The pandemic-related surge in online purchases has increased truck traffic, boosting demand for biodiesel made from soybean oil and other oils. "When you think about the long-haul truck fleets, those are primarily consuming diesel so the demand on the biodiesel side hasn't abated," said Mac Marshall, vice president of market intelligence for the United Soybean Board.
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Custom shortenings can be tailored to meet a manufacturer's specific functional needs for texture, stability, appearance and taste. "A cookie manufacturer may have a specification for a particular bite, a pie manufacturer for a particular crumb or a pastry maker for a specific structure and color," said Frank Flider, oils consultant for the United Soybean Board.
US dairy consumption has hit a record high, although fluid milk consumption is down, according to the USDA Economic Research Services. The downward trend in fluid milk consumption can be traced in part to higher demand for plant-based milk alternatives, while exports of whey and other milk powders continue to grow.
Technological advances that improve the delivery and absorption of omega-3 fatty acids is boosting the prospects for the supplement market. Improved supplements are more palatable and deliver more reliable doses -- while using fewer resources to meet consumers' sustainability demands.
China banned German pork imports after a case of African swine fever, the disease that devastated Asian pig producers in 2019, was identified in a wild boar near Germany's border with Poland. Disruptions in the European pork supply could benefit other pork exporters, including exporters in the US, Brazil and Spain.
A procedure that can identify genetically engineered canola adds a new element to the debate over regulating such crops, experts say. "If you can detect them, you can also regulate them," said Bill Freese, science policy analyst for the nonprofit Center for Food Safety.
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