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USDA Brings Food Stamps Online in Response to Congress and Corporate Petitions

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The USDA issued a call last month to food companies, asking them to apply for an upcoming pilot program to make food stamps available for online grocery purchases. The program responds to a letter from Senator Cory Booker and Representatives Tim Ryan and Barbara Lee, urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to accelerate efforts to digitize food benefits. In June, …

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Nestlé USA Initiates Voluntary Recall of Nestlé® Drumstick® Club 16 Count Variety and 24 Count Vanilla Pack Due to Possible Health Risk

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Glendale, CA,Oct 7, 2016 Nestlé USA, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of its Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack (with cones marked for easy individual sale) due to a possible health risk. The two pack sizes contain 4.6 fl.oz. cones and were manufactured in Bakersfield, Calif. and distributed nationally. No other production codes, …

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Grocery Prices Reaching Competitive Lows, Benefitting Shoppers

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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 …

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Survey: Automation and Increased Output Are Key Food Industry Trends

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Automation tops the list of food industry trends, and most processors expect their throughput to go up this year, according to The 2016 State of Food Manufacturing survey from Food Engineering magazine. Here are a few more highlights from the survey, which covers everything from output and equipment, to food safety and social responsibility. Responses were collected from professionals throughout …

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Automation Software for Modern Food Manufacturers

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers myriad solutions for automating and documenting your food processing operations. Many of these solutions are aimed at helping you more efficiently meet FSMA requirements. We’ve tracked down the best apps and software available to streamline your operations, jumpstart your safety processes, and harness your data more profitably. Whether you’re just now bidding goodbye to …

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What’s the Latest in Food Safety Research?

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Food Industry Executive talked with Adam Borger, Outreach Program Manager for the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He shared some of the most recent research in food safety and technology. Borger also offered advice on how to approach training and attract top talent to the rapidly changing food manufacturing industry. Food Safety Research Developments Environmental changes, from …

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Report: Food Prices Unchanged in August

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This August, consumer prices for food remained steady for the second month in a row, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). However, there were significant differences among certain food sectors, as detailed below. Prices continued to decline for food at home, and rise for food away from home. Though the …

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Millennials’ Eating Habits Are Changing the Food Landscape

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The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) recently surveyed shoppers between the ages of 20 and 29 to gain insight on Millennials’ food choices and eating behaviors. “How America’s Eating Habits Are Changing” reveals insights about shopping trends, mealtime preferences, and more. Read on for some of the highlights. Millennials eat meals and snacks throughout the day. Half of survey respondents …

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Next-generation Thermal Processing Saves, Energy, Money, Delivers Clean Product

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Millennial demand for transparency in food may be one driver of innovation in today’s thermal processing and packaging. According to Food Engineering, canning processes of the past produced mushy, oversalted, and flavorless – albeit, safe – food. Today’s sensors, controls, and automation processes can safely process food at lower temperatures while preserving nutrient levels, flavor, texture, and consistency for a …