Health Issues Shaping Global F&B Firm Strategies
from Media Post
Health and nutrition issues are ever more powerful factors in shaping the strategies of leading multinational food and beverage (F&B) companies, underscores a new Packaged Facts report, "Top Global Food and Beverage Companies: Strategies for Success." PF's analysts point out that 79 percent of top F&B executives surveyed for Deloitte's "Food and Beverage 2012" report ranked health as the principal external issue driving the industry going forward. More
Is Tea the New Coffee? Ask Barack Obama
from the Los Angeles Times
There’s no doubt that coffee holds a unique place in our culture. You know the routine by now. A colleague wants to talk to you about a project — let’s have coffee. You want to catch up with an old friend — let’s have coffee. Someone wants to ask you out on a date, but is either too chicken or doesn’t really want to pony up that much cash — let’s go get coffee. But tea -- cold or hot -- is giving coffee some competition. It is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world.
Can Coffee Fight Alzheimer's Disease?
from Fox News – Oregon
People who drink coffee during middle age are less likely to have dementia or Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a study in Finland. Researchers from the University of Kuopio looked at 1,409 people who had been evaluated every five years from 1972 to 1987 and then again in 1998 when they were between 65 and 79 years old. More
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Farm Groups Lobby for Food Origin Labeling
from the Pacific Shipper
Shortly before Thanksgiving, the Food and Drug Administration opened an office in China, the FDA’s first outside the United States. The opening reflected the FDA’s new global strategy to protect U.S. food imports by intervening at their source, not just when inspecting at the U.S. border. The news was hardly a surprise, given headlines last year about foodborne disease outbreaks brought on by tainted food imports such as peanut butter, spinach, tomatoes and peppers, often from China. It’s not just the Chinese who are under fire. The FDA is, too. Public pressure to strengthen the agency’s safeguards on imported foods continues to grow, along with prospects of congressional action. More
U.S. Consumer Price Gains Slow to 0.1 Percent Annual Pace
The cost of living in the U.S. fell in December as the recession deepened, capping the smallest annual gain in a half century. Americans paid 0.1 percent more for goods and services in 2008, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Consumer prices fell 0.7 percent in December after dropping 1.7 percent the prior month. Excluding food and energy, costs were unchanged.
Algae’s Impact on the Food-Versus-Fuel Debate
from Biodiesel Magazine
Algae have been providing energy for as long as it has existed. Animals have always eaten it. It’s what gives fish omega 3 fatty acids and other beneficial characteristics that make fish oil so popular to the nutracteutical market. Some nutraceutical brands even produce omega 3 acids directly from the algae, which is more environmentally sustainable and safer in regard to mercury content. It’s possible for certain types of algae, such as Nannochloropsis and Chlorella Vulgaris, to have a complete branch chain amino acid profile. These high-value products can be extracted from the algae and taken to market. More