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.
Restaurant jobs are no longer the after-school work option of choice for U.S. teens, and in many ways the positions have become a last resort for lesser-educated workers and recent immigrants, writes The Food Connector's Ed Zimmerman. To ensure a reliable and productive workforce, restaurants must improve pay, benefits and working conditions, he argues.
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.
Buzz about this year's presidential election has inspired candy makers across the country to make themed treats such as donkey- and elephant-shaped truffles. Some have even incorporated flavors from Hawaii, Sen. Barack Obama's birthplace, and Arizona, for Sen. John McCain.