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Ice Cream: Now With More...Okra?

August 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A study by the Institute of Food Technologists shows how okra extracts can be used as a stabilizer in ice cream. Scientists found that water extracts of okra fiber can be used to maintain ice cream quality during storage — thereby extending the shelf life.

Jif Introduces On-the-Go Snack Dippers

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

Jif To Go Dippers are the latest addition to the brand's Jif To Go line of convenient snack...

Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Slide

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Jell-O sales have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years, with alternatives such as Greek...

Keurig Coffee Strikes a Deal With Kraft Foods

August 22, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain, the maker of the popular at-home brewing machines that let people make...

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Infographic: Gen X, the Overlooked Generation When it Comes to Food

August 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

Sandwiched between Millennials and Baby Boomers, Generation X seems barely a whisper in marketing circles. But, the generation has far more influence on the marketplace than we may think. Here are a few snippets of their views on food and beverages.

Noodles: Friend or Foe? S. Koreans Defend Their Diet

August 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, JUNG-YOON CHOI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Instant noodles carry a broke college student aura in America, but they are an essential part of life for many in South Korea and across Asia. Hence the emotional heartburn caused by a U.S. study that linked instant noodles consumption as a risk for heart disease.

Consumer Trends: 7 Food Opportunities For Businesses

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Regional preparations of fermented foods, like craft pickles and small-batch whiskey, are being elevated in the preferences of consumers looking for artisan foods. Packaged Facts survey data in 2014 finds that 53 percent of consumers seek out bolder flavors.

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How Much Does Fantasy Football, Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 11:35 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

VIDEO: Are Food Trucks Disrupting the Restaurant Industry?

August 21, 2014 9:20 am | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

A growing number of American streets are starting to accumulate food trucks. According to a study, 4,100 food trucks are now open for business in nearly 289 cities. For older and less mobile establishments, those numbers are hard to swallow.

A Close Look at Energy Drinks From LA Top Distributor

August 21, 2014 8:00 am | by LA Top Distributor | News | Comments

Energy drinks are becoming the go-to choice for people on the go and the convenience stores that keep them supplied. LA Top Distributor, a leader in offering retailers the best in wholesale convenience store supplies, takes a deeper look into the energy drink phenomenon.

#FeelingSick: Can Twitter Help Better Identify Foodborne Illness Cases?

August 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

What if Twitter could be used to track foodborne illness cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem? New research by Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School shows that new technology might better allow health departments to engage with the public.

Report: Packaged Produce Means Less Time, Waste

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more than 70 percent of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. The hectic pace of the average American's daily routine has become a key factor as to why the reliance on convenience and ready-to-eat foods has spiked.

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EPICA Wines Introduces Malbec to Millennial Groups

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by VSPT Wine Group | News | Comments

The newest addition to Chilean repertoire targets growing U.S. millennial wine enthusiasts. EPICA Wines introduces Malbec, which has dominant notes of ripe plums, strawberries and violets, to its portfolio. The wine will be sold nationwide for those that wish for an "epic lifestyle."

Q&A: How Can Manufacturers Keep Up With Protein Beverage Trend?

August 20, 2014 10:42 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Greg Paul, PhD, global marketing director at DuPont Nutrition, says the demand for protein is only going to continue to grow as brands highlight the value of protein. Paul points out that manufacturers can keep up with increasing demand by pinpointing consumers' needs. 

Analysis Highlights Differences in College Eating Habits

August 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Drastic differences in eating habits exist between college students and the general population, especially when it comes to caffeine and ordering hours.               

McDonald's to Sell Packaged Coffee Nationally

August 19, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain is partnering with Kraft Foods to manufacture and distribute the bags of McCafe ground and whole bean coffee, as well as single-cup pods that can be used in at-home coffee machines.     

Report: Nearly 50% of Food Gifts Purchased for Personal Enjoyment

August 18, 2014 2:30 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 42% of consumers have purchased at least one food gift for others in the past 12 months. An even larger percentage (47%), purchased at least one for themselves.      

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McDonald's Confronts its Junk Food Image

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

At a time when Americans are paying closer attention to what they eat, the fast food giant is trying to sway public opinion by first reaching out to the reporters, bloggers and other so-called "influencers" who write and speak about McDonald's.

Bourbon Boom: Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 9:44 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last year, Kentucky distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels of bourbon — the most since 1970, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association. Inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977, the group said.       

VIDEO: America is Falling in Love With Specialty Spreads

August 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Consumers are falling in love with specialty spreads. Everything from nut butters to hummus to chocolate, the trend is taking over. Move over PB&J's, with so many options tempting Americans today, spreads have become an easy way to add protein to the diet.

Alcohol Delivery Comes to D.C. Through New App

August 15, 2014 1:38 pm | by Klink Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

For the past year, several U.S. cities have allowed alcohol deliveries through Klink Technologies, an on-demand alcohol delivery business. Washington D.C. is the latest to drive this consumer trend.               

Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

August 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food producers often find themselves saddled with too many different products, or SKUs, all in an effort to appease customers. Too many SKUs can drag down profits with frequent changeovers that drive up production costs and decrease throughput.

VIDEO: BLT vs. Club Sandwich Face-Off

August 15, 2014 10:35 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" sinks his teeth into the debate of which is better: the BLT sandwich or the classic club sandwich? Hilarity ensues when he compares the lettuce in a BLT to the Holy Ghost because "no one knows why it's there."

Infographic: Biggest Losers in Food Waste

August 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Popular Science | News | Comments

The planet may have to feed a global population of 10 billion people by 2050. With that milestone looming, organizations like the U.N., the National Resources Defense Council and Food Tank are working on ways to make food systems more efficient.

USDA Clips Wings of Misleading Language on Organic Packaging

August 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA announced that it would rein-in misleading language on organic packaging that has been suspected of confusing consumers. Specifically, the agency addressed companies that market food products with words like "organic" or "organics" in their brand-name.

Non-Traditional Packaging Excels in Beverage, Dairy Industries

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

U.S. producers have been catching on to the benefits of aseptic cartons, which were first developed for shelf-safe dairy products in 1961. But much has changed in the past 15 years, with growing segments of the dairy, beverage and food industries embracing carton technology so enthusiastically that it now dominates certain categories.

Coca-Cola Bets on Energy Drinks With Monster Stake

August 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola is buying a heavy stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. The deal is the latest move by Coca-Cola to look beyond its own portfolio of Sprite, Dasani, Powerade and other drinks for growth. 

Dunkin' Donuts Brews Up First Single-Origin Packaged Coffee

August 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Dunkin' Donuts | News | Comments

In celebration of National Coffee Month, Dunkin' Donuts has brewed big news for coffee drinkers with the introduction of Colombian Packaged Coffee, the brand's first single-origin packaged coffee. Packaged coffee is the perfect way to enjoy Dunkin' Donuts coffee at home.

VIDEO: Will Produce Trump the Cookie Aisle in the Future?

August 14, 2014 10:41 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

When given the option between a cookie and a piece of produce, which one do you reach for? In five years, you could be spending more time and money in the produce aisle. Author Michael Moss says produce marketers are going to figure out how to really drive sales upwards.

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