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Exploring ethnic flavors

Consumers longing to take a trip around the world can do so just by stepping into their local grocery store.
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Fast-food industry is back but not the fast track

A new report says that there are macro-economic improvements, but they haven’t boosted all of the demographics. Quick-service and snack and beverage restaurant sales are slated for moderate growth, according to Packaged Facts.
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Five steps to capturing the Hispanic market

Some say the Hispanic market may be the last true growth opportunity in food. Most U.S. firms have a major corporate goal to attract Hispanic consumers, given their tremendous demographic and economic importance. Some companies, such as McDonald’s, Budweiser and AT&T, spend significant resources to gain market share with Hispanics and are making inroads. But it’s not easy, says a Nielsen report issued last year.
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$17.3 billion in crop losses is a record-breaker

A county-by-county analysis shows the impacts in a 10-state area of the highest crop insurance losses due to extreme weather. States affected include Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Texas.


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Hotels retool to boost weak food and drink sales

Travelers are spending less on food and drinks, but certain hotels are responding by putting an end to traditional room service.


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Perfectly portioned

Pocket-sized bakery and snack products are more readily available than ever to cater to consumers’ on-the-go lifestyles and demand for portion-controlled foods.
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Pretzels, waffles liven up fast food menus

Pretzels and waffles, two beloved comfort foods, are turning up in unexpected places—major fast food chains.


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U.S. bread-production market to be worth $39 billion by 2018

Revenue in the U.S. bread-production market dropped at an annualized rate of 1% to $36.9 billion during the five years to 2013, including a 0.8% increase in 2013.


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Plain packaging for high-calorie foods won’t work, say experts

Australian food industry experts soundly dismiss the idea that using plain packaging for high-calorie foods can solve the obesity epidemic.


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Convenience stores are top ‘go-to’ for grab-and-go snacks

Global information firm NPD Group reports that every day, 28 million people in the U.S. eat a grab-and-go snack, accounting for billions of eating occasions each year. These buy-and-eat-within-an-hour occasions are 50% more likely to be performed while traveling or in a car, which make convenience stores a primary source for grab-and-go snacks. NPD’s snacking research also indicates that c-stores represent five times their fair share of grab-and-go snacking occasions, beating out grocery stores and even discount stores.


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