FOOD INDUSTRY NEWS
~ Organic Food Trend ~
With the increase over-usage of pesticides, GMO's, Genetically Modified Organisms, and antibiotics in today's crops, there is a rising health concern spreading across the United States as consumers are taking notice.
In recent 2013 estimates, the Centers for Disease Control shows that approximately 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides are the main active ingredients that are being used on an annual basis all over the country and approximately over 20,000 pesticide products are on the market for consumer purchase, which is beginning to impact the health of consumers and our environment. Hence, organic foods are produced using environment and animal-friendly farming methods and are gaining awareness around the country. The Organic Trade Commission estimates that approximately 81 percent of families today are purchasing more organic food.
By 2018, it is projected by the United States Organic Food Market Forecast and Opportunities that the organic food market in the United States will grow approximately 14 percent between 2014 and 2018 Organic fruits and vegetables currently dominate in the organic food market, but with the growing awareness of organic foods, a demand for organic meat, fish and poultry will also be expected.
Due to the consumer awareness of the importance of overall health, consumers are focusing more on product quality and packaging,which in turn will help the organic market grow significantly.
~ Wine Tasting Trend of 2014 ~
Wine Tasting Parties
The latest trend for 2014 is hosting wine tasting parties. Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do something fun, classy, and different with your friends. If you are looking to spruce up your typical Saturday night with friends serving your same old selection of light beers, tortilla chips and salsa, then you should definitely consider mixing things up a bit and host a wine tasting party from the comfort of your home. If you want to know how to host a wine tasting party that's an even bigger hit than a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, then follow these steps:
- Choose a theme.
- Pair your food selection with the wine selection, otherwise known as "wine-pairing." Something light to simply cleanse their palate.
- Select the proper wine glasses. Glasses should have long stems so that your guests won't "warm" the wine with their hands.
- Gather the proper supplies for a party.
- Select a proper time and invite your guests!
- Add a game at the end of your wine tasting to make your evening even extra special and fun!
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