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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Though the movement has been slow, in the last few years, Mexico has begrudgingly earned the respect of Italy or France as a destination for the world's foodies. It’s a great model for the new global trend to cook ‘paleo,’ and eat local.
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