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Beef Production is Up in Potential 2016 Market Shift

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According to the most recent numbers, beef production has seen an unexpected uptick of 3.0 percent for the year to date. Factors surrounding this rise may impact the timing and total production for 2016, says Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. Peel traces higher production levels to an increase in cattle slaughter spurred by faster feedlot turnover …

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Consumers Hold Food Companies Most Responsible to Improve Transparency and Build Trust

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Each year, the Center for Food Integrity explores ways that food companies can build consumer trust. This year’s particular research reveals “policies, practices, and information that consumers equate with transparency that earns trust.” This infographic summarizes six key areas where consumers expect transparency: Impact of Food on Health Food Safety Environmental Impact Labor and Human Rights Animal Well-being Business Ethics According to …

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The Internet of Things and the Future of Food

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It’s no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” Experts agree, the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to food manufacturing in ways that are getting harder to ignore. The IoT is changing how the food industry tackles problems like safety, e-commerce, and even waste management. What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things refers to devices that …

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Consumer Demand and the “Whole Foods Effect” Shape the New Food Processing Landscape

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Twenty-five percent of  shoppers seek local products on grocery shelves. According to Food Marketing Institute data, this number is up from 13 percent since 2007. In a New York Times article this week, the research firm Packaged Facts predicts local food sales could hit $20 billion by 2019, up from $5 billion in 2008. In the article, Mark Baum, senior …

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Online Grocery Trends Report at Annual NFRA Conference

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TEMPE, AZ APRIL 04, 2016 /PRWEB/ MyWebGrocer, the leading provider of eCommerce and digital marketing solutions to the grocery and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries, announces that MyWebGrocer VP of Data & Insights, Michelle Cote, will present at the 24th Annual National Frozen and Refrigerated Food Association (NFRA) Executive Conference. As industry experts forecast notable growth and momentum for online …

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Food Executives, to Your E-Commerce Starting Blocks

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It looks like the food industry can add e-commerce to its list of smart capital investments for 2016. Half of all market growth is now online, more for certain categories and markets. It’s a “winner-take-all world” for CPG, according to this just-released report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report recommends that all CPG …

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FSMA Opens Doors to Safety and Efficiency

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Door technology is trending in the wake of FSMA’s effects. As best practices become law, Food Manufacturing reports, doors are making a bigger difference in safety and energy efficiency. New wash-down doors roll up instead of sideways, and they’re made of anti-microbial, anti-corrosive polypropylene to eliminate “harborage” of harmful bacterias. Faster-moving doors are boosting both energy efficiency and productivity. They …

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Snack Foods Start a Bite-Sized Revolution

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According to Food Manufacturing and the Associated Press, America’s grazing habits seem to be turning everything snack-sized, from peanut butter to SPAM. Snacks now account for half of all eating occasions, says food industry consultancy the Hartman Group. We like things that can substitute for meals, that don’t require assembly, and that we can carry around with us. Demand for …

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NAMI Reports 2015 Decline in Global Meat Exports

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Following a midyear drop from 2014’s record numbers, USDA trade and market statistics compiled by NAMI (North American Meat Institute) show an overall decline for meat exports in both value and volume in 2015. Greatest gains by volume included beef to Korea (up 7%), pork to the Dominican Republic (up 37%), and poultry and poultry variety meats to Vietnam (up 33%). …

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Assemble the Pieces of Your Food Safety Puzzle

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The implementation of new FSMA rules requires leaders in the food processing industry to be more prepared than ever. Preventing problems before they begin defines every new set of compliance measures. Within those rules, proactive attention to food safety is a top priority. Last year, Food Safety outlined five Pieces of the Food Safety Puzzle. Those pieces are Culture, Commitment, Organizational …