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May 2 9:36 AM, Urner Barry Video

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FAO: Food Prices Dip in October

International food commodity prices dipped in October, as falling dairy, meat and vegetable oils prices more than offset a surge in sugar prices, the United Nations said today.

The FAO Food Price Index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, averaged 163.5 points in October, down 0.9 percent from September and 7.4 percent below its level a year earlier.

The FAO Dairy Price Index led the overall decline, slipping 4.8 percent from the previous month and 34 percent below the peak reached in February 2014. The weaker prices reflect increased export supplies across all major dairy products, especially from New Zealand.

The FAO Meat Price Index declined 2.0 percent from September, with ovine, pig, bovine and poultry meat all posting drops due mostly to abundant export supplies...

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Nov 2 8:59 AM, General News


This Week in Retail: How Grocery Spending Stacks Up Among the States

Recent data released by the United States Census Bureau shows that meat and poultry make up the highest percentage of grocery sales in the U.S. at 10.5 percent. Produce accounts for the second highest percentage with 9.2 percent. In third place, dairy claims 7.1 percent, while frozen foods come in fourth with 5.2 percent. Deli items represent 3.8 percent of national grocery sales, narrowly beat out by soft drink and non-alcoholic beverage sales at 4 percent.  

States spending the highest proportion of their grocery sales on meat and poultry include Louisiana and Mississippi, accounting for 16.1 and 15.1 percent, respectively. Arkansas follows in third place with 14.3 percent, then Alabama with 13.8 and Oklahoma with 13.4 percent. Puerto Rico meat and poultry sales notably account for a whopping 19.8 percent of total grocery sales.  

Conversely, states spending the least amount on meat and poultry at the grocery store, or less than the national average, include Hawaii at 8.1 percent, followed by Washington and Oregon, accounting for just... 

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Oct 19 8:27 AM, UB Newswires


Cargill Introduces a New Range of Label-Friendly Potato Starches for Meat, Meat Alternatives

Cargill is expanding its portfolio of label-friendly functional native starches with the addition of three potato starches designed for meat, meat alternatives and culinary applications. Designed for mild processing conditions, these starches offer superior viscosity and improved sensory experience, without compromising on taste and appearance. The products will be available worldwide under the SimPure brand.

“In today’s marketplace, consumers are scrutinizing product labels like never before,” said Laura Goodbrand, starch product line manager, Cargill Europe. “Changing consumer preferences highlight the desire for foods made with simple, recognizable ingredients, yet they still expect the same sensory and texture experiences. As we continue to grow our SimPure portfolio, delivering on ...

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Sep 13 11:15 AM, General News


Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp Recalls Pepperoni Five Cheese Calzones Due to Possible Extraneous Materials

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., doing business as Stefano Foods., a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 24,048 pounds of pepperoni five cheese calzones that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of hard, sharp, clear plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The not fully cooked pepperoni five cheese calzone products were produced on May 23, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

8-oz. deli tray of “Stefano’s Calzone PEPPERONI FIVE CHEESE STUFFED WITH PEPPERONI AND A FIVE CHEESE BLEND,” with “Lot Code 14318B” on the individual packages a...

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Jul 18 10:54 AM, General News




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