everywhere.
Peanut Butter Twists: Beneath a dark chocolate drizzle is a gluten free pretzel twist enrobed with a luxurious mixture of peanut butter and milk chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Twists: Peppermint candy flakes adorn delectably rich dark chocolate that encases gluten free pretzel twists for this celebration of mint-meets-chocolate holiday snacking.
Dark Chocolate Twists: Gluten free pretzel twists coated with rich and creamy dark chocolate for the perfectly sweet and salty holiday crunch.
Everything Thins: Available all year round, this thin and crispy pretzel is topped with poppy and sesame seeds, sea salt and garlic powder making for an incredibly flavorful and crunchy snack. Sold in two sizes: 6-ounce and 10.5-ounce, these pretzel thins have a suggested retail price range of $3.99-$5.99 dependent upon size.
Gratify’s holiday pretzel packs are sold in 5.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $4.99 and join the other gluten free snacks in the product line that includes: Sea Salt Pretzel Twists, Sea Salt Pretzel Sticks, Sesame Pretzel Thins, Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twists, Yogurt Covered Pretzel Twists, Vanilla Cookies and Crackers.
Additionally the White Chocolate Peppermint Twists are available in a festive 1-pound “Paint Can” style container for club stores with a suggested retail price of $11.99. All the holiday products are available for order now.
Gratify’s product line is certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) and is also certified kosher by the OU. The products are also free of many other allergens. Detailed product information is available online at www.gratifyfoods.com.
Learn more about the program and obtain downloadable activities for kids, families and educators at www.fda.gov/nutritioneducation; choose Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign.
FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods. For more information, see Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.
Brownie Brittle™ will debut its newly designed packaging early this summer, and attendees will have an exclusive sneak peek at the Summer Fancy Food Show held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, June 29-July 1 at booth 5153. The art deco-inspired designs are classy and eye-catching, and will be a standout on grocery shelves across the country.
“These sleek and sophisticated designs elevate our product image, and make it easy for customers to select their favorite flavor at a glance,” said Brownie Brittle founder, Sheila G. Mains, known in the food industry as “Sheila G.”
Brownie Brittle is available in Chocolate Chip, Toffee Crunch, Salted Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors at major retailers andonline at browniebrittle.com. These new packages deliver five ounces of Brownie Brittle, one more mouth-watering serving for all to enjoy.
Additionally, the company will showcase its award-winning Brownie Brittle in 2-ounce. and 1-ounce snack sizes, available in three flavors: Chocolate Chip, Toffee Crunch and Salted Caramel. The 2-oz. bags are sold in case packs of 24. The 1-ounce bags are sold in case packs of 48. The bags are 120 calories per 1-ounce serving and first appeared on store shelves in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Mains noted, “Many of our loyal fans requested a snack-pack size and we are excited to make it available.”
With skyrocketing sales, Brownie Brittle has reinvented snacking with its thin, crispy treat, created to honor Sheila G.’s favorite part of the brownie.
2013 was a banner year for Brownie Brittle, LLC, as it was named the second-fastest-growing company in Florida and received many additional accolades from industry publications and associations. Brownie Brittle was also recognized by the National Confectioners Association as the “Best New Snack 2012,” and as a finalist for “Most Innovative Product.” Brownie Brittle is made with natural ingredients, certified kosher, and peanut free.
Brownie Brittle has an extremely loyal and engaged following of over 280,000 Facebook fans.
“We’re excited to be launching our new packaging,” Mains said, “while still offering that same crisp brownie taste our fans have grown to love.”
Sriracha has lived in the spicy condiment spotlight for the past few years making a flavored appearance in everything from popcorn to potato chips and every possible application in between. Musashi Foods has broken the mold of traditional red sriracha with the launch of its Midori Sriracha made from green serrano peppers, turning the heat up on this popular hot sauce.
Additionally this New York-based specialty food company has launched an authentic Japanese Spicy Mayo, the only of its kind on the market today. Both the Midori Sriracha ($4.99) and Japanese Spicy Mayo ($5.49) are available now for purchase at Amazon.com and musashifoods.com. Also, these unique and all natural products will be on store shelves throughout New York and beyond in the weeks and months to come.
“I saw a need for an authentic Japanese Spicy Mayo in the marketplace and spent the past year perfecting the recipe and developing the necessary infrastructure to bring this product to a mass market,” said Musashi Foods Founder and President Gideon Sarraf.
Sarraf is an accomplished entrepreneur with a passion for hot and spicy food. In fact, Sarraf has long made his own sriracha sauce at home, perfecting the heat level to satisfy his advanced palate. After realizing how popular truly authentic Japanese Spicy Mayo is, Sarraf set out to bring this product to market a little over a year ago. During the process and research he also spotted a need for a green sriracha with a different flavor profile than the traditional red sriracha on store shelves today.
“The response to these products has been wholly positive, and we hope to bring it to supermarkets across the country. People have been actively searching for these products; now they finally have a place to buy them,” he said.
Musashi Foods will be at the Summer Fancy Food Show in a booth located in the “New Brands on the Shelf” Pavilion, located on Level 1, behind the 3400 aisle.
Moonstruck Chocolate Co. introduces a new look for its Tumbled Chocolates collection, providing fans of these baubles with a more portable and practical pouch than previously available. The new 4-oz. stand-up pouch is re-sealable, making it easier than ever to snack on a handful now and save the rest for later without compromising freshness, aroma or flavor.
“We drew inspiration for our Tumbled Chocolate collection from the ancient Egyptian technique of panning ingredients, or slowly drizzling, rolling and tossing centers like fruit and nuts with chocolate,” explains Julian Rose, master chocolatier for Moonstruck. “The result is a bite of rich, layered chocolate followed by a beautiful burst of flavor and texture from a well-paired interior. With our new packaging, these pearls of decadence are easier than ever to enjoy on the go or in the comfort of home.”
Moonstruck’s Tumbled Chocolate collection offers premium Belgian milk and dark chocolate surrounding all-natural centers sourced locally whenever possible. Each batch is hand-tossed to perfection for a true artisan chocolate experience. The new pouches are ideal for a quick snack or treat, and the 4-oz. size is just the right amount for a taste of indulgence without overdoing it. Moonstruck offers four varieties:
Moonstruck’s Tumbled Chocolate collection is available online at www.moonstruckchocolate.com, at select retailers nationwide, at its St. John’s store and in its four Moonstruck Chocolate Cafés in Oregon. The 4-ounce packages are offered at a suggested retail price of $4.99 each.
Kings Food Markets has hired retail merchandising expert Jeff Binder as the Vice President of Center Store. Binder will be responsible for overseeing the grocery, dairy and frozen food departments as well as the non-food and beauty departments. He will report directly to Chief Operating Officer Rich Durante.
“We are very excited to have Jeff join our team,” said Judy Spires, President and CEO of Kings Food Markets. “Kings is already known for its rare finds, but Jeff will help us build on that reputation, expanding our assortment of high quality products throughout the center of the store. He will help us continue to evolve our unique, curated experience for our customers, ensuring they are inspired each time they set foot through our doors and down our aisles.”
With more than 20 years of leadership in the retail industry, Binder has extensive experience building premium brands. Prior to joining Kings, Binder was Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Bloomingdales and was responsible for helping to introduce and grow distinctive brands for Bloomingdales. Earlier in his career, Binder was with Hechts (now Macy’s) and held various roles including Divisional Merchandise Manager. Binder received his Bachelors of Science in marketing from the University of Maryland and currently resides in Warren, N.J. with his wife Sherrie and their two children.
The Imperial line is carefully crafted under the guidance of master chorizo-maker Dr. Antonio Libran, a veterinarian expert with more than 30 years of experience in the food and Spanish cured meats industries. The team sources premium American pork meat, the world’s best Spanish paprika and only the finest hand-selected spices. Each features a lengthy, dry-curing process to ensure all natural ingredients season slowly to lend each chub the authentic flair and flavor of old Spain. This Spanish artisan technique produces a signature bouquet and texture not found in mass-produced chorizo varieties, both domestic and imported.