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Posted on February 15, 2018 by Chris Campbell

"Honey, can you answer the door? I think the SNAPBox just got dropped off."

In what is likely a familiar scenario for many families across the country, the hypothetical talking point above mimics real life: whether it be Blue Apr ... Read More

Posted in SNAP   USDA   Trump   Blue Apron   Retail  
Posted on February 12, 2018 by Chris Campbell

In my time as the Food Institute's fresh produce analyst, one trend never seems to slow down. That trend would be the rising consumer demand for organic products in general, but especially in the fresh produce sector. And in 2017, consumers pushed ... Read More

Posted on February 05, 2018 by Chris Campbell

If you go through the archives of the Food Institute Blog, you'll see we cover a lot of ground, but even we have our old standbys. Amazon, mergers, food trends and the like tend to garner a lot of coverage in this medium, and today I will return t ... Read More

Posted in Avocados  
Posted on January 31, 2018 by Chris Campbell

Making food can be a tricky proposition in the modern era. First, you need to balance the taste of a product with its nutrition. Then, you need to successfully market the product to retailers and consumers. And throughout, you need to worry about ... Read More

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Chris Campbell

Amazon is no stranger to the Food Institute Blog. They serve as a benchmark for e-commerce in many ways, and over the weekend, the company made two moves that will likely impact the retail world in the coming months.

To start, the company ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Retail   Ecommerce  
Posted on January 15, 2018 by Chris Campbell

The new tax bill is expected to affect the majority of American workers starting in February, but already, some companies are planning ahead and enjoying the public relations boon of offering bonuses up front to their employees. Walmart was one su ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Sam's Club   BJ's   Retail  
Posted on January 10, 2018 by Chris Campbell

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most notable events of the year for the technology industry. New gadgets, keynote speeches and emerging technology platforms are displayed for the public, and hot takes abound on what will become p ... Read More

Posted in Toyota   Ford   Postmates   Domino's   Pizza Hut   Amazon   Uber   Did   CES   Didi  
Posted on January 08, 2018 by Chris Campbell

When ordering tacos from a foodservice outlet, the last thing you might expect would be this phrase: "Would you like fries with that?"

Yet, on Jan. 25, across the nation, diners at Taco Bell will be presented with that question when the ch ... Read More

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Chris Campbell

I remember when I first began my career with the Food Institute, I was a bit flustered by the enormity of it all. At times, the food industry can seem like a mammoth. Regulatory issues, food safety procedures, marketing, supply chains and more all ... Read More

Posted in USDA   Farm  
Posted on December 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In the U.S., the spotlight is on Amazon, and for good reason. The company's recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market, it's potential foray into the pharmaceuticals business and its omnipresent share of e-commerce sales during the holiday season ar ... Read More

Posted in Amazon  
Posted on December 13, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It was but a few moments after I clicked "SEND" on Today in Food that the buzz around the office started: Target was buying Shipt for $550 million. So let's dive on in to this news.

The ... Read More

Posted in Target   Shipt   Amazon   Whole Foods   Instacart  
Posted on December 06, 2017 by Chris Campbell

What do you do when you announce you are about to close nearly 400 stores, but then find out through the legal system you are obligated to keep more than 75 of them open? Starbucks Corp. is developing the answer to this question in real-time in re ... Read More

Posted in Starbucks   Teavana   Retail   Foodservice  
Posted on December 04, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The trials and tribulations of Chipotle Mexican Grill is not a new topic for The Food Institute Blog. Both Jennette and I have opined in the past regarding the slew of food safety scares and other issues the former fast-casual darling has faced. W ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle  
Posted on November 29, 2017 by Chris Campbell

On a recent visit at a friend's house, I had a moment of clarity to see how technology is becoming such a major facet of everyday life. Clearly, we cover technological advancements pretty regularly here at the Food Institute, but for whatever reas ... Read More

Posted in Instacart   Albertsons   Amazon   Whole Foods   Loblaw   Kroger   Lidl   Aldi   H-E-B   Publix   Ahold  
Posted on November 27, 2017 by Chris Campbell

After four days out of the office, we are back doing what we do best at the Food Institute offices: keeping an eye on the food industry. Although today is Cyber Monday, we are starting to get a look at that other Thanksgiving holiday: Black Friday ... Read More

Posted in ICSC   Holidays   Black Friday   Cyber Monday  
Posted on November 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Hurricane Irma was not kind to Florida's citrus industry, which was already besieged by dwindling production and citrus greening disease. In an effort to defend Florida's iconic agricultural industry, both federal and state government programs are ... Read More

Posted in orange   Florida   Citrus   Produce   Fruit   Washington  
Posted on November 13, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In just over a week, families across the U.S. will be sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal that features turkey, mashed potatoes and a variety of other American staples. I know my family will be enjoying an apple pie made by my father, so I felt i ... Read More

Posted on November 06, 2017 by Chris Campbell

There are about two months remaining in 2017, and retailers are preparing for the Thanksgiving and winter holiday seasons. However, savvy industry members are also looking to what will be hot in 2018, and Whole Foods Market is supplying some food ... Read More

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

At a recent meal out, I took a look at the table-top tablet in front of me and took stock of changes affecting the restaurant industry. Customers are beginning to expect personalization in ways never before expected, whether it be in-store enterta ... Read More

Posted in Foodservice  
Posted on October 25, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Voice-ordering devices. Smart thermostats. Mobile-connected cameras. Even Internet of Things-enabled fridges that allow for re-ordering: It seems brands and retailers want to get into consumers' homes, but the level is accelerating.

About ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Delivery  
Posted on October 23, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Pesticides and herbicides are a controversial subject of discussion in the food world. Some would argue they are absolutely vital to a thriving food system by ensuring pests and invasive weeds do not decimate crops, while others would argue that t ... Read More

Posted in Dicamba   BASF   Monsanto   DuPont   Pesticides   EPA  
Posted on October 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you've been following the Food Institute in any capacity over the course of the past year, you know we've been keeping our eyes on sugary beverage taxes, or "soda taxes." We've reported on some benefits and some of the negatives, but this is a ... Read More

Posted in Cook County   Soda   Sugar   Beverage   Taxes   Washington  
Posted on October 16, 2017 by Chris Campbell

One thing is clear: Florida's all orange forecast will be down in the 2017-2018 season. The real question is, "by how much?"

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Posted in USDA   Florida   Oranges   Produce   Fruit  
Posted on October 05, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Led Zeppelin released Led Zeppelin II on Halloween of 1969, and the following year, "Whole Lotta Love" was released as the lead single for the record. Although an interpretation of the song's lyrics might not be appropriate for the Fo ... Read More

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When you go to the supermarket and grab an item, what is the first thing you check? The nutrition label might be a logical answer, but for many Americans, this might not be the case. Regardless, such labels provide a snapshot of the nutrition of a ... Read More

Posted in FDA   Retail   Manufacturing   Grocery   Nutrition Labels  
Posted on September 27, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Autumn is officially upon us, but it doesn't feel like it at the Food Institute headquarters where we are still contending with ninety degree days. However, in the spirit of the season, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) published its annu ... Read More

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Here at the Food Institute Blog, we regularly write about how retailers and food producers are trying to get a foothold in customers' doors. From grocery delivery programs to Internet of Things-connected fridges to digital assistants, mos ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Retail   Delivery   Technology  
Posted on September 11, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For many children throughout the country, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a staple. And if we are being honest, it remains a frequent aspect of my adult diet, as well. However, with the rising prevalence of peanut allergy cases in the U.S. ... Read More

Posted in Peanuts   FDA   Allergies   Washington  
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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  
Posted on June 28, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It's almost that time of year: parades will be held, fireworks will be set off and Americans from coast to coast will celebrate their national pride. Independence Day is less than a week away, and alongside these traditions will come plenty of opp ... Read More

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Timing is everything. I spent a few days out of the office in Delaware over the weekend, and of course, the biggest news we've seen in a while pops up: Amazon is purchasing Whole Foods Market for about $13.7 billion. And now, my post last week abo ... Read More

Posted in Amazon   Whole Foods  
Posted on June 14, 2017 by Chris Campbell

As we are approaching the mid-point of 2017, I think it is accurate to note that grocery retailers are in the midst of a sea change that will affect the way they conduct business going forward. From labeling rules to sugary beverage taxes to e-com ... Read More

Posted in Aldi   Lidl   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on June 12, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to food recalls, I am the Food Institute's point man. On any given day, three to four food recalls will pop into my RSS feed, ranging from undeclared allergens to potential pathogens to contamination with extraneous materials. So you ... Read More

Posted in Recalls   USDA  
Posted on June 07, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Avocado production is down, but prices are up and producers are reaping the benefits, even if some entrepreneurs decry the Millennial habit of eating avocado toast.

Avocado growers in California, Mexico and Peru shipped about 44.6 million- ... Read More

Posted on June 05, 2017 by Chris Campbell

From new distribution centers to new delivery programs, Walmart is working diligently to improve its e-commerce offerings and its technology to retain market share. However, according to President and CEO Doug McMillon, the company won't forget to ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Amazon  
Posted on May 31, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you love olive oil, now might be the time to stock up. Production across the globe is dropping due to a number of issues, while global demand is ticking up.

In a recent piece for ... Read More

Posted in Olives   Olive Oil  
Posted on May 26, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When I think of unique food combinations, I usually think of fast-food outlets. Taco Bell introduced the Doritos Taco. Burger King recently reintroduced its Cheetos Mac and Cheese Bites product. Sonic previously offered a Nerds rope-flavored iced ... Read More

Posted in Stunt Foods   Retail   Grocery  
Posted on May 24, 2017 by Chris Campbell

If you are a regular reader of Today In Food, you'll know that just about every day, a new food or beverage product hits store shelves. While we do our best to track all new emerging products, it is a daunting task: according to new data ... Read More

Posted in USDA   Retail   Snacks   Beverages  
Posted on May 17, 2017 by Chris Campbell

After a few weeks of relatively cool weather and rain, it appears New Jersey will skip spring entirely to jump to summer: it's 90 degrees today outside the Food Institute offices in Upper Saddle River, NJ. And with summer comes one of my favorite ... Read More

Posted in Peaches  
Posted on May 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Demand for organic foods in on the rise, but are all the emerging organic products actually certified as such? This might not be the case, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The ... Read More

Posted in Organic   USDA  
Posted on May 10, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Bumble Bee Foods LLC agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish May 8, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). According to the agency, Bumble Bee and its co-conspirators agreed to fi ... Read More

Posted in Bumble Bee   DOJ  
Posted on May 08, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Pinnacle Foods Inc. issued a press release May 8 noting that it would exit certain "low-margin and non-strategic" Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast products. The cuts would include items in both the foodservice and retail sectors. Pinnacle Foods Chief ... Read More

Posted in Pinnacle Foods   Aunt Jemima  
Posted on May 03, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Argentine lemon growers can finally release a sigh of relief: USDA will not again extend the stay of an interim rule regarding the importation of such products into the U.S., allowing the rule to ... Read More

Posted in Lemons   USDA   Fruits   Produce  
Posted on May 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Demographics of Consumer Food Spending, 2017 Edition

For the past three years at the Food Institute, I've been tasked with compiling the data for our annual Demographics of Consumer Food Spending book. Using the m ... Read More

Posted in Demographics  
Posted on April 24, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Spring has sprung, and across the country, produce farmers are gearing up for the 2017 season.

North Carolina strawberry farmers are preparing for the second harvest, picking the crop at least two weeks early because of warm February tempe ... Read More

Posted in Fruit   Produce   Crops  
Posted on April 19, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Health proponents hail them, and sweetened beverage makers demonize them: so-called "soda" taxes are popping up across the country, and they are creating waves in the food industry. However, the question of whether or not the taxes on sugar-sweete ... Read More

Posted in Soda   Coca-Cola   PepsiCo   Berkeley   Tax   Washington  
Posted on April 18, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) filed a petition with FDA to delay the effective date of a rule on food labeling.

The ... Read More

Posted in NACS   NGA   CSPI   Washington   Labeling  
Posted on April 12, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It's a few days until Easter Sunday, and it's a pretty important time for grocers looking to sell a variety of items. From asparagus to strawberries, from ham to lamb, and from eggs to seasonal candies, many U.S. shoppers will be filling their bas ... Read More

Posted in Easter   NRF   AFBF   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on April 10, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It is high... it is far... it is... off the wall for a double.

Local Yankee fans have been blessed with the voice of John Sterling as the voice of radio broadcasts since 1989. Known for his over-the-top, personalized home run call ... Read More

Posted on April 05, 2017 by Chris Campbell

April is upon us, and up here in the Northeast, we are all smiling as the late-season snow has melted away. My beloved Yankees are sitting at .500, and the long campaign that is the Major League Baseball season is just beginning. And that means on ... Read More

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Sugary tax legislation is a tricky thing.

While health advocates and legislators note it's a win-win that both promotes public health and raises revenue from the government, industry operators argue such legislation puts an uneccessary str ... Read More

Posted in PepsiCo   Philadelphia  
Posted on March 22, 2017 by Chris Campbell

For food producers, word of mouth was always an important way to spread news about a product. However, in a world that is becoming ever-more digital, social engagement is becoming more and more important. Engagement Labs recently released its firs ... Read More

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Brazilian police raided the premises of global meatpacking companies JBS SA and BRF SA March 17 as part of a corruption probe. Authorities allege bribery of health officials that could impact the country's $12 billion in annual meat exports.

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Posted in Brazil   Meat   JBS   BRF  
Posted on March 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Avian flu continues to spread in Europe and Asia, and it is now spreading within the U.S. border. Since our last update on March 6, the avian flu has spread to Giles County, TN, ... Read More

Posted in Avian Flu   Alabama   Tennessee   Aviagen  
Posted on March 13, 2017 by Chris Campbell

There's some more bad news for Chipotle Mexican Grill: the company plans to close all 15 of its ShopHouse restaurants, ending its attempt to expand into Asian fusion. The company previously explored other options for the spinoff chain, but ultimat ... Read More

Posted in Chipotle   ShopHouse  
Posted on March 06, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Regular readers of Today in Food will remember the avian influenza scare that hit the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. They'll also probably remember that the virus is ravaging flocks in Asia and Europe in 2017. Now, the virus has shown up on U.S. ... Read More

Posted in Eggs   Tyson Foods   USDA   Avian Influenza  
Posted on March 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It's easy to be spoiled when it comes to pizza here in the New York City metropolitan market. From small hole-in-the-wall pizzerias in Manhattan to suburban mom-and-pop shops to major national chains, we certainly don't lack options when it comes ... Read More

Posted in Pizza Hut   Dominos   Papa John's   BeeHex   Pizza  
Posted on February 27, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The fast-food landscape is always competitive. With so many chains competing within the market and emerging fast-casual chains taking a portion of market share, fast-food companies are being forced to innovate. Recently, Wendy's has shown that it ... Read More

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When it comes to regulatory legal battles, it is often the case that two opposing sides are pitted against each other. Washington state is contending with an interesting situation regarding proposed discharge permits for dairies and other concentr ... Read More

Posted in Washington  
Posted on February 15, 2017 by Chris Campbell

Following and reporting on the news isn't always the easiest job. Even the most trustworthy sources can make mistakes, and after a story is published, it sometimes takes a life of its own. Like we saw yesterday with ... Read More

Posted in Walmart   Berkshire Hathaway  
Posted on February 14, 2017 by Chris Campbell

The last 24 hours have been fairly interesting for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, as reports circulated that Restaurant Brands International Inc. was in talks with the company for a potential acquisition. And during that timeframe, it was reported tha ... Read More

Posted on February 08, 2017 by Chris Campbell

It should be no surprise to regular readers of the Food Institute Blog and our other publications that younger shoppers are eschewing traditional food products for natural and organic ones. It seems that every week, a new study comes out confirmin ... Read More

Posted in consumer insights   natural   organic  
Posted on February 07, 2017 by Chris Campbell

When the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company first unveiled its bankruptcy plans in 2015, we here at the Food Institute took particular notice. One of its Pathmark stores was just a stone's throw away from our office, and the company's headqu ... Read More

Posted in Acme   Grocery   Retail  
Posted on February 01, 2017 by Chris Campbell

In 2017, I'm not sure anything is more important for retailers, and grocers, than an online presence. Whether a company is an online startup or an established brick-and-mortar retailer, consumers are increasingly expecting digital offerings to enh ... Read More

Posted in Online   Omnichannel   Grocers   Retailers  
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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  
Posted on December 21, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Daily readers of Today in Food likely have noticed a trend in our Washington section over the past few years. From Hershey's to McCormick Spices and seemingly every company in between, food and beverage producers are contending with class ... Read More

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Shoppers looking through the meat case for the holiday season and the new year will likely see lower retail prices on beef, even for popular holiday cuts like the tenderloin and rib roast. What's driving this trend? With beef production on the ris ... Read More

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Chris Campbell

We are in the final stretch of 2016: Thanksgiving is over, and grocery retailers are looking forward to holiday sales fueled by Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and New Year's Eve celebrations. However, certain things will be changing, especially for re ... Read More

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Microsoft vs. Apple. Star Wars or Star Trek? The list of classic rivalries goes on, but in the food sector, is there one as storied as the one between the Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo? Over the past week, ... Read More

Posted in PepsiCo   Coca-Cola  
Posted on December 05, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Is there anything more polarizing thna genetically-modified crops? Proponents note that the GMO traits allow farm products to be perfected and grown even in the most adverse conditions, while those against the production technique cite health and ... Read More

Posted in GMO   Colorado   Washington  
Posted on November 30, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's the week after Thanksgiving, and people across the nation are starting to think about the upcoming holidays. After enjoying a calorie-loaded feast Nov. 24, and anticipating more food opportunities as the end of the year approaches, I know I c ... Read More

Posted in Consumer Insights   Health  
Posted on November 28, 2016 by Chris Campbell

U.S. consumers enjoy bananas just as much as anyone, but I was surprised to see that Japan is also one of the biggest banana-devouring nations in the world. The country relies upon imports for over 99% of its banana consumption due to its climate, ... Read More

Posted in Fruit   Produce  
Posted on November 21, 2016 by Chris Campbell

In a few days, the vast majority of Americans will sit down for a meal with their loved ones and give thanks for a nearly-completed year. However, how those Americans will celebrate varies greatly by region and background. It would be impossible t ... Read More

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Chris Campbell

Eat your vegetables. Who didn't hear this phrase as a kid? I know I certainly did, and the chorus has been immortalized in television shows and advertising campaigns for years. And you know what? It just may have worked.

... Read More

Posted in Vegetables   Consumer Insights  
Posted on November 14, 2016 by Chris Campbell

We've kept a close eye on McDonald's in the Food Institute Blog since CEO Steve Easterbrook took the helm. Under his leadership, the company has made a number of successful changes to the company, including the McPick2 deals, All-Day Breakfast, he ... Read More

Posted in McDonald's  
Posted on November 09, 2016 by Chris Campbell

It's November 9th, and America has elected a new president. Donald Trump will assume the office of the chief executive on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, and it is certain things will be changing in the business landscape after he takes office. But that wa ... Read More

Posted on November 07, 2016 by Chris Campbell

The darling of specialty food buyers and producers everywhere, Whole Foods Market seems to be making some shifts to better serve the customers and shareholders. From loyalty programs to CEO streamlining, the company is attempting to better positio ... Read More

Posted in Whole Foods Market  
Posted on November 02, 2016 by Chris Campbell

For the better part of the year, avocados have been hard to come by. Despite high volumes and great prices for consumers in 2015, 2016 hasn't been kind to the popular super-fruit. Weather and labor disputes decreased production significantly in 20 ... Read More

Posted in Avocados   Fruit   Produce