From recalled tomatoes to calorie counts on menus, food and health was a big part of the news in 2008, and it looks to again have a high profile in 2009. Here are five food-related topics and trends to watch for this year.
Customization has been a strong consumer trend in recent years. Shoppers can now buy made-to-order versions of popular items like chocolate bars, coffee and granola online. You can create your own food and health products based on basic criteria like taste and budget, and many customized products are marketed toward addressing specific health or fitness concerns. With new products continuing to hit the market, like German start-up My Muesli, the trend looks set to continue this year.