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Food Industry Venture Capital Seeks Stakes in Startup Innovation

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food and food tech startups can add Kellogg’s to their growing list of potential investors. The cereal giant announced Monday they’ve established a venture capital fund to invest in “companies pursuing next-generation innovation, bolstering access to cutting-edge ideas and trends.” Included in its mandate are pioneers of new ingredients, foods, packaging, and food-related technology. According to Fortune,’s John Kell, many …

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Food Industry E-commerce Strategies for Success

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In March of this year, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reported on the accelerating penetration rate of e-commerce in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) markets, from 1% in 2014 to a predicted 5% average or higher by 2018 and beyond. The report estimates that half of all growth in CPG sales between now and 2018 will come from e-commerce. So far, says …

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Baby and Toddler Food Market Set for Growth Spurt

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According to Lauren Hartman at FoodProcessing.com, new research from Mintel predicts a boom in the baby food market following five years of sluggish growth. Neilsen’s 2015 Global Baby Care Survey corroborates the predictions, showing the fastest growth in developing markets, although 46% of baby food sales still comes from the U.S. and Europe. Hartman reflects that sales may have slowed because …

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Report: Food and Beverage Plant Construction Grows

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

Plant construction projects in the food and beverage industry grew by more than 9% in 2015, according to Food Engineering magazine’s 39th Annual Plant Construction Survey. The survey lists planned, in-process, and completed projects that are valued at more than $1 million. Below are more details. General statistics Reportable construction projects grew 9.3% in 2015, representing their highest level in 10 years. …

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Report: U.S. Spirits Sales Rose in 2015

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The U.S. spirits industry has good reason to raise a glass. At its annual briefing in February, the Distilled Spirits Council reported that sales of U.S. spirits grew steadily in 2015. Whiskey sales were particularly strong, and only one liquor, rum, saw a decrease in revenues. Read on for highlights, or view the full report here. General spirits sales in …

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Global Food and Beverage Companies Strategize for Growth

In Sustainability, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In the wealth of speculation and analysis over the future of the global packaged foods industry, it’s difficult to know what to watch out for and whether growth will skyrocket or slump. In any case, the constant evolution of technology and consumer habits is spurring major manufacturers to action in a few key areas. Sustainability and health Companies like Mars …

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Your FSMA-friendly Equipment Guide

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The last FSMA final rule has passed, and many manufacturers, especially the largest ones, may face a bumpy road to compliance. Safety is a primary concern, and food safety depends most on a clean environment. Here are some basic equipment choices that will help make and keep your plant FSMA-friendly. Conveyors Conveyors are the spine of any manufacturing operation. If …

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Best Practices for Building Transparency and Trust

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food is under scrutiny these days. Contamination can have devastating effects, both for consumers and for companies, and technology allows unprecedented access to information and conversations about food safety and quality. Each year, the Center for Food Integrity studies in-depth aspects of consumer trust. This year’s report focuses on expectations for food suppliers. More than farmers, retailers or restaurants, consumers …

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2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo Reveals NCA’s Latest Confection Trends

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WASHINGTON, MAY 23, 2016 / PRNewswire-USNewswire  The National Confectioners Association has officially unwrapped the latest candy and snack industry trends of 2016 as the Sweets & Snacks Expo kicks off in Chicago from May 24 through May 26 at McCormick Place. Covering four acres of chocolate, candy, cookies and savory snacks, several trends emerged that are setting the course for …

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Consumers Want Variety, Sophistication, and Health, says IRI’s 2016 Product Pacesetters Report

In News, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

2016’s New Product Pacesetters Report released last month from IRI reveals a few things marketers can learn from the top food and beverage products introduced last year. There’s a notable, ongoing shift in consumer preferences toward innovation and interaction. Willingness to try new products is up, even in smaller market sectors. For many consumers, information shared by other product users and by …