Articles Tagged with ''consumer trends''


US grant helps promote organic products in Japan and worldwide

Demand for organic products is exploding, with US sales in 2013 hitting a record $35.1 billion and US organic exports reaching $537 million last year.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is ready to launch a new strategy to promote organic products and educational programs in Japan and around the world.

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Bottled water to become number one packaged drink

Last year, the bottled water segment grew 4.7 percent and is expected to grow to $13 billion in 2014.

BMC says in the past five years the bottled water market has grown from 14.4 percent of the overall beverage market to 17.8 percent.

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Specialty food trends in 2015

The Specialty Foods Association lays out its predictions for the top 10 specialty food trends in 2015.

The association says more people are turning toward stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners and snacks.

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Popular foods of 2014 and predictions for 2015

Urbanspoon, a popular restaurant discovery app, has released its list of the most popular dishes and cuisines for 2014 and is looking ahead to 2015 with some bold predictions of food trends in the new year.

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Connecting farmers with consumers could shift US food debates

Despite limited to no interaction with agriculture and farming, more than half of American consumers indicate they would like to farmers when it comes to trusting their food, according to a recent survey sponsored by Bayer CropScience.

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Survey captures snapshot of American wine drinkers

The E. & J. Gallo Winery recently commissioned the inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to capture the current state of Americans’ wine drinking attitudes and behaviors and answer where, when and how Americans are enjoying wine.

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General Mills revives French Toast Crunch

Cereal lovers across the US can rejoice at the return of French Toast Crunch announced by General Mills this week after an 8-year hiatus.

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Alcohol sales projected to grow in 2015

Sales of alcoholic drinks in bars and restaurants are expected to grow by 2.7 percent in 2015 according to Technomic’s forecasts.

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AMI says ‘welcome back’ to vegetarians after results of new study

A new study suggesting five out of six Americans who try vegetarian diets return to a diet that includes meat has the American Meat Institute (AMI) offering an enthusiastic “welcome back” to those would be vegetarians.

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Hershey’s considers cutting out corn syrup

In response to consumer preferences, representatives with Hershey’s, the US’s largest chocolate manufacturer, say the company is weighing the idea of replacing corn syrup with sugar in products that still use the sweetener, according to news reports.

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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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