Private labels are becoming more important to shoppers, with 53% saying they would pick a store for its private label items, according to a report from Daymon. Successful private labels also encourage innovation and price competition from national brands as consumers have come to trust store brands, the report states.
Tyson Foods has built a seven-person innovation team that is working to create a new product that will hit shelves in six months. One item in development is a high-protein snack derived from ingredients left behind during other food and beverage production processes.
Food could be imprinted with effective, edible circuitry that would allow individual items to be tracked, according to a study from Rice University. In the study, lasers were used to carve a thin layer of graphene on food that could function as a tracking chip.
Conagra Brands will sell its Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable division in Canada to the Bonduelle Group for about $34 million. Bonduelle also owns other fresh and canned produce brands including Graves and Arctic Gardens.
After a warm winter, many vintners in Napa Valley, Calif., had to face the stress of temperatures that dipped as low as 27 degrees in some areas earlier this week. Chardonnay grapes represented the largest subject of concern because some had already reached bud break, growers said.
A cold snap this week has California citrus growers implementing freeze protections including keeping the ground moist and running wind machines to warm the air, according to the California Citrus Mutual. The freeze could take a toll on the 2018-19 harvest.
Millennials' preferences are increasingly changing the way Americans eat, writes registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom. These consumers seek transparency from food-makers, customized meals, convenience and sustainability, she notes.
Oregon's wine industry continues to generate positive buzz and to outgrow the industry in general, according to Rob McMillan, executive vice president of the Silicon Valley Bank's wine division. The state's reputation on social media is extremely positive, said Danny Brager, senior vice president of the beverage alcohol practice at Nielsen.
"Iced wine" is the name being applied to wine produced when the vintner carefully controls the freezing process. With traditional ice wine, the grapes are allowed to freeze on the vine -- but with "iced wine," the grapes are harvested normally, then frozen with refrigeration.
Italy-based BTS Biogas plans to break ground on its first US facility, at the Maryland Food Center in Jessup, Md., later this year. The 400-acre center is home to around 50 produce, seafood and other food businesses that could supply waste that the BTS facility will turn into energy.