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Food at Home Prices Decline in August: CPI Report

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Food prices increased 0.1% in August, bringing the unadjusted 12-month increase to 1.1%, according to the latest CPI data. The increase was due almost entirely to the food away from home index, which was up 0.3%. Food at home prices declined for the second time since February. Grocery indexes decline, except cereal and bakery Five of the six major grocery …

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Competitive Innovation is Increasing. Are Food Manufacturers Ready?

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Nine out of 10 senior manufacturing industry executives expect the “competitive importance and pace of innovation” to increase as companies adopt new technologies, according to a new survey by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. The technologies in question are the digital tools and strategies commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. The survey found that manufacturers plan to focus their innovation …

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Today’s Millennial: Tomorrow’s Organic Parent

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Organic Trade Association survey signals big new wave of organic consumers on the horizon Twenty-five percent of the Millennials in America are parents. In the next 10 to 15 years, 80 percent of Millennials will be moms and dads. What this means for the organic market could be transformative. A new and expanded survey on the organic attitude of U.S. …

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Farmers Less Optimistic, But Still Feeling Pretty Good

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Farmers reported less optimism in August, according to the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. While producer sentiment is significantly off of its January high, it’s still much higher than it was all of last year. The researchers speculate the current downturn is due to lower grain and oilseed prices. The survey included a new question this time around, asking famers …

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Mars Announces $1 Billion Investment in Sustainability

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Mars announced yesterday that it will invest approximately $1 billion in its Sustainable in a Generation Plan. That plan includes efforts to fight climate change as well as tackle social challenges. The company has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050; increasing income, respecting human rights, and unlocking opportunities for women; and helping people and …

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Food Companies Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Updated September 6, 2017 As Hurricane Harvey pummels parts of Texas and Louisiana, corporations and individuals are stepping up to help with the relief efforts. Many food and beverage companies have announced contributions, everything from cash to meals. Here’s the list of food companies who’ve announced donations so far: Amazon Inc. and Whole Foods Market are matching up to $1 …

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85% of Manufacturers Use Content Marketing; 97% Report Success

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Manufacturers are steadily warming up to the idea of content marketing. CMI’s Manufacturing Content Marketing: 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America, released last November, found that 85% of manufacturers use content marketing, and 97% of those who use it report some level of success. In addition, 80% agree that content marketing is an important component of their marketing program, and almost …

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10 Food Industry Giants Bet Big on Blockchain

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Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever, and Walmart have partnered with IBM on a blockchain initiative to boost the safety of the food supply chain, the technology company announced Tuesday. Blockchain is a digital ledger system that has the potential to provide the type of supply chain transparency that both consumers and …

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FDA Launches Food Safety Plan Builder to Help Businesses Comply with FSMA Requirements

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To help businesses meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities. The Food Safety Plan Builder (FSPB) is a free software application, developed …

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Food Prices Tick Up in July: CPI Data

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After holding steady in June, food prices ticked up 0.2% in July, according to the latest Consumer Price Index report. That brings the total increase over the past 12 months to 1.1%. Proteins, produce, and dairy prices rose The overall increase was driven largely by meat, poultry, fish, and eggs, which gained 0.7% in July, after increasing 0.6% in June. …