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7 Food Industry Skills for the 21st Century

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The inevitable labor shortage looming over the food industry encompasses more than an absence of workers. There’s a rising absence of skills as well. Because the 21st-century food industry requires 21st-century skills, employees who don’t retire in the next 10 years will need new training to expand their expertise. And entry-level workers will need to be convinced there’s a bright …

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Survey: Big Data May Be the Wave of the Future

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A recent survey shows that food and beverage companies plan to focus a lot of energy on data analytics in the next two years. It also reveals some gaps between what food and drink consumers want, and what executives think they want. For their Seeking Customer Centricity report, KPMG and the Consumer Goods Forum surveyed 400 consumer retailers and manufacturers …

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Put Food Data to Work with Attribution Technology

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Vermont’s new GMO labeling law and general consumer demand for transparency are two big reasons to get to know and learn to catalog your product data now, says Label Insight’s Dagan Xavier. Xavier urges food brands to waste no more time. Attribution technology systems can deconstruct and recontextualize your data so you can more quickly respond to consumer questions, increase your sales, …

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Food Professionals Report Unequal Pay Raises and Less Job Satisfaction

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

Released this week, Food Processing’s 10th annual Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey shows some mixed results. Read on for more about the findings, or download the full report here. Pay raises are happening, but not for everyone While some food professionals are seeing pay increases, compensation isn’t increasing across the board. And overall salary trends are a little unclear. According to …

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Watch for the Growth of These Five Functional Ingredients

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In her monthly FoodBev Media column, Imbibe Marketing Coordinator Ilana Orlovsky highlights five functional ingredients she believes may be poised for growth as consumer demand increases for better-performing food products. Orlovsky cites factors like versatility, cost-effectiveness, supply chain feasibility, and origin stories rooted in homeopathic treatments for common ailments. Among the benefits of the ingredients she identifies are relief from …

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Six Degrees of Seaweed: Better For You Than Kale and Tastes Like Bacon

In News, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The war is over between nutrition and taste. Researchers at Oregon State University have patented dulse, a translucent, red strain of seaweed. So far it’s been farmed and fed to Abalone. Now, says Chris Langdon of OSU, there may be a growing market for dulse among human consumers. Why? Simple. Because it tastes like bacon. Thanks to a grant from …

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Flexitarian Lifestyle is New Trend

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+24% CAGR in global meat substitute launches (2011-2015) ARNHEM, The Netherlands, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Innova Market Insights data shows a +60% rise in global food and beverage launches using a vegetarian claim between 2011 and 2015. Launches featuring the term “vegan” also rose to account for 4.3% of total introductions in 2015, up from 2.8% in 2014 and just …

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Report: Prepared Foods and “Grocerants” Are on the Rise

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

Sales of grocery prepared foods are growing fast. And as consumers continue to demand high-quality, convenient options, the trend is likely to continue. Several recent studies provide more details. Prepared foods are a high-growth sector Prepared foods at grocery outlets are seeing sizable growth. “In-store dining and take-out of prepared foods from grocers has grown nearly 30% since 2008,” according to …

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Filling Food Industry Skills Gaps

In Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Change is afoot in the food industry. In the next decade, it’s predicted that 2 million factory jobs will be left unfilled. Besides facing a labor shortage, the nature of food industry work is also changing. Technology now permeates every aspect of the most competitive food companies. Automation and connectivity are defining new norms in research, testing, supply chains, plant operations, food …

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Fourth-of-July Consumer Trends Stick to Tradition

In News, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Want to know what America’s eating on Independence Day?  A national consumer poll released last week from Instantly says hamburgers win over hot dogs, 43% to 19%. Top favorite side dishes on the Fourth are baked beans, corn-on-the-cob, and potato salad. Frito-Lay/Lay’s is the brand of chips chosen by 50% of respondents, followed by KC Masterpiece, Kettle Chips, and Doritos, …