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Food industry trends including: #foodmarketing, #foodhistory and #foodies. Senior editor/curator - Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D.
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Chef advocates sustainable seafood in his New York City restaurants - Inquirer.net

Chef advocates sustainable seafood in his New York City restaurants - Inquirer.net | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

1 August 2013, LifeStyleInquirer.net, Reggie Aspira -- "Chef advocates sustainable seafood in his New York City restaurants.  He spends the rest of his time traveling to give talks on the importance of ocean conservation and the dangers of over-fishing. ..."

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What became of the drunken sailor?

What became of the drunken sailor? | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

31 July 2013, The Telegraph -- "Today marks the 43rd anniversary of ‘Black Tot Day’, when a 300-year-old Royal Naval tradition came to an end. Georgie Evans looks at a rum custom."

GR2Food's insight:

Food history on the British naval tradition of issuing a daily ration of alcohol to its sailors.

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WILD invests in booming Brazilian beverage market with equity stake in Amazon Flavors

WILD invests in booming Brazilian beverage market with equity stake in Amazon Flavors | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

30 July 2013, FoodNavigator USA -- "WILD Flavors GmbH has become a shareholder in Amazon Flavors giving the company increased access to the booming Brazilian beverage market. "

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WILD's Brazilian subsidiary has been headquartered in Sao Paulo since 2000. Under this deal, it has merged with Amazon Flavors, also headquartered in Sao Paulo.  Amazon Flavors specializes in natural flavors and extracts including acai, citrus, and guarana.   

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In vitro meat: Lab-grown burger to be unveiled and tasted next week

In vitro meat: Lab-grown burger to be unveiled and tasted next week | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

29 July 2013, Food Navigator USA, Nathan Gray -- "The world's first in vitro meat - a €250,000 burger made from lab grown beef - will be unveiled and served next week. ..."

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DuPont starts production at new probiotic blending facility in Beijing

27 July 2013, FandBNews, Beijing -- "DuPont Nutrition and Health has commenced production at its new state-of-the-art probiotic blending and packaging facility in Beijing, China. The site represents the company's first step in packaging probiotics into ready-to-market formats that allow it to offer its customers improved speed to market, quality and flexibility. The investment and capacity were not disclosed.

In 2011, DuPont purchased a food processing plant north of Beijing and converted it into a new cutting-edge probiotic blending and packaging site to serve dietary supplement and food and beverage customers globally, and more specifically in China and the Asia Pacific region. The investment is part of a global multi-year capacity expansion programme for cultures and probiotics in the United States, Europe and now in China.

“Probiotics is a fast-growing segment of our business and the industry is experiencing double-digit growth rates annually around the world and in China,” said Fabienne Saadane-Oaks, vice-president, health and protection, DuPont Nutrition and Health. ..."

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Chefs to World Leaders to discuss their US Visit

27 July 2013, PRNewswire, National Press Club -- Chefs to World Leaders will visiting the National Press Club on 1 August 2013 to discuss their U.S. visit.

 

They will come to the NPC from an expected call on President Obama at the White House on Thursday morning and will then take part in a meeting in the afternoon with the State Department Chef Corps to discuss the confluence of culinary diplomacy, a mixture of cuisine and diplomacy.  They also were due to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in New York City.

 

The chefs are members of the Club des Chefs des Chefs (CCC), which describes itself as the world's most exclusive gastronomic society. It was founded in 1977 by Gilles Bragard, who will be at the Newsmaker.

 

The host for the visit is Cristeta Comerford, the White House executive chef, who will help her international counterparts discover American culture through its best products and representative chefs.

 

The list of chefs includes ..."

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Buy Me Some Gyoza and Bento Boxes: Japanese Ballpark Food

Buy Me Some Gyoza and Bento Boxes: Japanese Ballpark Food | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

26 July 2013, History Channel, Stephanie Butler -- "In Japan, a rich baseball tradition dates all the way back to 1878 when a Japanese student brought the game back from his studies in America. Since then, the game has grown wildly popular, with fans flocking to see teams like the Chunichi Dragons and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. And though the game is almost the same, the stadium food is very, very different. Forget about hot dogs and hamburgers–here, the focus is on traditional Japanese street foods. ..."

 

Photo: Okonomiyaki, a speciality available to fans of the Hanshin Tigers. Credit: iStockphotos.com

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Grain imports grow as eating habits change

Grain imports grow as eating habits change | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

26 July 2013, China Daily, Zhong Nan -- "China's grain imports will rise in the second half of this year, as the population continues to gain access to higher-protein food and industrial use of grain crops expands, industry experts said.

 

Animal feed, ethyl alcohol and starch are partly behind demand

China's grain imports will rise in the second half of this year, as the population continues togain access to higherprotein food and industrial use of grain crops expands, industry experts said.

 

Ding Shengjun, senior researcher at the Academy of the State Administration of Grain, saidChina's industrial and customer demand for crops such as corn, wheat and rice has grownquickly since 2012.Even though China's summer grain 

harvest rose 1.5 percent this year to 131.89 million tons,the nation still faces 

the challenge of balancing supply and demand.

 

First-half grain imports from such nations as the United States, Canada and 

Australia stood at5.48 million tons, with a total value of $2.03 billion, according to the General Administration of Customs. ..."

 

Photo: Workers are loading imported soybean at Nantong port, Jiangsuprovince. Despite plentiful harvests, China is still challenged by over-demand for grains, with imports set to continue to grow in the secondhalf of the year. Xu Congjun / for China Daily

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Food exporters from Latin America meet with international buyers at LAC Flavors 2013 in Nicaragua

Food exporters from Latin America meet with international buyers at LAC Flavors 2013 in Nicaragua | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

25 July 2013, Inter-American Development Bank, Grenada, Nicaragua -- " More than 1500 business meeting were organized between exporters from Mesoamerica and international sellers during a LAC FLAVORS 2013 event.

 

Hundreds of producers of organic, natural, ethnic, and processed foods connect with over 50 potential clients from North America, Europe and Asia.

 

Hundreds of exporters of food products from Central America, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic met with more than 50 international buyers at LAC Flavors, a business roundtable organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the government of Nicaragua, and the Nicaraguan private sector.

 

During the event, held on July 25-26, the exporters participated in information sessions on issues ranging from selling to large supermarket chains such as Wal-Mart to compliance with U.S. sanitary requirements. They also signed up for more than 1,500 business meetings with potential clients. This match-making system, arranged by the IDB, allows business owners to show their products to a large number of buyers in a short time period.

 

The internationalization of SMEs is a priority area for the IDB, said Fabrizio Opertti, chief of the Bank’s Trade and Investment Unit. “Through LAC Flavors, businesses receive technical training that prepares them to meet the demands of international markets in the food sector, while also having the opportunity to connect with a large number of international buyers at the same time and place. This allows them to increase and diversify their exporting experience,” he said.

 

LAC Flavors, an annual business meeting that has been taking place since 2009, aims to increase trade opportunities for food sector SMEs from the region. The event was organized by the IDB in conjunction with the Official Agency of Export and Investment Promotion (PRONicaragua) and the High Council on Private Enterprise (COSEP) of Nicaragua. Representatives of the Export Promotion Agencies of the other countries involved also participated in the event.

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Hershey makes US share gains and grows volumes overseas

Hershey makes US share gains and grows volumes overseas | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

25 July 2013, FoodNavigator USA, Oliver Nieburg -- "Hershey has grown its sales 6.7% in the second quarter (Q2) driven by strong performance in the US and volume increases in key international markets like China. ..."

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Drinks manufacturers turning to bioplastics

Drinks manufacturers turning to bioplastics | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

24 July 2013, DW.DE, "More and more beverage producers around the world are turning to bioplastics to bottle their products for both economic and environmental reasons. But, plenty of challenges remain.

 

Made from renewable biomass sources such as vegetable fats and oils or corn starch, bioplastics have long been seen as being the plastic of the future.

 

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage company, hopes someday to sell its products in bottles made fully from plants, like corn and sugarcane. The US soft-drink giant already uses bottles made partially of renewable biomass resources. Since 2009, in fact, more than 15 billion such bottles have left its global facilities, the company says.

 

Whether it's Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Nestlé, nearly all major bottlers are showing a marked interest in bioplastics. Economic reasons are perhaps the biggest motivator for companies in the fiercely competitive soft-drink industry. ..."

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Growers lose faith in bushel weight as wheat quality measure

Growers lose faith in bushel weight as wheat quality measure | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

24 July 2013, Farmers Weekly, Richard Allison -- "Growers are losing faith in bushel weight as a measure of wheat quality and have called for new HGCA research to determine its relationship with value for millers and compounders."

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Green Coke with natural sweetener stevia launched in Argentina

Green Coke with natural sweetener stevia launched in Argentina | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

23 July 2013, MercoPress -- "Coca Cola has used their familiar and distinctive curved script since 1887 and since the 1920s their famous logo has been placed on a red background on the company's classic cola. But the soda brand is now going green, at least in Argentina.

 

The drinks giant has launched Coca Cola Life, which is sweetened with sugar and the naturally occurring, no-calorie sweetener stevia. The new product features a striking green label and is packaged in the award-winning PlantBottle. This is made with 30% plant material and is fully recyclable.

Coca Cola says the bottle “looks functions and recycles just like traditional PET plastic, but does so with a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources”.

 

The new drink has 108 calories in a 600 millilitre bottle - between classic Coke with 250 calories and the zero-calorie Diet Coke. ..."

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Organic, Local and Natural Go Mainstream

31 July 2013, PRNewswire, Sullivan Higdon & Sink -- "Organic, Local and Natural Go Mainstream. More than a third of Americans say organic is important, 4 out of 5 shoppers want to buy more local food, 58 percent of consumers desire to purchase natural food.

 

 Research detailed in a new white paper, "A Fresh Look at Organic and Local," all but confirms that the organic, local and natural food trends are no longer niche markets. The latest from Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink offers food marketers an in-depth look into understanding and connecting with the growing percentage of shoppers who want to know more, are willing to spend more, and are paying more attention to the foods they purchase and prepare.

 

The white paper is built on proprietary research from nearly 1,500 U.S. consumers of diverse demographic backgrounds.

 

"A key finding is the variation among the three shopper groups. While food marketers might be tempted to lump them all into the same audience, they've demonstrated they each have different drivers and deal breakers," said Erika Chance, senior FoodThink researcher.

 

To illustrate a few of the many differences food marketers will find in the white paper:

Among organic consumers, 65% try to eat organic whenever possible.53 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for local food.Three-fourths of natural consumers claim to be good or excellent cooks.

"We discovered that despite more shoppers choosing organic, local and natural, many consumers are still confused as to what defines these labels – indicating a prime opportunity for food marketers to educate as interest builds," said Chance.

Are you a food marketer who wants to know more about these rapidly growing trends? SHS FoodThink provides marketing implications and key strategies to garner the attention of emerging shopper segments.

Download a free copy of the 16-page white paper, follow our blog, and learn the differences among organic, local and natural at shsfoodthink.com.

 

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Are dads beginning to rival moms for food purchasing decisions?

Are dads beginning to rival moms for food purchasing decisions? | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

31 July 2013, FoodNavigator USA -- "The times they are a-changing – dads are beginning to rival moms for food purchasing decisions, says new research from Edelman Berland and Edelman’s food sector. ..."

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Could you eat test-tube meat?

Could you eat test-tube meat? | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

30 July 2013, The Telegraph, Michael Hanlon -- "With a 'cultured’ burger being served up next week, Michael Hanlon predicts we will soon forget we had any bones to pick. ..."

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President Obama Stumps for Weenies

President Obama Stumps for Weenies | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

29 July 2013, Roll Call, Heard on the Hill Blog, Warren Rojas -- "The San Francisco Giants' swing through the White House on Monday teed up a presidential plug for a plump and juicy frank.

 

While conferring with the 2012 World Series-winning ballplayers, President Barack Obama congratulated the champs not only for clinching the championship, but also for swinging for the fences on the sustainable dining front.

 

“I’m proud to announce that next season they’re planning to turn the center field bleachers at AT&T Park into what’s believed to be the first ever edible garden in a major American sports facility. With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy — even at the ballpark,” Obama told reporters. ..."

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PepsiCo to no longer call Naked juices 'natural'

26 July 2013, AP, New York, Candice Choi -- "PepsiCo Inc. said it will no longer label its Naked juices as being "all natural," after a lawsuit complained that the drinks contain ingredients that don't fit that bill.

 

The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., also agreed to pay $9 million to settle the lawsuit.

 

In an emailed statement, the company said it uses an "added boost of vitamins" in some of the drinks. But a lawsuit filed against the company noted that the vitamins are actually synthetic ingredients, including a fiber made by Archer Daniels Midland. ..."

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PespsiCo to take on Coca-Cola in the Premium Water Market

26 July 2013, Seeking Alpha Market Currents News -- "PepsiCo will take on Coca-Cola in the premium bottled water market with a new product called Om aiming to take share away from Coca-Cola's Smartwater, Evian, and Fiji.  H1 sales of premium bottled water were strong for the group."

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Red Fife — the great-grandfather of today’s wheat

26 July 2013, The Western Producer, Sarah Galvin -- "

Red Fife flour can be used as a substitute for whole wheat. ... Wheat came to Canada in the early 1600s with settlers in the Annapolis Valley, but it was not until the early 1800s that it found its way west to Manitoba. Credit is given to Russian Mennonites in the 1870s for cultivating the first wheat in Western Canada.

Red Fife, which arrived with David Fife, was a sample from east-central Europe. By the early 1900s, it was grown in Canada and the United States from Maine to Utah.

 

It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution and the use of steel roller mills that hard wheat became marketable and began to replace Red Fife. Hard wheat did not mill well with stone grinders.

 

Red Fife was crossed with Hard Red Calcutta to give us Marquis, which matures earlier than Red Fife and has a better bread baking quality. ..."

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Dr Pepper ‘very concerned’ by US diet soft drinks sales decline

26 July 2013, Beverage Daily, Ben Bouckely -- "Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) CEO Larry Young says the firm is very concerned by US sales declines in diet sodas and the company’s below average performance in that category. ..."

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$80bn Mondelez snacks splurge ‘too risky’ for PepsiCo – CFO

$80bn Mondelez snacks splurge ‘too risky’ for PepsiCo – CFO | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

25 July 2013, Beverage Daily, Ben Bouckley -- "PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston says the firm is not interested in buying Mondelez for a premium price of $80bn due to integration risks and dubious value for his firm’s shareholders. ..."

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Starbucks, Danone team up to develop Greek yogurt brand

Starbucks, Danone team up to develop Greek yogurt brand | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

24 July 2013, FoodNavigator USA -- "Starbucks has teamed up with Danone’s US subsidiary, Dannon, in an attempt to establish a foothold in the country’s booming Greek yogurt market."

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Tom’s of Maine Pushes Innovation with Potato Starch Packaging

Tom’s of Maine Pushes Innovation with Potato Starch Packaging | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

24 July 2013, Triple Pundit, Leon Kaye -- "Tom’s of Maine is now tinkering with potato starch for some its polylactic acid (PLA) packaging. 

 

Tom’s of Maine may now be part of the Colgate-Palmolive family, but to its majority owner’s credit, the earthy, yet polished, personal care products company is still a leader when it comes to sustainability.  ...


Potatoes are a huge part of Maine’s farming sector, but the company also has a long-term opportunity to divert food waste or crops that are below food grade from landfills and instead churn them into bio-plastic resin. ..."

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Live Nation to Serve Locally Grown Produce, Meat from Responsibly-Raised Animals

24 July 2013, PRNewswire -- "Live Nation to Serve Locally Grown Produce, Meat from Responsibly-Raised Animals and New Vegetarian Options in its North American Amphitheaters.

 

Live Nation Entertainment announced today that it will begin serving locally grown produce, meat products certified under animal welfare programs recognized by The Humane Society of the United States, and for the first time, will introduce vegetarian meal options in its 38 owned and operated amphitheaters across North America.

 

Beginning this month, the produce that tops the hundreds of thousands of hamburgers Live Nation sells each summer will be sourced from farms local to each venue. For example at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, produce will be sourced from one of three local farms: Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA, Maitland Mountain Farm in Salem, MA, or Eva Garden's in Dartmouth, MA. 

In addition, all of the hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausages and chicken tenders served in Live Nation amphitheaters will now carry either Certified Humane, Global Animal Partnership or Animal Welfare Approved certification.

In addition to a veggie burger being offered for the first time, Live Nation will also introduce a signature vegetarian meal item which is being developed by Chef Hugh Acheson, widely respected in the restaurant industry for his dedication to tapping local, sustainable and organic food sources for his restaurants.

 

Live Nation sells more than 800,000 meals in its amphitheaters each summer and although there may be short periods of time when it is not feasible to source locally grown produce and Certified Humane meat products due to supply chain issues, the company will endeavor for 100% compliance to these new standards. Live Nation will absorb any cost increases related to the new policies, so music fans across the country will not see an increase in meal prices based on similar product size. ..."

 

 

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