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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 …

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Need to Reduce Sugar? Consider a Flavor Complexity Strategy

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

As companies scramble after sugar alternatives, Food Business News recommends more complex ways to excite flavor receptors. Sensory consultant Suzanne Pecor shares how flavor complexity can retain likeability, even when sugar is reduced in a food product by 30-40%. As companies process new terminology, Pecor says, they can begin to recognize how sugar may even be overpowering the best flavors in …

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Food Companies Need Supply-Chain-Friendly Packaging Solutions

In Food Safety, Sustainability, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Consumers and manufacturers alike want sustainable, cost-effective packaging for their food. As new materials and designs develop to meet these demands, food and beverage companies must address a full spectrum of concerns. Food Engineering interviewed Michael Kuebler, the technical director of North America distribution testing at Smithers Pira. Kuebler offered his insight on how to develop sustainable packaging that keeps food fresh …

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Report: Overall Food Prices Remain Steady, But Food at Home Index Falls

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

In September, consumer prices for food were unchanged overall for the third month in a row, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Prices for food at home, however, continued to decline, while prices for food away from home maintained their upward trend. Prices for food at home continued to decline, …

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What’s on Your Clean-label Checklist?

In Food Safety, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

In these days of manufacturing transparency, if you put it on a label, it’s got to be true. Labels that claim to be “clean” must, of course, know the ingredients in their foods. They also have to know those ingredients’ origins. Food Business News got this checklist from international trade attorney Ryan Fournier for companies that offer “clean” labels. Here are …

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IC-3 Calls for An Internet of Food

In Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

This November, UC-Davis will host the first-ever IC-FOODS conference, “to coordinate and build the ontological and semantic infrastructure for the next-gen Internet of Food (IoF), including those aspects related to Health, and Sustainability.” In an interview with Forbes, Matthew Lange, principal investigator for IC3-FOODS, explains why we need standardized, online networks dedicated to the nature and language of food. Lange …

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PepsiCo’s 2025 Sustainability Agenda

In News, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

PepsiCo, Inc. announced today a 2025 global sustainability agenda, “designed to foster continued business growth in a way that responds to changing consumer and societal needs.” This announcement comes on the heels of a Reuters report of confidential negotiations between PepsiCo and KeVita to acquire the sparkling probiotic drink brand. Pepsi’s move to acquire KeVita, in which they already hold a minority …

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Survey: Consumers Prefer Natural Sugars, Want to Limit Sugar Intake

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

According to a recent study commissioned by BENEO, most U.S. consumers are trying to limit their sugar intake, and many are trending toward sweeteners that are perceived as healthier options, such as honey. Here are some highlights. Consumers pay attention to sugar levels in their foods. 57% of respondents said they try to cut their sugar intake. Major reasons include: …

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Survey: Food Policy Should Be Part of the Presidential Debates

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

According to a recent survey from FoodMinds, consumers think food policy issues should be part of the presidential conversation. They also believe society has a growing responsibility to help people make good food choices. The Food Temperance in America study surveyed “opinion leader shoppers” to learn their views on various food issues, including government intervention, food choices, and nutrition information. Here are …