In the world of countertop drinks appliances, there are two clear leaders: in one corner, we have Sodastream, the undisputed champ of home soda making. In the other, Keurig, which has beaten back all other challengers to its proprietary-coffee-pod-system crown. So far, the two have grown their share in their respective markets without clashing.
Brooklyn's foodie scene just keeps growing; what started as a few farm-to-table restaurants and underground dining clubs has grown into an entire ecosystem. No other place is so closely watched by the big tastemakers - which is why we went to this year's Future Food Expo, part of Taste Talks, keen to interview the latest startups.
In your estimation, how often do low- and middle-income consumers cook at home? A recent study, published in the sociology journal Contexts examined that question in depth, and had some interesting findings. Vox interviewed one of the scientists behind the paper, and the resulting article is absolutely worth reading in full.
Remember e-ink? For a moment around 2010, it looked poised to take the world by storm. While Amazon continues to use it for some Kindles - and some would say it still makes for the most readable display - it never really caught on in broader applications. But it's not dead; it remains perhaps the most power-efficient way to run a digital screen, and that feature means e-ink is showing up in some unexpected places.
While the efforts to purge BPA from plastic bottles are well known, there are still some unexpected places where the chemical can show up. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the thermal paper used in receipts can actually transfer a measurable amount of BPA through the skin, and the race was on to find a suitable replacement.
Ever had a particularly exhausting day shopping at Ikea and found yourself looking longingly at those beds in the showroom? Soon, your napping fantasy could be a reality. Ikea Australia recently announced that they'd be listing some of their showroom beds on AirBnB, letting consumers actually spend the night in the ultimate immersive Ikea experience.
Adults don’t get the summer off, the way kids do, but there are some compensatory pleasures – like a nice cold beer. Some recent beer offerings, however, seem to be playing directly to consumers’ nostalgia for childhood.
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What does true brand loyalty look like? Well, you can't do much better than WhatsApplebee's, a new iOS app independently created by programmer Mike Lazer-Walker to let Applebee's fans network with each other. He's labeled it "The Most Exclusive New Social Network," and given that it will only work while the user is physically inside an Applebee's location, that might just be true.
Bitter Italian liqueurs, known as amari, have been on our trend radar for a little while now. Though their recent reemergence was led by bartenders and mixologists, it's not because these cocktail thought-leaders were adding them to menus; instead, amari became popular because drink mixers were downing them after-hours as a way to end the night and reinvigorate tired tastebuds. Word got out, of course, and we're now in the midst of a revival of complex, bitter cocktails.