Food Lion reduced prices on thousands of its products in July in an effort to become more competitive and attract new shoppers. Such price cuts might draw more customers in the short term, but it doesn't guarantee long-term loyalty, according to retail expert John Karolefski. "The larger question is whether the lower prices will be sustained or will go away eventually. That information will determine the success of the program at Food Lion or any other grocer deploying such a strategy," he writes.
Coconut water, gaining popularity as a healthful alternative to sports drinks, provides potassium and electrolytes lost during exercise and won't contribute to a sharp increase in blood sugar. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman Andrea Giancoli said coconut water won't replace sodium lost during exercise. However, "if you like it and you can afford it, there's nothing wrong with coconut water, as long as you're choosing a brand without added sugar," Giancoli said.
Jelly Belly Candy is planning a mystery-flavor promotion in January and will offer fans a chance at $10,000 if they can guess the flavor. The bean will be sold in specially marked packages and will offer no clue, with only a white color and a red question mark. Consumers will have through July 2013 to enter the Mystery Flavor Sweepstakes on Jelly Belly's Facebook page.
A cupcake design depicting an overflowing bathtub with Jelly Belly jelly beans as bubbles won the $10,000 grand prize in Jelly Belly's Cupcake Challenge. Photos of cupcakes decorated with the beans were judged on originality, appeal and adherence to contest rules.
A new treat designed by the daughter of Jelly Belly's creator is now available for those with a taste for the unusual. The Rat Dip is a rat-shaped gummy candy that can be dipped in more than 25 different flavors, including green apple, fruit punch and birthday cake.