Food Facts Round Up #4

At Star Foods, we frequently find information that is relevant to both our business and yours. The food industry is constantly changing, and we want to keep our customers up-to-date on the latest food safety news.

Here are just a few pieces that we’ve been talking about lately:

Study finds ‘surprise’ formula to attract Millennials

Attracting the Millennial dollar has kept marketers on their toes in recent years. According to a recent report released by inMarket, the path to their hearts may be as simple as offering competitive prices across a digital landscape.

“There’s some surprise in how frequently Millennials are going into discount stores,” inMarket CMO Cameron Peebles said.

How manufacturers can better inform consumers about food waste

About 30% of Americans believe they “don’t create any food waste,” according to a survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. This is despite estimates that up to half of the food produced across the globe is wasted before consumers have a chance to eat it.

Is Expired Food Really Bad for You?

So where do the dates come from? The manufacturers themselves. They’re a guestimate for when the product will be at its peak quality and aren’t tied to food safety, Gunders says. For example, yogurt that’s past its “expiration” date might be more watery on the top, which makes it slightly less appetizing but not unsafe. Pasteurized food will never go bad, Gunders says.

Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled

Americans are drinking a lot less milk than they used to. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average person drinks 18 gallons a year. Back in the 1970s it was more like 30 gallons a year. We once hoisted a glass with dinner, soaked our breakfast cereal or dipped into the occasional milkshake. This habitual milk drinking was no accident.