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Happy National Jerky Day!

Sorry, I got busy yesterday and didn't get to blog. And I had my subject all planned out. Yesterday was National Jerky Day. I meant to celebrate in print, as I'm sure the rest of country was doing in person.At least, that's according to Link Snacks Inc., maker of Jack...

Everything's Better With Bacon, Even Father's Day

What do you get that special guy, the man who taught you baseball, fishing, how to ride a two-wheeler, the man who fathered you?How about a slab of bacon? And (choose one): cufflinks, a money clip or a multifunctional tool.

Fear Over Chinese Ownership of Smithfield Foods

"America has the safest food supply in the world."And it's increasingly being taken over by foreign companies.How often have you heard the first phrase? How long will we be able to continue saying that?

Little Bites from the 2013 Candy Show

Minis, bites and no wrappers. That’s my quick, four-word take on the Sweets & Snacks Expo put on this week (May 21-23) by the National Confectioners Assn. This is what used to be called the Candy Show.

Happy Family Bought by Groupe Danone

It's nice to see someone we wrote about early on succeed in this competitive food business world.

Gulf Seafood Fighting To Regain Its Place

Whether it's seizing an opportunity or trying to seize back a position that briefly disappeared and got replaced, the Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition wants to put genuine Gulf of Mexico-harvested seafood of every type back on restaurant menus. . .and to have you ask for it by name.

The top-selling NEW food and beverage products of 2012

Favorites are personal, but nothing beats the hard reality of sales figures. IRI last week revealed its annual New Product Pacesetters, the best-selling new products of 2012. It’s always difficult to throw a ring around this group, to come up with just a trend or two to explain what always...

An Onslaught of Truly New Products?

Get ready for an onslaught of truly new products – not safe line extensions or just “cleaned-up” products – from your product development team as well as the R&D departments of your competitors. That’s how I begin our May cover story, Food Processing’s 42nd annual R&D Survey.

Hostess Bankruptcy: Twinkies and Ho-hos Have Found Good Homes

If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you’ll be comforted to know Twinkies, Ho-Hos and other cream-filled (but nutritionally devoid) delights appear to be headed for new homes. In court-supervised auctions late in March, the big brands and product lines owned by Hostess Brands were sold off to...

Food Processing eNewlsetter for April 1

APRIL 1, 2013