The Scoop

Survey quantifies gender gap among food and beverage professionals

I get geeky pleasure playing with an Excel spreadsheet and can spend hours resorting and calculating the data contained in them. You can imagine the thrill, then, when my colleague Dave turned over the raw data from Food Processing's annual salary survey.

After a lull, food company mergers and acquisitions are back on track

All else being equal, selling a food company nets 8.5 percent less this year than in 2012 because of the phasing out of certain breaks in the capital gains tax. The less favorable treatment touched off a flurry of mergers & acquisitions in 2012's fourth quarter, followed by a dearth...

Clean labels, GMOs and natural sweeteners are IFT food-show hot buttons

The Food Processing staff spent part of last week at Chicago's McCormick Place, site of this year's annual meeting and Expo of the Institute of Food Technologists. IFT tends to present an idealized vision of the food industry and the products it produces for an appreciative public.

Aging Boomers Offer Opportunities for Foods that Increase Stamina, Strength and Long Life

The Baby Boomers—the people who made their parents' lives miserable and then proceeded to wreck their children's lives—aren't done influencing the way Americans eat, drink and make merry. New research commissioned by Fonterra Nutrition suggests protein shakes at breakfast will be all the rage as America's can-do boomers march, limp...

Don't Cry About It, Argentina: Less Beef Is the American Way

Webinars make it too easy for presenters to pick and choose the questions they answer and those they ignore. I was reminded of that reality last week during a webcast involving the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Forum Offers Guidance to Food Safety Professionals Wrestling with Higher Standards

The stress balls in the conference goodie bags probably were a good idea: considering the uncertainty surrounding third-party audit certifications and future compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food safety and quality assurance managers could use a stress buster these days.

The Cup of Joe Gets Its Due

The news is all good these days for caffeine in its pure, uncut form.Undergrads at Centre College in Danville, Ken., recently presented findings from a research project comparing the effects on brain activity of the nation's leading energy drink with a regular cup of coffee to the annual meeting of...

Costco Foodborne Hepatitis A Outbreak Highlights Track & Trace Challenges in Global Sourcing

Besides adding the hepatitis A virus to the list of contamination worries for food, the recent recall of frozen berries with pomegranate seeds distributed through Costco and Harris Teeter stores highlighted once again that, when it comes to track and trace, it's still the Wild West—or, in this case, the...

Stricter FSMA rules for process water advocated by some

The public comment period for proposed rules in current GMPs and risk-assessment requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act continues until Sept. 16, after which FDA officials will sift through the many comments and suggestions submitted in writing and at public hearings.

Electric shock prevention is new on-the-job safety focus

More than 1,000 workers in food plants and other industrial workplaces are injured and hundreds killed from electrical shocks each year, data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) could mitigate the danger from electrically powered equipment, but residential GFCI devices...