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Peruvian Food in Vogue

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Written by Hannah
08 July 2014

Apparently we’re in fashion - according to a recent study conducted by Packaged facts, 57% of American Culinary Federation chefs who voted in the “What’s Hot for 2014” survey named Peruvian food the top trend in the ethnic cuisines and flavors category.  On the heels of the “International Year of Quinoa” this puts us, as a long-time packager and distributor of Peruvian food, in vogue. 

One of my first childhood jobs here at Raymond-Hadley was packing purple corn.  Now, some twenty years later, purple corn is the star of the Peruvian food rage being hailed for its nutritional properties and cancer-inhibiting flavonoid. 

Our Peruvian product line includes everything from Aji peppers (dried and paste formulations), lima beans, Peruvian harinas of many varieties, black, white and red quinoa, maiz trillado blanco and amarillo and Papa Seca among other things.  A full list of our products, including our Peruvian branded items, can be found on our site here

Data summarized from FoodNavigator-usa.com.  Read highlights of the report here.   

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Crazed Over Gluten-Free

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Written by Hannah
24 June 2014

 

The gluten-free craze continues to rise, with GF food products expected produce more than $15 billion in annual sales in 2016, according to a study by Mintel (a market research company). Results from a Nielsen study reveal that 11 percent of households purchased gluten-free foods in 2013 up from 5 percent in 2010.  You can read more about how GF is changing the landscape of food manufacturing and the retail market in a New York Times article, "A Big Bet on Gluten-Free" here.

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Business is Booming for Organics

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Written by Hannah
20 May 2014

 

According to a recent survey by the Organic Trade Association, organic sales in the U.S. reached $35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5 percent from 2012, the fastest growth rate in five years. The Organic Trade Association expects the next two years will see the same growth rate and could even surpass it. Four percent of the $760 billion annual food sales in the U.S. are organic purchases.  Since 2010 the total growth rate for all foods is only 3 percent compared to an average of nearly 10 percent for organic foods during that time.  Copies of the full report are available to purchase through the Organic Trade Association.

 

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FDA Proposes New Nutrition Label Rules

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Written by Hannah
28 February 2014

 

Since the nutrition label was first introduced in 1993 a lot has changed.  In an effort to make nutrition labels easier to read, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new labeling rules to provide clearer nutrition information to consumers.

Significant changes include a more prominent calorie count and the addition of "added sugar" content. Calorie counts per container will be revised as well to display the actual count in some containers, rather than calories per serving. Additionally, calories from fat will no long be listed, but instead highlight total saturated and trans fats.  The FDA also proposes updating serving size requirements to reflect the reality of what people actually eat, not on what they "should" be eating.  Should the changes be adapted, daily values for various nutrients will be updated by the FDA and the amounts of potassium and Vitamin D would be required on the new nutrition label.

The proposed changes will likely not be seen on grocery store shelves for at least two years; to learn more visit the FDA’s Consumer Updates website.

 

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Spotlight on Gluten-Free: “Don’t Forgo Flavor”

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Written by Hannah
06 February 2014

As manufacturers of some of the industry’s premier gluten-free baking mixes, we were recently interviewed for a Private Label Store Brands special report on Gluten-Free --“Don’t Forgo Flavor”. In the article, author Randy Hofbauer explores how retailers can keep pace with the fastest growing category of food intolerance and includes advice from our own Elliot Dutra, President of Business Development. The article cites the "Food Intolerance in the US” report from Euromonitor, noting that the gluten-free category is forecast to grow 2 percent annually between 2012 and 2017. To learn more about this industry’s exponential growth read the article here

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