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5 Key Functional Food Ingredients to Know For 2015

January 28, 2015 10:45 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

As a result of ingredient innovation, enhanced ingredient understanding and recent and proposed regulatory changes, functional food marketers are now able to target a wider range of consumers and their more diverse and pressing nutritional and health needs in 2015.

Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in...

Cocktail Keurig Brings Bartender to Your Kitchen

January 28, 2015 9:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development Magazine | Articles | Comments

The self-proclaimed “Nespresso for cocktails,” the Somabar makes your favorite drinks in the...

Happy Birthday, Beer Can! Cheers to 80 Years

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

On Jan. 24, 1935, Krueger Brewing of Richmond, Virginia sold the very first beer can. While...

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Hangover Cure 101: Research Says This Drink is the Perfect Remedy

January 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

New research presented at the 12th Annual Scripps Natural Supplements Conference shows that RESQWATER is an effective anti-hangover drink and helps support sleep quality and next-day cognitive function. A perfect cure or just a hoax?     

Proposed Illinois Legislation Would Ban Powdered Alcohol

January 27, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. The bill defines powdered alcohol as "any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption."         

VIDEO: Energy Bars Get Savory With New Twists on Flavor

January 26, 2015 3:45 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Energy bars and gels, typically consumed by athletes while working out, are now being made in savory flavors. After decades of sweet options like chocolate and berries, flavors like pizza and barbecue are now taking over.       

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Consumer Trends Continue to Evolve in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

It's difficult to anticipate the next shift in consumers' preferences and needs, but operators can count on one thing heading into 2015: Consumers will expect more from their brands, especially in the areas of technological amenities and food quality.

Colorado Lawmakers: To Ban or Not to Ban Powdered Alcohol?

January 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form.

Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy' Groups

January 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating rapidly. 

How Drones Are Flying Their Way Into the Food Industry

January 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Drone technology is already being used in various countries worldwide. With the possibility of drones showing farmers exactly where to spray, fewer chemicals could be used. This could easily translate to lower costs for consumers and less of an impact on the environment.

Ohio Pot Legislation Movement Has High Ambitions

January 26, 2015 9:55 am | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Campaign representative Chris Stock said the Ohio amendment will make marijuana legal for both medical and personal use for those over 21 years old, and set up checks and balances not unlike those that currently exist for alcoholic beverages.

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Study: New Rating System Would Be Easier to Digest Than Current Nutrition Labels

January 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

If labeling on food was easier for consumers to digest it might improve nutrition and curb the obesity epidemic, suggest two McGill University researchers. Two of the authors of the study compared four labeling systems.    

Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into the Lifecycles of Their Products

January 23, 2015 1:25 pm | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

McDonald's Earnings Fall; Changes Afoot to Woo Customers

January 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

Starbucks' First-Quarter Profits Soar on Strong Sales, Traffic

January 23, 2015 7:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts.

VIDEO: Will This Delivery Service Kill the Grocery Store?

January 22, 2015 9:10 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Less than three years after opening, Blue Apron delivers more than 1 million meals per month to customers across the country. Will it kill grocery stores?                           

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Elder Boom: How Food Makers Can Appeal to the Senior Demographic

January 22, 2015 8:20 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

An unparalleled demographic shift is taking place worldwide as record numbers of people are living longer — sometimes much longer. For food and beverage makers and retailers, this change opens up huge and exciting opportunities.   

World's Smartest Oven Knows What to Cook

January 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development Magazine | Articles | Comments

The aptly named MAID Oven knows what to cook, how to cook it, and will even learn your personal preferences and stream your favorite cooking show. The founders wanted everyone to be able to cook — a task that is harder for some than others. 

Can Walnuts Improve Memory? Researchers Say 'Yes'

January 21, 2015 1:05 pm | by California Walnut Commission | News | Comments

Eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed according to new research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles.

Photo of the Day: Global Private Label Supply Chain Transparency

January 21, 2015 10:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A recent survey by Trace One asked global supply chain executives that serve as private label retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to report on their company's correlation between transparency, productivity and consumer spending. 

VIDEO: Hot Honey Creates Powerful Mix of Sweet and Spicy

January 21, 2015 8:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Sriracha isn't the only condiment that's delighting spicy food lovers. Michael Kurtz was working as a part-time pizza apprentice in Brooklyn when he realized his homemade hot honey might be the next thing to stick.         

Millennials Drive Premiumization in Wine Industry

January 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As a Millennial myself, I can safely vouch for consumers of my age group in that we love wine. Whites, reds, sweet or dry, Millennials like to enjoy a glass of the good stuff. A new report studies the role of Millennials in driving premiumization in the global wine industry.

VIDEO: Kids Are Eating 'Too Much Pizza'

January 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

On any given day, 22 percent of kids ages six to 19 are eating pizza. All those slices add up to about one quarter of their daily calories. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the study published in Pediatrics.    

The 3 Topics Food and Beverage Executives Are Thinking About

January 16, 2015 9:45 am | by Chris Nay, Senior Managing Director, Food and Beverage, GE Capital | Articles | Comments

GE Capital recently surveyed c-suite executives at middle market food and beverage companies. The survey found that in addition to maximizing financial performance, food and beverage leaders are looking to maximize their engagement with consumers by responding to their evolving tastes. 

VIDEO: What Food Items Will Cost More in 2015?

January 16, 2015 9:20 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Consumers paid more for groceries in 2014, and they most likely will again this year. Droughts, animal activists and trade agreements are just a few of the reasons why Americans may pay more in food prices in 2015.         

More Schools Serve Students Dinner as Demand Expands

January 16, 2015 8:00 am | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the 2014 fiscal year, 104 million suppers were served to students, up from about 19 million in 2009. Participation is still lower than in the nation's long-running breakfast and lunch programs, which serve more than 12 million and 31 million students, respectively.

Gluten-Free Food Industry Reaches $973M, Report Says

January 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

The gluten-free market is cementing its staying power as more than a mere dietary fad and continues to make national headlines, including a recent announcement by popular foodservice chain Pizza Hut that it will begin offering gluten-free pizza. 

Phoenix Restaurants Out to Show Super Bowl Visitors it's a Foodie Oasis

January 15, 2015 11:30 am | by TERRY TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York's restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL's big game is a chance to simply score some points as a major culinary player.       

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