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NAMI: Ten pounds of beef provides more complete nutrition than 10 pounds of rice

North American Meat Institute slams 'flawed' and 'nonsensical' advice on meat consumption in DGAC Dietary Guidelines report

Recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report on meat consumption are “flawed” and “nonsensical” and fail to recognize the role that nutrient dense lean meats can play in a healthy balanced diet, says the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

What's for breakfast? Reinventing the first meal of the day

Consumers prefer homemade breakfast to ready-to-eat packaged goods, Datassential found

When it comes to breakfast, the vast majority of Americans want something quick and easy at home, but surprisingly most people prefer to make their first meal of the day “from scratch” instead of consuming a ready-to-eat or heat-and-serve consumer packaged good, according to Datassential research. 

The meat market must address price, safety & health concerns to grow

The U.S. meat market is projected to grow 1.7% annually to $84 billion in 2018, but to reach its full potential it must overcome challenges, including concerns about price and safety and increasing consumer interest in plant-based foods, according to a new report from market analysis firm Canadean. 

Stagnant wage growth continues to restrict grocery purchases, IRI says

Consumers likely will not loosen their purse strings to fill their grocery carts with premium or unnecessary foods any time soon, even though gas prices, unemployment and inflation are down, according to IRI’s MarketPulse survey published Feb. 4

What's for breakfast? Re-inventing the first meal of the day

Eggs remain a breakfast constant, but how they are served is changing, AEB says

The iconic “all-American breakfast” combination of eggs, meat and a carb is getting an update to better reflect the increasingly diverse U.S. population, but consumers’ growing expectation to customize their food means what is hot in one region likely is not in another, according to research compiled by the American Egg Board. 

Improved packaging, natural ingredients will help frozen foods hold their own

Sales of frozen foods will hold their own in the next few years despite increased competition from retailers selling more ready-made foods and consumer preference for fresh ingredients, according to Packaged Facts. 

Jon Sebastiani: 'It was always going to be a bittersweet moment'

KRAVE Jerky founder on why he teamed up with Hershey: 'I like speed. I like things to happen big and bold and fast'

The day when any entrepreneur decides to sell his business is “always bittersweet” KRAVE jerky founder Jon Sebastiani tells FoodNavigator-USA. But joining a company with the horsepower of Hershey will enable it to lead, rather than follow, the renaissance in the meat snacks market.

Hershey bites into premium meat snacks market with acquisition of KRAVE jerky

Hershey has moved into the premium end of the meat snacking market with the acquisition of Sonoma, CA-based gourmet jerky maker KRAVE Pure Foods for an undisclosed sum.

China bans all US poultry imports after west coast bird flu outbreak

Chinese authorities have announced a ban on all imports of US poultry and egg products, including processed and unprocessed products and breeding stock, after the detection of avian flu in America’s pacific states.

Meat without murder: How commercially viable is lab-grown meat?

Lab-grown meat could solve many of the world’s environmental problems, says the co-founder of an Israeli non-profit organisation studying the feasibility of mass-produced cultured chicken meat.

5 street foods influencing restaurants, CPG products

Authentic street foods with international roots that were traditionally eaten outside as make shift meals by laborers are coming inside and appealing to a wider variety of people as more consumers favor fast food over home cooking, according to Packaged Facts. 

Crowd-funding website Indiegogo helps start-ups, like Chef’d, get to market faster

Start-up meal kit delivery service Chef’d is able to raise much-needed capital to launch and at the same time work out the kinks in its operations, production and delivery by working with the crowd-funding website Indiegogo.

Weight management and digestive wellness will heavily influence food purchases in 2015

Consumer desire to effectively manage their weight and improve their health through food will continue to influence new product development and sales in 2015, according to New Nutrition Business, a food- and nutrition-focused market research firm. 

NPD watch: Green tea cereal, meat bars and bread for women

Antioxidant-rich cereals, protein-packed snack bars and bread tailored to women’s nutritional needs were just some of the product innovations identified by Datamonitor Consumer during 2014.

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Wegmans teams with local businesses to provide more organic options

Wegmans Food Markets is partnering with local farmers and businesses based in the New York state region to meet consumers’ growing demand for more fresh, organic options, according to a top executive. 

Rabobank: Agri commodity prices expected to trend lower or remain stable in 2015

Agri commodity process will trend lower or remain stable in 2015, predicts Rabobank, which says favorable growing season conditions through 2014 coupled with moderate consumption growth have improved stocks of crops including soybeans, corn and cocoa.

Does the high-protein craze make sense from a nutritional perspective?

Protein is hot - and big brands are piling more of it into everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream. Yet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans say “inadequate protein intake in the US is rare”. So does this trend make sense from a nutritional perspective?

Innovation and quality help Pinnacle Foods’ Hungry-Man and Birds Eye brands in Q3

Innovation and dedication to quality, rather than aggressive promotions, are helping Pinnacle Foods gain distribution and hold sales steady in the frozen foods and bakery categories at a time when consumers increasingly are favoring fresh foods, according to company executives. 

Fish oil group warns of lower omega-3 levels in salmon

Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon - one of the major contributors of dietary fatty acids – are dropping due to changes in fish feed, a global industry group has warned.

Consumers confused about whether sufficient protein can be obtained from meat-free diet

Consumer interest in meat alternatives as a source for protein is growing – especially among younger consumers with less money and time to spend buying and preparing meat – but lingering confusion about whether sufficient protein can be obtained from meat-free diets could hinder sales, according to a shopper survey by Acosta Sales and Marketing. 

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