CPA Food Bites

What innovations are set to impact the food and beverage industry? Our Food Bites blogs explore cutting edge technology, national food conferences and industry insights.

    Extreme Weather's Impact on Food Production

    Global climate change is arguably the most urgent issue facing our society today. While the debate has been heating up in recent years, weather conditions around the world have become increasingly volatile. In the past year, severe weather conditions have devastated land across the United States, [...]

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      Trade Wars, Tariffs and Trump

      The newly imposed tariffs (taxes imposed on imported goods) on steel and other manufacturing staples have sparked massive backlash from the world abroad. In a bid to reinvigorate manufacturing in the U.S., consumer goods are now paid back in full from the E.U., China and other nations that have [...]

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        The FODMAP trend

        Introduction Companies such as Nestlé and Kellogg are investing in low FODMAP products to deal with the demand from over 40 million North Americans and many more people worldwide living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  While the awareness of FODMAP diets and their benefits is limited in [...]

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          Empty Shelves at Whole Foods

          For many years, I had associated Whole Foods’ inventory with innovative and high quality products. However, recently I realized this widely sought inventory is lacking in its availability and volume. I had believed that Whole Foods inventory shortages were specific to the time of day I shop for [...]

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            The Hidden Money of Easter Eggs

            While Thanksgiving and the other winter holidays are a booming time for the food and beverage industry, the end of winter does not mean industry profits need to take a nosedive. Spring is a great time to measure the effects of a bloated winter that is full of holiday cheer, as it follows into a [...]

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              Considering Sustainability During a Transaction

              Excerpt from the 2017 Food and Beverage Whitepaper: The Future of Food: Meeting Consumer Demands with Sustainable Resources Green Hasson Janks Growth Strategy and Value Planning Managing Director David Horwich sees sustainability and social responsibility practices as a potential enhancement to a [...]

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                I Confess: Thinking of Food. Even on Vacation.

                As the leader of our firm’s food and beverage practice, I never take a day off from my passion for this industry. I recently returned from a two week vacation in Japan and had the opportunity to visit the famous Tsukiji fish market.  A must see!  Why? The Tsukiji fish market is the largest fish [...]

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                  Amazing Amazon Wholly Owns Whole Foods

                  If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade, it’s a good bet that you have used Amazon to purchase something. The online retailer giant, started by Jeff Bezos out of his garage some years ago has dominated the online space, with competitors like Jet.com and traditional box stores [...]

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                    Gluten?! I Hardly Knew ‘Em!

                    If you are anything like me, then you are a very tall man who loves to eat. As such, I rarely exclude anything from the realm of possibilities of my diet. That is not to say I do not eat healthy, but I cannot think of many examples of foods that I would purposefully ignore or avoid if they tasted [...]

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                      Ugly Food: A Beautiful Solution to Global Hunger

                      Food waste is a topic that has seemingly flown under the radar. In 2015, the value of food waste from homes, businesses, farms, and manufacturers in the U.S. alone was $218 billion. This does not take into consideration the resources wasted to produce the food, such as water, soil, labor, etc. [...]

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                        Fast Food Slows Down

                        The restaurant industry has been a major part of the economy as it accounts for roughly $800B in annual sales. However, with more people opting to make dinner versus spending on trendy dining experiences, recent trends seem to be setting the industry back. December 2016 saw the industry [...]

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                          Flooded Farmers

                          While California is on the mend from a drought (we can only hope the rain continues to help replenish our lakes and rivers), many other parts of the country are drowning. Louisiana is recovering from what the National Weather Service is calling a “1,000-year rain” that flooded the area for three [...]

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                            From Yard to Table

                            They say there are those who have a green thumb, and those who do not. I fall somewhere in the middle of “those who do not.” I struggle every day just to water my plants, if only for the opportunity to watch as they grow and thrive right in front of my eyes. As it turns out, many more Americans are [...]

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                              Lease Accounting Standards

                              By Matt McWhirter After many years of waiting, the FASB has finally released ASC 842, bringing major changes to the world of accounting for leases.  One of the main goals of the new lease accounting standards is to bridge the gap between GAAP and IFRS accounting for leases.  While the new standard [...]

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                                Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink

                                Living in Southern California, I can’t help but look at the beautiful ocean and think, “No water?” Of course I know seawater is undrinkable, and yet I still ask myself, “why?” Water usage restrictions are mentioned everywhere in media and around water coolers. Most people think of their baths, [...]

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                                  California Craft Brewer’s Association Conference

                                  The California Craft Brewer’s Association Conference (CCBA) is a chance for brewers and industry professionals from all over the state to attend workshops and seminars focused on the craft beer industry. This year’s conference was located at the Weston Hotel in beautiful downtown Long Beach, and I [...]

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                                    What Is Natural Food?

                                    By Rick Weis You hear people talking more and more about how they are trying to eat healthy, whether it’s low fat, low carb, low calorie, non-GMO or organic, but what d oes it means when “all natural” is on the label? Merriam-Webster defines “natural” as existing in nature and not made or caused by [...]

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                                      The Super Bowl Requires Super Preparation

                                      The Super Bowl means a lot of different things to millions of Americans, with some sources saying that only 60 percent of Super Bowl viewers are actual football fans. It seems as though there are many for whom the chicken wing is even more important than the pigskin — this year for instance, [...]

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                                        Food and Beverage Experts Sound Off

                                        As part of the Green Hasson Janks 2015 Food and Beverage Conference at the end of last year, a panel of industry experts discussed the role of women in the industry. I had the privilege of moderating a discussion with three top industry players: Ramona Cappello (founder of Sun Harvest Salt LLC), [...]

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                                          Make Your 2016 Toast With a Craft Beer

                                          The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the end of another great year than to toast each other to good health with a great craft beer? I have been brewing the stuff for a year or so now, transforming grains into glorious amber-colored ales. Craft brewing is not only a great [...]

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                                            Need a Protein Alternative? Don’t Be Overwhelmed

                                            By Rick Weis As more and more people look to limit their meat consumption for various reasons, there is always one pressing issue that people are faced with: how will I get my protein? While you can get protein from various non-meat sources such as nuts, seeds and beans (just to name a few), many [...]

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                                              Recap of the 2015 Food and Beverage Forum

                                                The 2015 Green Hasson Janks Food and Beverage Industry Forum was held on Sept. 29 at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s event focused on women as both leaders and consumers in the food and beverage industry. More than 150 attendees from the food and beverage industry and [...]

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                                                Sustainable Sourcing in Food and Beverage Businesses

                                                By Rick Weis A term you may have heard recently in the food and beverage industry is “sustainable sourcing.” According to the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), stainable sourcing “ensures that, to the best of the food supply chain’s ability, products or goods purchased have no, or limited, [...]

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                                                  R&D Tax Credit for the Food and Beverage Industry

                                                  By: Kevin Zolriasatain (guest blogger from KBKG) With the challenge of feeding an ever-growing population, food and beverage companies in the United States are forced to increase their research and development efforts to meet demand. In addition to providing more options, food and beverage [...]

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                                                    Now Trending: Consumption for a Cause

                                                    By: Rick Weis A trip to the grocery store used to be rather simple: you stroll down the aisles and pick up the items on your list…and many that aren’t. Maybe you had to decide between a few brands (your favorite or what is on sale). However, times have changed. Besides choosing between local and/or [...]

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                                                      Expo West, the Maiden Voyage

                                                      By: Nidhi Sapra and Rick Weis Being the newest members of the Green Hasson Janks Food and Beverage team, we had yet to experience Expo West prior to the 2015 show. As a result, we had no idea of what we were in store for. The veteran team members tried to prepare us by giving us suggestions such as [...]

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                                                        What is in my food? The “Explorer’s” Dilemma

                                                        By: Nidhi Sapra Food is one of the most basic human needs. Some of the great migrations by our ancestors were driven by the need to find additional sources of food. The desire to find spices made Christopher Columbus set sail in 1400s. Hundreds of years later, the motivation to discover new food [...]

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                                                          It’s Organic? Great. But is it Local?

                                                          By: Rick Weis Did you know a “9” at the beginning of your produce sticker number denotes an organic product? A growing number of consumers are seeking out organic foods and are willing to pay the price for that ever-more present, “organic” label. Along with not wanting to ingest chemicals from [...]

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                                                            Why blog? Why food?

                                                            Edible insects. Fruit/vegetable hybrids. Ramen-mania. Butter is back. Sour is the new black. Food trends can be fascinating. For those of us who are in the business of food, it’s something we track for many reasons. What’s new? What’s ahead? What do our clients need to know to stay relevant and [...]

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