One of Canada’s Biggest Bakeries Also Is One of Its Most Efficient
By focusing on both energy use and production facility, Canada Bread built a Hamilton, Ontario, bakery that exceeded expectations.
One of the most notable features of Canada Bread’s Trillium Bakery in Hamilton, Ontario, involves something it doesn’t have: A boiler.
Constructed in 2010 for $33.8 million and commissioned in 2011, Trillium was designed with LEED certification in mind. Optimization of energy performance was one of the biggest point-getters in the certification process that culminated in LEED Gold in late 2013, and a major piece of the design involved the economizers placed in the exhaust stacks of the seven ovens. The recovered heat is sufficient to meet hot water and steam demand, negating the need for a boiler.
Technology evolves slowly in bakery processing, but the Trillium project incorporated the best technology available at the time it was…
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MRO Q&A: Most Hygienic Method of Applying Conveyor Lubricant
A reader wonders which way is more hygienic for applying conveyor lubricant: brush or nozzle?
Q: Which is a more hygienic method of applying conveyor lubricant: by brush or by nozzle?
A. While I am unaware of any specific guidelines from FDA, USDA or the American Meat Institute regarding the application of conveyor lubricants, application via a controlled spray nozzle is much preferable over brush application. A spray nozzle with a properly sized, pre-orifice filter will ensure that only the lubricant will be deposited on the conveyor. Attention should be given to the proper alignment of the nozzle to ensure the spray hits the center on the conveyor and does not over-spray onto the floor, where it can create a safety hazard.
A brush’s materials of construction are susceptible to picking up, harboring and distributing foreign…
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Bakery Trends Go Back to Basics
Whether in finished products or in use-at-home mixes, 'natural' is moving the baked goods category.
A stabilizing economy has cooled the baking and dessert mix category as consumers are no longer baking at home. Instead, they’re opting for more healthy and convenient prepared options at grocery stores and restaurants – which is great news for producers of baked goods.
Nevertheless, Mintel Group sees continued growth in baking and dessert mix sales through 2018. In fact, Mintel reports in its "Baking and Dessert Mixes U.S." research that close to half the people that use baking and dessert mixes do so to save time, while less than half use mixes because they simply taste good.
As for how mixes fit into the healthy eating trend, Mintel says “providing products that keep pace with general consumer health interests and developing…
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Brookfield Ametek Offering Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements
The course is offered at Brookfield Ametek's headquarters in Middleboro, Mass. and at major cities across the United States.
Brookfield Ametek is offering its Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements.
The course is designed to help viscometer users comprehend the functionality of their instrument, solve the mysteries of fluid behavior and Rheology, and create successful and repeatable viscosity test methods for use in both R&D and QA/QC environments.
The course is offered at Brookfield Ametek's headquarters in Middleboro, MA and at major cities across the United States. Space is limited and customers are encouraged to sign up early. An advanced course, Lab Day/Advanced Viscosity Test Methods is an on demand course covering more advanced viscosity topics utilizing sample testing.
Visit the Brookfield Ametek website today or call 800.628.8139 for course…
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Packaging Line Design: Balancing Speed vs. Flexibility
Whether packaging lines run fast and furious or take a slow and steady approach to the production race, a certain level of flexibility is required.
Just as machine-based processing lacks the flexibility of manual production but makes up for it in throughput, manual processes provide infinite flexibility but come with a loss in volume. Finding the sweet spot between the extremes is the world most food manufacturers live in.
Management at Dure Foods Ltd. has been engaged in that balancing act for most of its 38 years in business. The Brantford, Ontario-based copacker of dry blends does contract work for some of Canada’s biggest retailers and some of the world’s largest food manufacturers, but a good chunk of Dure’s production schedule is filled with orders from entrepreneurs and mid-sized food companies.
“The mixing of powders is not rocket science,” President Hunter Malcolm…
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General Mills to Close U.K. Mix and Dough Facility
General Mills says it will close its mixing and dough manufacturing facility in Berwick, U.K. late this year.
General Mills, Minneapolis, said on Jan. 18 that it has completed a review on the closure of its manufacturing facility in Berwick, U.K. Employee representatives and union officials made the decision to close the facility by the autumn of 2016.
The company proposed closing the Berwick facility on October 29, and the decision was made to proceed with the proposal. The company will now begin the necessary phases to close the plant. The closure will impact approximately 265 positions. General Mills said it will provide severance and transition benefits to all affected employees.
Operated by General Mills since 2001, the Berwick facility manufactures baking mixes and refrigerated and frozen dough products.
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How Well Do You Know IP69K?
Many food and beverage applications demand this highest level of washdown protection.
The IP69K rating is for applications where high-pressure and high-temperature washdowns are used to sanitize equipment. The IP69K test specification was initially developed for road vehicles, especially those that need regular intensive cleaning (dump trucks, cement mixers, etc), but has been widely adopted in the food and beverage industries as a test of products to withstand sanitary washdown.
The Ingress Protection (IP) rating system is an internationally recognized scale that relates to proven protection against environmental factors such as liquids and solids. It's a part of the IEC 60529 rating system. Products rated to IP69K first must be impervious to dust, but also must be able to withstand high-pressure and steam cleaning. To be…
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FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rule on Food Transport
The FDA finalized a new food safety rule April 5, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation.
The Food and Drug Administration, Washington, on April 5 (Tuesday) finalized a new food safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule will require those transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary shipments. These include ensuring proper food refrigeration, adequate cleaning of vehicles between loads and proper protection of food protection during transportation.
Manufacturers not already using relevant food-safety protocols in their distribution operations now have a deadline. Larger businesses must comply within one year of the rule's publication. Smaller manufacturers have two years…
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Mars Plans to Cut Sodium By 20 Percent in Five Years
Mars is pledging to reduce sodium in its produccts by 20 percent over the next five years and cut added sugar in some products by 2018.
Mars Inc. announced earlier this week its commitment to guide product reformulation, pledging to reduce sodium in its products by an additional 20 percent over the next five years and cut added sugar in a limited number of products by 2018. Its Global Health and Wellbeing Ambition program is expected to cost at least $20 million.
Mars says it will label products that contain high levels of sugar, salt, or fat as "occasional" foods as opposed to "everyday" foods, and will focus on five main areas: improve nutritional content; provide more nutrition information; inspire consumers to cook and eat healthy meals; explore new formats and opportunities to offer products in more places at affordable prices; and offer Mars Food associates…
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Pest Management Suffers when All Responsibilities and Involvement Are Outsourced
While pest-control companies welcome full-service contracts with food plants, involvement of plant personnel is essential if outcomes are to be optimized.
The devil is in the details of modern food & beverage production, and plant managers have a devilish time reconciling the details of prerequisite programs with the central mission of meeting production schedules.
That helps explain the preference to outsource pest control responsibilities. In Food Processing’s recent Manufacturing Trends Survey, 60.7 percent of industry professionals indicated pest-control responsibilities were outsourced at their facilities, easily the most frequently divested responsibility. Corporations with leading brands and deep resources may prefer in-house specialists in order to maintain optimal control and accountability, but most processors prefer that pest management be somebody else’s headache.
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When it comes to hand-crafting, beer has nothing on wine. But even specialty vintages from moderately sized wineries can benefit from vision-system technology.
The expression “turn lemons into lemonade” has a figurative equivalent in icewine: If late-season grapes freeze before they are harvested, winemakers use them for this sweet, relatively low-alcohol wine.
German vintners originated icewines in the 1700s, and they remained a salvage operation until well into the 20th Century. Odds of an early freeze increase along with degrees latitude, and 43° is close to the northern extreme for growing grapes. To make the best of the inevitable, winemakers in Canada’s Niagara region set out 35 years ago to produce top-end icewines.
Vineland Estates Winery has established itself as one of the premium icewine suppliers, with recent vintages retailing for as much as $80 a bottle. A command of…
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Days after Senator Pat Roberts got the 'go' on his voluntary GMO labeling bill, a mandatory GMO labeling bill has been proposed by Senator Jeff Merkley.
Just days after Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, got a nod on his voluntary GMO labeling bill from the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology labeling solutions with a bipartisan vote of 14-6, select Democrats in the U.S. Senate introduced legislation rivaling Roberts' bill, which would block states from issuing mandatory GMO labels and prevent the implementation of state-by-state labeling legislation.
The rush to act stems from a Vermont labeling law set to take effect July 1. Vermont is set to require such labels this summer, and other states are considering similar laws.
The Democrats, led by Senator Jeff Merkley, launched what they call a "common sense" alternative that Merkley…
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Tax Deductions, Rebates Favor Conversion to LED Lighting
Special considerations attend lighting selection in food plants, but the bottom line is optimum illumination in the most cost effective, lowest maintenance means possible.
The flip of a switch is one of the easiest tasks for a human being, and even that action often is unnecessary in today’s food production environment. Small wonder, then, that illumination often is taken for granted.
Light has multiple applications in food production. It’s an essential part of vision systems for product inspection, and the UV segment of the spectrum is effective at killing microbes and attracting pests. The primary use of lighting, of course, is enabling workers to see what they’re doing, and that necessity does not come cheap. Darigold, a Seattle-based dairy processor and a partner in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Better Plants Challenge, estimates that lighting accounts for 38 percent of its electricity use.
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The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it has finalized standards to reduce salmonella and campylobacter in chicken and turkey, and is updating testing procedures.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Feb. 4th that it has finalized standards to reduce salmonella and campylobacter in chicken and turkey, and is updating testing procedures. Based on scientific risk assessments, the FSIS estimates implementation of these rulings will prevent an average of 50,000 illnesses annually.
The move means no more than 15.4 percent of chicken parts (breast, wings and ground chicken) can test positive for salmonella and no more than 7.7 percent can test positive for campylobacter at poultry plants. The maximum acceptable positive tests for ground chicken are 25 percent for salmonella and 1.9 percent for campylobacter. For ground turkey, the maximums are 13.5 percent…
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Adding Ingredients Under Vacuum Prevents Air Inclusion
Adding ingredients under vacuum and other solutions to mixing and blending challenges.
Air is great stuff for breathing and inflating basketballs, but a genuine nuisance when you are adding dry powder to a liquid. More and more powders are entering the food processing mix, a by-product of delivering more nutrient- and flavor-packed products to the health-minded masses. Beverage formulations in particular are becoming more complex.
"We are able to reduce the air in our mix by going to equipment that brings powder in under the liquid via vacuum," says one processor whose company has profited from a co-packing relationship to produce a major brand of isotonic beverage. The equipment is of recent vintage, he notes, and he wonders why the solution took so long to come to the fore.
Admix's VacuShear provides vacuum conveying and…
Senate Ag Committee Crafts Compromise GMO Labeling Bill
It's mandatory, part print and part electronic, and it pre-empts the Vermont law.
Just eight days before Vermont's GMO labeling law goes into effect, foes on the U.S. Senate's Agriculture Committee unveiled a compromise plan that would provide for mandatory national labeling of GMOs – some printed on labels, some electronic – plus USDA oversight of the program and, perhaps most importantly, a pre-emption of state labeling laws.
Under the legislation introduced today (June 23), USDA would have two years to construct the labeling regulation program. Previous efforts focused on giving this program to the FDA.
The bipartisan legislation followed weeks of negotiation between Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the agriculture committee and advocate for a weaker labeling law; and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the ranking…
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Nuts Are Protein in a Nutshell
Packed with protein and fiber, good fats, vitamins and minerals, many nuts have healing powers and almonds are becoming our favorite nut. If we are what we eat, are we going more nuts than ever?
We'd be nuts to miss the many new products coming into the market featuring nuts. Despite being high in cholesterol and fat, nuts benefitted from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines' changes that dietary cholesterol does not affect serum cholesterol and some fats can be beneficial. The guidelines also support nuts for their protein, and nutrient density.
Nuts provide essential amino acids, are filling and tasty. They’re also versatile as an ingredient for all sorts of products. IRI Worldwide's 2016 State of the Snack Industry report points out snack nuts realized 4.3 percent dollar sales growth in 2015 versus 2014, and is one of more than a dozen product categories in snacks showing absolute dollars sales growth.
The rise of vegetarianism and…
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Understanding Food and Beverage's Wastewater Solutions
From simple to sophisticated, many wastewater solutions are available to food and beverage processors.
Water treatment is not a core competency in food and beverage production. When manufacturers think of it at all, it’s usually because circumstances have conspired to make it too big a problem to ignore.
That moment arrived two years ago for Oland Brewery, when its wastewater discharge threatened to overwhelm the Halifax municipal treatment plant and force the Nova Scotia city to release water with levels of biological oxygen demand (BOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) into Halifax Harbor that would exceed national and provincial limits.
To build up a reserve if they were forced to upgrade the municipal plant, Halifax officials served Oland notice that surcharges would quintuple to almost $1 million annually, based on then-current BOD…
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General Mills Names Hermening president
General Mills appoints veteran executive Jeffrey Harmening its new president, effective July 1.
General Mills, Minneapolis, appoints veteran executive Jeffrey Harmening its new president, effective July 1. The last two presidents went on to become CEO.Harmening, 49, has worked at the company for 22 years, most recently as head of US retail. He spent the last two years as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company's U.S. retail segment, which comprises about 60 percent of its annual revenue. He will be responsible for all company operations. Harmening will continue to report to chairman and CEO Ken Powell. General Mills has not yet named Harmening's successor.
Cereal is a challenging sector for the company, yet it's also the company's largest segment. Sales of fell 9 percent from 2011 to 2015 before going up…
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Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Green Plant of the Year
Our seventh annual Green Plant of the Year poll begins now with nominations for the 'greenest' food manufacturing plant in the United States.
Our seventh annual Green Plant of the Year poll begins now with nominations. We're looking for a new plant, a major addition or renovation project less than three years old that exemplifies a commitment to a sustainable future for food and beverage…
Two Organic Cooperatives Partner
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Bottled Water Sees Consumption Growth
Bottled water is making more of a splash, predicted to outpace carbonated soft drinks by next year, according to an International Bottled Water Association report.
Americans are getting the message about water. As many consumers are becoming wary of artificial sweeteners, they are abandoning other drinks in favor of bottled water. So says the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Alexandria, Va., in conjunction with the Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC), New York. The pair has released 2015 bottled water statistics that show Americans’ consumption of bottled water increased by 7.9 percent, and that bottled water sales are up 8.9 percent since the previous year.
The BMC indicates that bottled water is set to overtake carbonated soft drinks as America’s largest beverage category by volume by 2017, if not by the end of 2016.
"Consumer demand for bottled water looks likely to remain strong in…
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Big Cereal Companies Invest in the Organic Space
Kellogg Co.'s Kashi unit purchases organic snack brand Pure Organic, while General Mills announced it's partnering with dairy farm Organic Valley.
Kellogg Co.'s Kashi unit has purchased organic snack brand Pure Organic, while General Mills announced it's partnering with dairy farm Organic Valley.
The partnership by General Mills is one of its efforts to transfer conventional dairy farms to certified organic operations that will support its yogurt unit in the U.S., which includes brands like Yoplait, Annie's, Liberte and Mountain High.
Kellogg's decade-old Kashi brand, which manufactures nut bars, ancient grain bars and fruit and vegetable strips, has acquired Holland, Mich.-based Pure Organic, a maker of organic, vegan nutrition bars and fruit snacks, announced Veronica Bosgraaf (a.k.a. Veronica Lehman), creator of the Pure Bar, in a You Tube video on June 16. The Pure Bar company…
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Food processors are using the funds to revitalize low-income and impoverished communities.
Site location decisions are based on many factors, from job training and labor availability to transportation and market proximity. But financial incentives certainly help, and one that more processors are beginning to avail themselves of is the New Markets Tax Credit.
Premium Peanut LLC tapped into that credit when building a $50 million shelling operation that started up in January in Douglas, Ga. It is the first new U.S. shelling plant in 12 years, according to Karl Zimmer, Premium’s CEO, and the more than $6 million in investor tax credits it generated was “absolutely critical,” he says. The facility is expected to stabilize the market for Georgia peanut farmers who previously faced uncertainty over whether there would be a buyer…
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Smaller, more nimble food processing plants offer something different.
The decision to build a new food plant is typically made with one or more broad company goals in mind. Chief among them are increased capacity, strategic location, utilization of advanced technologies and the quest for bottom-line efficiencies. Before plant design can begin however, a food company must have a clear vision of whether the plant will lend itself to high throughput or flexibility.
Large food processors with dozens of plants will certainly have a mix of old and new and large and small facilities. But those kinds of companies are the most likely to also have one or two mega-plants in the portfolio, says Harlan Vandeschulp, president of Gleeson Constructors & Engineers LLC (www.gleesonllc.com), Sioux City, Iowa.
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Sweets and Snacks Show Never Disappoints
The Sweets & Snacks Expo annually reveals new products, trends and strategies in this happy category.
More than 3,000 snack and confectionery items are introduced each year in the U.S. alone, and the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Assn. (NCA) featured plenty of the latest examples in this $35 billion U.S. market. More than 750 snack, cookie and confectionery exhibitors showcased their latest and greatest May 24-26 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
The Best in Show award for most innovative new product went to Hershey Co.'s Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cup, slated to hit shelves this summer. The new treat teams Reese's signature peanut butter cups with miniature Reese’s Pieces candies in a king-size format. Another Hershey item to get super-sized is Kit Kat Big Kat, a bar that has the same taste…
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What Is the Future for Synthetic Colors?
Their use undoubtedly will fade over time, but synthetics continue to shine in some applications.
The future of synthetic food colors may not be so bright, as more companies are moving to natural colors to appease consumers. Many artificial colorants have already been banned, starting the 1950s, when kids were getting sick on Halloween candy…
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Prebiotic fibers, co-Q10, choline, K2 and other vitamins are needed to keep brutes healthy.
Gender inequality isn’t just a women’s issue. When it comes to developing products to promote healthier bodies, men often get shortchanged. With pregnancy, menopause, breast health, cancer, fertility, aging, beauty from within and even depression, it seems women are the center of attention for most health foods and beverages.
If you go by advertising alone, men apparently care only about cars, beer and grilled meat. OK; that's largely true, but men do have unique health concerns and can benefit from functional foods.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, while cancer, heart disease and diabetes-related diseases are the leading causes of death for both men and women, by percentage more men die of each of these conditions than…
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The FDA s issued a set of large-scale sodium reduction targets, spanning nearly 150 food categories, to be met in the next two and 10 years.
The Food and Drug Administration, Washington, has issued a set of large-scale, voluntary sodium reduction guidance targets for food manufacturers, foodservice operations and restaurants, spanning nearly 150 food categories, to be met in the next two and 10 years. The goal of the long-term target is for Americans to limit sodium consumption to 3,000mg per day in the short term (two years) and 2,300 mg each day in the long term (10 years), well below today's average sodium intake of 3,400mg per day.
Salt has long been linked to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, though recent research has challenged salt's "unhealthy" perception. And food and beverage companies have long managed to use salt and skate past…
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Hershey's Reese's Stuffed with Pieces Peanut Butter Cup, debuting later this summer, took Best in Show at the Sweets & Snacks Expo's Most Innovative New Product Awards.
Hershey's new Reese's Stuffed with Pieces Peanut Butter Cup, which will debut on store shelves later this summer, took the top honor of Best in Show May 25 at the Sweets & Snacks Expo's 2016 Most Innovative New Product Awards. The honor is given to the product judged as having the best overall score determined by a select panel. Hosting the event was Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, who noted this year saw more than 320 products enter the awards program.
The contest's category winners follow:Chocolate: Ferrero Grand Rocher; Ferrero USA, Inc. Non-Chocolate: Starburst Gummies Originals, from William. Wrigley Jr. Co. Seasonal: Turtles Eggs by DeMet’s Candy Co.Novelty/Licensed: Dippin’ Dots Redberry Sherbet with Sour Patch Kids, from…
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Foods for Aging Baby Boomers
Heart health and risks of diabetes, cancer and obesity figure prominently as baby boomers age. Many look to food for solutions.
The baby boomer generation is retiring, developing health ailments and becoming empty nesters, all of which is changing how they (should) eat and drink. While a slower metabolism and lower energy requirements might mean eating less, lower…
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To advance global food safety, scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc. are tracking food’s microbiome to improve safety and productivity.
Hoping to drive advances in global food safety, scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc., McLean, Va., are reportedly tracking food’s microbiome to improve food safety and productivity. The data scientists from IBM are said to be developing a robust way to prevent food contamination bacteria that can kill thousands of Americans every year. The ambitious goal is to track food across the global supply chain by sequencing the DNA of the microorganisms that live on it.
Food has thousands of these tiny hitchhikers, the vast majority harmless, making up what’s known as a “microbiome.” Protecting the global food supply is a monumental public health challenge, says a news release from Mars. In the U.S. alone, one in six people are…
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More ingredients are designed to accommodate free-from foods, which makes formulating products easier.
The "free-from" phenomenon has caught on in the U.S., and last year Innova Market Insights identified free-from as a hot trend for 2016. As Americans continue to be affected by food allergens and intolerances, more than ever, they want to know…
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Dean Foods' Milk One of Top 10 Most Successful 2015 Launches, Says IRI
Dean Foods' Dairy Pure milk is named one of 10 Rising Stars by Information Resources, Inc.
DairyPure milk, a Dean Foods product, has been selected as one of 10 Rising Stars by Information Resources, Inc., which says there are around 12,000 new product brands launched every year.
"IRI's Rising Star analysis has a strong history of providing an early heads-up on the New Product Pacesetters of the year to come," says Larry Levin, IRI's executive vice president. "Of the thousands of food and beverage products launched that have already entered the market this year, only 10 of the most powerful market entries are selected for this prestigious honor. As an IRI 2016 Rising Star, DairyPure is among the highest-performing and hard-hitting launches of the current year and it is setting the tone for those that will follow."
Launched a year…
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Approval came on a technicality, but bigger discussion of 'healthy' fats continues.
Kind Healthy Snacks today (May 10) said it was notified by the FDA that it can resume using the term "healthy" on its packaging – mostly the results of semantics, but partly an acknowledgement that some fats can be good fats.
The agency sent Kind a warning letter in March 2015 requesting removal of the word healthy from the back panel of four product wrappers and its web site. The regulation cited states in part that snack foods labeled with healthy as a nutrient content claim can’t have more than 3g of total fat or 1g of saturated fat per serving. Nuts, a primary ingredient in Kind bars, contain nutritious fats that exceed those amounts.
While the company initially responded by removing "healthy" from the four wrappers, it maintained…
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Teasdale Foods Acquires Flatbread, Tortilla Maker Mesa Foods
Teasdale Foods acquires Mesa Foods, a producer of private-label tortillas, flatbreads, taco shells, taco kits and chips.
Teasdale Foods, Dallas, has acquired Mesa Foods, a Louisville, Ky.-based producer of private-label tortillas, flatbreads, taco shells, taco kits and chips. Majority owned by private equity firm Snow Phipps Group, Teasdale is a leading national provider of private label and branded Hispanic foods to the retail, food service and wholesale channels.
Founded in 1984, Mesa is an industry leading producer of private label tortillas, flatbreads, taco shells, taco kits and chips. Mesa has successfully grown by partnering with customers and producing a wide array of high quality, innovative and versatile products for the Hispanic foods market.
The acquisition of Mesa further enhances Teasdale's national footprint in the Hispanic foods category. In…
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