Cheese enriched with plant stanols helped to lower cholesterol levels in subjects, according to results of a new study. Cholesterol-lowering foods could be a lucrative trend, according to industry executives.
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the National Uniformity for Food Act tomorrow, a bill that would standardize certain food safety and labeling laws across all states. Critics complain the law would gut some tough state laws and take away a state's ability to regulate food manufacturers and restaurants within its borders, but food industry representatives say the scope of the bill has been misinterpreted.
Larger retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores and Tesco PLC, increasingly see future growth in the convenience format. Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market stores target people looking for grab-and-go items, while Tesco is preparing to launch a convenience store format in the U.S. it says will follow its Express format, which offers a premium range of 7,000 items, including prepackaged meals.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. snapped up convenience store and fuel supply contract assets from Shell Oil Products US in the Indianapolis area for an undisclosed sum. Couche-Tard says the purchase complements its current Midwest network.