2015 R&D Teams of the Year: Healthful, Authentic, Wholesome

While often used together, those terms separately describe our 2015 R&D Teams of the Year: Bolthouse Farms, Ruiz Foods and Among Friends.

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This year's R&D Teams of the Year are symbolic of current trends in the food & beverage industry. Many companies are moving toward healthful, authentic, wholesome (and free-from) foods, and Bolthouse Farms, Ruiz Foods and Among Friends perfectly capture those trends – although somewhat separately. Bolthouse started as a carrot farm and remains committed to fruits and vegetables, even though its acquisition by Campbell Soup nudges the unit into salad dressings, premium juices, children's snacks and even almond milk. Ruiz Foods is a classic ethnic-family business story, with the third generation putting modern and convenient spins on its Mexican food roots.

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Food Processing Top 100

Food Processing's annual list of the top 100 food and beverage companies in the United States and Canada is the only list of its kind. Nowhere else can you sort manufacturers by sales, rank or income all in one place. See the interactive list.

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Kick-Ass Women in Food

Maybe you know one. Maybe you are one. Celebrate the Kick-Ass Women in Food. Learn more about the Kick-Ass Women in Food project.

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Events

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo

July 11 –July 14, Chicago

The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the only annual event that brings together the brightest minds and the most respected food professionals from around the world in industry, government, and academia. From trendsetters in product development to senior-level executives from the world’s top food companies to department heads from leading universities, you’ll find them at IFT15.

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  • Artisanal Foods Increase in Popularity

    By Lauren R. Hartman, Product Development Editor

    No question, artisan foods are popular. From the increase in small, niche names in specialty shops to big, iconic brands on supermarket shelves and the surge of food prep-at-home delivery businesses, artisan food companies seem to be thriving. All of which begs the question: What is artisanal?…

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  • New Food and Beverage Rollout: June 2015

    Mars Introduces Goodness in a Bar Mars Chocolate North America introduces goodnessknows, a pre-portioned snack bar crafted with whole nuts, real fruit, toasted oats and dark chocolate. Molly & drew's Cocktail-inspired Dip Mixes For summer 2015, the company is introducing a line of…

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  • Formulation Trends in 2015: Sweets in Moderation

    By Lauren R. Hartman, Product Development Editor

    Called one of life's little pleasures, candy and confections have finally joined most of the other food categories dishing on the health and wellness buffet, as the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo in May can attest. The show underscored the increase in requests for lower-calorie, smaller sized…

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  • Avian Influenza: What Food Processors Need To Know

    By John Howeth, senior VP, American Egg Board

    Q: What is the size and scope of the current AI outbreak? A: The U.S. is experiencing an outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI). To date more than 37 million egg laying birds have been affected. This calculates to about 12 percent of all layers in the U.S. and more than 30 percent of…

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  • Understanding the Ban on Partially Hydrogenated Oils

    As has long been expected, the FDA on June 16 announced it was revoking the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. While they are wonderfully functional ingredients, PHOs are the…

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  • Market View: The Era of Fat and Happy Is Over

    By John Stanton, Contributing Editor

    The late Malcolm Forbes said, "The greatest obstacle to business is success," and for most of the past the food industry has been successful. However two things are taking place that are likely to have a negative impact on the industry if some major changes are not made. The first is innovation. It…

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