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Why are Food Allergies on the Rise?

Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children, according to Food Allergy Research and Education. This translates to one in 13 children. About 40% of children with food allergies are …

Meal Kits’ Popularity and Catering to Restrictive Diets

While COVID-19 is playing havoc on many food businesses, one segment that experienced an uptick in business since the pandemic is the meal kit industry, with companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh experiencing noted growth …

What’s the Buzz Around Stevia

Stevia is the growing sweetener of choice for consumers looking for natural and healthy products. In 2009, the natural low-calorie sweetener, between 200 and 400 times sweeter than sugar, became commercially available in the U.S. …

The Big 8 Food Allergens

[Editor’s Note 1/13/2022: Please see our updated list that includes sesame here: The Big 9 Food Allergens] More than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions, but eight major food allergens, also known …

Coronavirus Pushes Automation, Robotics Efforts Ahead

While many food companies already had an eye on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), the coronavirus is accelerating efforts to deploy the technology across the grocery retail industry. Sanitation was an important aspect of any …

Vending Machines of the Future

As consumers seek out convenience and accessibility, the vending machine market is predicted to surpass $30 billion in revenue by 2024, according to Global Market Insights. Some companies are going outside the typical vending machine …

Automation Speeds Up Job Loss Amid Pandemic

Twenty-five percent of working Americans are at “high risk” of losing their jobs to automation, according to a recent Brookings Institution study. A 2017 report by McKinsey also predicted a third of workers in the …

Making Earth-Friendly Choices

One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, amounting to about 1.3 billion metric tons per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Food is lost …

Can the Meat Industry Reduce its Environmental Impact?

The global meat industry is worth over $2 trillion, according to a report from IDTechEx. In 2017, the U.S. alone produced about 100 billion-lbs. of meat, with production growing at a rate of 2-3% per …

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As COVID-19 Contagion Roils Food Industry, Adaption is Key

With continuous daily and even hourly news affecting our nation’s food supply chain, business and capital markets for food and ag-centric private equity groups, operating companies, and their investors should expect highly volatile results and …

Banning the Bag: Are Plastic Bag Bans Smart for Business?

To date, eight states-California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon, and Ver-mont-have banned the use of plastic bags. Though they may have prohibited plastic bags in the name of sustainability, some states like Maine …

Rollback on Eco-Friendly Initiatives Amid Coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to accelerate, several sustainability initiatives have experienced reversals due to safety concerns. The plastic bag industry, which has faced a wave of bans across the U.S., is using the coronavirus …