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Posted on July 31, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For the first time in nearly a decade and a half, Japan will increase emergency tariffs on imported frozen beef due to soaring shipments.

Japan plans to raise tariffs on imported beef from the current 38.5% to 50% until March 2017, represe ... Read More

Posted in Beef   Japan   U.S.   Washington   Imports   Exports  
Posted on July 27, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

There has been much debate about instituting sugary drink taxes, specifically in Philadelphia where one was put into place in six months ago. Some argue that it will improve consumer health and boost revenue for much needed initiatives, while othe ... Read More

Posted in Tax   Washington   Beverages   Retail  
Posted on July 26, 2017 by Chris Campbell

"We're fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves."

The quote above is attributed to Kenneth Y. Goldberg, an American artist, writer, inventor and researcher in the field of robotics and automation. Addition ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Retail  
Posted on July 25, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Health claims on food have become a tricky business lately, as consumers are now more aware of what they are eating and require more transparency from manufacturers. Lawsuits and complaints about misleading labeling on food packaging has become so ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Claims  
Posted on July 24, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In what is becoming a common refrain in the Food Institute offices, it appears Chipotle Mexican Grill just can't catch a break.

As Jennette expertly opined on ... Read More

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Chipotle just cannot catch a break. After reports this week that diners were falling ill from eating at a Chipotle location in Sterling, VA, the chain was forced to shut down the location and investigate into the cause of the outbreak.

The ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle  
Posted on July 18, 2017 by Jennette Rowan filed a trademark for a meal kit service with the tagline “We do the prep. You be the chef.” The filing describes the service as "Prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or and vegetables and a ... Read More

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Chris Campbell

By now, if you haven't heard about the Amazon deal to purchase Whole Foods Market, you've clearly been living under a rock. In the wake of the news, much of the press has focused on how Amazon can disrupt the grocery industry, how the logistical s ... Read More

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Several years ago, a supermarket that took the major step of implementing an e-commerce program was seen as a technologically advanced company, staying so far ahead of the competition that it was sure to be at the head of the industry. Now, simply ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Walmart   Target   Ocado  
Posted on July 12, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In February, a tremor was felt across the food world as news broke that the Kraft Heinz Co. was looking to acquire Unilever PLC. Although the deal was rejected and withdrawn, analysts now believe that a follow-up effort will be presented by Kraft ... Read More

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Over the next few months, Syngenta will need to weather numerous class action lawsuits alleging the company sold GMO corn seeds that were not approved in foreign markets. The lawsuits argue that because the seeds were legal in the U.S. but not yet ... Read More

Posted in Syngenta   Washington   Lawsuits  
Posted on July 10, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

While most people are still reeling from last month's bombshell merger announcement from Amazon and Whole Foods Market, there have been plenty of other M&A deals signed since then. One of the more notable ones is Campbell Soup Co.'s  ... Read More

Posted on July 06, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

A lot of research goes into figuring out how to market to Millennials because, let's face it, no one really understands them. As a Millennial myself, I can't even tell you what we want, mainly because I'm not sure who even qualifies as a Millennia ... Read More

Posted on July 05, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The U.S. and Mexico officially resolved a trade disagreement regarding sugar after formally signing an agreement June 30. The deal, initially unveiled June 6, will seek to prevent Mexico from dumping inexpensive sugar into the U.S. market.

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Posted in U.S.   Mexico   Sugar