The quintessential holiday scene – if not children eagerly unwrapping presents from under the Christmas tree – normally involves a family gathered around a table covered with home-cooked food. The reality is that, for the rest of the year, families don't routinely convene during mealtimes.
Whether your holiday tradition involves a buffet brunch or a sit-down dinner with seven fishes, abundant amounts of food will be featured. And with the cost of food outpacing the rate of inflation over the past year, entertaining your crowd will be pricey.
In an economic climate where many small businesses are struggling to survive, local wineries are experiencing a relative boom. “There are wineries in all 50 states,” says Nancy Childs, Ph.D., professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. “Nationally, there has been a huge resurgence in viewing local wineries as an artisan craft. It parallels the movement of microbreweries.”
<p>Consumers see buying from area farmers and producers as a good way to keep money and jobs close to home, improving the local economy while protecting American jobs. But does buying local really make a significant economic difference?</p>
PHILADELPHIA (February 10, 2012) – The Department of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University will host the sixth annual Food Industry Summit on Thursday, March 8 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A venue for food industry CEOs, presidents and executives to present their insights on major issues and trends, this year’s event will focus on how companies can best use technology to improve their customers' shopping experience.
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 14, 2011) – America’s two largest generations, Baby Boomers and Millennials, jointly comprise 151 million individuals who are responsible for nearly 65 out of every $100 spent in the foodservice industry – this figure will rise to close to $75 within the next ten years. Possessing a firm grasp of their habits and expectations regarding foodservice is invaluable to marketers and will be even more so in the future.
John Stanton, Ph.D., professor of food marketing, and his wife, Carol, believe in the power of education. The couple recently endowed the James J. Neville, S.J. scholarship for students in Saint Joseph's University's food marketing program. Valued at $50,000, this is the third scholarship supported by the Stantons since 2001.