More than 50% of Americans report having tried self-checkout lanes in grocery and other retail stores, and the technology is probably here to stay, analysts say. The do-it-yourself checkouts save retailers money and can help shorten lines at staffed checkout stations, but labor unions worry they may eventually replace real people.
Coca-Cola is poised to expand its market share in China after retooling its supply chain to more directly serve smaller towns and rural areas, thus avoiding large wholesalers that drove up prices. China, now Coke's sixth-largest market, is set to become the world's largest beverage market within a decade, a company official said.
Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman announced yesterday her department will dedicate an additional $70 million to test more than 200,000 cattle per year for BSE, up from the current 40,000. The tests will include up to 20,000 healthy cattle that ate feed produced before 1997, when the FDA put new restrictions on cattle feed.
Artificial sweeteners are huge business, especially in a more carb-conscious America, but none of the current crop of sugar substitutes tastes quite like the real thing, and none are as versatile as real sugar. Researchers continue to seek the holy grail of artificial sweeteners: one that will activate both sweet-flavor taste receptors on the human tongue.