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Sriracha is so hot, it's cool

Sriracha is so hot, it's cool

Cool mint and spicy peppers were hot at the Winter Fancy Food show in San Francisco, according to a panel of trendspotters.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Price of love has shoppers looking for a good deal

Price of love has shoppers looking for a good deal

True love may be priceless, but U.S. consumers are looking for bargains this Valentine's Day, the National Retail Federation says.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Call for chip-and-PIN technology grows louder

Call for chip-and-PIN technology grows louder

The massive Target data security breach is costing banks and credit unions millions of dollars and increasing pressure on merchants and card issuers to change the way credit cards are swiped.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International

Putting a label on healthy eating

Enhanced food nutrition labels, reduced-sodium initiatives in restaurants and options for exercise and healthier food at airports may make it easier to stick to those New Year resolutions.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Europe's river cruises on a roll

Europe's river cruises on a roll

European river cruises and exotic locales, such as Cuba and Myanmar, that were not so long ago off-limits to U.S. visitors top the list of expected travel trends for 2014, travel experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Sustainability, sourcing top restaurant trends

Sustainability, sourcing top restaurant trends

Local sourcing of meat and seafood tops the list of predicted trends for 2014, according to U.S. chefs.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Shoppers holding back a bit on holiday spending

Shoppers holding back a bit on holiday spending

U.S. shoppers say they're being cautious with their holiday spending this year despite recent signs of economic growth.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
'Webrooming' beats 'showrooming' this holiday season

'Webrooming' beats 'showrooming' this holiday season

"Webrooming" -- researching a product online before going to the store to make the actual purchase -- appears to be the shopping trend to watch this season, according to retail analysts who say brick-and-mortar retailers are finally getting the hang of e-commerce.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
iPads, tablets among top toys for 2013

iPads, tablets among top toys for 2013

Here's hoping Santa gets a big Christmas bonus this year to cover the cost of the tech toys that are topping holiday wish lists this year.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Food tracing a growing concern for global food supply

Food tracing a growing concern for global food supply

Food traceability is a growing concern for both businesses and consumers who want to know exactly where their food is coming from, but the path of the global food supply is a winding one and the increasing complexity of the world's food system can make it difficult to trace products back to their source.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Fast-food wages costly to taxpayers

Fast-food wages costly to taxpayers

CHICAGO, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- While low prices for hamburgers and fries at U.S. fast food restaurants may appear to be good for consumer wallets, the low wages paid to fast-food workers means taxpayers end up paying billions of dollars to cover workers' basic needs, researchers say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Millennials pushing hotels to get up to speed

Millennials pushing hotels to get up to speed

CHICAGO, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The social media-savvy of today's 20- and 30-somethings is driving changes at major hotel brands and shaping the way hotels approach their design and develop guest amenities, travel experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Sniffing out the meaning in 'Sell by' dates

Sniffing out the meaning in 'Sell by' dates

CHICAGO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Hold on before dumping that gallon milk down the sink; just because it's past the "sell-by" date doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be thrown out.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Patience is a virtue when to comes to shopping sense

Patience is a virtue when to comes to shopping sense

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to making smart financial decisions, and taking time before pulling out the wallet can make acquisitions feel worth the wait, University of Chicago researchers say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Kale pops, mixology top specialty food trends

Kale pops, mixology top specialty food trends

Bacon -- by itself, mixed with chocolate or any other concoction -- is still a force with which to be reckoned in the foodie world, but specialty foodmakers are betting their spin on healthier products such as kale, chia seeds and seaweed will take grocery stores by storm in the next year.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
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