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What Did Food Processors Want to Read in 2013?

Every year, the team at Food Processing takes a look at what articles did really well on our website. Some articles don't surprise us, while others leave us satisfyingly content that we delivered such popular information.

Hold the Gum and Pass the Flax: Function May Be Nutritional’s Ticket to Ride

Bakeries and other food processors will decide if flax delivers comparable function and flavor, but guar highlights the vulnerability of food companies to raw material pricing far beyond their control.

Bye-bye, partially hydrogenated fat

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is on the way out, with last week's FDA announcement that it was withdrawing GRAS status for this food ingredient.

ADM Reduces Energy Usage by 38%, Brings on Energy Director to Reduce another 15%

Archer Daniels Midland brought on Thomas Mort, CEM, as its corporate energy director in 2011. This year, the firm has completed $50 million of savings.

Bent, Folded and Mutilated: When Food Safety Wasn't Job No. 1

It's easier to know where you're going if you know where you've been. Since the theme of Food Processing's September cover story is the food processing plant of tomorrow, I've been thinking a lot lately about how plants have changed over the years.

Gluten-Free Labeling Takes Effect Monday (More or Less)

The FDA on Aug. 2 published its final definition of gluten-free. So with the traditional 30-day waiting period, the rule will take effect on Monday, Sept. 2. Since it's Labor Day, you can take the day off.

Private Label Will Wane as Economy Improves

Economists draw on a wide range of consumer-confidence ratings and economic indicators for trends forecasting. Another metric they might consider is sales of private-label foods.

Smithfield-Shuanghui Pros and Cons: What Do You Think?

We just posted a debate on the acquisition of Smithfield Foods by Chinese firm Shuanghui International Holdings.

Supply-demand pendulum starts to favor employee pay hikes

America's economic recovery may be anemic, but it's strong enough to improve the outlook for pay increases in the coming months, concludes the 2013-2014 salary budget survey from WorldatWork, an association of human resource and benefits professionals at U.S. and international firms.

Straw Poll 2 to 1 Against Smithfield Deal

In a straw poll we took at last month's IFT Food Expo, visitors to our booth voted 26 to 12 (with one negative comment but not a clear vote) against the sale of Smithfield Foods to Chinese firm Shuanghui International.The actual wording of the question was: "Do you think Smithfield...