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PepsiCo’s 2025 Sustainability Agenda

In News, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

PepsiCo, Inc. announced today a 2025 global sustainability agenda, “designed to foster continued business growth in a way that responds to changing consumer and societal needs.” This announcement comes on the heels of a Reuters report of confidential negotiations between PepsiCo and KeVita to acquire the sparkling probiotic drink brand. Pepsi’s move to acquire KeVita, in which they already hold a minority …

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Survey: Consumers Prefer Natural Sugars, Want to Limit Sugar Intake

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

According to a recent study commissioned by BENEO, most U.S. consumers are trying to limit their sugar intake, and many are trending toward sweeteners that are perceived as healthier options, such as honey. Here are some highlights. Consumers pay attention to sugar levels in their foods. 57% of respondents said they try to cut their sugar intake. Major reasons include: …

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Survey: Food Policy Should Be Part of the Presidential Debates

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

According to a recent survey from FoodMinds, consumers think food policy issues should be part of the presidential conversation. They also believe society has a growing responsibility to help people make good food choices. The Food Temperance in America study surveyed “opinion leader shoppers” to learn their views on various food issues, including government intervention, food choices, and nutrition information. Here are …

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The Skinny on GRAS : FDA’s Final Rule for “Generally Safe” Ingredients

In Food Safety, News by Heather Brown0 Comments

This summer, the FDA rolled out a final rule on GRAS substances. The comment period for the rule is open until it takes effect on October 17. GRAS status depends on evidence and recognition within the community of food and drug experts. To gain GRAS status, substances must meet a few interconnected criteria: Scientific evidence that can be used to …

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USDA Brings Food Stamps Online in Response to Congress and Corporate Petitions

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The USDA issued a call last month to food companies, asking them to apply for an upcoming pilot program to make food stamps available for online grocery purchases. The program responds to a letter from Senator Cory Booker and Representatives Tim Ryan and Barbara Lee, urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to accelerate efforts to digitize food benefits. In June, …

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Nestlé USA Initiates Voluntary Recall of Nestlé® Drumstick® Club 16 Count Variety and 24 Count Vanilla Pack Due to Possible Health Risk

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Glendale, CA,Oct 7, 2016 Nestlé USA, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of its Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack (with cones marked for easy individual sale) due to a possible health risk. The two pack sizes contain 4.6 fl.oz. cones and were manufactured in Bakersfield, Calif. and distributed nationally. No other production codes, …

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Grocery Prices Reaching Competitive Lows, Benefitting Shoppers

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Grocery costs on average are down 2% from last year. Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs are down 7%, and raw ground beef is down 9%, according to the Associated Press. Demand has dampened for foods most affected by drought and animal sickness. Instead of maintaining prices and pocketing savings, retailers are racing to rock-bottom prices as a way of winning over …

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Survey: Automation and Increased Output Are Key Food Industry Trends

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

Automation tops the list of food industry trends, and most processors expect their throughput to go up this year, according to The 2016 State of Food Manufacturing survey from Food Engineering magazine. Here are a few more highlights from the survey, which covers everything from output and equipment, to food safety and social responsibility. Responses were collected from professionals throughout …

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Report: Food Prices Unchanged in August

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

This August, consumer prices for food remained steady for the second month in a row, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). However, there were significant differences among certain food sectors, as detailed below. Prices continued to decline for food at home, and rise for food away from home. Though the …