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Cultivating a Food and Beverage Industry Cluster: Advice from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

In Processing, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Industry clusters are groups of businesses in interconnected fields that thrive on their associations with one another. Usually geographically concentrated, they are believed to increase productivity and competition, both nationally and globally. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is home to one such cluster for food and beverage companies. Food and Beverage (FaB) Wisconsin works to connect businesses in symbiotic …

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Report: Big Food Loses Ground, But Can Adapt for Future Growth

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Is Big Food in Trouble?, a recent report from A.T. Kearney and The Hartman Group, found that large food companies are losing ground to small and medium-sized competitors. Here’s a summary of their findings and their advice for the future. Large food companies are losing ground Between 2012 and 2015, the overall food and beverage market grew by 3.4%. During that time, the …

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Report: CPI Data Shows Steady Food Prices in July

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices for food remained unchanged in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, per the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). This after two months of declining prices in May and June. Read on for more food-related details from the report. Prices decline for food at home, but rise for …

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Rising Demand for High-Pressure Processing Technology Will Impact the Global Food Processing Machinery Market Until 2020: Technavio

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio’s latest report on the global food processing machinery market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. Rising demand for high-pressure processing technology to impact the …

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Millennials Want Simplicity and Consistency, Watershed Data Reports

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This Lempert Report video breaks down research findings from the Watershed Group on what communicates authenticity in food to a millennial consumer generation. Millennials, the video reports, are “highly engaged and always questioning” consumers. They make up their minds about brands quickly, and 100% of those surveyed report frequently buying foods that are billed as “authentic.” Based on their research, Watershed …

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Report Shows Kids May Drive the Shopping Cart, but Parents Hold the Reins on Health

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A new report from market analyst Packaged Facts reveals children wield a fair amount of purchasing power, even when they don’t wield the wallet. Twenty-five percent of parents reported learning about new products from their kids. The trend is most pronounced among parents of children over six, but brand loyalty begins even younger than that. David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged …

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Can Michigan Compete to Meet Food Processing Demands?

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The diversity of Michigan’s agricultural produce is second only to California’s in the U.S., making it a great choice for growing food processing opportunities in the state. Michigan’s also in a prime location, with the number-one border crossing in North America between Detroit and Windsor and more than 50% of both the U.S. and Canadian populations within a 500-mile radius. …

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Survey: “Refreshing,” Portable Drinks Drive Summer Alcohol Sales

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A recent Nielsen survey conducted by The Harris Poll sheds light on which alcoholic beverages Americans are reaching for this summer. Here are some of the highlights. Americans are drinking outside this summer A full 90% of regular drinkers say they’ll be drinking outdoors during the summer months. The most popular venues are: Barbecues Picnics Swimming pools Beaches Patio bars …

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Aging Brains Benefit from Stress-battling, Memory-boosting Foods

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A study published in February in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease treated 44 adults ages 50-75 and showed omega-3 fatty acids to “exert positive effects on memory functions.” Sleep deprivation contributes to lower cognition levels, and sleep deficits are on the rise, according to numbers from the National Sleep Foundation. Foods rich in melatonin, such as tart cherries, can help …

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Food Waste is Top of Mind for Consumers in New Mintel Report

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A Mintel report released earlier this year shows 80% of consumers agree that reducing food waste is as important as reducing packaging waste. Transparent, resealable, and portion-controlled packaging top the average food shopper’s list, with over half (54%) of those surveyed  willing to pay extra for one or more of those features. Only two in five (42%) consumers report recycling …