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Food industry trends including: #foodmarketing, #foodhistory and #foodies. Senior editor/curator - Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D.
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Coffee giant sues meat distributors

23 July 2013, Capital Press, Steve Brown -- "The coffee chain Starbucks has sued two meat distributors for $4.8 million, alleging that it had to dispose of thousands of sandwiches because of spoiled meat. .."

 

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for Western Washington and the meat distribution companies involved are Wellshire Farms of Swedesboro, New Jersey and subcontractor, Hahn Brothers Inc. of Westminster, Maryland.

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Keep it real! Chobani urged to phase-out use of milk from GMO-fed cows

Keep it real! Chobani urged to phase-out use of milk from GMO-fed cows | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

23 July 2013, Food Navigator USA, Mark Astley -- "Chobani has vowed to “explore the complexities” of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following the launch of a petition in the US that claims it is reliant on milk from cows fed a diet full of genetically-altered produce. ..."

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McDonald's Results: Warning Over 'Tough Year'

McDonald's Results: Warning Over 'Tough Year' | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

22 July 2013, SkyNews -- "The world's largest fast-food firm sees profit stay flat as sales decline across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.

 

...The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, said global sales edged up 1% at restaurants open at least a year in the quarter.  The figure rose by the same amount in the US, where the company has been introducing new menu items.

The new, healthier options include non-traditional burger fare such as chicken wraps and egg-white breakfast sandwiches

 

But the tepid growth in the latest quarter reflect the challenges facing McDonald's, which for years had been a standout in the fast-food industry.

Part of the problem is that economic conditions remain weak in many parts of the world.

 

But another factor is that dining habits are changing, particularly in the US, with people increasingly opting for foods they feel are fresher, healthier or higher-quality. ..."

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EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos in China to Focus on Counterfeit Wines

22 July 2013, UPI.com, Beijing -- "European officials in China will attempt to strengthen protection against counterfeit wines and other spirits, the European Commission said Monday.

 

European Agricultural and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Ciolos began a series of meetings in China Monday to discuss protections against counterfeiting in the wine industry, "as well as ... food security and agricultural research with a view to increase agricultural productivity and sustainable management of natural resources," the commission said. ..."

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Bushels of herbs grown at in restaurant courtyard

22 July 2013, Capital Press via AP, New Orleans -- "Dominique Macquet, like many chefs, is a wholehearted believer in the local food movement. The distance his fresh herbs travel from farm to table can be measured precisely -- in inches, rather than miles.

 

Many chefs have kitchen gardens. It's a badge of authenticity in this locavore age. Still, Macquet's garden takes the potager to new heights.

 

A small, vertical, aeroponic farm is proudly on display in the courtyard of Dominique's on Magazine, the restaurant he opened this spring in a renovated Uptown firehouse. ..."

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Cook Your Berries. Drink Dark-Roast Coffee Instead of Light. Let Your Garlic Sit.

Cook Your Berries. Drink Dark-Roast Coffee Instead of Light. Let Your Garlic Sit. | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

20 July 2013, Mother Jones, Tom Philpott -- "And other tips for getting the most nutrition out of your produce from Jo Robinson, author of "Eating on the Wild Side.

 

Robinson argues that humanity's 10,000-year-old fixation on agriculture has stripped our most commonly eaten foods of most of their phytonutrients, which are plant-based chemical compounds that keep us healthy. Her recent New York Times op-ed on the topic inspired me to pen a paean to edible weeds. But you don't need to go feral to boost your phytonutrient intake, Robinson shows. She gives tips on how to navigate the supermarket produce shelf and the farmers market to find phytonutrient-dense foods not very far off from what our hunter-gatherer ancestors thrived on. ... "

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Mondelez buy could fizz Pepsi's flat soda sales, says investor

Mondelez buy could fizz Pepsi's flat soda sales, says investor | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

19 July 2013, Beverage Daily, Oliver Nieburg -- "PepsiCo should acquire Mondelez and split its beverage and snacks businesses, according to an investor with a large stake in both firms. ..."

GR2's insight:

The investor is Nathan Peltz, founder of Trian Partners who owns a $1.5 billion stake in PepsiCo and $1.3 billion stake in Mondelez.

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Twinkies must innovate slowly, warns marketing expert

Twinkies must innovate slowly, warns marketing expert | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

19 July 2013, Food Navigator USA -- "The Twinkies return has been terrific but the owners need to take things slowly and ensure a solid comeback before launching any line extensions like gluten-free variants, a marketing expert warns."

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SAB Miller JV MD wants 30%+ market share in China

SAB Miller JV MD wants 30%+ market share in China | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

18 July 2013, Beverage Daily -- "The head of SAB Miller’s JV in China says the firm should be gunning for a 30%+ beer market share as it seeks to consolidate its position as market leader, but major takeover targets are scarce. ..."

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USDA Farmers Market Opens for 2013 Season

USDA Farmers Market Opens for 2013 Season | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

6 June 2013, USDA Press Release – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo will ring the bell Friday, opening the USDA Farmers Market for its 18th season on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

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Got milk? Not any more, according to NHANES data showing fluid milk consumption continues to fall

Got milk? Not any more, according to NHANES data showing fluid milk consumption continues to fall | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

5 June 2013, Food Navigator USA, Elaine Watson -- "Despite concerted efforts to promote the consumption of low-fat dairy products from the industry and the government alike, Americans are drinking less and less milk, according to new research. ..."

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Discover the Nutritional Benefits of Insect Cuisine at 6th Annual Bug Eating Festival

Discover the Nutritional Benefits of Insect Cuisine at 6th Annual Bug Eating Festival | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

6 June 2013, PRNewswire --Marjory Wildcraft, hosts the 6th Annual Bug Eating Festival, 29 June 2013 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.  "Hunger can give you an edge accepting new food. ...It's a zany experience, party and potluck where people come together to learn about, and experience, eating insects. Alan Davisson is the co-host for the evening. In between grilling up and passing around plates of freshly cooked bugs, Alan offers the lore of edibility, preparing, cooking, and eating insects.


Marjory Wildcraft regularly appears on radio and television teaching people how to become more food self-reliant and was recently featured as a sustainable living expert by National Geographic. She is a leader in the preparedness movement and has been called the "Martha Stewart of self-reliance." Wildcraft is best known for her video series "Grow Your Own Groceries." Wildcraft shows people how to turn their backyards into a food producing paradise. 


This is event is about:

   

- Deep nutrition

- Insects as human food    

- Wild edibles 

- Backyard food production

- Survival and preparedness

- Free food you don't know about

- Garden pest control

- How to handle the locusts during Apocalypse ..."


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Smithfield Foods Sells to China Investors

29 May 2013, Seeking Alpha -- "Smithfield Foods (SFD) confirms it sold itself to Shuanghui International for $34 per share in a deal valued at $7.1B. The transaction is slated to close in the second half of 2013 after regulators weigh in."

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Taco Bell will drop kid's meals

23 July 2013, CNNMoney.com -- "Taco Bell announced Tuesday it has become the first national fast food chain to drop its kid's meals, saying it will discontinue the toy and food combos at some locations this month and across the brand by next year.

 

"Kid's meals and toys simply no longer make sense for us to put resources behind," said Greg Creed, chief executive officer of Taco Bell, in a statement early Tuesday. He added that the move will have an "insignificant impact on sales." 

 

Taco Bell is owned by Yum Brands (YUM, Fortune 500), which also owns KFC and Pizza Hut. KFC plans to continue to offers its Li'l Bucket Kids Meal, but that combo does not have a toy in it. Instead, it has a "Weird But True" fact card from National Geographic.

 

Kids meals have been criticized by some public health groups for contributing to childhood obesity by making young children more eager to eat high-calorie, fast food meals. The decision was cheered by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which called on competitors such as McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500), Burger King (BKW) and Wendy's 

(WEN) to follow suit."

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Mexico gets a taste for eating insects as chefs put bugs back on the menu

Mexico gets a taste for eating insects as chefs put bugs back on the menu | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

23 July 2013, Guardian Weekly, Nick Miroff for the Washington Post -- "High-end restaurants showcase traditional dishes containing what UN describes as promising source of sustainable protein.

 

he San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters such as ostrich, wild boar and crocodile. Only the city zoo offers greater species diversity. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo. ..."

 

Photo: Kids' favourite … chapulines, or fried grasshoppers, are popular with Mexico's younger gastronomes. Credit: Wendy Connett/Alamy

 

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Is Your Farm Story Museum-Worthy?

22 July 2013, AgWeb, Ben Potter -- "The Smithsonian is seeking farm tales for its newest exhibition.  

 

Every farmer has a story. And the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is listening.The museum is soliciting stories, photographs and memorabilia from U.S. farmers and ranchers for its upcoming "American Enterprise" exhibition, set to open in May 2015. The museum hopes to showcase innovation within the industry’s consumer finance, information technology, manufacturing and retail sectors – highlighting advancements from the mid-1700s to present day. ..."

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Don't pass the buck on sustainable sourcing, urges expert

Don't pass the buck on sustainable sourcing, urges expert | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

22 July 2013, Food Navigator USA, Nathan Gray -- "Brand owners and retailers must realise that they have the final responsibility for ensuring a sustainable supply of ingredients for their products, according to one sustainability expert. ..."

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Market-driven approach better than laws for GMO labeling, UNPA says

Market-driven approach better than laws for GMO labeling, UNPA says | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

22 July 2013, FoodNavigator USA, Hank Schultz -- "A market-driven approach that allows consumers to opt for foods made without genetically modified ingredients is preferable to mandatory labeling via either state or federal statutes, according to the United Natural Products Alliance."

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Crown Holdings CEO coy on PepsiCo beverage spin-off rumors

Crown Holdings CEO coy on PepsiCo beverage spin-off rumors | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

19 July 2013, Beverage Daily, Ben Bouckley -- "The chair of can giant Crown Holdings was tight-lipped when asked about the impact on the packaging industry if PepsiCo chose to spun-off its beverage business as 'activist-investor' Nelson Peltz demands. ..."

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The Museum of Food and Drink Launches With A BOOM!

The Museum of Food and Drink Launches With A BOOM! | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

19 July 2013, Co.Design -- MOFAD makes New York's obsession with eating and drinking a reality -- starting with a giant breakfast cereal puffer gun in Foley Square.  

 

As the first example of MOFAD programming, BOOM! had to captivate the public (with the force of say, a new David Chang place), yet also go deep into the food's history. ..."

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Culver's says "Thank You Farmers"

Culver's says "Thank You Farmers" | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

18 July 2013, Brownfield Ag News, Meghan Grebner -- "Recently Culver’s restaurants launched their “Thank You Farmers” program.  David Stidham, vice president of marketing for Culver’s says the program is an opportunity to recognize the hard work of the American farmer ..."

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Oz watchdog tells companies that water cannot possibly be ‘organic’

Oz watchdog tells companies that water cannot possibly be ‘organic’ | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

17 July 2013, Beverage Daily, RJ Whitehead -- "Seven Australian suppliers of bottled water will remove “organic” claims from their labelling and marketing material after they reached an agreement with the country’s consumer watchdog. An eighth supplier has withdrawn its product from sale. ..."

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Eateries protest plastic-foam ban

12 June 2013, Crain's New York -- "Restaurant owners said a proposed bill banning the sale of polystyrene foam foodservice products will cost them double the money and urge the mayor to recycle instead of prohibit the material. ..."

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McDonald's Customers Don't Buy Salads - But Whose Fault is That?

McDonald's Customers Don't Buy Salads - But Whose Fault is That? | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

6 June 2013, TriplePundit, Roz Goldelnik -- "Salads equal 2-3% of McDonald's U.S. sales. Whose fault is it, and is McDonald's decision to focus its advertising on hamburgers, not salads, the right one?"

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Probiotics may boost mental performance for diabetics: Animal data

Probiotics may boost mental performance for diabetics: Animal data | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

6 June 2013, NutraIngredients USA, Stephen Daniells -- "Daily consumption of probiotics may improve the mental performance of lab animals with diabetes, says a new study that supports the potential benefits of an optimal microbiome–gut–brain axis. ..."

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