But it’s also a generational thing, he said: “Younger people have been weaned on spicier foods, while the growth of the Hispanic community is also feeding into the trend for spicier foods.”
The fact that Sriracha (a hot chili paste) emerged as one of the top three flavors in PepsiCo’s ‘Do us a flavor’ competition for Lay's potato chips earlier this year is also a sign of how hot and spicy is becoming more mainstream, he added.
I think about this too with the various "gasoline" rewards promotions by supermarket companies. In our area that's Safeway (which runs the program nationally, and has gas stations out west) and Giant.
Giant has a couple locations that sell gas too, and is opening up one location in Chevy Chase that only sells gas and offers the ability to pick up online grocery orders (see "Peapod by Giant opening first stand-alone pick-up location" from Bethesda Magazine; image from the article). The newest one is in Bethesda.
(Note that Giant-Eagle, the supermarket chain in Western Pennsylvania, has a dedicated convenience store-gas station division called GetGo. It carries Giant-Eagle brand goods, among other items. Kroger also owns a bunch of convenience store chains, with names different from their supermarket chains, such as Turkey Hill.)
Or how Safeway often has a promotion on the weekends where you get a cash discount if you buy $75 of groceries in one transaction. This is a promotion definitely oriented to drivers, who find it easy to transport large purchases.
What about those of us who bike, walk, or take transit to and from the grocery store? And because of this, maybe we shop a little more frequently, and make smaller purchases, below $75, but more than $75 in total. How do automobile-related promotions help us?
When choosing a home, only a third of adults aim to settle near relatives
Property size, crime rates, school district and the existence of anearby Whole Foods are among the many variables couples consider when shopping for a new home. Proximity of the in-laws? Not so much.
Topping the list of concerns for U.S. adults is home size, with some 70% of those with kids (and 66% of those without) citing it as the most important factor in a home search, in a new survey by real estate website Trulia and market research firm Harris Interactive. Crime rate, school district and length of commute were also top concerns for families. Perhaps more surprising, however, was that only 33% of adults with children and 29% of adults without said the location of family members is important.
In a report on the status of families, the Census Bureau on Tuesday said 13.6% of Americans ages 25 to 34 were living with their parents in 2012, up slightly from 13.4% in 2011. Though the trend began before the recession, it accelerated sharply during the downturn. In the early 2000s, about 10% of people in this age group lived at home.
When you look at the fertility rate (births per 1,000 women aged 15-44), which takes into account the rise in the number of women in peak childbearing age, the story looks a lot worse. American fertility hit a new all-time low in 2011, at barely 63 births per 1,000 potential mothers.
Children and family formation have a massive, disproportionate effect on the economy. There are the obvious beneficiaries—makers of everything from diapers to baby formula to cribs—but the most important effects show up elsewhere.
How far away is your nearest grocery store? If you live out west, probably much further than the rest of the country, as shown by this visualization of America's "food deserts," where the closest grocery is miles away.
Flowing Data put together this look at the kind of access Americans have to food, using data from Google Maps. When you look at the map, you see a series of red lines of varying lengths. They start at towns and end at the nearest grocery stores. In places like the population-dense metropolitan area stretching from Washington, D.C. to New York City, where there are grocery stores every couple of blocks, the lines are just about undetectable. However in rural West Texas, where stores are few and far between, the lines resemble miniature explosions.
And long distances to Kroger or Publix seem to be pretty normal for a huge chunk of Americans. Flowing Data shows that for 36 percent of the country, the closest store is more than ten miles away, and the median distance is seven miles. The map looks about like what you'd expect—in rural areas there are fewer stores, whereas in urban areas there are a lot of choices. Of course, easy access to food is an important thing to have. So next time you complain about how hard it is for you to drive five minutes or walk a few blocks to get some milk, think about how the other half lives.
"The kitchen is sort of disappearing," Lenzi says, at least in the sense of a territorially bounded space. "Now it's part of the overall environment. [...] Kitchen appliances need to become part of that overall connected system." That "system" is what you may have heard called the "Internet of things" (or the "industrial Internet" in GE-speak) by futurists and designers.
While some critics have questioned the necessity of a Wi-Fi-equipped toaster, GE's project sheds some light on the motivations for why we'd even want to have interconnected kitchen systems. As homes shrink, you can save space by finding appliances that do more than one thing, like an entertainment center that also has cooking capabilities, for example. Or a refrigerator could be part of a system that takes inventory, suggests recipes based on what's about to go bad, curates shopping lists, and places orders for food delivery.
Could you look yourself in the eye, then load your grocery cart up with root beer and ice cream bars? No, literally. Stakeholders ranging from from physicians to grocers want Americans to buy (and eat) more fresh produce and less junk food, but how can they do that without a complete overhaul of the food system? With gentle nudges.
In the US, there are now 456,000 "beginning farmers", defined by the government as those with less than a decade's experience.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, they are less likely than established farmers to receive government subsidies, and more likely to be college educated and have jobs off the farm.
They also earn less from farming, and work smaller farms - though they aren't necessarily younger than their more established peers.
Although official statistics have yet to show an increase in the number of these novice farmers, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. There are now more than 8,000 farmers' markets across the US, a 38% increase in five years, and up from a few hundred a generation ago.
The value of existing and potential electricity supply resources depends mostly on how much and when they operate. Because the electric industry currently lacks large-scale storage, supply is adjusted in real time to match demand. Electricity demand varies significantly from moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day, and season to season. Thus, the pattern of electricity demand dictates the type, size, and timing of supply needs.
Demand patterns are not the only factor in assessing supply value or even the most important one. The commercial viability of existing and planned supply depends on their value relative to other sources of supply. Generally, lower variable cost resources are dispatched before higher cost resouces to minimize operating costs. But demand patterns are also an essential element to the profitability of supply.
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