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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Briefs

Tuesday BriefsYes, I’m still here! Posting has taken a back seat to life and real deadlines lately (hi, Jim! hi, Eric!), but the resumption of a more regular pattern is on the horizon.

In the meantime, nibble on these tidbits:

The Center for Food Integrity reports that 60 percent of consumers are more concerned about food prices than they were a year ago. And the sales growth of private-label organically-produced foods is slowing, according to a recent study by the Nielsen Co.

Sales of craft beers continues to romp along at a double-digit pace, but a shortage of hops is almost certain to start pushing prices up. On the other hand, MillerCoors LLC has pulled the plug on Zima. In the unlikely event that you’re a fan of that particular beverage, existing stocks should be on shelves through December.

According to a recent story in Advertising Age (registration required), advances in product packaging technology have made it possible to offer animated product labels. Before too long, motion-activated store displays and even individual products may be audibly clamoring for your attention.

A panel of tasters assembled by the Dallas Morning News has sampled Wal-Mart’s $3 wines and pronounced them palatable. The non-vintage Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Merlot are made by The Wine Group, which also produces wines under the Franzia, Concannon, Glen Ellen, Mogen David and Corbett Canyon labels, among others. Wal-Mart’s wine is sold under the Oak Leaf label — not nearly as imaginative as some of the tongue-in-cheek suggested names.
J. Silverheels Gray, 8:54 AM


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