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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #72 --Do We Need More New Foods?
June 12, 2007
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...about the food industry we shop in as parents and educators...and family nutrition and health issues today.
Do we need MORE new foods? The Supermarket Guru shares some thoughts below...and I would agree.
Last week, tens of thousands of food retailers and manufacturers gathered in Chicago's McCormick Place to find the newest food trends ... and the newest products. Which begs the question - do we really need more new food products?
One fact that never ceases to surprise is the dismal performance of new product introductions. According to The Nielsen Company, there were more than 88,000 new items introduced during the past year (ending March 24, 2007), of which 56 percent of them - or more than 49,000 products - were in the food and beverage category, the rest being in non-food grocery and health and beauty care.
Just how does anyone imagine that a supermarket could make room for even 10 percent of these introductions? And why should they? The same study found that just 2.9 percent of these products (2,561 items) actually achieved $1 million or more in sales.
In the food segment, the new products tend to be kid-oriented products - 23 of them are snacks, 12 of them are candy, and 12 of them are cereal.
There also tend to be a lot of new product introductions in categories that make health and wellness claims, such as natural products (4,202), organic (2,405), and more than a thousand items each in categories that include those that offer an absence of a specific fat, make a vitamin/mineral claim, are preservative free, or are whole grain, low fat, low sodium, fat free, and cholesterol free.
So what's the answer? Yes we do need, and want, more new foods - tastier foods, healthier foods, and more innovative packaging for our foods are all great - but just another flavor of the same old product ... fughetaboutit.
1 lb rigatoni
1 head broccoli
2 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 TBSP fresh parsley
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Steam broccoli, remove, set aside, cook rigatoni. In a large skillet, add oil and butter, stir in garlic, saute 1 minute, add broccoli. Transfer pasta into skillet, add peppers and remaining ingredients. Toss well.
Recipe enjoyed and used by the McKnight family!
Check out a new water drink company that was founded by Kara Goldin, a mother of four who cares about providing healthy beverages to families....she talks more below about Hint..
The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor.
No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great.
Sound good? It tastes even better.
We thank you for trying Hint, hope that you and your family enjoy it, and wish you excellent health.
Hint is available in many specialty markets and is also sold in fine spas and hotels. If Hint is not yet available in your favorite store, please ask for it.
Hint is adding new stores, spas and hotels every week and are also interested in school and corporate lunch programs.
What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?
Celebrating Healthy Families 2007
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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