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Online Grocery Shopping is a Booming Business

In News, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

More than 50 million people are purchasing their groceries online, says a new study from the NPD group. The customers most likely to shop for groceries online are men, particularly those between 18 and 44.    Other key points from the study: Millennials and Gen Z are more likely to engage in online grocery shopping than other groups. More than …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Grew in April Following Two-Month Decline

In News, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Agricultural producer sentiment inched up in April following a two-month decline, as reported in the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The boost in optimism came despite the fact that producers and agricultural thought leaders expect the price of corn and soybeans to weaken. Survey results continue to show that sentiment is not determined solely by profitability. The year …

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Oscar Mayer Cleans Up Hot Dog Labels

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Oscar Mayer announced today that they’re cleaning up the label of their iconic hot dog by removing added nitrates and nitrites, artificial preservatives, and by-products. The mere idea of a clean label hot dog might seem like an oxymoron — they’ve long been of those you’ll-only-eat-it-if-you-don’t-know-what’s-in-it kinds of foods. The company’s head of marketing Greg Guidotti admits that “it wasn’t …

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Foster Poultry Farms Recalls 132,000 Pounds of RTE Chicken Due to Plastic Contamination

In News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

Foster Poultry Farms today recalled approximately 131,880 pounds of frozen, RTE breaded chicken patties because of plastic contamination. The products had been shipped to distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Utah, and Washington. The problem came to light after three consumers complained about pieces of clear, soft plastic that, according to FSIS, “originated from the establishment’s packaging materials.” This recall comes almost exactly a …

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Fore! Watch Out for Golf Balls in Your Hash Browns

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

McCain Foods today announced an expansion of its recall of frozen hash browns that may contain golf ball materials, which could pose injury or choking hazards. The initial recall, issued last Friday, was for 2-pound bags of Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns and Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns distributed in nine states. The new recall …

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Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

In News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

Yesterday, the Senate officially confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 87 to 11. Perdue’s nomination drew mostly support and some criticism. He grew up on a farm and has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a long history in the agriculture industry. Supporters see him as someone who will stand …

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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

In News, Regulatory by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

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

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

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 …