BagelsBantam Bagels makes the most delicious mini bagel balls stuffed with artisan cream cheeses and now it’s perfectly acceptable to stuff as many as you can in your mouth. To help the New York-based company achieve its goal of donating $10,000 to food banks nationwide by Jan. 31, the team at Food & Drink International stepped up to the challenge – the Bantam Bites Hunger Challenge. 

Auntie Dolores medical cannabis.

The cannabis-infused edibles industry has become increasingly competitive as people everywhere vie for a piece of the business. We expect that to continue as investors get more heavily involved in the industry and California, Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, Maine, Ohio and Massachusetts potentially ask voters next year whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults.

The new year is quickly approaching and with it comes a number of annual marketing reports predicting next year’s hottest industry trends. Although there are some trends, like non-GMO, local and transparency that we know aren’t going anywhere, observers are pointing to tech-driven delivery as the next “Big Disruptor” for 2016.


Consumers have been demanding more transparency when it comes to the ingredients used in our food and the food industry has responded. Despite the ongoing mandatory labeling saga between the government and big food companies, this new initiative could be seen as a move in the right direction. The demand for more information has led food, beverage and consumer products companies to develop an innovative SmartLabel technology initiative that will give consumers easy and instantaneous access to detailed information about thousands of products.

Rustic Thankgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving just two days away, I do not envy those who have yet to complete their in-store grocery shopping. If you don’t know already, bewarned: grocery stores this week will make you want to skip the holiday all together. At least it did for me the first time I hosted for my family and grossly underestimated how many others would be frantically finishing their shopping list the day before too. Leaving work that Wednesday evening so many moons ago as a naïve 20-something, I thought the store would be a ghost town except for the few like myself who didn’t have the day off and needed to pick up a few items. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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