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Transparency, Healthy Choices Critical for Long-Term Success in Shifting Marketplace

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Food retailers and manufacturers should focus on transparency and healthy choices for consumers to ensure long-term success, according to the 2017 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report. The report examines the shifting marketplace, including consumer shopping trends, retailer success strategies, and the demand for transparency across the entire supply chain. A changing marketplace The “who” and the “where” of grocery shopping …

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Food & Beverage Companies Predict Profit Gains, Reveal Growth Strategies

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

2017 is projected to be a profitable year for the food and beverage industry, according to data in the Mazars USA 2017 Food & Beverage Industry Study released last month. Despite the positive outlook, new government regulations, consumer expectations, food safety, and other industry complications pose significant challenges. The annual study provides valuable insight into the trends, challenges, and opportunities …

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85% of Manufacturers Use Content Marketing; 97% Report Success

In Research, Sales and Marketing, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

Manufacturers are steadily warming up to the idea of content marketing. CMI’s Manufacturing Content Marketing: 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America, released last November, found that 85% of manufacturers use content marketing, and 97% of those who use it report some level of success. In addition, 80% agree that content marketing is an important component of their marketing program, and almost …

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Availability, Quality, Delivery Top Factors When Selecting Replacement Part Suppliers

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Product availability, product quality, and on-time delivery are the three most important factors for food processors selecting suppliers for replacement parts, according to the most recent study by Food Engineering. Lowest price, electronic ordering and order tracking, and national or global service capabilities ranked at the bottom. The survey also found that processors are spending less on replacement parts. More than half …

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Consumers Hold Food Companies Responsible for Healthy Diets

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Globally, nearly 9 in 10 consumers say that food companies are responsible for ensuring their diet is healthy, according to a study by Surveygoo and Ingredient Communications, as reported by New Food Magazine. The survey explored where consumers put the burden of responsibility for food healthiness, as well as where consumers get their information about food. Consumers in western countries …

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Study: Confusing Food Labels Cause Household Disagreements

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Almost 6 in 10 Americans report having household discussions about the meaning of food date labels, and 4 in 10 say they’ve had disagreements about whether to keep a food product or throw it away, according to a new poll from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Food Policy Action Network. Earlier this year, the GMA along with the Food Marketing Institute …

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Study: Consumers Value Food Naturalness, Whatever That Is

In Research, Trends 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 News, 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 …