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Find news items and extensive articles detailing up-and-coming trends, from top-selling flavor combinations to food movements gaining traction. Find recurring Specialty Food Magazine columns such as Buyers’ Picks and Research Spotlight.

Strong Flavors, Local Foods Lead 2015 Trends Strong Flavors, Local Foods Lead 2015 Trends

Small portions, alternative foodservice venues and signature beverages are some of the food trends predicted by Technomic for 2015.

Healthier Products Fill Store Shelves Healthier Products Fill Store Shelves

More than 30,000 healthier product choices were available to consumers between 2002 and 2013 according to the 2014 Health & Wellness Survey by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Climate Change Decreases Haiti's Coffee Yield Climate Change Decreases Haiti's Coffee Yield

Climate change is pushing up temperatures in Haiti, decreasing coffee farming yields.

Study Shows Olive Oil Used But Misunderstood Study Shows Olive Oil Used But Misunderstood

More than half of Americans using olive oil are confused by which ones to use because they don't know what's important, according to a study conducted by the North American Olive Oil Association.

Nielsen Plans to Measure Online Viewership Nielsen Plans to Measure Online Viewership

Nielsen is launching a new system with Adobe that will measure viewership across websites, mobile apps, televisions connected to the internet and gaming consoles.

University Develops High-Protein Soybean University Develops High-Protein Soybean

Researchers at the North Dakota State University soybean breeding program developed a soybean variety that is "intended for the high-protein, tofu or soymilk specialty markets," according to Ted Helms, NDSU soybean breeder.

UPS Rates to Increase Nearly 5 Percent UPS Rates to Increase Nearly 5 Percent

United Parcel Service will increase its rates an average of 4.9 percent beginning Dec. 29.

 Fully Sustainable Restaurant to Open in San Francisco Fully Sustainable Restaurant to Open in San Francisco

Anthony Myint and wife Karen Leibowitz recently became part of a new nonprofit called Zero Foodprint, which helps restaurants reduce their carbon footprint and fight climate change.

Meal Ingredient Delivery Services Boom Meal Ingredient Delivery Services Boom

Home delivered meal kits could reach $3 to $5 billion in sales over the next decade, according to Technomic.

Sacramento Arena to Showcase Local Cuisine Sacramento Arena to Showcase Local Cuisine

The new downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings will feature food and beverage sourced from within the region, and Michael Tuohy, formerly the executive chef at LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, will be the chef for the arena.

AZ Raising Minimum Wage AZ Raising Minimum Wage

Arizona will raise its minimum wage by 15 cents to $8.05 an hour starting Jan. 1, thanks to a 2006 voter initiative requiring the Industrial Commission of Arizona to keep wages in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Food Businesses Tap Bloggers to Attract Local Customers Food Businesses Tap Bloggers to Attract Local Customers

Specialty food businesses are turning to bloggers, rather than traditional advertising methods, to connect with local customers.

NM Chile Crops Continue to Shrink NM Chile Crops Continue to Shrink

Labor shortage, drought, and foreign competition is hurting New Mexico's chile industry.

Meat Collectives Gain Ground in Age of CSAs, Local Sourcing Meat Collectives Gain Ground in Age of CSAs, Local Sourcing

The local movement has a steady hold on produce, dairy, and value-added products, thanks to CSAs, farmers markets, and other local-oriented initiatives.

Marijuana Legalization Not Hurting Beer Sales Marijuana Legalization Not Hurting Beer Sales

The statewide legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington this year has presented plenty of concerns among a wide swath of groups—one of them, breweries. Beer makers showed some angst over of the impact of sales in these pioneer states but, a few months in, ...

Stevia Market Could See 14% Growth in 2014 Stevia Market Could See 14% Growth in 2014

Alternative sweeteners are a growing market as strong stevia sales demonstrate. A stevia market report from Zenith International forecasts the global market for stevia will reach 7,150 tons by 2017, which is equivalent to $578 million.

Consumers Willing to Pay More, Switch Brands for Ethical Foods Consumers Willing to Pay More, Switch Brands for Ethical Foods

Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on responsibly produced groceries, according to the Conscious Consumer Study by Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communications.

Craft Breweries Vie for Organic Certification to Stand Out Craft Breweries Vie for Organic Certification to Stand Out

Organic beers are growing in popularity as brewers step up to the challenge of producing all-natural brews.

Apple Growers See Benefits of Hard Cider Trend Apple Growers See Benefits of Hard Cider Trend

Apple growers are benefiting from the growing market for hard ciders by creating farmstead cideries and planting apples that would normally be too tart or tannic to eat, but are ideal for fermenting into distinctive brews.

NM Peanut Farmers Still Feeling Sting of 2012 Salmonella Outbreak NM Peanut Farmers Still Feeling Sting of 2012 Salmonella Outbreak

New Mexico peanut farmers are still suffering from the closure of a processing plant a year ago, and the salmonella outbreak that preceded it.

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