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Posted on May 27, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

One of the most popular sectors for food industry startups is meal delivery. Every week another company is completing a large funding round, expanding into a new market or creating a new service. Research group PitchBook recently noted that online ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Foodservice   Technology  
Posted on May 26, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The California drought has returned to the forefront of the news as senior water rights holders begin to contend with sanctions on their water usage. The drought is becoming so severe that several senior water rights holders in the Sacramento-San ... Read More

Posted in Produce   Fruits   Vegetables   Retail  
Posted on May 21, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

New food trends are always moving on to the scene, but some stick around longer than others. Healthy foods and exotic flavors both seem to stay popular with consumers, as year after year more products are released with natural, nutritious and uniq ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail  
Posted on May 20, 2015 by James Hickey

The cost of avian flu has a dollar total: $1 billion. That is the combined total that researchers at the universities of Minnesota and Iowa State estimate will cost the two hardest hit states by the outbreak that as of May 19 has spread to 15 stat ... Read More

Posted in Avian Flu   Poultry  
Posted on May 20, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Target aims to attract more young shoppers by shifting its grocery focus and curating its products for today's consumer. It recently revealed plans to concentrate more on its private label brands and items such as Greek yogurt and bagged coffee, a ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Organic  
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

As sales of staples such as soda decline, contenders are appearing across the beverage industry. Dairy hasn't gone untouched, with plant-based alternatives growing rapidly. Other botanical beverages are trying to ride the same wave that gave rise ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Beverages  
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Chris Campbell

What do Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse and Bing Crosby have in common? They were either from, or at some point lived in, Seattle. As strong as Seattle's music history is, its coffeehouse culture rivals it in popularity. And it seem ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Foodservice  
Posted on May 18, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

While Millennials have been shifting the landscape with their unique spending habits, they tend to shift to reflect older generations' after they settle down and start families, according to a study by Goldman Sachs. Younger Millennials' shopping ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Retail  
Posted on May 15, 2015 by James Hickey

As the USDA forecast for oranges continues to drop, the industry’s citrus department is asking the state for money for their budget next year. USDA reduced this season's orange crop by 5%, a total of 5.6 million boxes, to ... Read More

Posted in Fruits  
Posted on May 15, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Food ordering has gotten increasingly simple over the past few years, as many companies specialize in apps and websites that let users order and get food delivered in just a few taps of their smartphone. Domino's is obviously aware of that trend, ... Read More

Posted in Social Media   Foodservice   Retail   Technology  
Posted on May 14, 2015 by Chris Campbell

In what appears to be a major victory for the anti-GMO movement, a leaked USDA letter from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sent to employees indicates that the department is creating a ... Read More

Posted in GMOs   USDA  
Posted on May 13, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

The world is adapting to the rise of online shopping options, including the use of digital options for brick-and-mortar trips. Each region has proven an early adopter of certain technologies over others, and North American shoppers are the most li ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Retail  
Posted on May 12, 2015 by Chris Campbell

Despite America's newly-found desire for healthier food, there is one facet of food retail that remains almost entirely stocked by high-sugar products and unhealthy choices: vending machines. But the tides are changing for the long-established ind ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Technology  
Posted on May 12, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

All industries are seeing the need to increase advancements in technology, and the food retail and restaurant business is at the forefront. Consumers are always interested in services that save them time and money, and technology is one obvious wa ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Technology   Retail  
Posted on May 08, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

Different fast food chains are finding success in different aspects of social media, according to a study by Unmetric. While all the major chains have a presence, they vary in how they respond to messages, where their fans are located, and how man ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Marketing  
Posted on May 08, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

As difficult as it has been for companies to learn how to market to Millennials, it may be even more of a struggle connecting with Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration, or those who were born after 1994. This generation is beginning to grad ... Read More

Posted in Millennials   Marketing  
Posted on May 07, 2015 by Chris Campbell

I'm unsure if any word conjures up a more spirited debate in the food industry than "GMO." Genetically modified organisms have been a hot topic in the industry, with critics claiming they are unnatural and unhealthy, while proponents have noted ho ... Read More

Posted in Meat   Poultry   Seafood   GMOs  
Posted on May 06, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

While online grocery is steadily growing, its pace will likely pick up as Millennials and Generation Z continue growing their purchasing power. Both generations grew up with digital technology, and the vast majority of both are either willing to s ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Millennials  
Posted on May 06, 2015 by Chris Campbell

The avocado is an interesting fruit, a hold-over from a time long past. The seed is too large for most of today's animals to properly disperse, and for two million years it barely survived on the backs of rodents before the ... Read More

Posted in Fruit   Produce  
Posted on May 04, 2015 by James Hickey

While almonds are being scapegoated as a leading cause of drought conditions in California, acreage topped the 1 million mark for the first time. California's 2014 almond acrea ... Read More

Posted in Nuts  
Posted on May 05, 2015 by Jennette Zitelli

Supermarket mergers and acquisitions have been heating up in the past week, as four new deals in the industry were announced. Many retailers are using acquisitions to expand their chain or release new product offerings, instead of doing so organic ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Mergers   Acquisitions  
Posted on May 01, 2015 by Bryan Wassel

More and more major companies are turning away from palm oil as a bid to attract consumers concerned about environmental damage. McDonald's made the announcement in April, joining Dunkin' Brands and Yum! Brands Inc. in their pledges to source only ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on May 01, 2015 by James Hickey

A volcano in Chile may affect the amount of salmon available in the U.S. Official damage estimates are not available yet, but Eduardo Aguilera of the National Fishing Service says about ... Read More

Posted in Seafood  
Posted on May 01, 2015 by Chris Campbell

On Wednesday, Goya Foods President and Executive Vice President Bob and Peter Unanue invited coworkers, friends, family and the press to attend the grand opening celebration of their new Jersey City, N.J. facility. The new 900,000-sq. ft. location ... Read More

Posted in Goya   Food Manufacturers