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Oscar Mayer Cleans Up Hot Dog Labels

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Oscar Mayer announced today that they’re cleaning up the label of their iconic hot dog by removing added nitrates and nitrites, artificial preservatives, and by-products. The mere idea of a clean label hot dog might seem like an oxymoron — they’ve long been of those you’ll-only-eat-it-if-you-don’t-know-what’s-in-it kinds of foods. The company’s head of marketing Greg Guidotti admits that “it wasn’t …

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Top Issues for Restaurants and Patrons: Food Quality, Labor, and Good Tech Investments

In Food Safety, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Amidst the growing competition for diners, restaurants’ chief concerns are food safety, labor issues, and tech spending, according to a report by AlixPartners. Their 2016 poll reveals diners’ desires and what restaurants will have to maintain to stay in business. Here are some of the findings: Fresh and local ingredients are the number one factor in selecting a healthy meal …

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CPI Data: Food Costs Continue to Rise in March

In News, Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The upward trend of food costs continues. In March, the overall food index rose 0.3%, following a 0.2% increase in February, according the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report. Here’s a closer look at the March Index numbers. Steady price hikes for food at home and away from home The cost of both food at home and away from home …

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What Millennial Consumers Expect from the Food Industry

In Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

92 million. That’s the number of people in the largest living generation. No, not Baby Boomers. Millennials. This generation is different in many ways from their predecessors, especially when it comes to food. They want healthy. They want authentic. And they want it right now. Millennials are challenging the food industry to keep up with their demands, from clean labels …

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Potassium-Rich Food Reduces Blood Pressure? Study Says Yes

In Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

What do sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans — and even coffee — have in common? The ability to lower blood pressure, even in high sodium diets, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology. The researchers Alicia McDonough, Luciana Veiras, Claire Guevara, and Donna Ralph looked at the relationship between blood pressure and dietary sodium, potassium, …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Fell in March, Still Relatively High

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

Agricultural producer sentiment, as measured by the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, fell in March. This marks the second month of decline, after a 3-month increase following the election. Despite the recent decrease, producer sentiment is still high compared to most months going back to October 2015, when the survey was first conducted. The March decline is due mostly to …

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Consumers Confused About Food Labels: Report

In News, Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Consumers around the world find food labels, nutritional information, and food production confusing, according to a new survey by Kynetec, commissioned by The Enough Movement. The results show that 80% of consumers look at food labels and food claims. But labels with “organic,” “no hormones added,” and “antibiotic free” shift consumers’ perceptions about what food labels really mean — and …

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CPI Data: Food Prices Increased in February

In News, Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The price of food rose 0.2% for U.S. consumers in February, following a 0.1% increase to start the year, says the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI). Overall, food prices remained flat last month compared to February 2016. The food and drink index increased last month across the board. While it isn’t a competition (or is it?), non-alcoholic beverages topped the …