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IDFA President and CEO Urges Congress to Address Risk Management for Milk Processors and Farmers in Testimony Before House Agriculture Committee

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), testified today before the House Committee on Agriculture about dairy policy and its impact on potential provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Dykes said that IDFA’s top priority is to enhance demand for U.S. dairy products—both at home and in the global market. “First and foremost, …

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Kellogg’s Named Top Food Brand for Consumer Engagement

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Word of mouth has always been important for brands. And today, a lot of that conversation happens over social media. In a first-of-its-kind study of offline and online consumer engagement, Engagement Labs recently named Kellogg’s the top TotalSocial food brand, followed by Hershey’s and Heinz. The study measured offline and online performance. Offline score reflects how well a brand drives face-to-face …

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Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposes Deep USDA Cuts

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The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget, the ‘America First’ Blueprint, cuts discretionary spending for the USDA by $4.7 billion to $17.9 billion. Let’s look at the details, how people are reacting, and what the food industry can expect next. Budget details Last week, the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal. In it, the USDA loses about one-fifth of its discretionary …

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CED Report Shows Substantial Economic Impact from U.S. Food and Beverage Industry

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WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) released a report detailing the U.S. food and beverage industry’s economic impact on the nation’s economy. The non-partisan, business-led public policy organization presented the findings at a forum comprised of industry leaders at the National Press Club. The report is part of a series …

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Convenience Will Drive Growth in Demand for Poultry Packaging

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The demand for RTE poultry packaging products will reach $450 million by 2021, according to new research from the Freedonia Group. Growth in the packaging sector will be boosted by growth in the overall prepared foods market, “as consumers continue to see convenient, affordable meal options that require little or no preparation.” Here are some of the key findings from the report: …

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Want Loyal Customers? Make Sure They’re Satisfied

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Consumers don’t want to feel excited about your company. They want to feel satisfied, according to a recent InMoment study. And satisfied customers are loyal customers. So, what does it take to satisfy a customer? Quite simply, positive brand experience harks back to one thing: delivering on your promise. Read on to learn how consumers feel about food companies today …

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Apple Edges Out Pizza for America’s Favorite Pie

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Happy Pi Day! I hope you’re taking this opportunity to celebrate with a slice of your favorite pie, which, according to a Harris poll, is likely to be a sweet pie with delicious filling. Apple pie came out on top in the informal survey, capturing 12% of the favorite pie vote. Pizza was in second place at 10% overall, but was the standout …

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Can Yogurt Cure Depression?

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The findings are very preliminary and, so far, only in mice…but, according to Science Daily, new research suggests that a bacteria found in yogurt may be able to reduce symptoms of depression. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine recently found that the amount of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus in the gut affects the level of the metabolite kynurenine (which …

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Meal Times Looking a Lot More Like Snack Times

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Snacking in the morning, snacking in the evening, snacking at suppertime. Almost one-quarter of all snacks are eaten at meal times, according to research from NPD Group. The study found that consumers aren’t adding snack times to their schedules. Rather, they’re incorporating more snacks into their regular meals. Of the 12 billion snack purchases made at food service outlets and …

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How the Food Industry Employs Robots Across the Supply Chain

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If there were any question about the impact robots will have on the food industry, the answer is here. Last year alone, robot orders increased by a massive 32% for the food and beverage industry according to the Robotic Industries Association. Dexter Manning, who leads professional services network Grant Thornton’s food and beverage industry practice, told us that robots add …