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Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends for 2018

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CHICAGO — PRNewswire/ — Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has today (December 12, 2017) announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year. In 2018: Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste. Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience. Brands who adopt clear and …

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Fort Wayne, Indiana: The Next Big Food Hub?

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When you think of American cities where the food industry flourishes, a large market like Chicago probably comes to mind. But Eric Doden, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (GFW), is on a mission to challenge the idea that the food industry can only thrive in big cities. He wants to provide companies the tools to succeed in smaller markets …

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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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Meet the New B2B Sourcing Platform Bringing Fresh, Local Food to More People’s Plates

In Industry Profiles, Technology, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the results of just about every consumer preference survey done in the past few years, consumers want fresh, local foods. Market research publisher Packaged Facts predicts that local food and beverage sales will hit $20 billion in 2019, noting that the products are “stepping out of the shadow of their once ‘quirky niche’ designation to claim a much …

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Survey: Workers in the Food Industry are Satisfied Overall

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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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Mindful Choices: The Key Food Driver for 2018, Says Innova Market Insights

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ARNHEM, Netherlands, November 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. More conscious than ever about making responsible food choices, 4 in 10 US and UK consumers increased their consumption of “healthy foods,” 7 in 10 want to know and understand the ingredient list, 1 in …

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Tackling Misconceptions About Clean Eating

In Food Safety, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

It’s probably fair to say that the clean eating movement is more than a trend. We’re not talking about the extreme “gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, grain-free, legume-free, plant-based raw vegan” type of clean eating that lately has been getting some pretty damaging press, but rather, the basic “avoid additives, preservatives, and other chemicals” type of clean eating that’s driving companies to …

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Food Recalls Down, But # of Recalled Units Up

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FDA food recalls declined 11% in Q3 and USDA recalls decreased 49%, according to Stericycle Recall Index. But it’s not all good news. While the number of recalls fell, the number of recalled units grew 19%. That suggests that recalls are becoming less frequent, but their severity is increasing. Key takeaways The number of recalls is still declining from its …

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Whole Foods Predicts Top Food Trends for 2018

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Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts put their heads together to release a list of anticipated food trends for 2018. Whether you’re looking to develop new products in the coming year or put a fresh spin on a tried-and-true classic, consider these predictions. Florals Have you ever indulged in a lavender latte? How about a hibiscus cocktail? If you …

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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% …