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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 …

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Mindful Choices: The Key Food Driver for 2018, Says Innova Market Insights

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ARNHEM, Netherlands, November 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. More conscious than ever about making responsible food choices, 4 in 10 US and UK consumers increased their consumption of “healthy foods,” 7 in 10 want to know and understand the ingredient list, 1 in …

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Food and Beverage Companies (Especially Beer Makers) Claim Top Spots on Forbes’ Top Regarded Companies List

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Copenhagen-based beer maker Carlsberg is the top regarded food and beverage company, and the 6th top regarded company across industries, according to Forbes. The Top Regarded Companies list, based on Forbes’ 2017 Global 2000 rankings, is their first-ever attempt to rank global public companies based on their trustworthiness/honesty, social conduct, the company as an employer, and the performance of the …

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Tackling Misconceptions About Clean Eating

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It’s probably fair to say that the clean eating movement is more than a trend. We’re not talking about the extreme “gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, grain-free, legume-free, plant-based raw vegan” type of clean eating that lately has been getting some pretty damaging press, but rather, the basic “avoid additives, preservatives, and other chemicals” type of clean eating that’s driving companies to …

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Food Recalls Down, But # of Recalled Units Up

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FDA food recalls declined 11% in Q3 and USDA recalls decreased 49%, according to Stericycle Recall Index. But it’s not all good news. While the number of recalls fell, the number of recalled units grew 19%. That suggests that recalls are becoming less frequent, but their severity is increasing. Key takeaways The number of recalls is still declining from its …

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Whole Foods Predicts Top Food Trends for 2018

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Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts put their heads together to release a list of anticipated food trends for 2018. Whether you’re looking to develop new products in the coming year or put a fresh spin on a tried-and-true classic, consider these predictions. Florals Have you ever indulged in a lavender latte? How about a hibiscus cocktail? If you …

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Could Adding Spice Be the Secret to Reducing Sodium?

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Food manufacturers have been scrambling to meet consumers’ demands for healthier processed foods. They’ve reformulated their products to reduce or eliminate added sugars, preservatives, and certain fats. But there’s been one stubborn holdout: sodium. A study published last year showed that the food industry has made significant progress on the sodium front, reducing the sales-weighted mean sodium density by 6.8% …

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October PMI Report Mostly Good News for Food and Beverage Industry

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The ISM October purchasing managers’ index (PMI) report is out, and the picture looks good for the food industry and manufacturing in general. The overall PMI for the month was 58.7%, which is down from September, but still positive. Anything above 50% indicates that the manufacturing economy is expanding, and anything above 43.3% suggests the overall economy is expanding as …

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Nestlé and Campbell Soup Leaving GMA Due to Conflicting Viewpoints on Key Industry Issues

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Last week, Nestlé announced they’re leaving the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Their announcement follows close behind Campbell Soup’s decision to split this past June. Both companies will be formally disconnected from the lobbying group after the end of the year. Campbell Soup says their decision to depart stems from a disconnect in belief systems. And although Nestlé representatives have made …

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Campbell Soup and Nestlé Commit to Improving Animal Welfare

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Amid escalating importance of improving animal welfare practices and consumer demand for transparency in the food industry, Campbell Soup and Nestlé have committed to improving the treatment of broiler chickens in their supply chain. Both companies aim to have new practices in full effect by 2024. New standards Nestlé USA plans to adhere to Global Animal Partnership (GAP) standards for …