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Tyson and Unilever Won’t Renew GMA Membership in 2018

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Last week, Tyson and Unilever joined a growing list of major food companies leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association after this year. Both announcements come just weeks after Nestlé and Campbell Soup Company made their GMA departure public. Mars and Dean Foods also recently left the trade organization. There have now been six major companies to leave the GMA, and the …

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No Change in Food Prices, According to November’s CPI Report

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November was yet another stable month for food prices, according to the latest CPI data. Though there were small increases and decreases within individual categories, food prices overall remained steady. The unadjusted 12-month index now sits at +1.4% for all food. Four of the six major grocery store indexes fell, while dairy and other food from home saw small gains. …

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Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends for 2018

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CHICAGO — PRNewswire/ — Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has today (December 12, 2017) announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year. In 2018: Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste. Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience. Brands who adopt clear and …

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What Keeps Food Safety and Quality Professionals Up at Night?

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Time and resources, according to SafetyChain and The Acheson Group’s 2017 Food Safety & Quality Operations Survey. Four out of five respondents said these were barriers to getting a good night’s sleep. Other insomnia-inducing issues include internal and supplier performance, and visibility and access to data. The survey sought to shed light on the challenges facing today’s food industry and …

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Fort Wayne, Indiana: The Next Big Food Hub?

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When you think of American cities where the food industry flourishes, a large market like Chicago probably comes to mind. But Eric Doden, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (GFW), is on a mission to challenge the idea that the food industry can only thrive in big cities. He wants to provide companies the tools to succeed in smaller markets …

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What the End of Net Neutrality Could Mean for the Food Industry

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December 14 update: The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections by a 3-2 vote. On December 14, the FCC is expected to vote on a measure that eliminates net neutrality. This move could have dire consequences for everyone who uses the internet, including businesses and their customers. For the food industry, ending net neutrality could stifle competition and hinder companies’ …

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Wearable Tech for Food Warehouse Logistics

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Between fitness tracking, augmented reality, and AI, wearable technology is emerging everywhere. But what started out as a novelty for techies has turned into a valuable productivity tool in virtually every industry. Companies around the world have slowly started adopting smart glasses, exoskeletons, and even microchips to streamline everyday tasks. As a result, workplaces are becoming smarter and more connected, …

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France Remains World Leader in 2017 Food Sustainability Index; US and Arab States Show Major Room for Improvement

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LONDON — Behind France is Japan and Germany, also with good performances in food loss and waste; sustainable agriculture; and nutritional challenges. High-income UAE ranks last, while low-income Ethiopia ranks a respectable 12th. The US languishes in 21st place, due to a poor performance in sustainable agriculture and nutritional challenges. France remains at the top of the 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), thanks to high scores across the FSI’s three …

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Everybody Snacks! Nielsen Reports Growth in Individual Snacking Category, Especially Among Healthy Options

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Almost every household in America (98%) purchases single-serve grab-and-go snacking products, pushing the individual snacking category to a value of $33 billion, according to a new report from Nielsen. Annual spending on these products increased 1.1% over last year, driven by large and busy households looking for convenience. While dairy snacks continue to take the lion’s share (22%) of the …