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A Food Industry Guide to Running Safe Facilities

In Food Safety, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

While FSMA, HACCP, and GFSI regulate the safety and quality of the food you produce, your facility is also subject to regulations that keep employees safe. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) governs these regulations across industries. Here is a guide to operations, materials, and fire regulations that can help ensure the physical safety of the people you employ. …

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Millennials Want Simplicity and Consistency, Watershed Data Reports

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This Lempert Report video breaks down research findings from the Watershed Group on what communicates authenticity in food to a millennial consumer generation. Millennials, the video reports, are “highly engaged and always questioning” consumers. They make up their minds about brands quickly, and 100% of those surveyed report frequently buying foods that are billed as “authentic.” Based on their research, Watershed …

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Report Shows Kids May Drive the Shopping Cart, but Parents Hold the Reins on Health

In Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

A new report from market analyst Packaged Facts reveals children wield a fair amount of purchasing power, even when they don’t wield the wallet. Twenty-five percent of parents reported learning about new products from their kids. The trend is most pronounced among parents of children over six, but brand loyalty begins even younger than that. David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged …

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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. …