Health food stores in Central Florida are facing growing competition from specialty supermarkets expanding in organic produce and natural products. Health food store managers are trying to compete by providing more training for staff on vitamins and supplements, while upping selections of local and organic produce. The stores saw a bump in sales from the increase in specialty diet foods, such as gluten-free products, reported Orlando Sentinel.
General Mills is placing Old El Paso in its growth brands category along with Annie's Homegrown and gluten-free Cheerios. Sales of Old El Paso products in the U.S. were up 1.5% last year, according to Nielsen. The packaging now proclaims that the taco shells are made with just three ingredients, corn flour, palm oil and salt, to appeal consumers who want more transparency about the ingredients in their food, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Cocoa factories slowed production due to higher prices, limited supplies and poor quality beans. The supply crunch is expected to continue until the end of the year, when a surplus of over 200 metric tons will begin hitting the market, reported Bloomberg.
Glyphosate is not likely to cause cancer in humans, according to a report by EPA. The chemical, commonly known as Roundup, was described as possibly carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015. Since then, other agencies analyzed the same data and concluded the opposite, reported NPR
USDA launched the USDA Branded Food Product Database, a free resource for consumers that contains nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. The database is intended to be a transparent source of information and expands upon the USDA National Nutrient Database.
U.S. turkey eggs in incubators totaled 28.8 million on Sept. 1, up 21% from the same date in 2015, according to USDA. Poults hatched during August jumped 11% year-over year to 24.5 million
Target will add new customer service counters dedicated to online order pickup at 70 stores in October. The company is expanding its ship-from-store capabilities to 600 more stores, reaching a total of approximately 1,060 stores that can directly fulfill online orders, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Increases in the minimum wage and changes to overtime rules could accelerate dramatic shifts in the retail and restaurant industries, including more automation and fewer stores, according to a panel hosted by the Retail Marketing Society. Panelists expect retailers and restaurant chains to speed up adoption of technologies that would eliminate jobs, and anticipate more growth in the fast casual category, while full service restaurants will continue to close, reported NorthJersey.com
Kellogg Co. is rolling out a new campaign for Frosted Flakes aimed directly at fathers, rather than the moms that typically make shopping decisions. The company will target "tweens" as well, a group it pegs at 9 to 14, who might not be familiar with its Tony the Tiger mascot. Sales of Frosted Flakes dropped each of the past two years, reported NorthJersey.com.
Religious foods, including Halal and kosher products, drive revenue in the food industry, according to a study in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Halal foods brings in $1.9 billion per year, while traditional kosher foods, excluding foods with a kosher certification but traditionally purchased by non-Jewish shoppers, account for $12.5 billion in annual sales, reported Chicago Tribune.
Eating a low-calorie diet is equally as effective as exercising in boosting heart health among middle aged people, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found a 20% drop in daily calories consumed resulted in the same improvements in terms of blood pressure, cholesterol levels and heart rate as increasing activity levels by 20%, reported HealthDay
The value of all potatoes sold in 2015 decreased 2% from the previous year to $3.6 billion, according to USDA. The average price, at $8.76 per cwt, was down $0.12 from 2014. U.S. potatoes used for processing totaled 280 million cwt, down 5%, with potatoes used for chips and shoestrings down 21% to 58.1 million cwt and frozen French fries and other frozen products up 2% to 166 million cwt. Potatoes used for dehydrating were down 2% to 47.9 million cwt, and canning potato products were down 9% to 1.2 million cwt.
Google will unveil a satellite-based surveillance system that aims to reduce overfishing in the oceans and cut back on illegal fishing. Global Fishing Watch pulls public broadcast data from the Automatic Identification System, which uses satellite and land-based receivers to track the movement of ships over time, reported The Denver Post.
Australian agri-food company Seafarms Group Ltd. plans to build a $1.5 billion shrimp farm. Researchers with the project are attempting to unlock the genome of the Black Tiger prawn to make a super invertebrate that will grow faster, fight disease more effectively and taste better. The first offspring from the project could be ready for sale at the end of 2018, reported The Japan Times.
Kidney disease patients who eat extra servings of fruit can lower their blood pressure and reduce medication costs, according to a study by Baylor Scott & White Healthcare. Researchers had patients eat three to four extra servings of fruit daily, and after five years they had significantly lower blood pressure and needed lower doses of blood pressure medication, reported HealthDay.