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  • Nuts Reclaiming Status as Health Food

    With the emphasis on nutraceutical value carrying more weight than simple caloric content, nuts are reclaiming their rightful place as a health food.

    David Feder, R.D., Editor
    09/28/2006
  • Reformulating for Aseptic Processing

    Shelf-stable products are a boon to foodservice but a bear for processors’ product development labs.

    Kantha Shelke, Ingredients Editor
    09/27/2006
  • Nestle Crunch Stixx

    Nestle has created a new form for its popular (but old — 1938) Crunch bar: Crunch Stixx. The remake moves the product to a more premium space and also makes it more convenient. Nestle rolls novelty, demographics, premiumness and convenience into Nestle’s Crunch Stixx.

    Hollis Ashman and Jacqueline Beckley, Consumer Understanding Editors
    09/27/2006
  • FDA Reports on Allergen Contamination

    If the food industry continues to show awareness of the dangers of food allergens, FDA and Congress likely will continue with a measured and deliberative approach.

    David Joy, Contributing Editor
    09/27/2006
  • October 2006 New Food Rollout

    Grip-n-Dip Chicken Strips for kids from ConAgra; Coca-Cola's Dasani and Powerade go grape; Oscar Mayer Fast Franks from Kraft Food; "pure" juices from Tropicana; stand-up taco shells from General Mills; and Corelli brand pasta sauce in a box from The Kroger Co.

    09/26/2006
  • 2006 R&D Survey

    Consumer interest in organic and healthy products is forcing R&D teams to learn agronomy, a little pharmacology and new methods of ensuring food safety, according to Food Processing's 35th annual R&D survey.

    Frances Katz, Senior Technical Editor
    09/26/2006
  • Fast Food Chains Feed a Hungry Market

    Americans say they want to eat healthier. But not many are putting their money where their mouths are. Fast food and mid-range restaurants are getting a big, fat lesson about the vast difference in what people say ... and what they actually do. They’ve learned 'eating healthy' is a big, noisy bandwagon with limited seating.

    09/14/2006
  • Demographic Segmentation Becomes Common Packaging Strategy

    Demographic segmentation, the time-tested tool of mass media advertisers, is becoming a more common packaging strategy as food companies develop line extensions to appeal to every conceivable sliver of the population.

    Kate Bertrand, Packaging Editor
    09/12/2006
  • UK Consumers in Control of their Health

    The opportunity lies in maintaining taste and offering real product improvement while also remaining true to your product category.

    Barbara Katz, HealthFocus International
    09/12/2006
  • Use Leading KPIs to Spot Trouble

    Does your plant have reliability issues and a hard time meeting production targets? Metrics such as key performance indicators (KPIs), when identified and aligned properly, can save your plant, your job and your career. So grab a pen, open your mind and get ready to learn.

    Ricky Smith, CMRP, Contributing Editor
    09/12/2006
  • Industrial Maintenance Job Fairs Can Help You Find Talented People

    Deferred maintenance is reaching chronic levels as current equipment ages and sophisticated, new equipment needs more care and custom configuration. One way to find talented people is through industrial maintenance job fairs. Here’s how they work and what you should do to maximize your return on participation.

    Joel Leonard
    09/12/2006
  • Troubleshoot Hydraulics the Smart Way

    Plant managers, building engineers and project managers have an inherent stake in the productivity and health of their hydraulic equipment. When there’s a recurrent or chronic problem, it’s imperative to have background information or, better yet, a strong suspicion of what’s wrong before the service providers, inside or outside the company, are called.

    Steven P. Thomsen, P.E.
    09/12/2006
  • Robot Sales Fall in North America

    New orders received by North American based robotics companies fell 38% in the first half of 2006, according to statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

    09/11/2006
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