Farm Bureau tallies cost of Thanksgiving dinner in 2019

The American Farm Bureau (AFB) reports that the cost for a Thanksgiving dinner went up in 2019: By exactly one penny. Per AFB, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is $48.91, up from $48.90 last year. This nominal increase follows three [...]

Frozen food sales growth expected to continue

Frozen food sales have grown in four of the past five years and were up 2.6 percent in 2018 alone, according to a study by the American Frozen Foods Institute (AFFI). Frozen food is a $56.7 billion industry in the U.S. and a $220.0 [...]

Mexico continues to be great trade partner for U.S.

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico grew over 32 percent from 2009 to 2018, per USDA. In 2018, Mexico was the top export destination for U.S. corn, dairy, poultry meat and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and more. Additionally, the country is in [...]

Plant protein expected to drive pea demand upwards

The versatile pea is an ingredient in meat alternatives, baked goods, pastas, milks, and more these days. Peas have been growing in popularity due to their protein and fiber content as well as other marketable qualities. The pea protein market alone will triple in [...]

Favorable perception of fresh fruit lifts its availability

One indicator of fresh fruit demand in the U.S. is overall fruit availability. Aside from bananas, melons, apples, and oranges, overall availability of fruit in the U.S. has increased by 25 percent between 2007 and 2017. Today, pineapples, grapes, strawberries, and avocados (technically a [...]

New age: Greenhouse, urban, & vertical farming

Consumers are increasingly interested in food that is locally grown, traceable, healthful and fresh tasting, price competitive, conveniently available, and environmentally responsible. Urban greenhouses may be a source for food that meets most or all these demands. Greenhouse technology depends on a transparent structure, [...]

Food prices up for first time since 2017

In July, FAO’s Food Price Index (deflated) saw its first YOY increase in 22 months. July’s Index was up 2.3 percent YOY, a considerable difference from the previous 12 months, which saw an average YOY decline of 6.4 percent. Looking at individual subindexes, both Meat and Sugar continued their [...]