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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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What Keeps Food Safety and Quality Professionals Up at Night?

In Food Safety, News by Hilary Smith0 Comments

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?

In News, Trends, Workforce by Hilary Smith0 Comments

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

In News, Regulatory, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

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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Food Industry, Overall Economy Continue to Expand: November PMI Report

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According to the ISM November PMI report, the manufacturing industry expanded for the 15th consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 102nd consecutive month. Once again, the food industry made a strong showing. Here’s what the ISM reports for food, beverage, and tobacco: Growth in new orders Growth in production Growth in employment Slower supplier deliveries Lower inventories …

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Study: Changing Food Prices Could Improve Health Outcomes

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The idea of a national soda tax has been floating around lately, and a few jurisdictions are already giving it a try. But would higher prices on unhealthy foods, and lower prices on healthy ones, be enough to change people’s eating habits in a meaningful way? According to a new study out of Tufts University, the answer might be “yes.” …

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Report: Food and Agriculture Drive 20% of America’s Economy and 28% of Jobs

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The U.S. food and agriculture sectors drive more than 43 million jobs and $1.9 trillion in wages, according to the Feeding the Economy study released last week. The study analyzed the economic impact of the combined food and agriculture industries. They found that the industries combined are directly responsible for almost 23 million jobs. Add to that the supplier economic …

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CPI Report: Food Prices Unchanged in October

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After small increases in August and September, food prices were unchanged in October, according to the CPI report released today. Food at home stays the same For the second month in a row, the index for food from home remained steady, bring the 12-month total to +0.6%. Only one of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in …

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San Francisco Will Require Grocers to Disclose Information About Meat and Poultry Supplier Antibiotic Use

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Last month, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a city ordinance requiring grocery stores to report details about antibiotics used in the meat and poultry they sell. Although San Francisco is the first to take this action, it could be the start of a widespread movement to respond to growing consumer concerns regarding antibiotics. The ordinance will make all the …