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‘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.

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