Sweethearts, back in time for our Valentines! (Sort of)

Valentine’s Day 2019 was a little less sweet without the widely familiar NECCO sweetheart candies. Now owned by Spangler, Sweethearts are back for Valentine’s Day 2020, but they may not be the exact same as they were before NECCO closed its doors in 2018. [...]

Organic produce maintained its momentum in 2019

Organic produce sales in the U.S. rose 5 percent YOY in 2019 and represented almost 10 percent of overall produce sales, per the Organic Produce Network (OPN). OPN’s 2019 Organic Produce Performance report divided U.S. states into four regions, listing highest to lowest in [...]

Meal delivery: The future of prepared food

Delicious, personalized, chef-created meals in the comfort of your own home: That’s always been the driving factor behind American demand for to-go restaurant food. Convenient apps have led to a huge rise in consumer demand for delivered restaurant meals: According to a September Forbes [...]

Sugarcane bioplastics continue commercial rollout

Plastic production began less than 100 years ago but grew rapidly due to its malleability and other convenient properties. The concerning environmental impact from petroleum-derived plastics has prompted a shift away from that traditional feedstock. Toy companies, for example, are reducing their environmental footprint [...]

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 [...]