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New Ready-Made Meals Trending in China

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Hiking and exploring the great outdoors are popular among the young people in China today and new-style ready-made meals fit the bill when it comes to satisfying their hunger.  Unlike conventional ready-made meals you may be familiar with, these are just a little bit different.  Fanhu, a creative Guangzhou based start-up, entered this market in …

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Taste a Luscious “Ruby June” Strawberry! Sourcing Locally Makes Good Sense

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Just when I thought I knew most of the varieties of strawberries, I see yet another is about to make its appearance!  It’s called the “Honeycrisp of Strawberries” – a Ruby June variety that is a deep dark red color and, according to Seal the Seasons, has a “sweet, luscious flavor.” My mouth is already …

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Flowers, Funding and A New Ice Cream

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Ever Wonder Why Supermarkets Sell Flowers? In almost every grocery store across the USA from Whole Foods to smaller shops you’ll find a flower section loaded with cut flowers, plants, and orchids.  I’ve always wondered why flowers have such a large presence in this type of retail environment but it’s a planned and strategic move …

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Tech-Facilitated Indoor Farming Finds a Home in Ocean Shipping Containers

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Here at Noon International over the past few years we’ve been struggling to obtain 8×40 foot ocean shipping containers to get your orders to you, yet there are others who have happily been using retrofitted shipping containers for indoor farming and new business ventures. Indoor farming is nothing new.  Hydroponics (the no-soil method of growing …

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Vegetables and Upcycling Top the Trending List

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The Covid 19 Pandemic along with supply chain disruptions over the past two years has changed the way we eat, what we eat, how chefs in restaurants source and prepare foods, and the popularity/trending of certain foods and ingredients. Massively disrupting supply chain issues forced restaurants and homemakers to turn to local suppliers and farmers …

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War in the Ukraine Brings Higher Prices and Food Shortages Worldwide

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We’re all feeling the immediate effects here in the USA of the war in Ukraine.  The sanctions imposed have cause gas and oil prices to explode compounded by the inflation we are already experiencing.  But there are far more serious problems ahead regarding agricultural production and food prices.  There are food shortages right now worldwide, …

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Plant-Based Foods Just Keep Getting Better

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One of the biggest continuing trends in the food arena today is plant-based foods.  I’m sure you’re all familiar and may have even sampled the “Impossible Whopper” at Burger King even if just out of curiosity. Now, as more players enter this market, we’re seeing a variety of innovative foods in 2022 that will tempt …

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MORE OF THE SAME – More Expensive Products, More Supply Chain Problems, More on OMICRON

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Are you as tired of rising prices and shortages as we are? What are you willing to pay for a container?  A trucker?   Unfortunately, it’s not going to end soon.  Our food systems – suppliers, manufacturers, workers, and consumers continue to suffer as transport and supply issues remain unresolved and prices continue rise on almost …

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Amazon’s Grab & Go Technology Takes a Global Leap

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Just when we thought Jeff Bezos had taken the grocery and incidental shopping experience to a new level with his “Amazon Go” convenience and grocery stores in the U.S.A., it appears he is still on the move…and this time, globally. For those readers who are not familiar with the “grab and go “concept, these are …

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Taco Bell Going Digital & Wendy’s Using Ghost Kitchens

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Taco Bell will open its first “Defy” restaurant in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in 2022.  The artist rendering of this fabulous new restaurant is shown below. It looks a little like a bank with drive through windows, doesn’t it?  It’s very high tech and you won’t interact with anyone, even as you receive your food.  The …

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Japan Introduces SICILIAN ROUGE HIGH GABA the World’s First Genome-Edited Tomato

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Japan’s Sanatech Seed has begun selling “Sicilian Rouge High GABA” tomato to consumers.  This is the first genome-edited tomato to be sold on the Japanese market.  The product was developed using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology to edit the tomato’s genome and remove the autoinhibitory domain that prevents tomatoes from increasing their GABA content. The tomato …

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Civilians in Space, Weed Killing Robots & a Cargo Ship Without Humans

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Some incredible things are happening these days.  On September 18, 2021, the Crew Dragon16 spacecraft splashed safely down off the coast of Florida after 3 days in orbit.  This was an amazing success with an all-civilian crew, preparing us for future private adventures in space and perhaps a new outpost on the moon. Back on …

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Expect Food Shortages to Continue as Delta Variant Fears Increase

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Grocery stores in the U.S. continue to suffer supply problems.  By now the reasons are clear – shortages of labor and raw materials added to the continuing logistical problems make getting back to normal relatively impossible – especially for the smaller stores and chains.  Add stockpiling by consumers (when they can find the items they …

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Consumers Feel the Pinch of Rising Food Prices

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Most Americans have become used to low inflation, but all that is changing now.  Although the price increases are difficult for many, most are not surprised. Let’s look back over the last 12-14 months. In March 2020 most of the global economy slowed to a standstill. In the retail and hospitality industry many workers were …

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Popularity of Plant-Based Food Continues to Grow Flexitarians Now 30% of the Market

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What was once considered a fad is here to stay.  Enter a Burger King franchise and enjoy the Impossible Burger or try a Beyond Meat patty at McDonald’s. Consumers can now find plant-based meat alternatives in their favorite grocery store or fast-food chain. Burger King just introduced the “Impossible Whopper” in Ontario, Canada on March …

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Japanese Blueberry Variety KUNISATO NO. 35 May Play Important Role in Fighting COVID-19!

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Most people today are aware of the basic benefits of blueberries…they’re extremely high in nutrients, delicious to eat and low in calories.  One cup of blueberries contains 24% of the RDI of Vitamin C, 36% of the RDI of Vitamin K, 25% of the RDI of Manganese as well as 4 grams of fiber.  When …