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Online Grocery Shopping is a Booming Business

In News, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

More than 50 million people are purchasing their groceries online, says a new study from the NPD group. The customers most likely to shop for groceries online are men, particularly those between 18 and 44.    Other key points from the study: Millennials and Gen Z are more likely to engage in online grocery shopping than other groups. More than …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Grew in April Following Two-Month Decline

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Agricultural producer sentiment inched up in April following a two-month decline, as reported in the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The boost in optimism came despite the fact that producers and agricultural thought leaders expect the price of corn and soybeans to weaken. Survey results continue to show that sentiment is not determined solely by profitability. The year …

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Engaging Tomorrow’s Food Industry Workers

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An estimated 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will open by 2025 as older workers retire. Unless the new generation of workers see food manufacturing as an opportunity and are properly trained for the role, 2 million jobs will remain unfilled. So what does it take to engage and inspire the emerging workforce? And how can companies show up-and-coming workers there’s a …

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Oscar Mayer Cleans Up Hot Dog Labels

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …