ConAgra closes two plants in popcorn and seeds unit
ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced the closure of two plants, the expansion of another facility, and shifts in production between plants, all within its Popcorn and Seeds platform. The closings will result in 200 job cuts.
Trends in novel vs. traditional food flavors
Consumers' food flavor preferences are increasingly polarized between two trends: novel, striking and often ethnic flavor profiles, and nostalgic traditional flavors. These are not mutually exclusive trends as consumers will migrate between the two based on varying individual need states, demographic and occasion-related factors. Obtain exclusive data concerning ethnic food consumption and flavor claim incidence over time and understand the differing motivations and occasions influencing consumers' flavor choices with this report from Datamonitor.
FDA updates health claim for calcium, osteoporosis
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to allow new claims on foods and dietary supplements containing calcium and Vitamin D to show their potential to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The proposed rule would allow manufacturers to include new information on their food and supplement labeling and to eliminate certain other information.
Send in the Clones?
Consumer advocates and others have complained bitterly in recent years that the Food and Drug Administration has veered from its scientific roots, making decisions on controversial matters such as the emergency contraceptive "Plan B" on political rather than scientific grounds.
Ethanol Makers Could Suffer from Industry Consumption
A new report warns the popularity of ethanol could have a greater impact on the food supply than previously predicted. The environmental group Earth Policy Institute said 79 new biorefineries are being built, but a key industry count lists only 62, causing experts to underestimate the amount of grain that would be needed for ethanol. The report also says ethanol production could push corn prices so high that some ethanol producers would merely break even, if they do not lose money.
Barilla Tops Among World's Most Respected Companies
Italy-based pasta maker Barilla Holding was No. 1, Kraft was the only U.S. firm to make the top 10 and a handful of international food firms were among the top scorers in the Reputation Institutes annual ranking of corporate reputations.
Consumers Less Uneasy About Biotech Food
Its been 10 years since genetically engineered crops were planted commercially in the U.S., and still the majority of consumers claim to not know much about biotech food. Maybe thats OK, as their opposition to biofoods is at an all-time low, according to the fifth annual survey on the topic.
Biomass liquids form syngas fast
A technique to directly produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide from biomass liquids has been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Capitalizing on new meal consumption patterns
Breakfast, lunch and dinner occasions share many similarities. All are increasingly being consumed away from home and all are hugely affected by time pressures. As a result, informality is a trend that characterizes each occasion. Meal occasions are also becoming lighter too a phenomenon influenced by a desire to eat more healthily throughout the day and to simply grab a quick bite. Access a broad range of data including consumption frequencies by daypart, relevant market data and consumer survey insight and learn how to tailor your product portfolios and marketing campaigns to effectively target consumers' changing eating patterns with this report from Datamonitor.
The skinny on trans fat: It's hard to tell the difference
The cherry turnovers beckon. The pastries look light and airy, with a nice little sprinkling of sugar on top. Flip the box. On the nutrition label: 7 grams of trans fats. That's like eating more than four tablespoons of butter-flavored Crisco shortening.
More Americans clean their plates of 'bad' food
The nation has a serious case of food phobia. Many folks particularly health officials in New York City are fretting over trans fats. Others are sweating over the E. coli bacteria outbreak linked to Taco Bell that has sickened dozens of people in five states.
Heinz may make its brand mix a little saucier
H.J. Heinz Co. may spice up its offerings of sauces and condiments through acquisition -- especially if Kraft Foods Inc. puts its A1 steak sauce on the table, a senior Heinz official said.
Dark chocolate: A bittersweet pill to take
Chocolate is richer, darker and more indulgent than ever this holiday season, but don't go double-dipping into the Godiva truffles and Hershey Kisses if you think this ancient food possesses magical medical benefits.