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2015: The Year of the Clean Menu

Restaurant operators across the industry made 2015 the Year of the Clean Menu with many chains across the fast casual and quick-serve segments working to  continue industry efforts to clean up the foods they serve. Driven by consumer demand for food transparency and fresh ingredients, many operators over the last year have made movements or commitments to cleaning up their supply chain - and offering their consumers healthier and more socially responsible ingredients.  From committing to cage-free eggs to phasing out additives and antibiotics, here are just a few of the highlights of movement to clean up menu offerings in 2015: 

GMA Answers Call For Consumer Information with SmartLabel Initiative

The food industry announced a new initiative this week that continues to answer the consumer's increasing call for greater transparency in the food supply chain. The SmartLabel transparency initiative will enable consumers to get added information about thousands of products by scanning a QR code on packaging or accessing an online landing page with information about ingredients and other product attributes such as allergens, third-party certifications and social compliance programs.

GMO Labeling Bill Debate Continues in Washington

The national debate over whether food containing genetically engineered crops - or GMOs - should be required to be labeled went to Washington this week, with a hearing in the Senate agriculture committee. This latest step follows a measure passed this summer that would block any mandatory GMO labeling by states, but instead establish a national-level voluntary standard.

Why Food Safety Matters to Consumers [INFOGRAPHIC]

It comes as no surprise that food is a hot button issue. Consumers want more information - on where their food comes from, how it's being produced and what the food brands they consume represent. According to a new survey by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Americans are most concerned with affordability, nutrition and food safety, while they still find information related to GMOs, antibiotics, sustainability and transparency important. We've taken the key findings from that report and outlined them here. 

3 Ways Food Companies Can Tap into the Billion-Dollar Millennial Market

“Millennials are driving a disruption in the food industry. I think we’ll see
the food industry turned on its head.”

Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky kicked off this week's panel discussion on “The New Food Revolution” at the Most Powerful Women summit on Tuesday with this compelling fact.  Smolyansky was one of several food industry leaders among a panel of experts at the Fortune-sponsored summit. And the panel left a staggering number on the table of lost market share by the top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies in the last five years - $18 billion to be exact.

Yes, $18 BILLION in lost market share - market share lost because of an inability to tap into the transformative Millennial market. 

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