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Millennial “Foodies” Challenge the Supply Chain

In News, Press Releases, Trends by Press0 Comments

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2016) America’s 75 million Millennials* are devouring organic, and they’re making sure their families are too.  Parents in the 18- to 34-year-old age range are now the biggest group of organic buyers in America, finds a new survey on the organic buying habits of American households released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Among U.S. parents, more than …

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New Report Highlights Big Challenges Facing Food Workers in 2016

In News, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

A new report from the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Solidarity Research Cooperative show that U.S. food workers continue to face numerous challenges. The food system makes up the largest employment sector in the country. However, for many, the jobs come with significant hardships, including stagnant wages and health and safety problems. Key findings of the report: 14% of …

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The New Demographics of Food

In News, Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Changing American demographics hold strong implications for manufacturers, Food Processing reported today. Age, growing minority populations, and evolving family structures increasingly determine how food is developed, produced, packaged, and sold. Nutrition, portability, and transparency are top priorities for Millennial and Generation Z consumers. Increasingly, Hispanic and Muslim food buyers demand more authentic and varied choices in ready-to-eat and packaged foods. Shared …

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PACK EXPO International Approaches: Chicago, Nov 6-9

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

PACK EXPO International’s 2016 conference happens in Chicago November 6-9. Anticipated topics revolve around automation developments in food packaging. This year, innovation takes center stage. A robotics showcase sponsored by B&R Industrial Automation will feature remote monitoring, smart machines, and track-and-trace technology. Other high-profile subjects include industry growth and updates, as well as the future of the packaging industry workforce. …

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Your Food Manufacturing Marketing Plan

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Now more than ever, your food company needs marketing strategies built on values and transparency. You also need to be agile enough to adjust to changing consumer demands and ever-evolving channels of engagement. We’ve assembled a map of industry forecasts, content drivers, and marketing tools to help you build such a marketing strategy. What’s the food industry forecast? Marketing your …

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New Soup Flavor Trends Warm up for Winter

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Soups and broths are back in vogue, and just in time for winter weather. Lauren Hartman at Food Processing outlines the latest flavors and trends. Companies like Progresso, Campbell’s, Swanson, and Annie’s Homegrown are offering options that cater to on-the-go lifestyles while encouraging consumers to slow down. New products feature slow-cooked, hearty taste and ready-made starters in family-sized or portable packaging. …

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

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

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

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In News, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

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 …