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USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn and Soybean Production in 2016

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Both U.S. corn and soybean growers are expected to harvest record-high crops this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). U.S. corn production is forecast at 15.2 billion bushels, while soybean growers are expected to harvest 4.06 billion bushels in 2016. Aided by excellent field conditions, corn …

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Food Waste is Top of Mind for Consumers in New Mintel Report

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

A Mintel report released earlier this year shows 80% of consumers agree that reducing food waste is as important as reducing packaging waste. Transparent, resealable, and portion-controlled packaging top the average food shopper’s list, with over half (54%) of those surveyed  willing to pay extra for one or more of those features. Only two in five (42%) consumers report recycling …

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Survey: Food Choices Are Increasingly Shaped by Media and Health Goals

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

According to a recent report, consumers are trying to make healthy food choices, and are considering media representations of food issues more and more. For its 2016 Food & Health Survey, the International Food Information Council Foundation surveyed more than 1,000 Americans to get their views on health, diet, food production, and related issues. Here are some of the results. …

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The Missing Piece of the Food Safety Puzzle

In Food Safety, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food safety may be more at the top of consumers’ minds than ever before. But even with the safest facilities, training, and equipment, accidents still happen. Frank Yiannas, vice-president of food safety for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has theorized that the missing element may be human behavior. His 2009 book, Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System describes food …

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Short Lists and Plain Language Speak Best to Label-Conscious Consumers

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When consumers look at your ingredients lists, what do they see? Hopefully five items or less, says Eliseo Barcas, Sales and Marketing VP at TetraPak USA. Today’s consumers are driven to purchase the cleanest, simplest foods, says Barcas. At the same time, new FDA labeling mandates require brands to declare added sugars and other ingredients. Barcas cites food writer Michael Pollan, who suggests …

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Registrar Corp’s New Wizard Checks Yes or No on FSMA Compliance

In Food Safety, News by Heather Brown0 Comments

A new free tool from Registrar Corp helps food facilities, importers, and farms identify their possible requirements so they can better prepare for FSMA. Answer a few questions, and the FSMA Compliance Wizard will sort through FDA rules and requirements based on the size and purpose of your food business. Find out which rules apply to you and when it’s wiser to …

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General Mills Expands Retail Flour Recall

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Consumers are reminded not to eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour MINNEAPOLIS, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Due to four new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previously announced U.S. retail flour recall that was originally announced on May 31, 2016. The illnesses reported to health officials continue to be connected …

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7 Food Industry Skills for the 21st Century

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The inevitable labor shortage looming over the food industry encompasses more than an absence of workers. There’s a rising absence of skills as well. Because the 21st-century food industry requires 21st-century skills, employees who don’t retire in the next 10 years will need new training to expand their expertise. And entry-level workers will need to be convinced there’s a bright …

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Survey: Big Data May Be the Wave of the Future

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A recent survey shows that food and beverage companies plan to focus a lot of energy on data analytics in the next two years. It also reveals some gaps between what food and drink consumers want, and what executives think they want. For their Seeking Customer Centricity report, KPMG and the Consumer Goods Forum surveyed 400 consumer retailers and manufacturers …