The Kroger Co. will open a $2.5 million culinary training facility in Cincinnati. The facility will train hundreds of chefs who work at Kroger stores throughout the country, and will also work to further establish Cincinnati as a hub for the food industry, reported Cincinnati Business Courier.
General Mills and South Dakota State University opened an oat variety development lab in Brookings, SD. The lab will focus on improving the nutritional qualities of oats, developing better performing oat varieties with higher yields, and helping farmers improve agronomy practices to increase sustainability.
Bacteriophages can be used to reduce salmonella by 90% in ground meats, according to a study by the University of Nevada. Researchers treated meat products that had been infected with four types of salmonella, finding that when myoviridae bacteriophages were added before grinding, the salmonella cells were destroyed, reported Medical Xpress.
U.S. Senators reached a bipartisan deal to require GMO labeling nationally. The legislation would allow food companies to use a text label, a symbol or an electronic label accessible by smartphone, while Vermont's law requires items to be labeled "produced with genetic engineering." The agreement will not become law before Vermont's law takes effect, reported Modesto Bee.
U.S. commercial red meat production totaled 4 billion-lbs. in May, up 5% from May 2015, according to USDA. Pork production during the period totaled 2 billion-lbs., a record high that was up 5% from 2015.
The number of slaughter facilities in Oregon dropped more than 30% since 2000, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The number of USDA-inspected slaughterhouses fell 25%. However, the growing interest in farm-to-table beef may make the local slaughter industry viable again, reported The Washington Times.
Dunkin' Donuts will launch cold brew iced coffee at New York City and Los Angeles area locations starting June 27. The product offering will expand to locations nationally later this summer, reported The Boston Globe.
The deli case is the fastest growing segment in grocery stores, according to Datassential. Consumers gravitate towards restaurant-branded items, and grocers may be able to tap the grab-and-go market by incorporating items already sold at the store in prepared lunch or dinner plates, reported Chicago Tribune.
Walmart expanded its online grocery shopping service to three stores in the New Orleans area. The program carries no extra fees or charges, and customers can place an order and pick it up the same day, reported NOLA.com.
The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store is getting bigger basket sizes than the chain's legacy stores and matching meat and seafood sales, according to co-CEO John Mackey. The 365 store carries approximately 7,000 SKUs, compared with 25,000 in a legacy store, reported Supermarket News.
Demand for tomato puree and ketchup in India shot up by 40% in one month, according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. About 78% of households find it difficult to manage budgets due to the sudden rise in price of tomatoes, and about 56% of respondents curtailed the use of tomatoes, reported Times of India News.
Eating broccoli may be associated with lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma and several types of cancer, according to a study in Molecular Breeding. Researchers found that the vegetable contains certain compounds that reduce inflammation, helping protect against the diseases, reported NDTV Health.
Ikea is introducing a hydroponic farm project for its restaurants to grow their own produce. The concept is called "The Farm" and was designed in partnership with Space 10, and will allow the produce to be grown directly in the restaurants, reported Fortune.
Uber Technologies expanded its UberEATS service in Austin, TX, adding North and South Austin. UberEATS offers delivery from more than 100 area restaurants, reported Austin Business Journal.
More than half of Americans were eating healthier in 2012 than in 1999, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found the number of adults with poor diets dropped from 56% to 46% during the period, and that people ate more whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and fish, reported HealthDay.
Chick-fil-A topped the list for customer satisfaction among fast food restaurants, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report 2016. Papa John's came in second, while consumer satisfaction for fast food in general increased 2.6% since last year. Among full service restaurants, Cracker Barrel ranked highest for customer satisfaction, reported CNN.
CVS Health Corp. will expand its healthier foods and beverages initiative to more than 2,900 stores. The expansion will build upon a 500-store pilot program launched in 2015. About 25% of front checkout space will include a curated selection of better-for-you food brands, reported MarketWatch.
Researchers were able to remove up to 20% of the fat in chocolate by running the liquid through an electric field, according to a study funded in part by Mars and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding was accidental and occurred when researchers were trying to improve the viscosity of the liquid, reported the Los Angeles Times.
New England lobster fisherman could start their season slightly early, which is expected to lower prices nationwide. Currently, consumer prices are in the range of $8 to $12 per lb., reported Yakima Herald-Republic.
Production costs per acre for corn and soybeans in Argentina and Brazil were between 11% and 28% below those encountered in the U.S. on average, largely due to higher land and capital costs, according to USDA. The agency found that the U.S. had higher yields per acre than the other two countries, particularly for corn, which helped offset the higher costs.
Consuming nuts can reduce the risk of mortality from prostate cancer, according to a study by Harvard Medical School. Researchers found participants who ate five servings of any kind of nuts weekly had a 34% reduced risk of death compared to those who ate nuts less than once a month, reported Science World Report.
Marking the fifth month-to-month decline in seven months, retail food prices fell 0.5% in May from April, and were 0.7% under year earlier levels, according to Food Institute analysis of government data. The annualized deflation rate increased to 0.5%, still not as great as the 2.1% deflation seen at the wholesale level through May 1. Food away-from-home prices overall were up 2.7% from a year ago.
A primarily plant-based diet may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in PLoS Medicine. Researchers followed participants for 20 years, finding those who followed a plant-based diet had a 20% reduced risk of developing the disease, reported HealthDay.
Kennebunk and Freeport, ME, banned single-use plastic bags. Kennebunk's ban pertains to all single-use plastic bags, while Freeport's ban applies only to single-use bags from food and grocery stores, reported Washington Times.
Galveston County, TX, declared an oyster disaster due to persistent downpours that swamped oyster beds with freshwater. The declaration marks the second straight year downpours killed off oysters in Texas, which supplies about 30% of all oysters harvested in the Gulf of Mexico, reported Express News.
Martha Stewart and Marley Spoon will launch a meal kit delivery service called Martha & Marley Spoon. The subscription service will consist of meal kits that feature Stewart's recipes, and will be designed to be prepared in approximately 40 minutes, reported New York Post
Panera Bread extended its ban on artificial ingredients to its food items sold at supermarkets. The company will remove artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors from its nearly 50 Panera at Home grocery items by the end of the year, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reversed its classification of coffee as a possible carcinogen linked to bladder cancer. The organization is expected to note that coffee has no carcinogenic effects related to other cancers. However, WHO did find that drinking very hot beverages could be carcinogenic to humans.
Vermont produced a record amount of maple syrup this past year, thanks to an extended season with low temperatures and more people entering the business or expanding operations. The state yielded 1.9 million gallons this year, up from 1.4 million gallons last year. Overall, the country produced 4.2 million gallons, reported Seattle Times.
McDonald's will move its headquarters to Chicago in 2018. The new site will allow the company to entice and retain younger talent that prefers living in urban areas, according to CEO Steve Easterbrook, reported Yakima Herald-Republic
Eating whole grain foods may reduce the risk of premature death, according to a study in Circulation. Researchers found participants who had three or more servings of whole grains daily had a 20% overall reduced risk of premature death compared to those who ate fewer or no servings, including a 25% lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, reported HealthDay.
Defense Department dining facilities could be required to offer soldiers meat options that meet or exceed the nutritional standards in the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Sen. Joni Ernst is working to get the measure included in the Senate's military spending bill, reported Des Moines Register.
Cuba made its first U.S. soy oil purchase in more than five years, buying 7,600 metric tons, a potential sign that drought and heavy rains in South America tightened supplies and disrupted trade patterns. The sale could mark the beginning of Cuba once again purchasing American agricultural products, according to some traders, reported Reuters.
Grocery stores in Colorado can now sell full-strength beer, liquor and wine. Colorado will repeal the limits on how many licenses a company or chain may hold to sell alcohol by 2037. It will also end a requirement that most grocers sell only "near-beer," watered-down versions of common beers, reported The State.
Eating foods rich in copper may assist in weight loss, according to a study in Nature Chemical Biology. Researchers found the copper content in foods such as oysters, liver, beans and nuts helps the body move fat to the bloodstream, where it is used for energy, reported Deccan Chronicle.