Food Fight: Businesses, Consumers, & Advocacy Groups Square Off Over GMO Labeling

Food Fight: Businesses, Consumers, & Advocacy Groups Square Off Over GMO Labeling

The battle over the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the US food supply has raged on for years. The fight pits advocacy groups, such as Just Label It and The Center for Food Safety, against major crop and food producers such as Monsanto and PepsiCo. Advocacy groups argue that consumers have a right to know. Industry groups opine that two decades of research has suggested GMOs are safe and thus labels are unnecessary and will scare consumers.


Seeds of Doubt Sprouting Among US Farmers

Seeds of Doubt Sprouting Among US Farmers

As the Trump administration mulls over making changes to the US ethanol mandate and China proposes tariffs on US agricultural imports, US farmers are growing increasingly anxious. Two key field crops may be significantly impacted by the decisions.


Snack Foods Grow More Ubiquitous

Snack Foods Grow More Ubiquitous

US demand for snack foods is forecast to total $93.2 billion in 2022. In recent years, some younger consumers (e.g., millennials) have moved away from the traditional three meals per day and shifted into a lifestyle involving increased snacking, or multiple smaller meals, throughout the day, generating greater demand for snack foods and a rise in the number and variety of new product offerings.


Bubble Trouble: Carbonated Soft Drinks Facing Production Declines

Bubble Trouble: Carbonated Soft Drinks Facing Production Declines

US beverage production is forecast to reach 48.4 billion gallons in 2021. Increasing population and disposable personal income levels will help drive volume gains as consumers purchase more beverages. Rising output of drinks in categories such as bottled water and alcoholic beverages will offset declines in carbonated soft drink (CSD) production.


Shift to Cans Gaining Steam Among Craft Brewers

Shift to Cans Gaining Steam Among Craft Brewers

US beer demand is forecast to reach 6.6 billion gallons in 2021. Rising disposable personal income levels will stimulate consumer spending on beer. However, over the 2006-2016 period, demand for beer in volume terms fell at an average annual rate of 0.3% as the market matured and beer lost market share to other alcoholic beverages, especially among key demographics including baby boomers and millennials.