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Posted on March 31, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

Larger food companies may increase acquisitions of smaller organic producers in the wake of Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Co.'s merger, according to analysts. The two companies could be busy dealing with the merger for the next one to two years ... Read More

Posted in Kraft-Heinz   Organic   Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on March 31, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers in the U.S. and overseas are in the midst of their Easter preparations, and food purchases are a large part of that. The National Retail Federation estimates the average person celebrating Easter in the U.S. will spend $140.62, slightly ... Read More

Posted in Retail  
Posted on March 30, 2015 by James Hickey

February shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico are up from a year ago. For the entire Gulf of Mexico, 2.9 million-lbs. of shrimp were landed according to data from NOAA. Looking across count sizes, historic highs were seen for U15 count size reach ... Read More

Posted in Seafood  
Posted on March 30, 2015 by Brian Todd

Looking at the latest personal expenditure data from the government, in 2014’s final quarter, consumers spent 9% less than the prior year on gasoline for their vehicles than the year before – or about $33 billion on an annualized basis ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail  
Posted on March 30, 2015 by Chris Campbell

It's no secret that Americans are dealing with health issues stemming from their food choices. Nearly two-thirds of people over 20 years of age are overweight, and a third of Americans over age 20 are obese. Obesity is known to lead to a variety o ... Read More

Posted in Washington   Junk Food Tax  
Posted on March 27, 2015 by James Hickey

According to a Food Institute analysis of the USDA Cold Storage monthly report, frozen vegetables and fruits both saw declines for February. For frozen vegetables, cold storage declined 2% to 2.0 billion-lbs. overall with potatoes flat at 1.1 bill ... Read More

Posted in Cold Storage   Fruits   Vegetables   Produce  
Posted on March 27, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

The overall liquid refreshment beverage sector grew 2.2% in 2014 even as soda sales declined for the tenth straight year. Overall soda volume fell 0.9%, with Coke as the biggest seller and Pepsi overtaking Diet Coke and reaching second place for t ... Read More

Posted in Beverages  
Posted on March 27, 2015 by Chris Campbell

As the winter snows thaw and spring makes its way out of hibernation, U.S. fruit and vegetable production will begin to prop up, offering relief to anyone who has been awaiting the joy of eating fresh and local produce. The warmer weather means su ... Read More

Posted in Produce   Fruits   Vegetables  
Posted on March 26, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group Inc. entered into a ... Read More

Posted in Kraft-Heinz   Mergers  
Posted on March 26, 2015 by Brian Todd

In the news reports about the $46 billion merger of Heinz and Kraft Foods, most analysts immediately noted that the new company would be the 3rd largest U.S. food company (or 5th largest in the world, depending on the source). However, much of the ... Read More

Posted in Kraft-Heinz  
Posted on March 23, 2015 by James Hickey

As the decline of orange juice production and sales continues, Florida farmers are contemplating an advertising campaign that would downplay the state's prominent production role.

The USDA recently reduced the estimate of this season's ora ... Read More

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

While consumer tastes seem to be shifting away from soda and toward healthier beverages, Coca-Cola Co.'s CEO Muhtar Kent believes the company's best course of action is simply selling more cola. The company's plans include earmarking an additional ... Read More

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Consumers around the world are looking for natural food products with a simple ingredient list, and that trend has impacted China's instant noodle market. Retailers and manufacturers of the product have been battling consumer concerns over th ... Read More

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Technology has had a profound effect on the way we transact business, from automating inventory to connecting buyers and sellers around the world. Technology permeates the business world, from simple phone calls to massive databases. And now, tech ... Read More

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

As the U.S. becomes more multicultural, the tastes and buying habits of younger consumers are reflecting growing ethnic populations. Multicultural consumer purchasing power reached $3.4 trillion in 2014, and has been growing at more than doub ... Read More

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Produce for Better Health Foundation recently released its State of the Plate 2015 report which noted a 7% decrease in per-capita consumption of fruit and vegetables over the last five years, fueled by a 14% decrease in fruit juice consum ... Read More

Posted on March 20, 2015 by James Hickey

While a record 15.0 million tons of tomatoes are estimated to be harvested in California this coming year by the USDA, a couple of red flags have appeared to cast doubt if the number will be hit.

The state's drought is entering is fourth c ... Read More

Posted on March 19, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Convenience store operators are focusing more on food offerings, especially healthy, grab-and-go items. The demand for fresh produce continues to rise at convenience stores, according to The National Association of Convenience Stores' ( ... Read More

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Chris Campbell

It seems all varieties of food and drink are entering the "craft" marketplace, and Mountain Dew is no exception. The company will release Mtn Dew DEWShine on Mar. 23, marking the brand's first foray into the craft soda market. The brand, which is ... Read More

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Disposable coffee cups may be the norm with takeout coffee, but that could be changing. Despite the introduction of reusable cups into the marketplace, most people still throw out their beverage containers when they are done with their coffee. Whe ... Read More

Posted on March 17, 2015 by James Hickey

Import and exports of canned beans showed strong increases in the first month of 2015 despite overall volume and dollar values being mixed.

January imports for shelled beans increased 5% in volume to about 7.3 million-lbs. with a 15% incre ... Read More

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

The Food Institute recorded 170 mergers and acquisitions by foreign companies in 2014, a 277% increase from 2013, in which only 45 foreign deals were counted. Almost 20% of the deals were by Canadian companies, including two by Gay Lea Foods Coope ... Read More

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

After losing ground to the Greek yogurt market General Mills' Yoplait brand is once again growing, boosted by a reformulation that reduced sugar content by 25% in combination with a new marketing campaign. The result was ... Read More

Posted on March 16, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Tuna has received some prominent attention lately, as Greenpeace ranked 14 well-known tuna brands for sustainability. Their overall grade was not great; in fact, their assessme ... Read More

Posted on March 13, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

Even though the use of newspaper circulars is decreasing, they remain important for attracting customers. When Walmart shifted its marketing funds over to digital advertisements in several markets, reducing spending on newspaper circulars, traffic ... Read More

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Del Monte Foods Inc. completed the acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Company for $75 million. Sager Creek acquired Allens Inc. after it went bankrupt in 2014, and manufactures brands such as Veg-all, Freshlike, Popeye, Princella T ... Read More

Posted on March 09, 2015 by James Hickey

Final results from the Bureau of Census’ Aquaculture recorded an overall increase of selected fish and shellfish products imports while exports declined for 2014. Imports overall increased 7% in volume and 19% in dollar for 2014. About 2.64 ... Read More

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

McDonald's decision to remove human antibiotics from its U.S. chicken supply will be costly, and analysts believe that price will be passed on to suppliers, not franchisees or consumers. Suppliers, including Tyson Foods Inc., have two years to mak ... Read More

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The demand for organic, locally-sourced, all-natural food is growing and growing. Gone are the days of infinite shelf-life and preservatives; instead, consumers today are looking for the freshest produce, meats, dairy and grains. Although the tren ... Read More

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Harvest Hill Beverage Company will acquire American Beverage Corporation from ... Read More

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

The attempt to reduce the use of antibiotics on animals is growing, as concerns grow over the possibility of superbugs that are resistant to medicine used on both humans and livestock. Just this week, McDonald's announced plans to source only anti ... Read More

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

American consumers would spend 31% more a week on food that is produced in a socially responsible manner, according to Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications' ... Read More

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Blueberries saw a 9% increase in cold storage as of Jan. 31 when compared year-over-year. In 2014, 172.7 million-lbs. of blueberries were held in cold storage. In 2015, the number rose to 187.5 million-lbs. held in cold storage. Cultivated 30-lb. ... Read More

Posted on March 06, 2015 by James Hickey

Six frozen vegetable commodities in cold storage decreased more than 10% from the preliminary movement announcement for December. The overall change for cold storage stocks of frozen vegetables was down 9% to 2.4 billion-lbs.

Green peas ha ... Read More

Posted on March 04, 2015 by Chris Campbell

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) introduced a Non-GMO & More s ... Read More

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Beef, chicken and pork jerky represents a $2.5 billion industry in the U.S., but it was only a few years ago that entrepreneurs began tapping into the bustling market. The jerky market has been traditionally controlled by only a few companies (lik ... Read More

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

Dealing with falling consumer interest, Target plans to reignite the spark with a makeover for its grocery department. The offer more organic and natural products, making up for ground lost after it focused too heavily prices and in expanding its ... Read More

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Chris Campbell

There is no doubt that the millenial mindset is expanding to include all aspects of the U.S. economy. Food retailers have been quick to notice this emerging market and have be ... Read More

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Invisible Sentinel is working on an easier molecular diagnostics test to improve the efficiency of food safety. The startup, which makes handheld DNA testers, i ... Read More

Posted on March 02, 2015 by James Hickey

On Feb. 23, USDA purchased 11 types of canned vegetable products for federal food assistance programs worth about $6.3 million. There was a total of 553,840 cases purchased that included 194,400 24/300 cases of meatless spaghetti sauce; 122,400 24 ... Read More