December 13th is National Ice Cream Day, so what better time to dig into one of our favorite treats? Though ice cream is typically thought of as a guilty pleasure, it turns out today’s ice cream brands might just be healthier than you think. With the rising popularity of trendy ice cream brands like Halo Top, Enlightened and Vixen Kitchen, we’re seeing greater focus on including “better for you” ingredients. Image via Enlightened's Official Facebook Page
Cold and flu season has arrived and soon you’ll likely find yourself strolling down the medicine aisle at your local supermarket. But solutions to those common viruses and their pesky symptoms can actually be found throughout the store. A number of widely known food ingredients are proven to be effective at preventing and treating colds and flu.
Bacon. It’s almost always on my shopping list, and I’m not the only one. In fact, 80.6% of American households used bacon in 2015 (Statista). As someone who owns a pig-shaped, cast iron bacon press, I was obviously excited to hear that Saturday, July 20th is Bacon Lovers’ Day. There’s just something great about waking up to the sizzling sound of bacon being fried. And whether you like your bacon in the morning with eggs, in the afternoon on a nice BLT sandwich, or maybe even for dessert on a maple-bacon cupcake, the world has created a bacon dish for you.
Many beer brewers are now going to voluntarily include a serving facts statement on their products. The new labels will still include alcohol by volume but will also now list calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and include a freshness date. They’ll also be disclosing ingredients in a full list on the label or on a website accessible via a scannable code on the packaging. This is a result of the Beer Institute’s Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative announced in July. Image via Bookfinch
President Obama has signed the GMO labeling bill into a law. The mandatory disclosure of the use of GMO ingredients is the latest reaction to an ongoing consumer mandate for transparency from brands and manufacturers. Image via International Rice Research Institute
Why settle for just putting maple-syrup on pancakes and french toast? After a record harvest of maple syrup this year, new recipes are emerging featuring this sweet ingredient. Recently, we talked about another great sweetener: honey. This week, we looked at all the ways maple syrup is being used, from breakfast items to seafood and just about everything in between.
According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, in 2012, consumers spent over $1.7 billion on hot dogs in supermarkets alone. This doesn’t even include all the hot dogs purchased at baseball games and summer get togethers. There’s no question that Americans love their hot dogs! While the toppings may vary by region (in Chicago we like our hot dogs with onions, green relish, mustard, tomato, sport peppers, a pickle spear, and some celery salt!) hot dogs are enjoyed all across the nation. Image via the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
Honey consumption per person in the US has nearly doubled in the last 25 years and continues to make a beeline north. According to the National Honey Board, we’re currently consuming an average of nearly one pound (0.9 pounds) of honey per person compared to just 0.5 pounds in 1990.
Mmm, World Chocolate Day. A day to pile on the Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M’s -- in moderation, of course. (Nope, we’re not playing favorites here. These are the three chocolate brands consumers voted as their top picks in 2015.)
Happy Friday and happy National Ice Cream Month! Yes, every July the dairy gods bless us with the holiest of celebrations: An entire month dedicated to our favorite frozen treat. If you’ve been following our DataBite series, you know we’re fans of tapping into our product data engine to uncover interesting intel about grocery product categories. And what yummier of a category than ice cream to get the scoop on.