The Food Institute Blog
The Food Institute Blog
Sometimes bigger isn't better, as more companies are looking at smaller store formats to grow its business. Three grocery operators, Sendik's Food Markets, WinCo and Raley's, recently revealed plans to open smaller format stores, while Dollar Gene ... Read More
According to a Food Institute analysis of the USDA Cold Storage monthly report, frozen vegetables and fruits both saw declines for February. For frozen vegetables, cold storage declined 2% to 2.0 billion-lbs. overall with potatoes flat at 1.1 bill ... Read More
As the decline of orange juice production and sales continues, Florida farmers are contemplating an advertising campaign that would downplay the state's prominent production role.
The USDA recently reduced the estimate of this season's ora ... Read More
While a record 15.0 million tons of tomatoes are estimated to be harvested in California this coming year by the USDA, a couple of red flags have appeared to cast doubt if the number will be hit.
The state's drought is entering is fourth c ... Read More
Import and exports of canned beans showed strong increases in the first month of 2015 despite overall volume and dollar values being mixed.
January imports for shelled beans increased 5% in volume to about 7.3 million-lbs. with a 15% incre ... Read More
Final results from the Bureau of Census’ Aquaculture recorded an overall increase of selected fish and shellfish products imports while exports declined for 2014. Imports overall increased 7% in volume and 19% in dollar for 2014. About 2.64 ... Read More
Six frozen vegetable commodities in cold storage decreased more than 10% from the preliminary movement announcement for December. The overall change for cold storage stocks of frozen vegetables was down 9% to 2.4 billion-lbs.
Green peas ha ... Read More
On Feb. 23, USDA purchased 11 types of canned vegetable products for federal food assistance programs worth about $6.3 million. There was a total of 553,840 cases purchased that included 194,400 24/300 cases of meatless spaghetti sauce; 122,400 24 ... Read More
While the recent preliminary settlement has been reached with dock workers and West Coast port operators, monthly shipment reports from California shows the damage that was done to certain segments of the dried fruit and but industries. Raisin shi ... Read More
According to IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm, supermarket sales for five selected products was down 1.24% for dollar sales while increasing 1.27% in unit sales for 52-week period ending Jan. 25. Dollar sales totaled $2.28 billion f ... Read More
While new GMO apples were recently approved by the USDA, they will not be hitting grocery stores anytime soon. Developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF), the USDA approved on Feb. 14 two apple varieties that have been genetically engineere ... Read More
The USDA purchased about $9.7 million of bottled juices Feb. 13. A total of 695,895 cases of seven different types of juices were purchased for the federal food assistance program. The products purchased include 231,650 cases of 8/64-oz. apple jui ... Read More
Exports for frozen and canned vegetables had healthy growth in 2014. According to the most recent U.S. Trade reports ending Dec. 31, canned and glass vegetable exports rose 7% in volume and 6% in dollar value. A total of 542.4 million-lbs. was exp ... Read More
Prices for canned green beans rose to its highest last month in the past seven years. Retail prices for 24/300 cut green beans increased to $12.35 per case for January, up from $11.75 per case the previous month. While the price of 24/300 raised s ... Read More
The comeback of pork continued with it now being the second most produced meat in the U.S. Pork recently surpassed meat to land in second behind chicken. According to the USDA, pork production will climb this year to a record 23.91 billion-lbs., a ... Read More
To alleviate a glut in the cranberry market, USDA made three separate purchases of about 3.9 million cases of cranberry products for distribution in federal food assistance programs worth a total of $54.9 million. Between the 2014 cranberries crop ... Read More