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Soybean Production Hit an All-Time High in 2016

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Soybean production hit a record 4.31 billion bushels in 2016, according to the USDA’s Crop Production 2016 Summary. That’s up 10% from the year before. Meanwhile, corn production grew 11% and rice %16, while sorghum was down 20% from 2015. Cotton also jumped at +32%. Overall, more area was planted and more area was harvested last year than in 2015, but both numbers …

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Ag Producer Sentiment Up Second Month in a Row

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Agricultural producers are feeling pretty good about the future, according to the December 2016 results of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, released today. The barometer shows optimism among ag producers rising for the second month in a row, hitting its highest level since they started collecting data in October 2015. The barometer has two subcomponents: the Index of Current Conditions …

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Celiac Disease Rate Stable, But More People Eating Gluten-Free

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Results of a new paper in Mayo Clinic Proceedings show that between 2009 and 2014, more people went gluten-free, even though the rate of celiac disease remained stable. In addition, the rate of undiagnosed celiac disease dropped significantly. Here are the highlights: In the five years of the study, the number of Americans with celiac disease remained stable at about …

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Added Sugars and the New Nutrition Facts Label

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On January 4, the FDA issued a draft guidance clarifying the declaration of added sugars on the new Nutrition Facts Label for prepared foods. According to the guidance, foods sweetened with concentrated fruit or vegetable juices are considered “sugar-sweetened foods.” This means processors may be required to declare the sugars as “added.” Not all foods sweetened with concentrated fruit or …

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Recall Notification Report 001-2017 (Italian Sausage)

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Class III Recall 001-2017 Jan 5, 2017 Congressional and Public Affairs Jeremy J. Emmert (202) 720-9113 WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2017 – 4G Meat Processing LLC., a Kansas City, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,288 pounds of pork and turkey Caldarello Italian Sausage rope products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. …

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Study Shows Vegetable Protein Just as Filling as Meat

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The next time you’re itching for a pork breakfast sausage, why not reach for a fava bean patty instead? According to a study by researchers from Denmark, you’ll be just as full. Plus, you’ll eat less later. The researchers investigated whether vegetable proteins are as satisfying as meat proteins by giving subjects a breakfast that consisted of either veal and …

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Report: Analysts Unsure What 2017 Will Bring for Food Companies

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A market that’s gotten ahead of itself, declining sales volume, uncertainty over whether the incoming Trump administration will live up to its campaign promises. For these reasons and more, Wall Street analysts predict a difficult environment for the food sector, according to a Food Business News report. Analysts noted that while food companies met expectations in 2016, it was from …

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Are Very Small Companies the Future of Food?

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According to a recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal, food manufacturing companies where the owner is the only employee are growing by leaps and bounds. The report examined the growth of owner-operated businesses with no employees over the past 2 decades. Even while overall factory jobs have declined, this segment has grown robustly, particularly for food. Since 1997, the number of one-person food …

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Huge Increase Predicted for Online Food Sales, IDDBA Report Says

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The International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association (IDDBA) released its annual What’s in Store report for dairy, deli, bakery, and food service and fresh food retail.  For over 30 years, IDDBA has been researching and reporting trends and consumer behavior in the industry. Here are some of the key insights and predictions: Food industry annual sales reached $2.06 trillion in the last year. …

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Food Industry Events & Trade Shows for 2017-2018

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With trade shows and other events, the food industry is full of opportunities for education, innovation, networking, and discovery. Here are the major events for 2017-2018, organized by category. We’ll update this listing as more information becomes available. General Packaging & Processing Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference Portland, OR, January 9-11, 2017 The is the Northwest Food Processors Association’s …