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Posted on August 31, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Most of the news surrounding the Amazon/Whole Foods merger has been on their recent price reductions, along with other initial plans like integrating Amazon Prime members as Whole Foods loyalty members and selling Whole Foods' 365 brand products o ... Read More

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you've been reading The Food Institute Blog, you know that sugar-sweetened beverage taxes have been one of the hottest topics in the food industry over the past two years. Proponents note the potential health benefits of such taxes, wh ... Read More

Posted in Washington   Tax   Beverages  
Posted on August 29, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Self-driving cars seem like a hyper-futuristic technology that many of us never expected to see in our lifetimes. It is technology reserved for The Jetsons and science fiction movies. However, the reality is that most people wil ... Read More

Posted in Delivery   Domino's   Ford   DoorDash   Marble   Foodservice  
Posted on August 28, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The U.S. Apple Association held its annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in Chicago, IL, and the meeting gave a peek into what is coming for regional U.S. apple growers.

Members of the association project ... Read More

Posted in Apples   Fruits   Produce   Markets  
Posted on August 24, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Food businesses have been busy with acquisitions the past few years, with some of the most high-profile deals coming out in just the past few months. Aside from the notorious Whole Foods/Amazon deal, there have been many other multi-billion dollar ... Read More

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Production of both cattle and calves and hogs and pigs in the U.S. and Canada are on the rise, according to a pair of joint reports issued by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Statistics Canada.

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Posted in Cattle   Calves   Pigs   Hogs   US   Canada   Agriculture  
Posted on August 22, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Foodborne illnesses are a major problem in the food industry, as they can be difficult to track and catch in a timely manner. The most recent available  ... Read More

Posted in Food Safety   Technology   Blockchain  
Posted on August 21, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Ah, the internet. As a Millennial, I can admit my life pretty much revolves around the use of it. At work, I scour the web for stories for Today in Food, The Food Institute Report and The Food Institute Blog. When I get ... Read More

Posted in Technology   Agriculture   Farmers   USDA  
Posted on August 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Cook County, IL, first approved a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, in hopes of raising $200 million a year, in November 2016. It was the seventh local government in the U.S. to pass such a levy, and was by far the largest area. The tax was or ... Read More

Posted in Illinois   Washington   Tax   Sugary Beverages   Retail  
Posted on August 17, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

A lot of time and marketing dollars are spent on appealing to the Millennial generation. We even spend a good deal of time on the  ... Read More

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It seems that Target doesn't want to sit on its laurels.

Yesterday, Jennette wrote about two moves from Target. Specifically, she noted that the company hired executives that had previously worked at Walmart and General Mills to bolster it ... Read More

Posted in Target   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on August 15, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Grocery chains are facing a changing consumer landscape, and that means that the food retail industry must make some changes as well.

The number of regional grocers with at least $2 million in sales fell 6 percent to 25,380 in 2016, accord ... Read More

Posted on August 09, 2017 by Chris Campbell

News can come at you fast in the food industry, so today, I'm going to provide a few quick updates on two stories I've been following recently in our blog.

Story 1: ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Retail   Tax   Washington   Cook County   Illinois   Beverage Tax  
Posted on August 08, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Plant-based foods have been a hot topic of conversation in the past year, as more companies are beginning to offer alternatives that more closely resemble animal meat. Just last week, I covered some of the up-and-coming companies in the sector rig ... Read More

Posted on August 07, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For an industry still reeling from the effects of avian influenza, the European egg market may see some dramatic changes in the coming weeks after a pesticide scare was reported in connection to certain Dutch eggs.

NVWA, the Dutch food and ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   EU   Food Safety   International  
Posted on August 04, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to sugary beverage taxes, nothing is ever quite simple.

In the past, The Food Institute Blog has looked at the tax in Philadelphia ... Read More

Posted in Beverage Tax   Cook County   IL   Washington  
Posted on August 03, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

Amazon is a force to be reckoned with in the retail industry, and it has rapidly become a major player in the grocery sector. The e-commerce company's total grocery sales so far in 2017 are at $420 million, a 50% year-over-year increase, according ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Ecommerce  
Posted on August 01, 2017 by Jennette Rowan

For a myriad of reasons, consumers are starting to look for ways to reduce their meat consumption. Some look for meat alternatives to improve their health, while others are concerned about the environmental impact of traditional meat production. R ... Read More