As of February 2006, Orville Redenbacher's and ACT II microwave popcorn brands will be free of trans fats, ConAgra Foods announced. "By the end of 2006 ConAgra Foods expects to eliminate or significantly reduce trans fat so that it will be at zero grams or minimized levels for the vast majority of our products," a ConAgra official said.
With studies indicating consumers have less time to shop for groceries, supermarkets are offering more convenience foods, such as take-home "meal solutions" and ready-to-go-meals from local restaurants. Food makers also are getting in on the act, with Banquet expanding its Crock Pot classics line and Menu Fresh offering ready-to-eat fajita kits.
Ethnic foods appealing to Hispanic, Asian and African-American
consumers now constitute one out of every seven dollars spent on
groceries, says ethnic marketing expert Terry Soto. Some of these
sales come from non-ethnic consumers, but Hispanic families alone spent
$686 billion last year in U.S. food purchases, making an average 26
grocery trips per month to stores that offer appropriate products and
services, according to a new report from a retail industry group.
Bravo's documentary about the 2004 Pillsbury Bake-Off highlights amateur cooks using ready-made dough to create simple, easy-bake dishes. Competitors for the $1 million prize also can make use of other General Mills products in their recipes.