The Business of Food

The Business of Food

Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries

By Gary Allen (Editor); Ken Albala (Editor); Marion Nestle (Foreword by)

Greenwood Press, Hardcover, 9780313337253, 439pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2007


The business of food and drink is for better and worse the business of our nation and our planet, and to most consumers how it works remains largely a mystery. This encyclopedia takes readers as consumers behind the scenes of the food and drink industries. The contributors come from a wide range of fields, and the scope of this encyclopedia is broad, covering from food companies and brands to the environment, health, science and technology, culture, finance, and more. The more than 150 essay entries also cover those issues that have been and continue to be of perennial importance. Historical context is emphasized and the focus is mainly on business in the United States.

Most entries include Further Reading. The frontmatter includes an Alphabetical List of Entries and a Topical List of Entries to allow the reader to quickly find subjects of interest. Numerous cross-references in the entries and blind entries provide other search strategies. The person and subject index is another in-depth search tool. Sample entries: Advertising, Agribusiness, Altria, Animal Rights, Betty Crocker, Celebrity Chefs, Chain Restaurants, Commodities Exchange, Cooking Technology, Culinary Tourism, Eco-terrorism, Environmental Protection Agency, Ethnic Food Business, European Union, Flavors and Fragrances, Food Safety, Food Service Industry, Genetic Engineering, Internet, Labor and Labor Unions, Marketing to Children, McDonald's, Meat Packing, North American Free Trade Agreement, Nutrition Labeling, Organic Foods, Poultry Industry, Slow Food, SPAM, Television, Trader Joe's, Tupperware, TV Dinners, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, Wine Business.

About the Author
GARY ALLEN is Adjunct Professor, SUNY Empire State College, Highland, New York.

Ken Albala is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Pacific.

Marion Nestle is Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and director of public health initiatives. She is the author of the prize-winning "Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health "(California, 2002) and "Nutrition in Clinical Practice "(1985). She is also coeditor (with L. Beth Dixon) of "Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Nutrition and Food"