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Looking back on 2011: How did we do with last year’s predictions?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

‘Tis the season for gazing into our crystal balls and foretelling what the year ahead has in store – but how well did we do with last year’s predictions? FoodNavigator-USA looks back on its forecast for the top industry influences of 2011.

Cargill facing hefty fine for safety ‘failures’

Cargill facing hefty fine for safety ‘failures’

By Mark Astley

A US meat processor could be hit with a fine of nearly $150,000 for breaching health and safety regulations including those surrounding potentially hazardous chemicals, a statement from workplace safety authorities has revealed.

Peruvian, local, and Thai: Trends for 2012?

Peruvian, local, and Thai: Trends for 2012?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Trend predictions for the year ahead have begun to pour in, with a spin on economic uncertainty featuring on most of them, as well as American regionalism, insects, and Peruvian foods.

Consumers see red over Coke’s white can campaign

Consumers see red over Coke’s white can campaign

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Coca-Cola is switching back to iconic red for its Classic Coke cans just one month after introducing white cans as part of a holiday season campaign, following consumer complaints that they had confused the sugar-containing version with Diet Coke.

A&B Ingredients introduces natural antimicrobial ingredient

A&B Ingredients introduces natural antimicrobial ingredient

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A&B Ingredients has introduced a new natural antimicrobial ingredient, which it claims is effective against a wide range of foodborne contaminants in ready-to-eat meat products, refrigerated foods and prepared salads.

Local food demand growing faster than infrastructure, USDA finds

Local food demand growing faster than infrastructure, USDA finds

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Local food infrastructure needs to deepen to ensure production can grow in line with consumer demand, which may be greater than previously thought, according to a new report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

A third of US teens eat vegetables less than once a day, finds CDC

A third of US teens eat vegetables less than once a day, finds CDC

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A third of high school students eat vegetables less often than once a day, putting them at risk of developing a range of chronic illnesses and cancers, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Snack sales boom in Chile sparks calls for investment

By Oliver Nieburg

Chile has achieved record snack sales in 2010 leading a pro-Chile group and a market analyst to say there could be potential for food manufacturers to tap into high domestic demand for functional foods.

‘Inflationary pressures have reached their worst’: USDA economist

Special edition: Dealing with higher commodity costs

‘Inflationary pressures have reached their worst’: USDA economist

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

“I think it’s safe to say that inflationary pressures have reached their worst,” claims research economist Ricky Volpe of the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in an interview with FoodNavigator-USA.

Local and organic logos influence women more than men, study suggests

Local and organic logos influence women more than men, study suggests

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Local and organic certification labels may increase the likelihood that women will purchase a product, as well as their willingness to pay a premium – but men are less likely to be influenced by logos, according to a study published in HortScience.

Flavor firms take on the ultimate reformulation challenge: Lower cost, same taste

Special edition: Dealing with higher commodity costs

Flavor firms take on the ultimate reformulation challenge: Lower cost, same taste

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

In the midst of volatile commodity costs, it’s not just big grain prices that have put manufacturers under pressure: Sugar, nuts, black pepper, mint and cocoa are also among top concerns – and flavor firms are providing cost-cutting strategies.

US tree nut prices to remain high, says Rabobank

US tree nut prices to remain high, says Rabobank

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

US tree nut prices are likely to remain high over the next five years on the back of strong demand, both domestically and from export markets, particularly China, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Ginseng: Too bitter and earthy for US functional food success?

Ginseng: Too bitter and earthy for US functional food success?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Formulators looking to incorporate ginseng into functional food products should minimize the ingredient’s bitter and earthy flavors in order to succeed on the US market, suggests new research published in the Journal of Sensory Studies.

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