Mistakes often lead to serendipitous innovation, with stainless steel and chocolate-chip cookies having their roots in failed inventions and aborted experiments. The key, writes Joseph Artese, is to tolerate failure so people can learn from their mistakes rather than trying to hide them. "Failure is not always a bad thing. In the innovation world it means you are trying to discover and create forward looking products," he writes.
Frontier Airlines will discontinue the free, warm chocolate-chip cookies on its flights once the inventory runs out, the company said. "Frontier is the only domestic low-cost carrier offering a free perishable snack to all customers, which does not align with either the perception or financial reality of the ultra-low-cost business model," said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president.
Data on 193 clinically obese but otherwise healthy adults revealed those who ate a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that included a chocolate cake dessert lost more weight compared with those on a low-carb diet who ate a 300-calorie breakfast. Breakfast is the ideal time to eat sweets, as the body's metabolism is at its peak, and consuming cake or cookies in the morning, along with protein and carbohydrates, helps curb cravings for sweets later in the day, researchers reported in the journal Steroids.
The California Milk Processor Board is trying a new tactic to entice potential milk customers by installing chocolate-chip cookie scent strips in several San Francisco bus shelters, which are also plastered with "Got Milk?" campaign posters. Retailers and food companies are increasingly using scent technology to heighten their brands.
Tate & Lyle, manufacturers of the hit sweetener-substitute leader Splenda,
will see its patents expire beginning next year and likely face
competition from generics. Already Chinese companies are manufacturing the base ingredient, sucralose, and pose the greatest competitive threat, but T&L CEO Iain Ferguson says their scale of operations gives them an eight- to ten-year advantage. Recent gains for the London-based company were ingredient deals in Dannon Light 'n Fit yogurts and Pillsbury chocolate-chip cookie dough, plus a deal to
supply Splenda packets to McDonald's restaurants.