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Posted on January 29, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Food safety is a major concern for every sector of the food industry, as well as consumers. After major foodborne illness incidents like Blue Bell's listeria contamination, or Chipotle's recent norovirus outbreak, it can be hard for companies to r ... Read More

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to food labeling discussions, GMOs are all the rage and both sides have equally-fervent advocates. GMO supporters claim the modified ingredients don't harm anyone and mandatory labeling efforts could hurt producers by discouraging cu ... Read More

Posted in GMO   Natural   Labeling   Food Manufacturers   Retail  
Posted on January 27, 2016 by Brian Todd

Last year, McDonald’s tested a breakfast bowl with kale in Southern California. It was not surprising, considering that the trendy vegetable has been added to the menus of numerous more upscale quick-serve restaurants like Panera and has bee ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's   Vegetables   Produce   Potatoes   Kale   Foodservice  
Posted on January 26, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

McDonald's has been working to bring customers back into its stores and increase sales. It recently released a new value menu, is experimenting with self-service kiosks and customization, and is even testing table service. One of its most successf ... Read More

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Americans relied upon brand-name diets for years, jumping from Jenny Craig to Lean Cuisine to Weight Watchers in an effort to help lose weight. The days of Americans leaning on promises of shredding fat through low-calor ... Read More

Posted in Diet   Frozen Food   Health   Diet Foods   Organic   GMO   Sugar   Gluten  
Posted on January 21, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The past 12 months have been tough for farmers. Outbreaks like the avian flu have diminished poultry flocks, diseases like citrus greening hurt crops, and high temperatures and droughts across the country depleted resources. El Nino is proving to ... Read More

Posted in El Nino   Agriculture   Produce   Fruits   Vegetables  
Posted on January 20, 2016 by Chris Campbell

As consumers change, so do companies. Staying relevant and in-touch with consumers is imperative for any brand, and recently, consumers have started to showcase a desire for dealing with companies that are environmentally and socially responsible. ... Read More

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The story of the connected consumer is always expanding. Where there are needs that require filling, there will be technology to make it easier. Never did I think that technology and food would be so interconnected, and as a food writer, I never i ... Read More

Posted on January 18, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Everyone in the food industry knows that prices, to an extent, are flexible. Different types of food are subject to market fluctuations, tariffs, taxes, shipping costs and more. These prices can vary from state to state, and the Portland Press ... Read More

Posted in Maine   Retail   Prices  
Posted on January 14, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Grocery store checkout lanes are not usually customers' favorite place. Waiting in line and being begged by their kids or tempted by their sweet tooth to buy candy, soda and chips can be an uphill battle, but some retailers are on a mission to cha ... Read More

Posted in Target   Aldi   Health   Retail  
Posted on January 13, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The vegan diet was once reserved for people who avoided all products sourced from or tested on animals due to ethical reasons. The removal of dairy, meats and all other animal byproducts from one's entire lifestyle, including diet, hygiene and fas ... Read More

Posted in Meatless   Produce   Vegan   Vegetarian  
Posted on January 12, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

As online ordering and delivery becomes more popular, technological innovations will inevitably come about to make the process easier, faster and more appealing. After ecommerce became more widespread, companies were immediately looking at how to ... Read More

Posted in Drones   Google   Amazon   Walmart   Delivery   Retail  
Posted on January 11, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's an oft-cited cliche, but it's often cited for a reason: Americans love to make New Year's resolutions every January 1, and those resolutions are usually tied to weight management in some form. New diets, renewed gym memberships and a focus on ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice   Retail   Diet   Demographics  
Posted on January 07, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

The first week back after the holidays is sometimes a slow one. Everyone is just getting back into their regular routine, shifting their brains away from parties and presents. It also tends to be a slow week for company announcements and food indu ... Read More

Posted on January 06, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's finally dropped below freezing in the Northeast, and I for one know my grocery shopping habits are changing. During the warmer months, I employ a semi-daily shopping routine, grabbing a few items for the next day or so. When the winter comes, ... Read More

Posted in Samsung   IoT   Technology   Fridge  
Posted on January 05, 2016 by Jennette Zitelli

Whether you've noticed or not, there's a price war going on between the top quick service restaurant chains (QSRs). Customers are becoming more critical of the foods they eat, and value is definitely becoming an increasingly important factor in pu ... Read More

Posted on January 04, 2016 by Chris Campbell

As 2015 quietly passes into the record books and 2016 begins, we at the Food Institute are are settling back into the groove. In many ways, the first week of the year is a great time to reflect upon the past year, but it also serves as a great tim ... Read More

Posted in Retail   Delivery   Foodservice   Supply Chain