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Survey: Millennials Three Times as Likely to Ignore Product Recalls as Boomers

In Food Safety, News, Trends by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Manufacturers need to find a better way to reach Millennials if they want them to comply with product recall notices. Millennials are the least likely age group to comply with food, pharmaceutical, motor vehicle, and consumer electronics recall notices according to a survey of over 1,000 Americans conducted by Stericycle Expert Solutions. In fact, 18% of Millennials (age 18-35) say …

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Companies Simplifying Expiration Labels to Reduce Food Waste

In News by Hilary Smith0 Comments

Last Wednesday, companies in the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), including Kellogg, Wal-Mart, Tesco, and Nestle, announced that they will pioneer the simplified date label system proposed by the GMA and FMI earlier this year. The new system will do away with arbitrary expiration labels including “Sell by,” “Best before,” and “Use by.” Instead, only two date labels will be used: …

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Food at Home Prices Decline in August: CPI Report

In News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Food prices increased 0.1% in August, bringing the unadjusted 12-month increase to 1.1%, according to the latest CPI data. The increase was due almost entirely to the food away from home index, which was up 0.3%. Food at home prices declined for the second time since February. Grocery indexes decline, except cereal and bakery Five of the six major grocery …

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Competitive Innovation is Increasing. Are Food Manufacturers Ready?

In Technology by Krista Garver1 Comment

Nine out of 10 senior manufacturing industry executives expect the “competitive importance and pace of innovation” to increase as companies adopt new technologies, according to a new survey by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. The technologies in question are the digital tools and strategies commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. The survey found that manufacturers plan to focus their innovation …

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Today’s Millennial: Tomorrow’s Organic Parent

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Organic Trade Association survey signals big new wave of organic consumers on the horizon Twenty-five percent of the Millennials in America are parents. In the next 10 to 15 years, 80 percent of Millennials will be moms and dads. What this means for the organic market could be transformative. A new and expanded survey on the organic attitude of U.S. …

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Farmers Less Optimistic, But Still Feeling Pretty Good

In News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Farmers reported less optimism in August, according to the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. While producer sentiment is significantly off of its January high, it’s still much higher than it was all of last year. The researchers speculate the current downturn is due to lower grain and oilseed prices. The survey included a new question this time around, asking famers …

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Mars Announces $1 Billion Investment in Sustainability

In News, Sustainability by Krista Garver0 Comments

Mars announced yesterday that it will invest approximately $1 billion in its Sustainable in a Generation Plan. That plan includes efforts to fight climate change as well as tackle social challenges. The company has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 67% by 2050; increasing income, respecting human rights, and unlocking opportunities for women; and helping people and …

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Food Companies Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

In News by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Updated September 6, 2017 As Hurricane Harvey pummels parts of Texas and Louisiana, corporations and individuals are stepping up to help with the relief efforts. Many food and beverage companies have announced contributions, everything from cash to meals. Here’s the list of food companies who’ve announced donations so far: Amazon Inc. and Whole Foods Market are matching up to $1 …

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85% of Manufacturers Use Content Marketing; 97% Report Success

In Research, Sales and Marketing, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

Manufacturers are steadily warming up to the idea of content marketing. CMI’s Manufacturing Content Marketing: 2017 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America, released last November, found that 85% of manufacturers use content marketing, and 97% of those who use it report some level of success. In addition, 80% agree that content marketing is an important component of their marketing program, and almost …

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10 Food Industry Giants Bet Big on Blockchain

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick and Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Tyson Foods, Unilever, and Walmart have partnered with IBM on a blockchain initiative to boost the safety of the food supply chain, the technology company announced Tuesday. Blockchain is a digital ledger system that has the potential to provide the type of supply chain transparency that both consumers and …