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Pederson’s Perfects Precooked Bacon Snack Packs

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Pederson’s Natural Farms is revolutionizing meat snacks with preservative-free, Whole30 Approved, fully cooked bacon snack packs, made using Unitherm Food Systems’ patented process for cooking bacon in a spiral oven. Food companies today are scrambling to keep up with the latest food trends. Driven by consumer demands, the industry is tilting toward clean-label foods made with non-GMO ingredients as well …

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Study: Consumers Value Food Naturalness, Whatever That Is

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Results of a new study show that food naturalness is very important to consumers and that this factor influences what people eat. But there’s a trick: there’s no agreed-upon definition of naturalness, in the industry or among consumers. The study, published in the journal Trends in Food Science & Technology was a meta-analysis of 72 studies that collectively involved more …

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No Longer Forgotten: Gen X May Be Important Driver of Food Industry and Restaurant Growth

In Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

We Gen Xers have been forgotten for a long time. As a generation, we’re smaller than both the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. That means we’re frequently neglected by the people who design new technologies, make TV shows and movies, and develop new food products. But new research suggests that this might be about to change. Last year, the Department …

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How Technology Helps Food Companies Manage Recalls

In Food Safety, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Recalls cost food companies an average of $10 million in direct costs alone. That includes the cost of alerting retailers, pulling products, and storing or disposing of contaminated products, as well as lost sales, government fines, and litigation. But direct costs aren’t the only damages a company can sustain. A recall can deal a huge blow to brand reputation, which …

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Food Prices Steady in June Despite Rising Cost of Beef: CPI Data

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After five months of increasing food prices, the numbers in June are unchanged compared to May, says the latest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) report, released on Friday. Read on for more food-related details from the report. Food at home prices fell Eating at home was more affordable for consumers last month, as five of the six …

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What’s Behind the Growing Alternative Protein Market?

In Research, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

As population growth outpaces the world’s food supply, smart food manufacturers need to develop new protein sources out of plants, algae, and insects to rely less and less on livestock, according to CB Insights’ Feeding the Future report. By 2050, the global population will reach 9.6 billion people (we’re currently at 7.5 billion) and available calories need to increase by …

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Global Food Prices Continue Upward Trend in June

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Global food prices continued to rise in June following an uptick in May, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index released last week. The index measures global monthly changes in cereal, vegetable oil, dairy, meat, and sugar. Dairy, cereal, and meat are to blame for global price increases (sugar and vegetable oil prices dropped in June). …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Stable in June Despite Spring Weather Woes

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Agricultural producer sentiment held steady for the third month in a row, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, released on Wednesday. The barometer slightly rose between the May and June surveys. Overall, sentiment remains well over levels recorded prior to November 2016. Most ag producers (60%) reported feeling better about their farm operations’ finances now than they …

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Survey: Americans Value Taste, Healthfulness, and Advice from Friends and Family

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Taste is a top purchase driver for 84% of consumers, according to the 2017 Food and Health Survey from Food Insight. The extensive survey reveals Americans’ opinions on health, food information, purchase drivers, and food safety. Here are some key results:   Consumers ranked Vitamin D, fiber, and whole grains as the top 3 components of healthfulness in food.   …

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A Water-Resistant, Antimicrobial, Edible Food Wrap? Yes!

In Research by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Food science researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new edible film wrap to keep food fresh. Professor Yanyun Zhao and her team have created edible film in the past, but unlike other edible films, this one is water resistant and antimicrobial. The secret? Combining crustacean shells and cellulose. Chitosan is a fiber from shrimp and crab shells. It’s …