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FPSA Dairy and Beverage Councils Annouce Speakers for 2017 Annual Conference

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For Immediate Release January 12, 2017 Media Contact: Dolores Alonso Senior Director of Membership and Business Development 703.663.1226 dalonso@fpsa.org McLean, VA – The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced the slate of speakers for the dairy and beverage breakout sessions for the 2017 FPSA Annual Conference taking place March 15-17 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California. The …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Up Second Month in a Row

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Agricultural producers are feeling pretty good about the future, according to the December 2016 results of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, released today. The barometer shows optimism among ag producers rising for the second month in a row, hitting its highest level since they started collecting data in October 2015. The barometer has two subcomponents: the Index of Current Conditions …

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Celiac Disease Rate Stable, But More People Eating Gluten-Free

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Results of a new paper in Mayo Clinic Proceedings show that between 2009 and 2014, more people went gluten-free, even though the rate of celiac disease remained stable. In addition, the rate of undiagnosed celiac disease dropped significantly. Here are the highlights: In the five years of the study, the number of Americans with celiac disease remained stable at about …

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Report: Analysts Unsure What 2017 Will Bring for Food Companies

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A market that’s gotten ahead of itself, declining sales volume, uncertainty over whether the incoming Trump administration will live up to its campaign promises. For these reasons and more, Wall Street analysts predict a difficult environment for the food sector, according to a Food Business News report. Analysts noted that while food companies met expectations in 2016, it was from …

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Are Very Small Companies the Future of Food?

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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

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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

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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 – …