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DataBite: Bringing Home the Bacon

Bacon. It’s almost always on my shopping list, and I’m not the only one. In fact, 80.6% of American households used bacon in 2015 (Statista). As someone who owns a pig-shaped, cast iron bacon press, I was obviously excited to hear that Saturday, July 20th is Bacon Lovers’ Day. There’s just something great about waking up to the sizzling sound of bacon being fried. And whether you like your bacon in the morning with eggs, in the afternoon on a nice BLT sandwich, or maybe even for dessert on a maple-bacon cupcake, the world has created a bacon dish for you.

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DataBite: Transparency is Brewing in the Beer Industry

Many beer brewers are now going to voluntarily include a serving facts statement on their products. The new labels will still include alcohol by volume but will also now list calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and include a freshness date. They’ll also be disclosing ingredients in a full list on the label or on a website accessible via a scannable code on the packaging. This is a result of the Beer Institute’s Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative announced in July.  Image via Bookfinch

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DataBite: GMO Labeling Law Signals Larger Transparency Demand

President Obama has signed the GMO labeling bill into a law. The mandatory disclosure of the use of GMO ingredients is the latest reaction to an ongoing consumer mandate for transparency from brands and manufacturers. Image via International Rice Research Institute

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DataBite: Magnificent Maple Syrup

Why settle for just putting maple-syrup on pancakes and french toast? After a record harvest of maple syrup this year, new recipes are emerging featuring this sweet ingredient. Recently, we talked about another great sweetener: honey. This week, we looked at all the ways maple syrup is being used, from breakfast items to seafood and just about everything in between.

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DataBite: Hot dog! It’s National Hot Dog Month

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, in 2012, consumers spent over $1.7 billion on hot dogs in supermarkets alone. This doesn’t even include all the hot dogs purchased at baseball games and summer get togethers. There’s no question that Americans love their hot dogs! While the toppings may vary by region (in Chicago we like our hot dogs with onions, green relish, mustard, tomato, sport peppers, a pickle spear, and some celery salt!) hot dogs are enjoyed all across the nation. Image via the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

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DataBite: Ah, Honey Honey

Honey consumption per person in the US has nearly doubled in the last 25 years and continues to make a beeline north. According to the National Honey Board, we’re currently consuming an average of nearly one pound (0.9 pounds) of honey per person compared to just 0.5 pounds in 1990.

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DataBite: Chocolate, the answer to everything

Mmm, World Chocolate Day. A day to pile on the Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&M’s -- in moderation, of course. (Nope, we’re not playing favorites here. These are the three chocolate brands consumers voted as their top picks in 2015.)

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Data Bite: We all scream for ice cream!

Happy Friday and happy National Ice Cream Month! Yes, every July the dairy gods bless us with the holiest of celebrations: An entire month dedicated to our favorite frozen treat. If you’ve been following our DataBite series, you know we’re fans of tapping into our product data engine to uncover interesting intel about grocery product categories. And what yummier of a category than ice cream to get the scoop on.

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DataBite: The great watermelon debate

Summer has officially arrived in Label Insight’s hometown cities, Chicago and St. Louis. Our palettes have switched gears too, and we’re craving the season’s freshest ingredients. Like watermelons. But have you noticed the big change sweeping the watermelon world? They’re going seedless!

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DataBite: Meet kelp, the new superfood

There’s a little known but growing industry here in the US: Kelp farming. Turns out kelp, a large seaweed that grows in underwater forests in shallow oceans, has a lot of benefits -- for both people and the environment. It requires no fertilizer, pesticides, fresh water or arable land. It offers lots of iodine, potassium, calcium, protein and fiber. And its quick growth means quick carbon dioxide uptake, which can reduce ocean acidification.

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