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.