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Is Zero-Based Budgeting The Wave Of the Future?

In the news reports about the $46 billion merger of Heinz and Kraft Foods, most analysts immediately noted that the new company would be the 3rd largest U.S. food company (or 5th largest in the …

Grocery Delivery Penetrates Markets, Faces Legal Woes

Technology has had a profound effect on the way we transact business, from automating inventory to connecting buyers and sellers around the world. Technology permeates the business world, from simple phone calls to massive databases. …

Coca-Cola Treads Carefully As Soda Loses Fizz

While consumer tastes seem to be shifting away from soda and toward healthier beverages, Coca-Cola Co.’s CEO Muhtar Kent believes the company’s best course of action is simply selling more cola. The company’s plans include …

Got Orange Juice?

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 orange …

Will Tomato Crop Hit USDA Estimates?

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 …

State of the Plate 2015 Released

Produce for Better Health Foundation recently released its State of the Plate 2015 report which noted a 7% decrease in per-capita consumption of fruit and vegetables over the last five years, fueled by a 14% …

Multicultural Population Growth Creates Opportunities

As the U.S. becomes more multicultural, the tastes and buying habits of younger consumers are reflecting growing ethnic populations. Multicultural consumer purchasing power reached $3.4 trillion in 2014, and has been growing at more than double …

Throw That Cup On The Ground? Meet the Plantable Cup

Disposable coffee cups may be the norm with takeout coffee, but that could be changing. Despite the introduction of reusable cups into the marketplace, most people still throw out their beverage containers when they are …

Mountain Dew to Try Hand at Craft Soda Market

It seems all varieties of food and drink are entering the “craft” marketplace, and Mountain Dew is no exception. The company will release Mtn Dew DEWShine on Mar. 23, marking the brand’s first foray into …

Imports, Exports for Canned Beans Grow

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 …

Fishing Sustainability Becoming a Hot Topic

Tuna has received some prominent attention lately, as Greenpeace ranked 14 well-known tuna brands for sustainability. Their overall grade was not great; in fact, their assessment stated that most companies in the industry did not …

Sugar Reduction Helps Boost Yoplait Sales

After losing ground to the Greek yogurt market General Mills’ Yoplait brand is once again growing, boosted by a reformulation that reduced sugar content by 25% in combination with a new marketing campaign. The result …

Digital, Physical Advertising Both Important

Even though the use of newspaper circulars is decreasing, they remain important for attracting customers. When Walmart shifted its marketing funds over to digital advertisements in several markets, reducing spending on newspaper circulars, traffic declined …

Organic Food Moving Closer To Home

The demand for organic, locally-sourced, all-natural food is growing and growing. Gone are the days of infinite shelf-life and preservatives; instead, consumers today are looking for the freshest produce, meats, dairy and grains. Although the …

Producers May Pay Price of McDonald’s Antibiotics Policy

McDonald’s decision to remove human antibiotics from its U.S. chicken supply will be costly, and analysts believe that price will be passed on to suppliers, not franchisees or consumers. Suppliers, including Tyson Foods Inc., have …

Aquaculture Imports Increased – Exports Dropped in 2014

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 …

Final Cold Storage for December Decreased 9%

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 …

Frozen Berry Prices, Cold Storage Fluctuate

Blueberries saw a 9% increase in cold storage as of Jan. 31 when compared year-over-year. In 2014, 172.7 million-lbs. of blueberries were held in cold storage. In 2015, the number rose to 187.5 million-lbs. held …

Pressure to Curb Antibiotics Use Increases

The attempt to reduce the use of antibiotics on animals is growing, as concerns grow over the possibility of superbugs that are resistant to medicine used on both humans and livestock. Just this week, McDonald’s …

CCOF Introduces New Seal

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) introduced a Non-GMO & More seal for its certified members. The seal is intended to better communicate that GMOs are prohibited in organic foods and also to recognize the contributions …

USDA Purchases $6.3 million of Canned Vegetables

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 …

Big Brands Hide Behind Craft Labels as Tastes Change

There is no doubt that the millenial mindset is expanding to include all aspects of the U.S. economy. Food retailers have been quick to notice this emerging market and have begun to appeal directly to …

Target Expands Food Offerings by Going Organic

Dealing with falling consumer interest, Target plans to reignite the spark with a makeover for its grocery department. The offer more organic and natural products, making up for ground lost after it focused too heavily …

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Family Restaurants Boosted By Improving Economy

While economic stress has taken its toll on the family restaurant industry, cheaper gas prices and improving employment are improving prospects. For the past several years casual dining has been losing customers to the booming …

Port Slowdowns Effected Dried Fruit, Nut Shipments

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 …

Fisherman Escapes Sarbanes-Oxley√¢??s Wide Net

Ambiguous laws can cause problems for businesses and individuals. This is borne out by the recent Supreme Court decision in Yates vs U.S.  Much to the chagrin of federal prosecutors, the Court ruled on Feb. …

Use Star Power to Improve the Image of Fruits and Veggies

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has some very specific verbiage about what we eat: “On average, current dietary patterns are too low in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, and too high in …

Well-Deserved Honor For Win Taylor

Food Institute board member, C. Winston (Win) Taylor, will be feted at Saint Joseph’s University’s second annual Food Marketing Hall of Honor Day on April 21, for his achievements and contributions to the food industry. …

Attracting Shoppers’ Planned and Unplanned Purchases

While 80% of shoppers use lists, 74% still make a combination of planned and unplanned purchases, according to the NPD Group’s Bites of Insights: The New Grocery Shopper. Shoppers are more likely to add items …

Seafood Supermarket Sales Down

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 …

USDA Approves GMO Apples

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 …

What’s Driving Whole Foods Customers To Other Stores?

While the primary reason active Whole Foods Market customers sometimes shop at other stores is for lower prices, other factors can also drive them to alternatives. Simply following common market trends, such as the increased …

Eggs Win Big if U.S. Cholesterol Warnings Disappear

Five years ago, the nation’s top nutrition advisory panel advised that cholesterol remain a “nutrient of concern” in food and food products due to its connection to heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. This declaration …

USDA Purchases Nearly $10 Million Worth of Bottled Juices

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 …