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Can Michigan Compete to Meet Food Processing Demands?

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The diversity of Michigan’s agricultural produce is second only to California’s in the U.S., making it a great choice for growing food processing opportunities in the state. Michigan’s also in a prime location, with the number-one border crossing in North America between Detroit and Windsor and more than 50% of both the U.S. and Canadian populations within a 500-mile radius. …

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Survey: “Refreshing,” Portable Drinks Drive Summer Alcohol Sales

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A recent Nielsen survey conducted by The Harris Poll sheds light on which alcoholic beverages Americans are reaching for this summer. Here are some of the highlights. Americans are drinking outside this summer A full 90% of regular drinkers say they’ll be drinking outdoors during the summer months. The most popular venues are: Barbecues Picnics Swimming pools Beaches Patio bars …

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Aging Brains Benefit from Stress-battling, Memory-boosting Foods

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

A study published in February in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease treated 44 adults ages 50-75 and showed omega-3 fatty acids to “exert positive effects on memory functions.” Sleep deprivation contributes to lower cognition levels, and sleep deficits are on the rise, according to numbers from the National Sleep Foundation. Foods rich in melatonin, such as tart cherries, can help …

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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 …