The Scoop

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...

X-ray is the emerging standard for food-safety inspection

I was munching a mouthful of oatmeal one morning this week when my tongue felt something hard. “An uncooked kernel?” I thought, and I considered swallowing, then thought better of it. To my surprise, it was a jagged piece of glass, 5/16 in. long and 3/16 in. at its highest point.

Food shipments again top cargo-theft list

Packaged food and beverage products were 2012’s answer to the question, What do thieves want?

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.

Unannounced food-safety audits likely

Third-party audits under the SQF food-safety standard likely will shift from scheduled plant reviews to unannounced visits by 2014, according to Michael Govro, technical/quality assurance manager at NSF International.

Will CNG power tomorrow's food-transport chain?

The early betting makes compressed natural gas (CNG) the favorite in the race to replace gasoline and diesel as the dominant fuel source for moving food through tomorrow's supply chain, though CNG is hardly the only option.

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...

Perrier Invites Adult Consumers to Online Fantasy World

Perrier, the sparkling water company, has taken digital marketing to another level with its new online fantasy world. Perriersecretplace.com entices visitors to enter the space and participate as though they were members of the elusive party taking place in this secret world.

Farm to Fork Sustainability Ends at Checkout

There's a study circulating at the U.S. Federal Reserve that suggests 80% of the products sold at Walmart stores end up in a landfill within 60 days.

Dairy leader makes the food industry's case

Kudos to Mike McCloskey, founder of Fair Oaks Farm and a mover and shaker in multiple dairy processing organizations. His Indiana farm is the focus of a recent national story spotlighting a waste-to-energy project that converts manure from 30,000 milking cows into compressed natural gas to power the 42 tanker...