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Shaved Frozen Fruit Desserts Go Viral on TikTok

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Frozen fruits are trending and are even more popular during the summer months due to their versatility and nutritional benefits.  The most popular fruits are still frozen berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries as they are often used in smoothies, desserts, yogurts and breakfast bowls.  Blueberries are particularly high in fiber content and antioxidants …

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A New Trend – Hemp-Derived THC Beer: Can it Compete with Other Cannabis Beverages?

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In the ever evolving and competitive beverage industry, brewers are continuously seeking innovative ways to capture the interest of consumers and reap the monetary rewards.  One of the latest and most interesting trends is the incorporation of THC derived from hemp into beer.  This fusion of cannabis culture with traditional brewing practices is reshaping the …

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Unleash Your Friday Frenzy with Free Fries at Wendy’s & Discover McDonald’s Exciting New Breakfast Bonanza!

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If you’re a Wendy’s customer (and even if you’re not), Wendy’s has made Fridays special for everyone and anyone.  The company announced recently that it is giving away a free order of any size fries with any purchase, every Friday through the end of 2024 beginning April 19, 2024.  So, for example, if you purchase …

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The Great Chocolate Crisis – Prices Continue to Soar

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The cost of chocolate is skyrocketing, and much to the chagrin of chocolate lovers it is reaching new and dizzying heights.  At the heart of this dilemma is the cocoa bean, the essential ingredient that makes chocolate a favorite indulgence among old and young alike.  The demand for chocolate (in many forms) now far exceeds …

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A Battle Cry from Farmers Paralyzes France And Spreads Across Europe

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The farmers in France call it “Operation Paris Seige” and they’re not backing down.  Major roads and highways surrounding cities in France and Belgium have been blockaded with the participation of French and Flemish-speaking farmers.  In the smaller cities as well as in Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, blockades are disrupting supply chains and creating havoc …

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What Does It Take to Become a Costco Vendor?

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Costco stands out as a remarkable company with a rich history of achievements, as I highlighted in the previous week’s article. Here are some impressive facts about this retail giant: They are responsible for distributing half of the world’s cashews. Annually, they sell more than 100 million rotisserie chickens. Their decision to stock a book …

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Vanilla Ice Cream from Recycled Plastic? Still Waiting for Approval

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Ice cream with vanilla flavoring sourced from recycled plastic doesn’t sound very appetizing to me, but I must give credit to Eleonora Ortolani, a Central Saint Martins Design School student in the UK for her forward thinking and desire to make better use of recycled material. “If I tell you there’s an ingredient in that …

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Expansion Frenzy as FRESHIPPO Opens a Store Each Day

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“They say at Freshippo good things come in large quantities“ Freshippo, also named Hema Fresh is a Chinese retail company owned by Alibaba.  It is best known for its innovative new retail model that is driven by big data and advanced technology. The first Freshippo was opened in Shanghai, China in January 2016. Fast forward …

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Cheese Producers Use Edible Microchips To Protect Against Knockoffs

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Parmigiano-Reggiano producers have had enough.  For years Italian producers of parmesan cheese have been fighting against imitation or counterfeit products that have been eating into market share and profits.  As the demand for authentic, high-end cheese grows, so does the knock-off market with estimated global sales for counterfeit cheese now reaching $2 billion annually.  The …

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The Prickly Pear Cactus Gains Popularity With Health Benefits Galore

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The Prickly Pear cactus (Opuntia spp) or Nopal is a traditional ingredient in Mexican cooking, dating back to pre-Colombian times. The word “nopal” comes from the Nahuatl word “nopalli” referring to the pads of the plant. As its name suggests, the prickly pear is characterized by its unique physical appearance with flat fleshy oval to …

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Lab Grown Chicken Gets Final USDA Go-Ahead

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On June 22, 2023, the USDA approved lab-grown chicken for human consumption for the first time.  UPSIDE Foods and GOOD Meat (a subsidiary of food tech company Eat Just, Inc.) were given the go-ahead to sell products that have been cultivated from real animal cells.  Good Meat launched in Singapore in 2020, when Singapore became …

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What Irritates Consumers Most About Frozen Food Packaging

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The frozen food industry continues to grow as consumers want greater variety along with increased demand for convenience foods and improvements in frozen food quality.  A significant factor in the success of this industry is packaging and thus knowing the preferences of consumers is important.  Today, we’ll look at what shoppers like and dislike about …

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Don’t Miss the Millennial Market

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Millennials, also known as Generation “Y” are born between the early 1980’s and the mid 1990’s although the exact dates can vary depending on the source of information.  As of 2021, they made up the largest generational group in the United States, representing approximately 27% of the total population according to the U.S. Census Bureau …

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Food Processing and AI – We’ve Only Scratched the Surface

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Since December last year we’ve heard a lot about AI – artificial intelligence and in particular OpenAi’s ChatGPT.  In fact, just last week, Microsoft released some beta-testing of its new AI powered Bing search engine which is powered by OpenAi’s ChatGPT and the results were stunning.  Over one million people signed up for the beta-testing …

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ChatGPT check on Plant Based Foods

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This month, just for fun I decided to enlist the help of AI (artificial intelligence) to write about what’s happening in the plant-based meat category, (often called “fake meat”), so I logged onto chat.openai.com.  Was AI as up-to-date on the market info as those of us humans who work at Noon International? A little background…according …

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Expanding Technology to Increase Digital Sales Spells Success for Yum! Brands, Inc.

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Almost everyone enjoys the food that comes from a Yum! Brand franchise or subsidiary.  Who doesn’t like Kentucky Fried Chicken or a piping hot pizza from Pizza Hut? Today, Yum! Brands, Inc. (headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky), operates a system of over 53,000 restaurants in 155 countries and territories throughout the world under the brands KFC …