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Study: Changing Food Prices Could Improve Health Outcomes

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The idea of a national soda tax has been floating around lately, and a few jurisdictions are already giving it a try. But would higher prices on unhealthy foods, and lower prices on healthy ones, be enough to change people’s eating habits in a meaningful way? According to a new study out of Tufts University, the answer might be “yes.” …

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USDA Publishes School Meals Rule, Expands Options, Eases Challenges

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provided local food service professionals the flexibility they need to serve wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals in schools across the nation. The new School Meal Flexibility Rule, published today, makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided under USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and asks customers to share their …

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What If We All Adopted a Plant-Based Diet? Study Explores Nutritional and Environmental Impact

In Research, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

Interest in plant-based diets has been growing steadily. According to the Plant Based Foods Industry, this sector now represents a more than $5 billion market in the United States alone. And a market research report earlier this year found that 6% of U.S. consumers now claim to be vegan. That’s up from 1% in 2014. (Other estimates are more conservative.) …

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Report: Food and Agriculture Drive 20% of America’s Economy and 28% of Jobs

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The U.S. food and agriculture sectors drive more than 43 million jobs and $1.9 trillion in wages, according to the Feeding the Economy study released last week. The study analyzed the economic impact of the combined food and agriculture industries. They found that the industries combined are directly responsible for almost 23 million jobs. Add to that the supplier economic …

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Meet the New B2B Sourcing Platform Bringing Fresh, Local Food to More People’s Plates

In Industry Profiles, Technology, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the results of just about every consumer preference survey done in the past few years, consumers want fresh, local foods. Market research publisher Packaged Facts predicts that local food and beverage sales will hit $20 billion in 2019, noting that the products are “stepping out of the shadow of their once ‘quirky niche’ designation to claim a much …

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Packaged Facts’ Food Forecast 2018: 10 Food Trends to Watch

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ROCKVILLE, Md., /PRNewswire/ — From market research firm Packaged Facts, here are ten food trends (listed in alphabetical order) that you’ll probably be seeing or start seeing more of in 2018. The trends are based on our upcoming 2018 Food Forecast ebook available soon on the company’s website. 1. Aloha. The Zombies are back, along with the craft cocktail movement and the relighting of the …

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CPI Report: Food Prices Unchanged in October

In News by Hilary Smith0 Comments

After small increases in August and September, food prices were unchanged in October, according to the CPI report released today. Food at home stays the same For the second month in a row, the index for food from home remained steady, bring the 12-month total to +0.6%. Only one of the six major grocery store food group indexes increased in …

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Survey: Workers in the Food Industry are Satisfied Overall

In Research, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Food industry employees are satisfied with their jobs, according to Food Processing’s 11th annual Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey. This year’s results reveal that companies are offering more flexibility, bonuses, and other perks to keep their workforce happy. Below is a picture of the state of the industry revealed by the survey responses. Job satisfaction According to survey respondents, job …

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San Francisco Will Require Grocers to Disclose Information About Meat and Poultry Supplier Antibiotic Use

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Last month, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a city ordinance requiring grocery stores to report details about antibiotics used in the meat and poultry they sell. Although San Francisco is the first to take this action, it could be the start of a widespread movement to respond to growing consumer concerns regarding antibiotics. The ordinance will make all the …

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29 Food, Beverage, and Grocery Companies Achieve Perfect Scores on 2018 Corporate Equality Index

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Kellogg, Hormel, Tyson, ConAgra — these are just some of the Fortune 1000 companies who achieved perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2018. Since 2002, the Human Rights Campaign has been rating workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer equality. This year, 609 employers achieved perfect scores, among them 29 food, beverage, and …