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CPI Data: Food Costs Continue to Rise in March

In News, Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The upward trend of food costs continues. In March, the overall food index rose 0.3%, following a 0.2% increase in February, according the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report. Here’s a closer look at the March Index numbers. Steady price hikes for food at home and away from home The cost of both food at home and away from home …

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Dead Bat Found in Salad Container Triggers Recall

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The latest food recall doesn’t involve Listeria. The culprit? A winged mammal. A dead bat reportedly found inside a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix in a Florida Walmart sparked a precautionary recall on Saturday and investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, two people from Florida ate from a salad bag before …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Fell in March, Still Relatively High

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Agricultural producer sentiment, as measured by the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, fell in March. This marks the second month of decline, after a 3-month increase following the election. Despite the recent decrease, producer sentiment is still high compared to most months going back to October 2015, when the survey was first conducted. The March decline is due mostly to …

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Consumers Confused About Food Labels: Report

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Consumers around the world find food labels, nutritional information, and food production confusing, according to a new survey by Kynetec, commissioned by The Enough Movement. The results show that 80% of consumers look at food labels and food claims. But labels with “organic,” “no hormones added,” and “antibiotic free” shift consumers’ perceptions about what food labels really mean — and …

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CPI Data: Food Prices Increased in February

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The price of food rose 0.2% for U.S. consumers in February, following a 0.1% increase to start the year, says the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI). Overall, food prices remained flat last month compared to February 2016. The food and drink index increased last month across the board. While it isn’t a competition (or is it?), non-alcoholic beverages topped the …

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Kombucha Bubbles Up 41%

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In 2016, the kombucha market increased 41%, according to a Beverage Marketing Corporation as reported in Beverage Industry. The beverage made its market debut 15 years ago and had a fruitful fermentation of business in its imbiber base before bursting up to $534 million wholesale last year. Kombucha has officially bubbled up the market chain from a foodie novelty to …

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Almost 1M Pounds of Breaded Chicken Recalled Due to Foreign Matter Contamination

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Not many recalls hit the seven-figure mark for pounds recalled. And while the current chicken recall didn’t quite get there, it was pretty darn close. On Thursday, FSIS announced that Oklahoma-based OK Foods was recalling approximately 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken because of possible metal contamination. The problem was discovered earlier this week, when metal objects were found in the RTE chicken …

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IDFA President and CEO Urges Congress to Address Risk Management for Milk Processors and Farmers in Testimony Before House Agriculture Committee

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market. “First and foremost, …