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As more marketers go green, fewer consumers want to pay for it

September 28, 2012

More than ever, businesses are gearing up to help the environment, and regulators are preparing new guidelines to police them, but consumers aren’t paying as much attention if it’s going to cost more, as shoppers are resisting premium prices.

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Product launches containing natural sweeteners triple

September 28, 2012

The number of product launches tracked by Innova Market Insights so far in 2012 containing one or more natural sweeteners including agave syrup/nectar, palm sugar, Stevia and monk fruit has more than tripled compared to the same time frame in 2009.

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Domino’s Pizza rolls out pan pizza

September 28, 2012

The nation’s largest home-delivery pizza chain has plunged into the $6.4-billion pan pizza category. Pan pizzas are thicker than conventional products and cooked in special pans. Domino’s began selling handmade pan pizzas last week at nearly 5,000 of its outlets.

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Gourmet flavors beef up beef jerky

September 28, 2012

Marketers of beef jerky, a favorite of truckers and a staple at gas-station checkouts, want it to be a healthier snack. Makers of the spicy, salty dried treat find that consumers can accept turkey versions and are now stepping up sales with moister, tastier and fancier dried-meat products, some in flavors such as Basil Citrus and Lemon Garlic.

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Pizza restaurant sales to reach $36.1 billion

September 28, 2012

According to Packaged Facts’ recently released report, “The Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail,” sales at pizza restaurants will reach $36.1 billion in 2012, up 3.8% from 2011. At retail, U.S. frozen and refrigerated pizza will ring up sales of $4.91 billion.

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Sorghum seen as Southern bioenergy crop

September 20, 2012

Sorghum lends itself well to a source for syrup and molasses, but the sturdy crop deleted “has” is a good candidate for use as a bioenergy crop because of its drought tolerance, adaptability to diverse growing conditions, low nitrogen fertilizer requirements and high biomass (plant material) content, says the USDA.

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Not a Chip off the Old Block

September 17, 2012
Innovative flavors, healthier ingredient profiles and eye-catching packaging are hallmarks of today’s potato chip segment. Manufacturers are now honing in on various advantages today’s chips have over their predecessors in an effort to keep the potato chip segment on-trend for consumers.

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Corn crop could be larger than expected, while soy and raisins could be smaller

September 14, 2012

The raisin harvest is moving quickly and furiously in the San Joaquin Valley of California, as growers reap the benefits of a near-perfect growing season. And while the corn crop, slashed by the searing summer drought, may be the lowest in six years and the soybean crop is the lowest in nine years, government forecasts indicate that there could be more corn than expected.

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PMMI releases bakery and snack trends report

September 13, 2012

“Bakery and Snacks–Market Assessment 2012,”, a report released in August by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), details current bakery and snack trends impacting original equipment manufacturers and their customers.

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UN food agencies urge taking action to curtail rising prices

September 6, 2012

The three UN food agencies urged governments to take quick action to curb the rising prices of corn, wheat and soybeans and avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crises. The sharp rise in food prices in recent months could make life even more difficult for tens of millions of people, especially those in poor countries, warn the heads of the UN World Food Program, FAO and International Fund for Agriculture Development. A prolonged drought in the U.S., the top exporter of corn, wheat and soybeans, has helped drive up commodity prices.

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