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  • Tracking Consumer Purchase Behavior on Health and Wellness Products

    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.

    10/01/2006
  • 2nd Annual Wisconsin Potato Taste Tour Features Variety

    Ask the chefs attending the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Potato Taste Tour what surprised them the most about the tour, and the answer was unanimous: the number of specialty varieties Wisconsin potato farmers grow, and the research being done on those varieties.

    09/30/2006
  • Options Grow for Gluten Intolerant

    As the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease has risen dramatically in the United States to an estimated one in 120 people, so have the variety and availability of products that make cooking or eating gluten free anything but medicinal.

    MaryEllen Fillo, The Hartford Courant
    09/30/2006
  • Perfecting the Plastic Package

    The 19th annual DuPont Awards find innovation the world over. The awards honor not just the packaging but also the technology and processes, equipment and converters that create the end-use packages. Nominations are accepted from both packaged goods marketers and from companies directly involved in the creation of the packages. Take a look at this year's winners.

    09/29/2006
  • Applying Lean to Sanitation

    A recent FSIS notice allows for extended time between cleanups; lean sanitation can get you there and safely save you 33 percent in costs.

    Harold Tessman
    09/28/2006
  • Vibration Equipment Reduces Dried Fruit Stickiness

    With the trend for portable yet healthful foods, Ocean Spray Craisins -- sweetened dried cranberries -- are in high demand. To keep pace with the product’s popularity, Ocean Spray is adding production capacity at a fast pace.

    09/28/2006
  • 2006 Regulatory Roundup

    As the legislative year grinds to a halt, here’s what’s left - and what will be on the table when things pick up again.

    Leslie Krasny
    09/28/2006
  • 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
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