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The increasing use of pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and antibiotics in food products is raising health concerns in the U.S. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013 show that some 1.1 billion lb. of pesticides’ active ingredients are used each year and more than 20,000 pesticide products are marketed annually, adversely impacting the health of consumers and the environment.
When it comes to quality, taste and cost, today’s sugar substitutes are becoming a sweet choice for producers of baked goods and snacks.
Minneapolis-based General Mills says that, since 2005, it has improved the health profile of 73% of its U.S. Retail sales volume. The company’s Baking and Snack platforms include such brands as Betty Crocker, Fiber One, Food Should Taste Good, Lärabar and Pillsbury.
Twelve winners of the California Raisin Marketing Board’s 6th Annual America’s Best Raisin Bread Contest were announced Oct. 8 during a banquet at the LVH hotel in Las Vegas.
Oct. 15 marked the inauguration of the Puratos Sourdough Library, which took place at the company’s Center for Bread Flavour in Saint-Vith, Belgium. The library is believed to be the first of its kind and aims to preserve sourdough biodiversity and sourdough baking knowledge. It’s also home to a unique collection of sourdoughs from bakers across the globe.
Cargill announces the findings of its proprietary Gatekeeper Purchase Drivers Study at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas.
You might want to down that nonGMO popcorn with coconut water or kombucha this year. Based on sightings at the Natural Products Expo East tradeshow, which brings together natural, organic and healthy lifestyle products, a few specific products stood out.