Automation, software and PLCs dictate the workforce requirements in the contemporary food plant, and processors everywhere are struggling to find workers with the skills to keep plants running smoothly.
ACNielsen US, Schaumburg, Ill., for the first time has tracked consumer purchase behavior on health and wellness products (as identified by label claims) across all categories. The results are an important tool for trend watchers, marketers and product developers.
Those of us seeking to add wellness ingredients to our diets have a wealth of choices. Until we get to the actual products, where it seems, with few exceptions, we're restricted to beverages, bars, baked goods and breakfast foods. We need to look at other opportunities processors have to incorporate functional ingredients into the food chain.
Natural caffeine is abundant in our modern, high-energy society. The sun never sets on the Starbucks empire. And talk about teas, once we discovered antioxidants and EGCG, variety in the tea market went through the roof.
Tart cherries as the latest in health foods may sound like little more than sour grapes. But there's nothing sour about their positive effect on health. Centuries of folklore about the health powers in these little jewels are finding support in research. Tart cherries, those we use in cherry pie, may be among the most potent of natures anti-inflammatory foods.
If a calorie is consumed in the forest and no one is there to count it, will it still show up on your waistline? We analyze the IFIC Food and Health Surveys disturbing finding that 43 percent of consumers refuse to even think about keeping track of their caloric intake.
Three Special K protein-fortified waters from Kellogg; Godiva Belgian Blends from Coca-Cola and Godiva Chocolatier; four varieties of Fresh Makes Veggie Pasta Salad Kits from Dole Fresh; General Mills Dora the Explorer Cereal; and Red Baron The Big Baron Pizza from Schwans Consumer Brands.