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Posted on January 31, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Chicago's plastic bag fee is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1, charging customers who don't bring their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store seven cents per bag. The city hopes the fee will cut down the use of disposable bags, which t ... Read More

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Another week passes, and more news from McDonald's hits the web. In just the span of a week, the company has unveiled a surprise, made promises to invest in technology, released overseas franchising and product details and even showcased a burger ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's  
Posted on January 26, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

While most sports fans wouldn't say food is the main reason they gather to watch their favorite teams, it does play a major role in the experience. Stadiums have been  ... Read More

Posted in Big Game   Consumer Insights  
Posted on January 25, 2017 by Chris Campbell

January is proving to be difficult for Florida growers. From storms to price decreases, agricultural producers in the region are contending with a myriad of challenges impacting their businesses and the quality of their products.

Florida g ... Read More

Posted in Florida   Citrus   Texas   Produce  
Posted on January 24, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal was released almost exactly one year ago, and it was well on its way to becoming ratified. However, with a new president in the U.S., it looks as if the deal may never come to fruition.

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Posted in TPP   NAFTA   Washington  
Posted on January 23, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Over the past few years, I'm not sure anything in the fast-food sector garnered as much attention as McDonald's decision to begin offering all-day breakfast. Long awaited by many of the brand's fans, and spear-headed by social media requests, the ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's  
Posted on January 19, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Specialty, natural and organic markets used to be the new trend, as chains like Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market and the Fresh Market became extremely popular. However, now that natural and organic food has become more mainstream and mor ... Read More

Posted in Ethnic Foods   Retail  
Posted on January 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Things can move very quickly in the food industry, and Tom Vilsack is the perfect example. In less than a week, the former agriculture secretary resigned from his post and landed as the head of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).

On Mon ... Read More

Posted in Vilsack   USDA   USDEC  
Posted on January 17, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

As a Millennial, I'm no stranger to the world of generational studies. Millennials have been pegged as everything from selfish and financially inept to creative and hardworking, and it seems a new study comes out almost every day to try to figure ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights  
Posted on January 16, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Here's a fun trivia question for you: who was President Barack Obama's longest-serving Cabinet secretary? USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack lays claim to that feat, but all good things must come to an end. On Jan. 13, in an email to his employees, Vilsac ... Read More

Posted in Vilsack   USDA  
Posted on January 12, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Small, specialty food manufacturers and innovative, artisanal restaurants are more popular than ever, and food industry investors have definitely taken notice. It can be extremely difficult for a new company to get started, especially in the food ... Read More

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Jan. 10 was a busy day for packaged food rivals The Kellogg Co. and General Mills as both unveiled their product portfolio plans for the new year. New products, new varieties and new takes on old favorites featured heavily in both companies' portf ... Read More

Posted in General Mills   Kellogg  
Posted on January 10, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Organic products are spiking in popularity in recent years as consumers are increasingly concerned about what goes into the foods they are eating and more traditional retailers begin to expand their organic offerings.

Demand for organic ic ... Read More

Posted in Organic   Consumer Insights  
Posted on January 09, 2017 by Chris Campbell

McDonald's has done a lot of work to turn around its business in the U.S. in recent years, and the company is now making moves to turn around its fortunes overseas.

The company reached a nearly $2.1 billion deal with CITIC and the Carlyle ... Read More

Posted on January 05, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

Class action lawsuits are becoming a pretty common occurrence in the food industry, as consumers become more aware and concerned about how their food is made. Just these past two days, three more suits were reported or updated against Nestle, Hers ... Read More

Posted in Lawsuits   Washington  
Posted on January 04, 2017 by Jennette Zitelli

As food prices have declined and food shopping has become simpler with the advent of online grocery shopping and click-and-collect programs, more and more consumers are choosing to eat at home.

More than half of all food commodities obtain ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights  
Posted on January 03, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Things haven't been easy for Dungeness crabbers on the West Coast in recent years. Algae blooms and Domoic acid outbreaks have led to a variety of harvest closures from California through Canada. However, now that the season is finally open, they ... Read More

Posted in Crabs   Seafood   Markets