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Food Manufacturing Forecast Looks Good in ISM Report

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

This week, the Institute for Supply Management released its latest forecast showing continued economic growth across both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Here’s what manufacturing executives expect for the rest of this year, focusing on food: Revenue. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expect revenues to be greater in 2017 compared to 2016, with 17 of the 18 industries (including food) reporting expectations …

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3 Obstacles to IIoT Adoption in Food Manufacturing

In Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been compared to electricity in terms of its potential to fundamentally change how we work. For manufacturing in particular, the IIoT opportunity is immense as companies look for ways to survive in the face of increased competition, tighter regulations, and an aging workforce. In the food industry, manufacturers are embracing the IIoT as …

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Fresh Veggie Prices Soar in April, Food Prices Still Increasing: CPI Data

In News, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Fresh veggies got 5.1% more expensive last month, says the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report. This represents the category’s largest price hike since February 2011. Despite 4 of the 5 major grocery groups falling in price, the overall food index rose 0.2% in April following +0.3% in March and +0.2% in February. Here’s a closer look how food prices …

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Chocolate, Candy to Become a Less Guilty Pleasure

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

In a press release issued this week, several chocolate and candy companies announced that, over the next five years, they will make moves to help consumers manage their sugar intake and make healthier choices by cutting portion sizes, putting calorie information front and center, and providing more consumer education. The companies are Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, …

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Major U.S. Poultry Companies Ditching Antibiotics

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Top U.S. poultry companies are ending human antibiotic use in their supply chain by implementing disinfectant wipes, sterilizing fog, and immune-supporting herbs. Tyson, KFC, and Perdue, among other producers, are shifting their approach to poultry health due to consumer demand for meat raised without human antibiotics and to address the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans. Tyson Foods announced in …

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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

In Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

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 …