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Summer Fairgoers Enjoy Fried Foods and Generate Less Waste

Summer vacations are in full swing, as is the country’s great summer tradition of taking the family to county and state fairs. The fairs have fun for all ages: the rides, concerts, farm animals, fireworks and carnival games. And what may be the most bizarre tradition: Eating fattening unhealthy foods.

Forget the food booths selling hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and cotton candy. What’s really tempting fairgoers are unique high calorie, high fat items such as fried Twinkies, deep fried pickle dogs, golden fried peanut butter sandwiches, deep-fried nacho balls … hungry yet?

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Popularity of organics is expanding

The organic demographic has expanded significantly over the past 10 years, and for several reasons, said Samantha Cabaluna, vice president of communications and marketing for Earthbound Farm, San Juan Bautista, Calif.

Increasing availability of organic in certain categories and a closer price gap between organic and conventional produce offers “more realistic options for people,” she said.

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What’s New in 2014? – Five Foodservice Trends for the New Year

This time of year, people and companies like to make predictions. The Bridge-Gate Alliance staff did extensive research into 2014 foodservice trends and we present our version below.

Moderate Sales Growth

Outside of Wall Street, which had a great year, most Americans had a moderate 2013. There has been some improvement in the economy, but not the type of robust recovery economists expect at this point in the business cycle. Millions are still out of work or under-employed. Interests rate are beginning to rise and of course, the rollout of Obamacare has many feeling uncertain of their healthcare costs for the New Year. Technomic predicts a moderate 4.1 growth rate for 2014. Not bad, but, ingredient and labor costs are rising faster.

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