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Strengthening the Specialty Food Industry: Specialty Food Association & Food Marketing Institute Announce Alliance

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NEW YORK, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Specialty Food Association (SFA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have announced the launch of a strategic partnership focused on the $127 billion specialty food category. This relationship will bring together SFA and FMI members to strengthen business development, engage in food safety training, and increase understanding of the growing specialty food industry. …

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Fresh Veggie Prices Soar in April, Food Prices Still Increasing: CPI Data

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Fresh veggies got 5.1% more expensive last month, says the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report. This represents the category’s largest price hike since February 2011. Despite 4 of the 5 major grocery groups falling in price, the overall food index rose 0.2% in April following +0.3% in March and +0.2% in February. Here’s a closer look how food prices …

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Chocolate, Candy to Become a Less Guilty Pleasure

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In a press release issued this week, several chocolate and candy companies announced that, over the next five years, they will make moves to help consumers manage their sugar intake and make healthier choices by cutting portion sizes, putting calorie information front and center, and providing more consumer education. The companies are Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, …

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Major U.S. Poultry Companies Ditching Antibiotics

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Top U.S. poultry companies are ending human antibiotic use in their supply chain by implementing disinfectant wipes, sterilizing fog, and immune-supporting herbs. Tyson, KFC, and Perdue, among other producers, are shifting their approach to poultry health due to consumer demand for meat raised without human antibiotics and to address the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans. Tyson Foods announced in …

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[SPONSORED WEBINAR] Combustible Dust: 5 Things You Need to Understand on the Road to Compliance

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Did you know that almost every food ingredient has the potential to become combustible dust? According to this infographic, the food industry is responsible for nearly 1 in 4 combustible dust incidents. And those incidents can be expensive in terms of worker health and safety, facility damage, and OSHA fines. On May 16, Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums is hosting a free …

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3 Food Companies Make DiversityInc’s Top 50

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Kellogg Company, Monsanto, and McCormick & Co. all made this year’s list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity according to DiversityInc. DiversityInc, which has been publishing this list since 2001, uses several ranking factors to assess how proactive companies are about hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans. Their survey includes more than 200 questions, …

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Pork and Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

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WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that frozen ready-to-eat fried chicken and pork sausage products produced by Pinnacle Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Tenn. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pinnacle Foods, Inc. has already recalled these products in its recall …

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Online Grocery Shopping is a Booming Business

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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

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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

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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 …