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Study: Consumers Value Food Naturalness, Whatever That Is

In Research by Krista Garver0 Comments

Results of a new study show that food naturalness is very important to consumers and that this factor influences what people eat. But there’s a trick: there’s no agreed-upon definition of naturalness, in the industry or among consumers. The study, published in the journal Trends in Food Science & Technology was a meta-analysis of 72 studies that collectively involved more …

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What’s Behind the Growing Alternative Protein Market?

In Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

As population growth outpaces the world’s food supply, smart food manufacturers need to develop new protein sources out of plants, algae, and insects to rely less and less on livestock, according to CB Insights’ Feeding the Future report. By 2050, the global population will reach 9.6 billion people (we’re currently at 7.5 billion) and available calories need to increase by …

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A Water-Resistant, Antimicrobial, Edible Food Wrap? Yes!

In Research by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Food science researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new edible film wrap to keep food fresh. Professor Yanyun Zhao and her team have created edible film in the past, but unlike other edible films, this one is water resistant and antimicrobial. The secret? Combining crustacean shells and cellulose. Chitosan is a fiber from shrimp and crab shells. It’s …

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The Millennial Love List: Healthy Snacks, One-Stop Shopping, and Authentic Brands

In Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Millennials want healthy snacks, one-stop shopping trips, and brand ethos, according to the Condé Nast and Goldman Sachs 2017 Love List. This is the first time the study included food. The survey showed that Millennials want healthy snacks. Out of the snack brands that made the list, 75% are health focused, including Angie’s and Noosa Yoghurt. Millennials are also one-stop …

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Lead Found in 20% of Baby Food

In Research by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% in other foods, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF evaluated data collected and assayed by the FDA between 2003 and 2013. The report found that lead was most common in fruit juices, root vegetables, and cookies. Grape juice topped …

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Product Development Teams Cleaning Up Labels in 2017: Report

In News, Research by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

New survey results from Food Processing’s 46th annual R&D survey show that R&D teams are focusing on cleaning up product labels in 2017, ignited by big label changes initially set for 2018, but now delayed, like GMO labeling and the new nutrition fact label. Here are some of the survey highlights. Added sugars, GMO ingredients, and sodium are on the …

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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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Potassium-Rich Food Reduces Blood Pressure? Study Says Yes

In Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

What do sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans — and even coffee — have in common? The ability to lower blood pressure, even in high sodium diets, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology. The researchers Alicia McDonough, Luciana Veiras, Claire Guevara, and Donna Ralph looked at the relationship between blood pressure and dietary sodium, potassium, …

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Consumers Confused About Food Labels: Report

In News, Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Consumers around the world find food labels, nutritional information, and food production confusing, according to a new survey by Kynetec, commissioned by The Enough Movement. The results show that 80% of consumers look at food labels and food claims. But labels with “organic,” “no hormones added,” and “antibiotic free” shift consumers’ perceptions about what food labels really mean — and …