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Survey: Packaged Foods Sales May Be Declining, Online Grocery Struggles

TABS Analytics recently released its 4th annual Food and Beverage Consumables Study, a survey-based report that looks at trends in where and how consumers shop for certain packaged foods. Here are some of the highlights. Sales of many packaged foods and beverages appear to be declining. Based on survey respondents’ buying behaviors, only four of 15 packaged foods categories saw …

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Disruptive Startups Honored at Annual reThink Food Conference

At their annual reThinkFood Conference in Napa November 4-6, the Culinary Institute of America and MIT Media Lab will honor 8 “disruptive startups shaping the future of food and technology.” Part of the rTF Innovator Program, the selected startups fall into 6 experiential focus areas: Fermented Foods and the Microbiome Back to Basics Urban Agriculture Food Science for Greater Good Eating …

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Choose Your Futures: Price vs. Supply

Fluctuating supply prices are difficult for business. Examining the practice of futures trading in food, Food Processing Managing Editor Kevin T. Higgins suggests that better methods may be emerging. Rather than relying on market forecasts for commodities like wheat, coffee, sugar, and cocoa, companies big enough to do so might consider investing in farming operations, Higgins suggests. Indeed, some already …

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Palladium Invests in Del Real Foods

A Hispanic, family-owned refrigerated food company will receive a large private equity investment, Food Engineering recently reported. Del Real Foods was founded in 2002 by the Cardenas family, first-generation Mexican-American heat-and-serve manufacturers. The investment they receive from Palladium, a firm managing $2.0 bn in assets, will help Del Real expand into new geographies, broader distribution channels, and complementary product categories. “In …

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Need to Reduce Sugar? Consider a Flavor Complexity Strategy

As companies scramble after sugar alternatives, Food Business News recommends more complex ways to excite flavor receptors. Sensory consultant Suzanne Pecor shares how flavor complexity can retain likeability, even when sugar is reduced in a food product by 30-40%. As companies process new terminology, Pecor says, they can begin to recognize how sugar may even be overpowering the best flavors in …

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Report: Overall Food Prices Remain Steady, But Food at Home Index Falls

In September, consumer prices for food were unchanged overall for the third month in a row, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Prices for food at home, however, continued to decline, while prices for food away from home maintained their upward trend. Prices for food at home continued to decline, …

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Survey: Consumers Prefer Natural Sugars, Want to Limit Sugar Intake

According to a recent study commissioned by BENEO, most U.S. consumers are trying to limit their sugar intake, and many are trending toward sweeteners that are perceived as healthier options, such as honey. Here are some highlights. Consumers pay attention to sugar levels in their foods. 57% of respondents said they try to cut their sugar intake. Major reasons include: …

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Survey: Food Policy Should Be Part of the Presidential Debates

According to a recent survey from FoodMinds, consumers think food policy issues should be part of the presidential conversation. They also believe society has a growing responsibility to help people make good food choices. The Food Temperance in America study surveyed “opinion leader shoppers” to learn their views on various food issues, including government intervention, food choices, and nutrition information. Here are …

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France Sets 2020 Expiration Date for Plastic Utensils

As part of its Energy Transition for Green Growth act, France has become the first country in the world to set a timer ticking on plastic cups, plates, and utensils. Some organizations in Europe already plan to challenge the ban. France says they hope to set an example of eco-consciousness by eliminating products that do not biodegrade, pose hazards for …

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Grocery Prices Reaching Competitive Lows, Benefitting Shoppers

Grocery costs on average are down 2% from last year. Meat, poultry, fish, and eggs are down 7%, and raw ground beef is down 9%, according to the Associated Press. Demand has dampened for foods most affected by drought and animal sickness. Instead of maintaining prices and pocketing savings, retailers are racing to rock-bottom prices as a way of winning over …