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Food Trends for 2016

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Touch the Soil News #228 Nation’s Restaurant News tickles our fancy by reporting on big food trends in 2016. Following are a few highlights from that report. Already established in Europe, trends are now coming to the U.S. where consumers are looking for food with recognizable ingredients that they perceive are more natural and less processed. This trend is being picked up by a number of restaurants that seek to stay with the trend. Growing in the U.S. are delivery meals accessed through apps online and through smart phones. The venture-capital reporting company – AgFunder – calls it the hottest trends in agricultural technology investments. There is a growing interest…

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Rising Consumer Consciousness – We Can Make Changes

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Touch the Soil News #196 At the recent “Women in Agribusiness Summit” in Minneapolis (9/28/2015) a number of women provided insights as to the direction of food and farming. Dr. Elizabeth Sloan (of Sloan Trends, Inc.) said we are in a new age of agriculture (source WattAgNet) . From her presentation, several key points stood out: The marketplace is moving to “fresh” when it comes to food. Chemicals are the No. 1 safety issue for consumers who are also avoiding artificial ingredients and preservatives. Some 29 percent of adults now buy organic foods in order to avoid genetically modified foods. Forty seven percent of supermarket shoppers say they support companies…

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