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Everybody Snacks! Nielsen Reports Growth in Individual Snacking Category, Especially Among Healthy Options

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Almost every household in America (98%) purchases single-serve grab-and-go snacking products, pushing the individual snacking category to a value of $33 billion, according to a new report from Nielsen. Annual spending on these products increased 1.1% over last year, driven by large and busy households looking for convenience. While dairy snacks continue to take the lion’s share (22%) of the …

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Study: Changing Food Prices Could Improve Health Outcomes

In News, Research by Krista Garver1 Comment

The idea of a national soda tax has been floating around lately, and a few jurisdictions are already giving it a try. But would higher prices on unhealthy foods, and lower prices on healthy ones, be enough to change people’s eating habits in a meaningful way? According to a new study out of Tufts University, the answer might be “yes.” …

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What If We All Adopted a Plant-Based Diet? Study Explores Nutritional and Environmental Impact

In Research, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

Interest in plant-based diets has been growing steadily. According to the Plant Based Foods Industry, this sector now represents a more than $5 billion market in the United States alone. And a market research report earlier this year found that 6% of U.S. consumers now claim to be vegan. That’s up from 1% in 2014. (Other estimates are more conservative.) …

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Survey: Workers in the Food Industry are Satisfied Overall

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Food industry employees are satisfied with their jobs, according to Food Processing’s 11th annual Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey. This year’s results reveal that companies are offering more flexibility, bonuses, and other perks to keep their workforce happy. Below is a picture of the state of the industry revealed by the survey responses. Job satisfaction According to survey respondents, job …

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Could Adding Spice Be the Secret to Reducing Sodium?

In Research, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Food manufacturers have been scrambling to meet consumers’ demands for healthier processed foods. They’ve reformulated their products to reduce or eliminate added sugars, preservatives, and certain fats. But there’s been one stubborn holdout: sodium. A study published last year showed that the food industry has made significant progress on the sodium front, reducing the sales-weighted mean sodium density by 6.8% …

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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

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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

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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 …