Americans will spend nearly $2.4 million on Halloween candy this year, and chocolate ranks as the favorite for 72%, according to the NCA. Candy corn came in a distant second at 12%, and gummies, chewy and hard candy, lollipops, licorice, gum and mints all combined for only 16%. Seventy-four percent of households plan to hand out candy this year, of which 72% say they will give two or three pieces per trick-or-treater, this article says.
More than half of Americans will offer traditional chocolate candies to trick-or-treaters this year. According to NCA's 2009 Halloween Survey, hard candy and lollipops, chewy and gummy candies, gum, and caramel treats also are in the Top 5 treats this year.
A federal district judge has ruled fees associated with "the other white meat" program violated hog farmers' right to free speech and association. Hog farmers from four Midwestern states said the advertisements promoted their competitors' interests.
Following the recent trend in better-for-you foods, the convenience store chain has begun selling organic cookies at 600 of its Southern California stores. The cookies are manufactured by Organica Foods, a new food company.
The White House has acknowledged that the meat inspection system has lapses, and food safety standards are not enforced. The current system calls on the meat industry to detect and correct its own problems. The USDA is planning to position its food inspection service arm with the same presence and level of authority as the FDA.