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Trump’s Growing Impact on U.S. Food and Agriculture

Food Business News recently reported on Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) predictions for an impending Trump presidency. The report suggests a few ways the food industry might approach and assess the short- and long-term effects of the incoming administration. Markets will remain volatile, Rabobank predicts, as long as uncertainty persists about the impact of Trump’s policy decisions. Global trade agreements …

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New Research Finds Avocado Extract Can Prevent Listeria in Food

November 18, 2016 CHICAGO – Consumer demand for food products formulated without synthetic additives has increased. However, food still has to be safe for consumers to eat, so food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives. Since some additives are needed for food safety reasons, food product developers are faced with the challenge of developing more “natural” additives …

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Food and Ag Industry Unsure of What to Expect in a Trump Administration, Survey Says

FoodNavigator-USA polled their readers on what policies they imagine will affect the food and agriculture industry during Trump’s administration. Results are nearly as divided as the election itself. When asked what impact a Trump presidency would have on the food and beverage industry, 46% of respondents answered with a “negative impact” and 33% predict a “positive impact.” Other results include: …

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Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost a Little Less This Year

Haven’t done your shopping yet for Turkey Day? Great news! That trip to the store will cost a little less this year. This year’s annual informal price survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation found that the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 is just under $50, compared to just over $50 last year. That divides out to less …

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Soft Robotics Development Strengthens Food Safety and Labor Value

A recent Food Processing report reveals developments in industrial robotics that could prove profitable to food manufacturers–but they’ve still got a long way to go. New methods involving air pressure instead of traditional vacuum techniques may help end-of-arm (EOA) tools handle food with greater sensitivity and efficiency in pick, inspect, and place operations. Developments in vision and touch sensing provide the most …

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Potential Food Policy Changes Under Trump

The Associated Press reported recently on several potential food policy changes that could happen under a Trump administration. Food safety laws signed by President Obama and healthy school meal initiatives championed by first lady Michelle Obama face potential revision if criticism during the Trump campaign turns into action once the President-elect takes office. Since many rules take effect after President Obama …

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Sabra Dipping Company Issues Voluntary Recall Of Certain Hummus Products Because Of Possible Health Risks

For Immediate Release November 19, 2016 Contact Consumers Sabra Consumer Relations 1-866-265-6761 Media Ilya Welfeld news@sabra.com 804-431-3167 Announcement Colonial Heights, VA – Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes …

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New Report Indicates Grocers Embracing Digital Transformation

Research firm Carbonview released data on grocery stores and technology, indicating that a digital transformation is already well underway and even accelerating amongst grocers. In this case, digital transformation refers to leveraging new digital technologies for business models, processes, and customer services to grow sales, increase productivity, and improve the shopping experience through the addition of new services and streamlined …

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Millennial “Foodies” Challenge the Supply Chain

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2016) America’s 75 million Millennials* are devouring organic, and they’re making sure their families are too.  Parents in the 18- to 34-year-old age range are now the biggest group of organic buyers in America, finds a new survey on the organic buying habits of American households released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Among U.S. parents, more than …

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New Report Highlights Big Challenges Facing Food Workers in 2016

A new report from the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Solidarity Research Cooperative show that U.S. food workers continue to face numerous challenges. The food system makes up the largest employment sector in the country. However, for many, the jobs come with significant hardships, including stagnant wages and health and safety problems. Key findings of the report: 14% of …