Mar 18 2019
Food, on average, is the third largest consumer spending category behind housing and transportation, and rising food prices can have a significant effect on consumers’ pocketbooks. Fluctuations in food prices throughout the U.S. food system—from the farmer to the grocery store and restaurant. Typically, food prices increase year to year by varying amounts in response […]
Mar 11 2019
In 2018, meal kit mania took the U.S. grocery retail market by storm. Seemingly overnight, these easy-to-use/easy-to-prepare boxes—filled with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients for consumers to create a healthy home cooked meal—were popping up everywhere. What started as a mostly web-exclusive offering, aimed at delivering fresh, time-saving options, has now grown into a multi-billion dollar industry […]
Mar 04 2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the reauthorization of the Dairy Forward Pricing Program (DFPP), in accordance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill).
The DFPP allows milk handlers, under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, to voluntarily enter into forward price contract with producers or cooperative associations of producers […]
Feb 25 2019
Gen Zs are Getting Older and Making Their Mark on Restaurants and Eating Trends The NPD Group Retail & FoodService
Chicago — The oldest of Generation Z will be 22 years old this year and they are just beginning to make their mark on dining out and eating trends, finds The NPD Group, which tracks on a daily basis all aspects of how consumers eat. Gen Zs made 14.6 billion restaurant visits in 2018 and […]
Feb 18 2019
Record Number of Entries for U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay Barry Adams, Madison.com Deli
This leap is all about cheddars, Swiss and Goudas, not touchdowns by the Green Bay Packers. When the 20th U.S. Championship Cheese Contest takes place next month in the atrium of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, judges will have a record number of entries to score from around the country.
The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association in Madison […]
Feb 12 2019
A study of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the EU’s agri-food industry has claimed that beef and cheese exports from Ireland to the UK could collapse by up to 90% with the loss of over 3,500 jobs. The report by a food industry organization says cheese exports to the UK could fall by […]
Feb 04 2019
Building A Culture of Trust and Transparency in Food Retail David Fikes, Vice President, Communications and Consumer/Community Affairs Retail & FoodService
In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling to Seattle for one of my favorite research projects—the ethnographic interviews that are part of our annual U.S. Grocery Shopper Trendsreport. These interviews take place in shopper’s homes and we inquire about their grocery shopping and meal preferences. During these interviews, I love to ask participants to fill […]
Feb 01 2019
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) announced that it presented the Golden Seal Award to Mark Finocchio, President of Pinnacle Food Sales, for his “Outstanding Achievement” in the sale and promotion of California cheese in the Southeast.
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Jan 28 2019
As we’ve previously reported, the FDA has long been exploring how consumers perceive plant-based foods that mimic dairy products, meaning products like “almond milk” or “cashew cheese.” In response to the FDA’s request for comments on the use of dairy foods names for plant-based products, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) released a statement confirming […]