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Are Very Small Companies the Future of Food?

In Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to a recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal, food manufacturing companies where the owner is the only employee are growing by leaps and bounds. The report examined the growth of owner-operated businesses with no employees over the past 2 decades. Even while overall factory jobs have declined, this segment has grown robustly, particularly for food. Since 1997, the number of one-person food …

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Huge Increase Predicted for Online Food Sales, IDDBA Report Says

In News, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

The International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association (IDDBA) released its annual What’s in Store report for dairy, deli, bakery, and food service and fresh food retail.  For over 30 years, IDDBA has been researching and reporting trends and consumer behavior in the industry. Here are some of the key insights and predictions: Food industry annual sales reached $2.06 trillion in the last year. …

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Food Industry Events & Trade Shows for 2017-2018

In Food Safety, News, Processing, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

With trade shows and other events, the food industry is full of opportunities for education, innovation, networking, and discovery. Here are the major events for 2017-2018, organized by category. We’ll update this listing as more information becomes available. General Packaging & Processing Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference Portland, OR, January 9-11, 2017 The is the Northwest Food Processors Association’s …

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Top 10 Food Industry Executive Articles of 2016

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

2016 was an exciting year for the food industry. Recall numbers jumped, the first FSMA implementation deadline hit, and OSHA fines skyrocketed. Meanwhile, consumer trends continued to shift toward premium, healthy, and fresh prepared foods, while more companies took steps toward automation. Here is a round-up of our top 10 articles of 2016. 1. The Internet of Things and the …

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Mediterranean Spices, Eggs, and Pepper Lead McCormick’s 2017 Flavor Trends

In News, Press Releases, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

McCormick recently released its predictions on flavor trends for 2017. In the past, the company has predicted the emergence of flavors such as chipotle chilis and coconut water. McCormick’s five flavor focal points for 2017 are: Big, global flavors for your savory breakfast bowl – The report highlights Skhug [pronounced shug], a Middle Eastern hot sauce comprised of Thai bird …

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Coconut, Tonics, and Pastas Top Whole Foods’ List of 2017 Food Trends

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Whole Foods recently announced its top food trends for 2017. Their team of experts and trend-spotters compiled a list which includes the following: Wellness Tonics – More than just juice, wellness drinks are expected to gain traction and popularity. Look for drinking vinegars, turmeric elixirs, and other tonics with herbal medicinal ingredients to be the trending beverages. Repurposing Byproducts – …

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Report: Canadian Food Prices to Rise in 2017

In News, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Canadians can expect to pay 3-5% more for food next year, according a new report from Dalhousie University. The increase will be driven by big jumps in the meat, vegetables, and fish and seafood sectors. The predicted increase is higher than last year and higher than the normal rate of food inflation, which is pegged at 1-2%. The price increases …

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GMOs, Organic Food, and Public Opinion: New Survey Results

In News, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

New survey results from the Pew Research Center show that Americans believe organic food is healthier than non-organic, opinions are split about genetically modified food, and people’s opinions about food reflect their ideas about health. Highlights include: 55% of adults surveyed believe organic produce is healthier than conventional, while while 41% say there is no difference. 40% claim most of …

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Nestle Develops Method to Reduce Sugar in Chocolate

In News, Processing, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

According to a Bloomberg report, Nestle scientists have discovered a new method to reduce sugar in chocolate by up to 40%. Chief Technology Officer Stefan Catsicas told Bloomberg that the company has developed a way to alter the structure of sugar to make it taste sweeter in smaller amount. The new low-sugar products will be available beginning in 2018. The …

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New Report Indicates Grocers Embracing Digital Transformation

In News, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Research firm Carbonview released data on grocery stores and technology, indicating that a digital transformation is already well underway and even accelerating amongst grocers. In this case, digital transformation refers to leveraging new digital technologies for business models, processes, and customer services to grow sales, increase productivity, and improve the shopping experience through the addition of new services and streamlined …