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The Data Is In: Multicultural Consumers Spend More On Fresh Food

In Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Multicultural families spend more on — and travel farther for — fresh food than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, says a new Nielsen summary report. The study found that multicultural consumers (defined in the study as African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans) prioritize stores offering a large selection of fresh food and, in fact, spend 25% of their entire store …

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Q4 Food and Beverage Recalls Hit Highest Level Since 2010

In Food Safety, News, Regulatory by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to the Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS Recall Index, there were 246 FDA food recalls in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s an increase of 12% over the previous quarter and the highest number we’ve seen since at least Q1 2010. At the same time, USDA recalls fell 16% to 32. For FDA recalls, the top 3 food categories were: Supplements (28.2%) Baked …

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How Much Food Safety Compliance Really Costs for Meat and Poultry: Report

In Food Safety, Regulatory, Research by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The cost of complying with food safety regulations in the meat and poultry industries can be immense, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Food Science. In fact, developing a food safety plan alone can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $87,000, not counting the cost of training and other related activities. For the study, researchers Catherine L. Viator, …

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Nestle, Tyson Earn Top Spots on Fortune’s Most Admired Lists for Food

In News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Nestle is the world’s most admired consumer food products company, while Tyson is the top food production company, according to Fortune Magazine’s new analysis. Every year, Fortune surveys executives at the highest-revenue companies in the Fortune 500 database to determine who has the best reputation based on nine ranking criteria: Innovation People management Use of corporate assets Social responsibility Quality of management Financial …

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Cheese Woes Continue as Recall Expands

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to Food Safety News, another 130 products have now been recalled in an incident that started earlier this month after Listeria was found in cheese sold at a Tennessee retail outlet. No illnesses have been reported. However, it can take up to 70 days for symptoms to appear. The ripple effect is being felt across the industry, as many secondary products (like RTE sandwiches and …

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How Robots Are Changing the Food Industry

In Processing, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Robots are introducing new ways to process and package food that improve food safety and sanitation — and they present an opportunity to delegate jobs that are ergonomically difficult and dangerous for human workers. Overall, the food industry has been somewhat slow to adopt robotics, for a number of reasons. But experts agree: robots are changing the food industry — …

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Sargento Terminates Relationship with Supplier Over Listeria Problems

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Sargento announced in a press release today that not only is the company expanding its recall of cheese products due to Listeria, but it’s also terminating its relationship with the supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus. The recall started on February 11 and has been expanding ever since, impacting a wide variety of cheese products as well as secondary products containing cheese from Deutsch Kase Haus. Sargento CEO Louie …

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Kraft Heinz Unilever Won’t Be a Thing, For Now

In News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Update: Kraft Heinz officially withdrew its offer on Sunday, February 19. Kraft Heinz today announced a proposed a massive $143 billion merger with Unilever. The deal between the food and beverage industry’s 11th and 12th biggest companies would have produced a new #3. But Unilever declined, saying in a statement that the company “sees no merit, either financial or strategic, for …

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GMA, FMI Streamline Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) are leading a new initiative to streamline the date labeling on food products, according to a press release. The initiative aims to reduce customer confusion about when foods expire and, by extension, cut food waste. The release notes that there “currently, more than 10 different date labels on packages,” …

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5 Upcoming Food Safety Webinars You Won’t Want to Miss

In Food Safety by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Food safety is one of the most important issues in the food industry today. And between FSMA and increased FDA inspections, you can’t afford to let your efforts slip. These five upcoming webinars will help you get up to speed on the latest in food safety. Best of all, they’re all free.   Drop the Mop! from Food Safety Tech …