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Reformulating for Aseptic Processing

Shelf-stable products are a boon to foodservice but a bear for processors’ product development labs, according to Food Processing's Ingredients Editor Kantha Shelke.

Nestle Crunch Stixx

Nestle has created a new form for its popular (but old — 1938) Crunch bar: Crunch Stixx. The remake moves the product to a more premium space and also makes it more convenient. Nestle rolls novelty, demographics, premiumness and convenience into Nestle’s Crunch Stixx.

FDA Reports on Allergen Contamination

If the food industry continues to show awareness of the dangers of food allergens, FDA and Congress likely will continue with a measured and deliberative approach.

Applying Lean to Sanitation

A recent FSIS notice allows for extended time between cleanups; lean sanitation can get you there and safely save you 33 percent in costs.

Low-Calorie, Naturally Sweetened Drinks Gain Popularity

Conventional soft drink sales may be down, but things are bubbling for low-calorie, naturally sweetened drinks.

2006 Regulatory Roundup

As the legislative year grinds to a halt, here’s what’s left - and what will be on the table when things pick up again.

Nuts Reclaiming Status as Health Food

With the emphasis on nutraceutical value carrying more weight than simple caloric content, nuts are reclaiming their rightful place as a health food.

Options Grow for Gluten Intolerant

As the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease has risen dramatically in the United States to an estimated one in 120 people, so have the variety and availability of products that make cooking or eating gluten free anything but medicinal.

Glycemic Index is Just Wrong

The American Assn. of Cereal Chemists International's needs to take a stand regarding its set of definitions for glycemic index, according to David Feder, editor of Wellness Foods.

New Breed of Weight-Loss Foods

America's obsession with its waistline has made the food industry pay closer attention to a new breed of diet- and weight-friendly foods.

Trace Minerals

Minerals are categorized by how much the human body requires – 100 mg per day or more of an element and it’s considered a major mineral. Less than that, the element is referred to as a trace mineral.

Children Have Different Dietary Requirements than Adults

The overwhelming attention paid to the childhood obesity crisis these days is laudable. Unfortunately, some approaches are forgetting a key factor: Children are not miniature adults. For some processors, this means it's back-to-school time.

Regulating Food Nanotechnology

In addition to questions about how FDA will address food nanotechnology is the question of consumer acceptance. Hopefully, we will not see a repeat of the war against genetically modified foods.

Focus on: Childhood Obesity

In spite of all the press and the studies and the looming health issues, it appears parents are just not that concerned about childhood obesity.

Favorite Products of 2006

The editors, contributing writers, Editorial Advisory Board and readers of Food Processing collectively picked eight top product of the past year: Dannon Activia, PepsiCo's Diet Pepsi Jazz, Kool Freeze's Kulfi bars, Birds Eye Foods Steamfresh, Campbell V8 V-Fusion, Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers, ...

The Future Impact of Nanoingredients

Nanoingredients will have a profound impact on raw material sourcing for food processing and will radically change how foods affect our physiology.

Nanotechnology in Processing and Packaging

Nanotechnology's promises may be fulfilled earlier in the processing and packaging areas than in the ingredient realm, with improved filtration, new structural materials and sensors that detect pathogens.

Fast and Easy is the Packaging Imperative

At home and on the go, fast and easy is the packaging imperative. New innovations provide single-serve solutions for products ranging from vegetables to wine.

Hemp Seed High in Protein and Omega Oils

Hemp seed, once an annoying ingredient those most likely to encounter it, crept into the food chain a few years ago. But the move to make the tiny little green seeds into something profitable didn't seem to get off the ground until recently. It turns out that, while the seeds of the cannabis ...

Trends from the Natural Products Expo East

The Natural Products Expo East, held last month in Baltimore, showcased thousands of new products for health and wellness as usual. But there were also some interesting trends worth taking note of. Sustainable and Free-Trade are making aggressive inroads, cherries are back, and editor David Feder...

Establishing Effective Equipment Maintenance

Reliability programs usually fail because of poor implementation. Be diligent and implement reliability initiatives and you can realize your goal of establishing a useful reliability program.

Training Programs Develop America as an Effective Future Economy

Training is an important aspect of developing America as an effective future economy. Learn some of the reasons why training goes awry and how to successfully implement a training program.

Considerations for Nut Processing

Armed with health claims and consumer affinity, nuts of all types bring cachet to foodservice products ... but not without handling and formulating considerations.

2006 Processor of the Year: Kellogg Co.

The $4.5 billion Keebler acquisition taught Kellogg lessons in manufacturing efficiency and to look to employees for ways to cut plant costs.

2006 Processor of the Year: Kellogg Co.

Its 2001 acquisition of Keebler not only grew the company and brought it into the world of snacks, it forced a financial and manufacturing discipline that serves Kellogg well today.

Vitamin C's Comeback

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling started a vitamin C revolution, promoting it as a panacea for cancer, heart disease and just about anything that ailed you. Then he died. OK, he was 93, but vitamin C's star quickly faded. Suddenly it's on the brink of a comeback.

Educating Consumers about Peanut Butter

Balance introduces consumers to the concepts of 'good' fats and omega-3 fatty acids.

2007- The Year of Protein Awareness

While Americans are not protein-deficient, the nutrient’s roles in food and health are becoming more appreciated, and its connection to satiety is skyrocketing.

Editor's Plate: Keep Thinking Optimistically

Our own survey finds 75 percent of processors plan on increasing production by at least 5 percent this year.

Regulatory Issues: FDA considers functional foods

Existing requirements for functional foods meet a very high standard; any additional requirements would exceed FDA’s statutory authority.

New Places to Look for Energy Savings

Lowering pressures, plugging air leaks and updating your motors can have a huge impact on your plant’s energy efficiency.

Flavor trends for 2007

Will acai be the next pomegranate? Is it time to develop Argentine frozen dinners? Will dark chocolate work on pizza? Here are our predictions for the flavors and ingredients that will be hot this year.

2007 Annual Manufacturing Survey - Labor Pains

Food safety remains the top concern in our sixth annual Manufacturing Trends Survey, with labor issues and energy also topping the worry list.

Well Noted: A Wellness New Year

Editor David Feder’s shamelessly subjective ramblings on some of the good, the bad and the weird of last year’s wellness products and stories. Plus: Changes to the magazine for 2007.

Nurturing Enthusiasm in the Workplace

Forget about greed, vanity and the other five. One of the deadliest sins facing the corporate world is boredom. Career consultant John McKee suggests ways to inspire your workforce … and to maintain a sense of adventure about what you do every day.

Democrats Eye Regulatory Changes

We may see the creation of a Food Safety Administration, taking all food safety activities from FDA, USDA and EPA.

Callisons' Seasoned Skewers Flavor From the Inside Out

Callisons' Seasoned Skewers make it easy to impart exotic flavors to meats and other foods … on the grill or in the kitchen.

Food Allergen Update

At the end of 2006, FDA issued Edition 4 of its Food Allergen Guidance for Industry.

Botanicals Increasingly Interesting to Food Industry

Botanicals -- nutraceutical ingredients from herbs, seeds, and fruits -- are increasingly interesting to the food industry serving health-conscious consumers demanding “nutritive-value added” food items.

2007 Readers' Choice Awards: Winner’s Circle

Wellness Foods announces the winners of its fourth annual Readers’ Choice Awards for the best suppliers of nutritional ingredients.

Well Noted: Judging Health Food by Its Cover

Making a case for more aggressive pursuit of sustainable packaging now that bioplastics have caught up to demand.

How to Replace Trans Fats

A year after the labeling deadline, we look at what processors used to replace trans fats, including canola and sunflower oils and trait-enhanced soybeans.

Power of Repetition Boosts Customer Awareness

Food processors with branded or private label items in multiple categories can use the psychological power of repetition to boost consumer awareness and possibly even sales.

Dreamers Build Great Companies

Mel Coleman Jr. of Coleman Natural Meats, Fred Ruiz of Ruiz Foods and Gerald Shreiber of J&J Snack Foods all made their dreams into $500 million companies.

Ruiz Foods a Privately-Held Family Business

As a privately held business, Ruiz Foods is in the process of developing younger family members to take over.

Fusion Comes to Packaged Foods

From sushi chips to Thai French fries to panko bread crumbs on everything, fusion comes to packaged foods.

Going Nuts for Nut Ingredients

Nuts are breaking out of their shells as a premium treat and gaining deserved recognition as a viable ingredient for many food and beverage formulations.

No Ongoing Scientific Debate About Dangers of Trans Fats

For better or for worse, there seems to be no real, ongoing scientific debate about whether trans fats are truly dangerous.

Century Cactus Source of Great Natural Sweetener

A cactus for the centuries makes more than tequila - it makes a great natural sweetener with inulin.

2007 Annual Capital Spending Outlook - Spend Now to Save Later

Some of the biggest food companies are budgeting capital expenditures for multi-year programs meant to reduce costs in the long run.

ADM'S Big Bet on Fuel

It’s always been part food company and part ingredient company, but now add fuel company to the description of Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Sara Lee’s New Kitchen

Sara Lee Corp., for years based in Chicago, still is getting situated in suburban Downers Grove, Ill.

Organic Supply and Demand

Organic ingredients are ramping up to meet processors' needs. Advance planning is the best sourcing ingredient.

How Organic do You Want to Be?

This simple question can determine how easy or challenging it is to source ingredients.

Feeding the Nutrition-Expert Frenzy

Judging by the endless booths sampling healthy foods at this year's Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., March 8-11, one wonders why we aren't the leanest and fittest nation on earth.

New Product and Ingredient Trends from 2007 National Products Expo West

A report on new product and ingredient trends from the 2007 Natural Products Expo West / Supply Expo show in Anaheim, Calif.

Natural Claim Still Subject to Uncertainty Over Standards

A "natural" claim for foods is still subject to uncertainty over standards.

Note to Beverage Ops on Nutraceuticals

While ease of consumption and portability makes it easier to provide nutraceutical ingredients and botanicals through beverages rather than supplements, these ingredients also pose major formulation challenges.

Cheers! Beverages for Health

Ingredient suppliers are using technological advances to help beverage makers transform mass market beverages into healthful juice drinks and condition-specific formulations with double and even triple-digit growth.

What Drives the Most Innovative Companies?

A strategic approach and external focus are keys to successful innovation.

Learn the Basics of Failure Analysis and Risk Mitigation

As CMMS vendors search for ways to differentiate their products and services in light of increased competition, many have enhanced their offerings to include a variety of powerful failure analysis techniques and risk mitigation strategies. Asset Management Expert David Berger illustrates some of ...

Heat Exchangers Become Increasingly Compact and Efficient

Heat exchangers are getting increasingly compact and efficient. Enhanced, compact, ultra-compact, microscale and mesoscale variations are on the market or in development. Continuing innovations in nanotechnology and fuel cells promise further advances in heat exchanger miniaturization.

Trends Point Toward Smaller Meals, Healthy Ingredients

With trends toward more but smaller meals and health-imparting ingredients, don't let dinner spoil your snacks!

Formulating for Trans Fats

Food Processing interviews Archer Daniels Midland Co. about its NovaLipid line of zero trans-fat oils.

Paying Homage to the Small Builders

Acknowledging the excitement and anxiety of building your first plant.

Focus On: Age

Even when general health attitudes are similar, age demographics signal a greater willingness to act on diet choices.

Boost Glucose Control

Novartis has taken the Mead Johnson nutritionals line and developed a condition-specific, snack replacement product.

Focus on Eye Health

Providing specific nutrition for eye health is becoming increasingly important for an aging population.

Does Soy Have an Advantage Over Dairy?

Both soy and dairy beverage types are selling briskly based on what they offer consumers. But does one have a leg up on the other?

Hide the Fishiness of Omega-3s

Encapsulation is a means to hide the fishiness of omega-3s and to protect other nutrients from processing and digestion.

Proposing an Omega-3 Index

In a review published in Cardiovascular Research, Clemens von Schacky (Universität München, Munich Germany) and William S. Harris (University of South Dakota) proposed the creation of an omega-3 index as a way of guiding consumers to satisfy optimal omega-3 requirements.

Rejuvenating Nostalgic Brands

When a product is entrenched in the cultural history, revitalizing the brand can be a balancing act between rejuvenation and sacrilege.

Careful Application of Kava Could Hit the Big Time

The South Sea Islands root kava has a long tradition of medicinal and ritual use. Noted for its properties of relaxation, with careful application it could hit the big time.

Atkins Put to the Test

Nutrition is complicated. It's not a bad thing to question the science underlying conventional wisdom.

Pests Are a Constant Challenge to Plant Hygiene

They're not a regular part of plant clean-up chores, but pests are a constant challenge to plant hygiene and obviously are a critical component to keeping any plant truly hygienic.

Gorton's Potato Crunch Fish Fillets

Gorton's adds potato chip crunch to fish fillets for a delightful difference.

Starches from Different Sources

While the U.S. relies on corn for most of its starch, much of the world relies on the wheat, potato or tapioca starches, each with unique characteristics.

Top Food Products for 2006

Last year's top new products focused on healthy dieting, less fat and digestive health.

Saw Palmetto

As a supplement, extract from the saw palmetto plant (Serenoa repens) has been promoted as a powerful prostate cancer preventative. Research has shown it also may help in the treatment of urinary tract infections. The question is, is it ready to make the jump to foods and beverage applications.

Analysis of 2007 Power of Five Trade Show and Expo

An analysis of the Power of Five trade show and expo held last May 5-9 in Chicago, including the Organic Trade Assn.'s "All Things Organic" component.

Protected Designation of Origin Explained

PDO is short for Protected Designation of Origin. It is a European Community certification system designed to protect the names of high-quality foods made according to traditional methods in a defined geographic region.

Nutraceutical Ingredients Trends

Got a minute? Wellness Foods editor David Feder, R.D., will tell you what's on his mind when it comes to nutraceutical ingredients trends and the changes in how trends emerge.

Kettle Foods Potato Chip Sampler Packs

Kettle Foods packs several powerful marketing tools into its sampler packs … and sells chips at $13 per lb.

How Are Your Fruits Dried?

Dried products are a practical way to introduce real fruits into many products, but consider the drying technique.

Renovate Today to Shorten Downtime Tomorrow

Thorough planning, modern design tools and an instinct for the unexpected are key ingredients in your recipe for fast and efficient plant renovation and expansion.

Flexible Packaging Leads the Way

Retortable, microwaveable pouches and flexible packs that can 'breathe' are leading the way.

Four Ways for Plant Managers to Optimize Asset Reliability

Many plant managers aren’t aware of the four ways they can help optimize asset reliability to reduce cost, maximize asset utilization and increase plant capacity. It’s about time they became engaged in the reliability process.

Formulating Sweet and Savory Healthy Snacks

Sweet and savory snacks are forecast for constant growth and food processors are taking note. Read on to find out how one ingredient formulator in particular can help with your future healthy snacking options.

NRA Restaurant-Hotel-Motel Show 2007

The NRA Restaurant-Hotel-Motel Show delivers a menu of innovative new products and trends.

Extending Brand Equity to Foodservice

Why sell a commodity ingredient to foodservice clients when you can provide an ask-for brand that differentiates the restaurant, too?

Labeling Reconsidered for Irradiated Foods

Irradiation may not eliminate food poisoning, but it would be a big step in the right direction.

Food Trends to Watch in 2007

IRI Times and Trends expects the following trends to impact the consumer packaged goods market throughout 2007 and into the next few years.

Healthy Baking

Healthy baking is now the rule rather than the exception. In a field as heavy on trends as it is on competition, here’s what baked-goods processors are doing lately to hold onto their slice of the consumer pie.

Phosphorus Useful for Far More than Cola

A quick glance at the beverage shelf shows phosphorous being used mostly in dark cola beverages. But there’s more to this mineral than you might think.

High Demand Turns Smoothies into Multibillion-Dollar Industry

Insatiable demand and creative expansion of the category send smoothies into the multibillion-dollar zone.

Israel Showcases the Cutting Edge of Food and Ingredient Manufacturing

Wellness Foods editor David Feder, a Texas native and former resident of Israel, returns from a tour of the Holy Land's food and ingredient manufacturers.

Petition Before FDA to Allow Replacement of Cocoa Butter in Chocolate

There's an outrageous petition before FDA to allow the replacement of cocoa butter in chocolate.

Detecting Foreign Matter

Advances in detection technologies are helping to make the food supply safer than ever. Plus, these machines can do other things, as well.

Meat Packaging Aims to Please

New packaging techniques for meat and poultry take consumer desires -- and fears -- seriously.

Attractiveness Vital for Meat Packaging

Keeping packaged meat looking attractive is essential for retailers because clean, crisp-looking packaging is what their customers prefer.

Consumers Turn to Food to Lower LDL Cholesterol

Many people are turning to foods before they try drugs to lower their LDL cholesterol, and the food industry is well-armed to respond.

Sweetener Category Expands Rapidly

The past few months have seen unusual activity from the sweetener category.

Beverage Processors Switching from HFCS

Jones Soda Co., the quirky Seattle beverage company known for such unusual flavors as strawberry lime, fufu berry and turkey and gravy, recently and quietly converted its entire line of sodas to cane sugar.

HFCS Empty Calories, but Not Evil

Empty calories, yes, but demon, no; the truth and friction behind high-fructose corn syrup.

Natural Colors Contribute Micronutrients

The key role of color in product development and the micronutrients contributed by natural colors.

Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2007: Kraft Returns to the Top

Following a tough year for animal protein companies, Kraft Foods returns to the No. 1 position on our annual list of the 100 largest food and beverage processors in the U.S. and Canada.

A Closer Look at Ginkgo Biloba

About a decade and a half ago, ginkgo was the hot new "brain-building" herb, touted as the natural way to pump up our memory and enhance our cognitive abilities.

The Politics of Obesity

This year's report on the obesity crisis focuses on what's driving processors in their efforts to make the next generation of food and drink products designed to help weight-management.

2007 IFT Annual Meeting and Expo Held in Chicago

The Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting and food expo in Chicago, held July 29-31, was definitely one of the better ones.

Chinese Food Safety Lapses Sign of Bigger Problems

It will be a long time before what I’m calling "the China Syndrome" ceases to be a newsworthy issue in food processing.

Aspartame Under Further Scrutiny

The sweetener is the most scrutinized food additive present in the diet. Regulatory bodies around the world have agreed many times on its safety.

IFT Show Presents Delicious Prototypes

Even though they come from industry suppliers, not food processors, many of the prototype products offered as samples at the July 28-31 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo deserve to be on supermarket shelves and foodservice venues just as they are.

Adding Ingredients Under Vacuum Prevents Air Inclusion

Adding ingredients under vacuum and other solutions to mixing and blending challenges.

Fizzy Fruit Co Adds Carbonation to Grapes

Fizzy Fruit Co. adds carbonation to grapes for a unique - and polarizing - experience.

Demand for Low-Sodium Formulations Stimulates Creativity

The demand for low-sodium formulations is still big enough to stimulate creative solutions to the problem of lowering the salt content of prepared food while retaining customer appeal.

Expert Opinion: No Chocolate Crisis

Recently, the U.S. Chocolate Industry, through its Chocolate Manufacturers Assn., along with 11 other food industry associations, joined a Grocery Manufacturers Assn./Food Products Assn. (GMA/FPA) citizen’s petition asking the FDA for approval to change current standards of identity (SOIs) for a ...

Georgia-Pacific's PSO Calculator

Enter your annual corrugated spend below to measure the potential sustainability impact of efficiencies and package design adjustments in your operation.

A Field Guide - Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print

Monadnock Paper Mills released the second edition of its instructional how-to guide for creating more sustainable print materials. It is a single resource that presents objective information and points out alternatives for design decisions that support sustainability without sacrificing style and...

Navigating the Maze of Health Claim Regulations

FDA's recent guidance focuses only on the process for evaluating evidence supporting a health claim.

Health and Wellness Take Center Stage at 2007 IFT Show

Wellness is no longer about reducing risk factors, but about bringing about a better quality of life, we heard at the IFT Show.

Chinese Ingredients Unpopular at 2007 IFT Food Expo

The Chinese pavilion at the IFT Food Expo was like a ghost town.

Farm Bill Needs Reform, Not Just Renewal

This country needs a farm bill that reduces excessive taxpayer-funded subsidies to wealthy farmers and eliminates agricultural market distortions.

Near-Record Crowd at 2007 IFT Expo

A near-record crowd sampled ingredients healthy and exotic.

Next-Generation Manufacturing Models Taking Hold in Food Industry

The food industry may not be ready for lights-out automation, but some next-generation manufacturing models are taking hold.

New Sources and Applications for Omega 3 Oils

Omega 3 oils were already simmering as a trend a dozen years ago. Newer sources and applications technology are driving interest in these healthful fats even higher.

Organic and Healthy Losing Meaning Through Overuse

Do the terms "organic" and "healthy" lose their meaning when they're applied to every food and beverage product? There’s danger in blurring lines between what is organic or healthy and what is merely marketed as such.

Go Green with Next Generation Packaging

A new generation of packaging materials makes it difficult not to go green.

Quaker Mini Delights

Quaker takes the health halo of rice cakes, adds other grains and drizzles it with chocolate to create Mini Delights.

Food Biz Kids: Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal Bars

"Raisin Bran", "Raisin Bran Crunch Cereal Bars", "Food Biz Kids", cereal, breakfast, Kellogg

Sensory Evaluation Equipment Gathers Unbiased Data

No processor can afford to be wrong creating a new product. It pays to gather unbiased data in the form of sensory evaluation.

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