From La Tortilla Factory comes new Hand Made Style Corn Tortillas, designed to taste like corn, but retain the flexibility and softness of a flour tortilla. The tortillas are avai lable in Whi te Corn, yellow Corn and Chipotle Flavors, and at 90 calories per tortilla contain no trans-fats. These “smarter” tortillas will not crack easily when folded or rolled. SRP: $2.49

Reports indicate that food retail prices in nearly every category are in for higher-than-average inflation in 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that for all food, prices are expected to rise 2–3%, nearly double the 2010 increase. Meat prices are predicted to approach a 3.5% hike, and dairy a 5.5% jump.

Boulder, CO—The practice of grass-based, environmentally friendly organic dairy farming is better for cows’ health, and leads to better quality milk, too, according to a recent report. The research, conducted by The Organic Center and published under the title, “A Dairy Farm’s Footprint,” presents the conclusions that organic dairy farms support healthier, less stressed, more frequently lactating and longer-living cows. Organic dairies also have a smaller carbon footprint than high-production, conventional dairies (with manure methane emissions reduced by 60% to 80%) and produce milk with a superior nutritional profile.

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A ruling by the Sixth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals has overturned an existing Ohio ban on milk labels carrying a hormone-free claim. Now, dairy products not produced from cows raised on rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) can say so on the package.

Chicago, IL—At the 2010 Shopper Marketing Expo, held here, a marketing seminar discussed areas of interest and change in consumer behavior toward their food and beverage purchases.

News from industry food companies.

Here’s a fact that even mainstream food companies can’t sugarcoat: sales of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are slumping while the sweetener category as a whole is stable and growing.

Fifty years ago, someone wanting to avoid gluten had one choice: eating just plain meats, fish and produce. Twenty years ago, you may have been able to find a not-so-great version of pasta. Today, there’s a whole world of great - tasting gluten-free choices.

According to Mambo Sprouts, one-third of natural and organic consumers are looking for allergen-free foods, and 25% of those are interested in gluten-free items because of an intolerance or allergy (1).