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Food Industry Venture Capital Seeks Stakes in Startup Innovation

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Food and food tech startups can add Kellogg’s to their growing list of potential investors. The cereal giant announced Monday they’ve established a venture capital fund to invest in “companies pursuing next-generation innovation, bolstering access to cutting-edge ideas and trends.” Included in its mandate are pioneers of new ingredients, foods, packaging, and food-related technology. According to Fortune,’s John Kell, many …

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Baby and Toddler Food Market Set for Growth Spurt

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According to Lauren Hartman at, new research from Mintel predicts a boom in the baby food market following five years of sluggish growth. Neilsen’s 2015 Global Baby Care Survey corroborates the predictions, showing the fastest growth in developing markets, although 46% of baby food sales still comes from the U.S. and Europe. Hartman reflects that sales may have slowed because …

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Whole Foods Cited by FDA for “Serious Violations”

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A Whole Foods facility in Everett, MA has been found by the FDA to be in serious violation of the rules of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP). The warning letter addressed June 8, 2016 to John Mackey and Walter Robb, Co-CEOs of Whole Foods, Inc., cited an inspection at the company’s Market North Atlantic Kitchen facility where foods were “prepared, packed, …

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Report: Food and Beverage Plant Construction Grows

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Plant construction projects in the food and beverage industry grew by more than 9% in 2015, according to Food Engineering magazine’s 39th Annual Plant Construction Survey. The survey lists planned, in-process, and completed projects that are valued at more than $1 million. Below are more details. General statistics Reportable construction projects grew 9.3% in 2015, representing their highest level in 10 years. …

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Report: Worker Safety Improves in the Meat and Poultry Industry

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Injury and illness rates in the meat and poultry industry are on the decline, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, the report finds that hazardous conditions remain. The government also faces challenges in gathering relevant data. Here are some highlights from the GAO’s report. Overall trends and statistics Injury and illness rates in the …

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Report: U.S. Spirits Sales Rose in 2015

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The U.S. spirits industry has good reason to raise a glass. At its annual briefing in February, the Distilled Spirits Council reported that sales of U.S. spirits grew steadily in 2015. Whiskey sales were particularly strong, and only one liquor, rum, saw a decrease in revenues. Read on for highlights, or view the full report here. General spirits sales in …

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GMO Safety Study Made Simple [Infographic]

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In a 407-page report released last month, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed the safety of genetically engineered and modified crops and foods, stirring a widespread response from the food community. This infographic from GMOAnswers simplifies the process and findings: Watch the announcement briefing and committee Q&A or download the free PDF summary for the full report. Source: GMOAnswers. …

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USDA Publishes Guide to Help Convenience Stores Sell Healthier Foods

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PHILADELPHIA, JUNE 2, 2016 The USDA yesterday announced The Healthy Corner Stores Guide, which provides information, strategies, and resources for organizations interested in making healthy foods and beverages available in corner stores (convenience stores) within their communities. “USDA is committed to encouraging neighborhood stores to stock and sell healthier food and beverage items. “Families in low-income areas rely on corner stores …

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FDA Draft Guidance for Reducing Sodium in Processed and Prepared Foods

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The FDA yesterday released draft guidance for public comment that provides “practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry.” Short-term (two-year) and long-term (10-year) voluntary targets aim for a daily sodium intake of 2,300 milligrams per day, down from a current average of 3,400 milligrams per day. Feedback from stakeholders is encouraged during the 90- and 150-day comment periods. The guidance proposes “feasible …

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IFBA Members Commit to Global Trans-fat Phase-out by 2018

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Members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) pledged earlier this month to phase out industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFAs) in all their products by the end of 2018 at the latest. IFBA’s commitment supports The World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, 2013 -2020, which calls on member states to implement policies …