Food and Drink
Organic Food and Drink Now a $60 Billion Global Industry
December 13, 2010
EINNEWS, December 13—During the past decade the global market for organic food and drink has tripled to $60 billion, according to a new survey by the Organic Monitor, a specialist research, consulting training company that focuses on the global organic related product industries.
The market slowed in 2009 due to the global recession, the report concluded, growing just 4.7 percent. The European market was the most affected by the financial crisis. The UK organic products market contracted last year, while the German market stagnated. In contrast, the market in Sweden and France reported growth rates in excess of 15 percent.
The North American market for organic food and drink continued to show healthy growth. It has overtaken the European market this year to become the largest in the world.
The report finds that the price premium for organic remains a major barrier to wider adoption rates. High prices of organic products restrict demand to more affluent consumers.
A major challenge is to overcome the expensive perception of organic products. Even though some organic products have price differential of just 15 percent, the premium perception of organic foods is dampening consumer demand.
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(live-PR.com) – In September 2010, Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever revealed it is to buy the Greek icecream business belonging to local dairy firm EVGA. The announcement is interesting as to what it says about the Greek food and drink market and the long-term potential that we believe remains in what at the moment is a very tricky market. Given Greeceacute;s economic
The contribution of the food and drink industry to the rebalancing and future health of the UK economy has been highlighted in the Growth Review Framework for Advanced Manufacturing, published today by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Director General of the Food and Drink Federation Melanie Leech says: We welcome the publication of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Review Framework. The consultation paper rightly highlights food and drink as an example of a successful advanced manufacturing sector. We look forward to working with the Government to ensure the future growth of the UKs biggest manufacturing sector.
We applaud the fact that Government has today announced £50 million of extra support for the manufacturing advisory service, and a significant contribution to a two year automation and robotics programme both of which will help improve the competitiveness of smaller businesses in our sector.
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The Castle Hotel lunches
Oldham Street?s, Castle Hotel, which we loved so much recently, (click here) is now doing food. A visit last Friday revealed homely, hearty, solid British grub. The spicy parsnip soup with granary bloomer (£3.50) was the perfect winter pub soup, so full of goodness and body a Borrower could have walked over it. The mushroom rarebit (£5) was unsubtle but filling and wholesome and the beef and horseradish butty was good (4) if failing a little in the oddly heated up bread. Still and all, the Castle is definitely a good place with good looks for a value belly booster on a trawl around the Northern Quarter.
Gullivers on Oldham Street has been taken over by Mark Kennedy who was famous for the now removed mosaics on Affleck?s Palace. He wants to return the pub into a proper city local, easy-going, no hassle, good drinks and a live scene from local bands and musicians. The JW Lees owned pub has had an uneven time of it recently, and has become run-down. Let?s hope Kennedy can do something along the same lines as the Castle featured in the above story.
Buying a wife for a fiver
Kennedy is presently making a mosaic of the eponymous cute blackdog, Bruce, after which the Blackdog Ballroom on Church Street is named. The Confidential editor, Schofield, was once in Gullivers in the late nineties on a rough edge pub crawl of the Northern Quarter. It was about 7pm and the place was packed full of pissed people. A Scotsman in his fifties tried to sell Schofield his wife for a fiver. Not for sex, he was just trying to off-load her, and he?d run out of beer money, wanted another drink. His wife was asleep under a table. Schofield said no. After all he only had a fiver left himself.
Middle Kingdom ? in case you missed it
In case you missed it in our Sleuth column this week (click here), our intrepid city mole, was nosing around Princess Street the other day when he saw a restaurant. It was called Middle Kingdom and advertised ?5 star Chinese Cuisine?. The menu looks interesting. Very Red Chilli style from up the road: ?Fish Fillets and Intestine in Hot Chilli Fiery Soup? and ?Quick Fried Sliced Sea Whelks?. Sleuth?s favourite sounding dishes were ?Fire Exploded Kidney Flowers? and Hot and Numbing Beef?.
The first time I went to Champions Square was prior to the Saints game against the Carolina Panthers. It is located on the Lasalle Street side of the Superdome, which is perpendicular to Poydras Street. In addition to large banners of Saints legends and past achievements, the first thing I noticed was a large stage. Of course, it wouldnt be a party in New Orleans without live music. So there is no need to bring a boom box or even an iPod.
Food and Drink
Besides the Saints and live music, the other ingredients needed for a party in New Orleans are food and drink. Again, Champions Square has taken care of everything. So leave the barbecue pit home. There are eight vendors selling the best New Orleans food in the city. Some of the vendors include Acme Oyster House, Dickie Brennans Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse and WOW Cafe and Wingery.
BATH, United Kingdom–The international market for dairy snacks grew by 7 percent in 2009 and is predicted to rise by 6 percent in 2010, according to new market research from food and drink consultancy Zenith International. The “Dairy Snacks 2020 Report estimates total volume at 217,000 tons in 2010 across 26 countries in North America, Latin America, West Europe, East Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
The United States accounted for almost two-thirds of the total dairy snack volume in 2009; the United Kingdom was the second largest market, with other key countries including France, Canada, Germany and Japan. The most developed regions are North America, West Europe and Australia, with Latin America and East Europe presenting the next opportunities for companies to be first to market.
According to the report, the most successful dairy snack products have come from leading international players in the overall dairy market, who command brand recognition and marketing power. Key players and brands include Bel with Mini Babybel, Kraft with Dairylea, and Yoplait yogurt tubes. In countries where dairy snacks have been available for longer and are more established, retailer private labels have been introduced, but these have yet to make a material impact.
“Dairy snacks, although a relatively recent phenomenon, have firmly established themselves as an important segment within both the dairy market and the wider market for snacks, said Zenith Market Analyst Laura Knight. “As modern on-the-go lifestyles have left consumers time poor, many people are increasingly looking for a convenient snack that delivers on health and nutrition, also one that tastes good and provides a pleasurable eating experience. Dairy snacks are well placed to meet these consumer demands and manufacturers have begun to capitalize on the opportunity this presents.
Although dairy snacks are undeveloped as a snack segment, compared to more traditional snacking foods such as crisps and bars, it is clear that there is considerable long-term potential for the market and Zenith expects the market to reach more than 260,000 tons by 2014.
The Big Apple Circus runs each day in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Lasso twirlers from China! Contortionists from Mongolia! Pole-shimmiers from Kenya! Miniature horses! Clowns! Incredibly messy food! Performances at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm on Dec. 29, and at 12:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Dec. 31. Tickets $15 to $92.
Alternative New Years Eve. Staying the weekend? Obviously, theres the mindless chaos of Times Square. This years highlight: Snooki, of Jersey Shore, will be planted inside MTVs giant illuminated ball. (Raises expectations for 2011, eh?) Or consider the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run through Central Park. Its a 4-mile jog, with music and fireworks. Register in advance.
Broadway. Bringing the kids? Try Elf. (Previous day matinee: $440) Crave more football? Theres a show about Vince Lombardi, called well Lombardi. ($150.) Feel lucky? Preview Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. (Pre-opening performances as low as $91.) Need to cut costs? Get up early, stand in line or stand during the show. Each theater has a different policy for last-minute throngs.
Eat and Shop. Eataly, (200 5th Ave.) half Italian grocery, half Italian restaurant. (Imagine a mini-Wegmans dedicated to Italy.) See pasta. Eat pasta. See wine. Drink wine. Shop till you plop. Or stay in the Bronx and head to the pastry, pork and pasta shops of Arthur Avenue. Eat yourself into a food coma. Natives will tell you its the citys real Little Italy.
Entering the Park. If the turnstile line is backed up, New Stadium Insider advises to walk a block north on River Avenue. Youll find a bleacher entrance to the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar. It is the fastest way through the gates if you are running late, blogger Ross Sheingold writes. Even during the 2009 World Series, there was no wait.
Layout. One goal post stands near home plate, with dugouts framing the end zone. On the opposite end, a net will keep field goals from hitting Babe Ruths monument. Get there early, and take in the whole experience, says John Glose, a Notre Dame fan from Buffalo, who attended the Nov. 30 game. Theyll have everything open, and there is a lot to see.
River Avenue. New York has spent millions to upgrade a neighborhood image that still suffers from the 1981 downer movie, Fort Apache, the Bronx. The stadium is ringed with Yankee bars, Yankee shops and Yankee fast-food places, and further barricaded by parking lots from the citys imaginary and real evils. Glose recalls a great feeling about the area. If youre on a limited time frame and want to view a skyline, walk the left field ramp. The buildings that you see really make you realize that you are in a neighborhood steeped in history, Sheingold writes.
Yankee Touchstones. Youre not traveling with a Red Sox fan, right? The Great Hall features iconic portraits, hi-def TV screens and places to buy Yankee swag. Monument Park offers the multitude of Yankee retired numbers 16, at last count and bronze plaques (dwarfed, of course, by the recently installed George Steinbrenner colossus). For bleacher creatures, this is the Wailing Wall. The Yankee Museum exhibits signed balls by nearly every player ever in pinstripes from Lenn Sakata to Sergio Mitre. Take off your hat in the presence of Thurman Munsons locker. This is not the place to sing Down, down the field goes old Syracuse.
Security. Sheingold says: If you are friendly to these guys and understand that theyre not getting paid a lot of money to do a job they dont really care that much about, youll have a much better time communicating with them. But coming from Syracuse, you knew that already, didnt you?
Stadium food and drink. Anything you want. Frickles deep fried pickle coins. Spicy tuna rolls. New Stadium Insider advises the Lobels steak sandwich, down the left field line, and the garlic fries, which are pretty messy and extremely strong. Nothing is cheap. A 16 oz. Pabst runs $9. John Glose said lines were generally short Nov. 30, and prices ran about a buck higher than youd find at a (Buffalo) Bills game. A few places offer sit-down service. In The Hard Rock Cafe, check out photos of rock stars in Yankees gear. Expect to wait for a table. Smoking. Nope.
Best seats. Sheingold says they appear to be sections 131 or 109 on the 50-yard-line. Plus, Section 131 puts you near those Lobels steak sandwiches. Section 109 offers a quick getaway through Gate 4. Grandstand sections 416 and 405 give elevator access to the Malibu Rum Terrace Deck, another option for food, if lines are long.
Leaving. AVOID THE DEEGAN. Unless you like sitting in traffic. Wasnt that why you moved to Syracuse?
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Now a Manchester business is re-visiting the ice cream van but providing a product far removed from Mr Whippy?s sickly, glue-y flavours. The owner is Claire Kelsey, and she?s trying to change the way we think about ice cream vans.
Having worked as a food stylist for six years, Claire had grown tired of making food that was always discarded into bins after it had been photographed. She wanted to create food that people could enjoy the taste of, as well as the look of. So in winter 2009 she bought herself an old smoothie van in Brighton and with the help of her family and friends she transformed it into Ginger?s Comfort Emporium.
First and foremost it serves ice-cream. The roasted banana, salted caramel and peanut flavour incorporates sweet and salty flavours to delight the taste buds whilst the apple crumble flavour changes your previous perceptions of this hot dessert through its transformation into an ice cold treat. All the ice creams are made at Claire?s home and are stored in refrigerators in the van at temperatures as low as -40° making for a densely textured product.
Jonathan Schofield, Manchester Confidential editor, tasted some of the samples Claire had prepared and said: ?Bloody hell, these are fabulous. Exotic flavours, tightly bundled together, no sloppiness or sickly aftertaste.?
In her first year of trading, Claire has taken the van to Kendal Calling festival and the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and will be in Piccadilly Gardens Wednesday to Sunday from 9 December to 3 January serving ice cream with hot waffles.
Next year she is returning to Kendal Calling and will also be driving down to The Secret Garden Party in Cambridge as well as a visit to Manchester?s new Friends of Mine festival in May. As well as outside catering, the company also have a home delivery service within the Manchester area where you can receive a box of ice creams of your choice for £15.
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