New product introductions are on the downslide, according to Chicago’s Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), which yesterday reported that total food and drink product launches have been cut in half since last year – that’s a 51% decline from the first quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009.
It's not a secret that I love attending parties. Actually, I almost
like giving them as much, the only deterrent being that there's so much
more work involved than just showing up and being a bon vivant.
I kept thinking, “I'm sure we'll all catch up on sleep next week.” Because on
the World Cocoa Foundation Ghana Cocoa Tour, there's no lollygagging. Even on
the last day, our roll call started at 7 a.m. sharp.
I could have used another couple of hours of sleep, but my trusty Timex alarm
watch wouldn't allow it. Five o'clock usually comes early any day of the week,
but in Kumasi , Ghana , on Thursday, May 31 st , it seemed to have snuck up on
this traveler terribly quick. (Our buses were scheduled to leave the hotel at
6:15 to take the 8:30 flight to Accra .)
It's not every day you get a chance to meet a king. But that's what our
itinerary for May 30 th called for, specifically a visit to Manhyia Palace in
Kumasi , Ghana , to see the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the king of the Ashanti tribe.
Just a footnote before I file my impressions for Day 3 in Ghana : it's not always as simple to file copy via the Internet as I envisioned. First, there are occasional power outages, even in our hotels.
It had been an interesting travel day on Saturday, May 26, first motoring from
southeastern Germany to Zurich Airport after having had the opportunity to visit
Alfred Ritter several days earlier in Waldenbuch , Germany.
Back in 1999, R&B group TLC dedicated an album to its loyal listeners for their support. The resulting body of semi-serious work was called “Fan Mail.” I’ve long been a fan of fan mail - not just the album by TLC, but fan mail itself.
When my friend’s 15-year-old son, Jake, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease just recently, she e-mailed me to ask for recommended wheat- and gluten-free snacks. Having exhausted the aisles at her local Whole Foods Market (and later, Trader Joe’s), Kathy wondered if I had any additional information or brand names to share. Ironically, I had just begun noticing a steady influx of gluten-free items at my office, including those shared with me by Confection & Snack Retailing sister publication Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery.