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Kellogg’s Named Top Food Brand for Consumer Engagement

In News, Research by Krista Garver0 Comments

Word of mouth has always been important for brands. And today, a lot of that conversation happens over social media. In a first-of-its-kind study of offline and online consumer engagement, Engagement Labs recently named Kellogg’s the top TotalSocial food brand, followed by Hershey’s and Heinz. The study measured offline and online performance. Offline score reflects how well a brand drives face-to-face …

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Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposes Deep USDA Cuts

In News, Regulatory by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget, the ‘America First’ Blueprint, cuts discretionary spending for the USDA by $4.7 billion to $17.9 billion. Let’s look at the details, how people are reacting, and what the food industry can expect next. Budget details Last week, the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal. In it, the USDA loses about one-fifth of its discretionary …

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Apple Edges Out Pizza for America’s Favorite Pie

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Happy Pi Day! I hope you’re taking this opportunity to celebrate with a slice of your favorite pie, which, according to a Harris poll, is likely to be a sweet pie with delicious filling. Apple pie came out on top in the informal survey, capturing 12% of the favorite pie vote. Pizza was in second place at 10% overall, but was the standout …

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Can Yogurt Cure Depression?

In News, Research by Krista Garver0 Comments

The findings are very preliminary and, so far, only in mice…but, according to Science Daily, new research suggests that a bacteria found in yogurt may be able to reduce symptoms of depression. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine recently found that the amount of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus in the gut affects the level of the metabolite kynurenine (which …

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4 Asian Countries Limit U.S. Poultry Imports Because of Bird Flu

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South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have all taken steps to limit imports of U.S. poultry after the discovery of avian flu on a Tennessee chicken farm, according to a Reuters report. The countries are each taking a different approach. South Korea has banned U.S. poultry and egg imports entirely, Japan and Taiwan have blocked imports from Tennessee, and …

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Listeria-Related Recalls Keep Rolling In

In News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

In what’s starting to feel like old news, more recalls have been issued in the nationwide incident related to Listeria found in cheese from supplier Deutsch Kase Haus. The three newest recalls were issued by Three Ready Pac Foods, which last week recalled nearly 60,000 pounds of chicken salad; Lipari Foods, which just today recalled various bulk and retail cheeses that had been distributed to foodservice and …

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Chobani Tops List of World’s Most Innovative Companies in Food

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Chobani, the company made Greek yogurt a staple in fridges across America, was named by Fast Company as the #1 Most Innovative Company in Food and the #9 Most Innovative Company of the Year across all industries. Fast Company gives Chobani points for taking on competitors directly in their ad campaigns, aggressively pursuing new product development, and funding a healthy-living food incubator. Chobani founder …

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Q4 Food and Beverage Recalls Hit Highest Level Since 2010

In Food Safety, News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS Recall Index, there were 246 FDA food recalls in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s an increase of 12% over the previous quarter and the highest number we’ve seen since at least Q1 2010. At the same time, USDA recalls fell 16% to 32. For FDA recalls, the top 3 food categories were: Supplements (28.2%) Baked …

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Nestle, Tyson Earn Top Spots on Fortune’s Most Admired Lists for Food

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Nestle is the world’s most admired consumer food products company, while Tyson is the top food production company, according to Fortune Magazine’s new analysis. Every year, Fortune surveys executives at the highest-revenue companies in the Fortune 500 database to determine who has the best reputation based on nine ranking criteria: Innovation People management Use of corporate assets Social responsibility Quality of management Financial …

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Cheese Woes Continue as Recall Expands

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to Food Safety News, another 130 products have now been recalled in an incident that started earlier this month after Listeria was found in cheese sold at a Tennessee retail outlet. No illnesses have been reported. However, it can take up to 70 days for symptoms to appear. The ripple effect is being felt across the industry, as many secondary products (like RTE sandwiches and …