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    Why a new ‘tomato tax’ is rotten to the core

    Suspending the tomato trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico would cost jobs and lead to higher prices for retailers and consumers, a NatureSweet exec writes. 

    Skip Hulett • Feb. 5, 2024
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    Bridging the divide between the wants of food companies and the needs of farmers

    Driven by the urgency to be more environmentally responsible, businesses sometimes fail to fully grasp the multifaceted challenges faced by their suppliers. Here’s how to get everyone on the same page.

    Ofir Ardon • Jan. 30, 2024
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    Don’t fall for the meat industry’s COP out

    Meat and dairy industry representatives made a big show at COP28 claiming that they want to be a part of the solution to combat climate change, but Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur sees it as mere greenwashing.

    Gene Baur • Dec. 20, 2023
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    How to safely harness generative AI for productivity gains in food and beverage businesses

    There’s a lot of promise for the technology, but it could cause more harm than good if it’s not implemented properly.

    Thor Olof Philogène • Oct. 25, 2023
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    Guardians of the franchise: Safeguarding success in the competitive landscape

    Since launching a new product offers only one chance at success, optimizing it to its fullest potential becomes crucial.

    Katie Fellows • Oct. 11, 2023
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    Vegan: The product label which shall not be named

    The term "plant-based" has become a more inclusive and approachable term when it comes to marketing vegan food. But are times changing?

    Paul Shapiro • Oct. 5, 2023
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    New analysis reveals best practice examples as food segment nibbles on their emissions

    The food sector needs to make a lot more progress when it comes to implementing effective ways to reduce emissions, according to Ceres’ Nako Kobayashi.

    Nako Kobayashi • July 5, 2023
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    5 emerging technologies set to transform the global food system

    Fresh solutions are needed to tackle the impact of climate change, food waste and to feed a growing population with fewer resources, according to Rick Hamilton, senior consultant at 4C Associates.

    Rick Hamilton • June 23, 2023
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    An industry case for the flexitarian diet and shelf-stable plant-based foods

    By infiltrating an entirely new sector, companies can experience an increase in sales, recognition and retailer distribution, according to Gregory Banzon, chief operating officer of Century Pacific Food.

    Gregory Banzon • June 5, 2023
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    Why Joe Biden needs to have a conversation with Michelle Obama on food policy

    The current administration should take a page or two from the former first lady who said there are limits to government mandates, according to Sean McBride.

    Sean McBride • April 3, 2023
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    Three ways global food brands can stay competitive

    As the cost of living rises across the world, companies must embrace artificial intelligence and other digital technologies to maintain a low-cost base, write Stuart Gilby and Duncan Macfarlane of PA Consulting.

    Stuart Gilby and Duncan Macfarlane • March 20, 2023
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    Finding and creating value in food waste

    Our system needs to be circular and mimic nature, where nothing is lost, writes Pete Pearson, global initiative lead for the food circularity program at World Wildlife Fund.

    Pete Pearson • Feb. 27, 2023
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    Why brands need to pay attention to this year’s ‘Snack Bowl’

    Brands are starting to place a heavier focus off the big screen and onto social media platforms, writes Joe Charnitski, director of customer experience management best practices at Sprinklr.

    Joe Charnitski • Feb. 14, 2023
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    Why plant-based meat is not ‘just another fad’

    We are too close to unlocking the full potential of food design and the secrets of taste and texture to pull back on the space now, writes Michael Leonard, CEO of food-tech company Motif FoodWorks.

    Michael Leonard • Feb. 3, 2023
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    How food processors can tap into tied-up capital with sale leasebacks

    By selling property and immediately leasing it back, food processors can get a fresh layer of cash while maintaining long-term control of their facilities, writes Malik Franklin, a partner at SLB Capital Advisors.

    Malik Franklin • Oct. 20, 2022
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    Why the food industry is the cause and the cure of unhealthy diets

    The only way President Biden's lofty goals to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases can be achieved is for the public and private sectors to work together, writes Greg Garrett of the Access to Nutrition Initiative.

    Greg S. Garrett • Oct. 5, 2022
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    How producers are driving a more connected food ecosystem

    Players in the middle of farmers and consumers will need to evaluate their business models to see where they fit, and embrace agility and resilience, writes Ernst & Young’s Bill McClure.

    Bill McClure • Sept. 30, 2022
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    Why addressing methane from meat is the fastest way to reverse climate change

    Both incremental and transformative innovation are needed to help the world hit net zero emissions by 2050, writes Aleph Farms’ Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

    Didier Toubia and Karen Hopper • Sept. 7, 2022
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    3 questions food companies must answer to hit their climate target

    A recent analysis finds few industry players have determined how to reach their goal. Here’s what’s needed to create a transition plan, writes Ceres’ Julie Nash.

    Julie Nash • Aug. 3, 2022
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    Stand for something: How community outreach can help CPGs build their brands

    Food companies can connect with consumers and employees through meaningful volunteerism and philanthropy, writes Ferrara’s Tola Alade-Lambo.

    Tola Alade-Lambo • July 6, 2022
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    Why policy change and innovation are key to expanding access to healthy food

    Humanity faces a huge challenge this World Hunger Day — requiring the tools and thinking of today to ensure a well-nourished society tomorrow, writes Pairwise CEO Tom Adams and registered dietitian Kristen F. Gradney.

    Tom Adams and Kristen F. Gradney • May 27, 2022
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    Income should not be a barrier to making ethical food choices

    To create a fairer food system, WIC agencies across the U.S. must eliminate restrictions on buying cage-free eggs, writes Ben Williamson of Compassion in World Farming.

    Ben Williamson • May 16, 2022
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    Turning threats into opportunities: Can food companies successfully attack in all directions?

    Whether it's sustainability, supply chain issues, inflation or the obesity crisis, CPGs must be able to tackle multiple challenges at once, writes Sean McBride of DSM Strategic Communications. 

    Sean McBride • May 4, 2022
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    Dry beyond January: Why moderation will continue to grow

    Offering consumers beverages that fit the moment and their lifestyle is key to the success of no- and low-alcohol beverages, writes Borja Manso of Heineken USA.

    Borja Manso • March 24, 2022
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    How to reintroduce sampling to the post-pandemic consumer

    As shoppers shift their grocery spending online, food CPGs should consider these opportunities to connect, writes Jeff Snyder of Inspira Marketing Group.

    Jeff Snyder • March 3, 2022