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Food industry faces structural challenge
Recently, a number of the challenges facing food manufacturers and retailers were once again thrown into sharp relief. The industry continued to grapple with the cyclical difficulties of a down global economy and weak consumer sentiment. However, a number of structural issues that, in some respects, represent the greater threat are also becoming increasingly evident. More

Food safety regulatory outlook for 2013
Food Processing
2013 will be a memorable year for food safety. Like last year, 2013 will be dominated by FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The relatively new law comprehensively changes the reactive U.S. food safety framework to a prevention-based system. USDA also will have its own food safety initiatives, however without the burden of implementing a new statutory framework. More

How the experts would fix the food crisis
Bloomberg Businessweek
The challenge of making food nutritious, sustainable and abundant is hard enough for a nuclear family. Now mix in climate change, volatile markets and inefficient safety standards — along with a global population estimated to add 2 billion more mouths to feed during the next 25 years — and it's clear the food crisis will only become more acute. More

Make it Square, Make it Efficient

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Functional food seen as healthy — but taste, pleasure matter
Health Canal
Health benefits are the key message of functional foods bearing health claims. Actual food choice, however, is influenced by various other motives. Scientists from the University of Belgrade and IPSOS Strategic Marketing researched the effect of food choice motives, nutritional knowledge and the use of food labels on consumer attitude towards foods with health claims. More

Manufacturing trends: Labor, not energy, the concern in 2013
Food Processing
Labor issues are of greater concern to food manufacturers as they enter 2013 — but not as important as cost control and food safety — while worries about energy cost escalation have all but disappeared. More

Report: Half of all food produced in world is wasted
A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50 percent of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach. The findings suggest this is due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one-free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food. More

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13 ways to do more with less in 2013
Progressive Grocer
With slow growth predicted for many industries in 2013, organizations are taking a minute to review their current material-handling strategies and operations, asking themselves, "How do we do more with less?" More

More money for groceries: Food prices will be affected by drought, farm bill
Belleville News-Democrat
Consumers will see higher food prices in 2013, while likely facing a harder time finding organic and locally grown food — all thanks to the drought gripping the Midwest and the nine-month extension to the federal farm bill passed Jan. 1 as part of the fiscal cliff deal between the White House and the U.S. Congress. More

Food ad budgets won't fall as prices rise — at least in short term
Advertising Age
It was no surprise to food marketers that 2012 was reported as the hottest year on record, as they weathered the crop-scorching drought that soon may be felt at the supermarket, where commodity costs are expected to boost prices. But will this cost pressure force marketers to find savings in ad budgets? The short answer is: maybe. More

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Study: Consumer food costs rising — reversing 55-year trend
Supermarket News
Food costs for a family of four increased more than $2,000 above expectations in 2012, according to a recent study by FarmEcon, an agricultural and food industry consultancy. More

Using text, color makes food labels easier to understand
Food Product Design
Using colorful and graphic nutrition information on food and beverage packaging can help consumers better understand the information and make more informed nutrition decisions, according to a new literature review published in the journal Nutrition Reviews. More

Junk foods disguised as healthy
FOX News
The growing number of overweight and obese individuals spanning the globe is prompting more and more consumers to seek healthier habits in an effort to avoid the trend. However, this proves to be a challenging feat, as food manufacturers use clever marketing strategies to disguise many junk foods as the healthy choice. More

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