February 2016 Issue
Big Food used to be all-powerful, but in recent years, small companies have chipped away at Big Food's market share. Their success spawned two responses: entrepreneurial firms being bought by big companies or venture capital firms aggressively investing in what they hope is The Next Big Thing. Food Processing's February cover story looks at this phenomenon.
We also have features on new ethnic foods, feeding baby boomers, smart refrigeration systems and 3-D printing of replacement parts. Plus our usual diet of news, commentary and new consumer products.
There’s much logic – and business opportunity – in the newly released Dietary Guidelines
While proteins’ health benefits stimulate consumer interest, functionality drives usage as well.
Prebiotic fibers, co-Q10, choline, K2 and other vitamins are needed to keep brutes healthy.
Heart health and risks of diabetes, cancer and obesity figure prominently as baby boomers age. Many look to food for solutions.
Now what can the food industry do to nurture this interest?
While pest-control companies welcome full-service contracts with food plants, involvement of plant personnel is essential if outcomes are to be optimized.
Foods of the world aren't just sauces and condiments, nor are they just Asian, Italian and Mexican. Manufacturers are striving to satisfy demand for the new and different with more regional favorites, added variety, spice and bold flavors.
Love is in the air for our February 2016 cartoon caption contest.
3D printing with metals and other materials is giving new life to old machines and improving newer equipment’s performance.
A reader asks what actions should he be taking to improve his plant's safety record.
Perishable foods require refrigeration, adding to overhead costs. Advances in lighting and sensor technology are driving down those costs.
Like Lilliputians lashing down Gulliver, small food companies are chipping away at the market share of Big Food. The question is, will the end game change?
A new government-supported food zone has plenty of incentives, assets and a central location to woo Western processors.
Maybe the company is just enacting what the bigger food industry has been quietly preparing for all along.