McCormick has finalized its acquisition of Stubb's premium barbecue sauce seller One World Foods for about $100 million, expanding the company's portfolio of grilling products. The company forecasts annual sales of $30 million this year, with double-digit annual growth during the next several years.
Drinking vinegars are hard to classify and shelve since they can fit into many categories, from sports drink to cocktail mixer. The Vermont Switchel Company, which manufactures a variety made with apple cider vinegar, ginger and molasses, is hesitant to limit its product to one area of the store, but recognizes that it is the best way to ensure growth. "The industry wants [Switchel] to be neatly categorized ... Part of me wants the world to bend so that it doesn't have to be, but I know that won't happen," said founder Susan Alexander.
As executive chef for the Zac Brown Band, Rusty Hamlin has organized more than 120 "eat and greet" events, feeding fans of the country music with his fresh take on Southern food. He uses local ingredients for dishes including a salad of heirloom tomatoes, smoked corn, pickles and edamame, topped with a vinaigrette of molasses, pickle juice and whiskey.
A pilot program at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital is comparing the long-term safety and efficacy of two methods of helping diabetics lose weight and reduce their medications. About half of participants will get weight-loss surgery and half will participate in a weight-loss program created for obese patients with diabetes.
Gluten-free foods are beneficial to people with celiac disease, but don't promote weight loss or boost nutrition, experts say. "Many packaged gluten-free products are even higher in carbs, sugar, fat and calories than their regular counterparts, and they tend to be lower in fiber, vitamins and iron," said a registered dietitian on the medical advisory board of the Celiac Disease Foundation.