Bill McDowell

Bill McDowell

June 2021

Volume 75, No. 5

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This Personal Pandemic Requires Collective Resolve

The COVID-19 virus sparked an acute health crisis, with near miracle accomplishments to develop vaccines in a year’s time, and national resolve to stem its devastation. But America’s existing obesity epidemic-pandemic (O E-P) is an enduring, chronic health crisis.

SnapDNA is the 2021 IFTNEXT Food Disruptor

SnapDNA, creator of a rapid pathogen detection system for food processing facilities, clinched top honors and a $25,000 prize as the winner of the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Pitch Competition, held Wednesday during the FIRST virtual event.

Experts Unpack Conflicting Consumer Priorities, Values, and Demands

Values-based marketing and two-way dialogue will become essential tools for CPG brands to engage with an increasingly informed, opinionated—and often conflicted—consumer base, a duo of marketing and consumer behavior experts told FIRST attendees on Wednesday.

Forecast Panel Predicts Accelerated Innovation to Continue, Post-Pandemic

As some regions begin their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, expect that accelerated pace of CPG innovation and growth to continue, a panel of trend watchers told FIRST attendees Monday.

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Healthy Shelf Stable Foods Provide Pandemic Peace of Mind

Recent news of meat processing and packaging plant closures coupled with empty shelves at grocery stores has sparked concern among consumers about food availability, prompting many to fill their pantry with shelf-stable alternatives.

Reducing Sugar Consumption Starts with Knowledge

Understanding the different types of sugar and how to identify them in packaged food products is the first step in reducing sugar consumption.

Decoding the updated nutrition facts label

It’s been three years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced updates to the Nutrition Facts label on packaged goods.