In a letter to developers, Apple has detailed a new Food and Drink category that's coming to the App Store in the next few weeks. Apple says that the new category will be populated with apps "that help users cook and bake, mix drinks, manage recipes, find new restaurants and bars, and learn what their friends like to eat and drink." Currently, most of the applicable apps fall into the Lifestyle category. The letter gives developers until July 8th to opt out of having their apps migrated over to Food and Drink, but it's not clear if that means the category will go live on that date or not.
Notably, the category will not include "diet, grocery shopping, coupon clipping, or food-related game apps." MacStories says that the new Food and Drink category is part of a larger redesign related to the imminent launch of iOS 6. Apple has already made changes to its Editor's Choice and App of the Week selections, and also tweaked the storefront's design for iOS 6 devices.