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Tyson Defends Chinese Poultry Imports

Tyson executive defends imports of Chinese poultry.

IFT Showcases Obesity-Beating Methods

Between satiety-inducing ingredients and a Wii workout, we may beat obesity yet.

A&W Root Beer Float Re-Creates a Nostalgic Experience

With some complexity, Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s A&W Root Beer Float re-creates a nostalgic experience.

Contract Pest Control Programs Keep the Bugs Away

In addition to pest control, programs provide valuable third-party record-keeping.

Food and Beverage Companies Go Green

Consumers are making choices based on sustainability efforts; here’s what the top food and beverage companies are doing

Don't be Guilty of Greenwashing

Deceptive efforts deserve criticism; but let us know about your best efforts to save the planet.

The Wrong Texture Can Be a Disaster

The wrong texture can completely change the perception of flavor and turn a winning formulation into a chalky or gummy mess.

Hormel Pursues Green-Building LEED Certification for Plant

For a new shelf-stable meals plant, Hormel will pursue green-building LEED certification. We’ll follow the plant throughout the process.

Packaging Puts a New Spin on Old Products and Adds Convenience to New Ones

Frozen food processors are using packaging to put a new spin on familiar products and add convenience to new ones.

Green initiatives in the UK

Part of our Green Cover Story series

True North Pistachio Crisps Merge Chips, Crackers, and Nuts

Frito-Lay creates another new brand and another new category with True North Pistachio Crisps.

Consumers Spending Less on Wellness, More on Consumer Electronics

Consumers spending less on wellness, more on consumer electronics.

A Conversation with Food Safety Czar David W.K. Acheson

A exclusive conversation with ‘food safety czar’ David W.K. Acheson, FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Foods.

Ingredient Manufacturers Turn Powder Into Health Gold

Fruit and vegetable powders, extracts and super-concentrates are making five-a-day easier.

Wal-Mart’s Scorecard Drives Sustainable Packaging

The retail giant is beginning to scrutinize suppliers based on the scorecard and package modeling software.

Food Processors Scramble to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Operating costs and the environment have food processors scrambling to reduce carbon emissions.

Consumers Choosing Healthier Foods

Processors are providing – and wise consumers are choosing – foods that just may turn around the obesity epidemic.

Ingredients for Healthy Indulgence

Just a few tricks can deliver products consumers will buy that also are good for them.

Energy Drinks Fight Fatigue

B vitamins, taurine, caffeine, guarana and exotic sugars help fight fatigue.

Supply Chain Pressures Cause for Conflict

Who’s managing whom? In a year of unprecedented pressures, our exclusive joint survey finds a tug of war between food processors

New Food Bars Designed To Put Health In The Palm Of Your Hand

No longer styled just for candy, food bars are making it easier to have a healthy snack on the go.

Unilever SuperShots for Blood Pressure

Unilever takes the Promise brand further down the heart-health road with SuperShots for Blood Pressure.

Food Company Executives Remain Optimistic

Substantial consumer price increases may remedy increasing costs.

The Evolving Whole Grain

As grain processing and consumer tastes progress, processors answer with new products.

Children's Nutrition Has a Growing Role in Formulation

The old Victorian aphorism, “Children should be seen and not heard,” once was the guiding principle of food formulation. No longer.

Partnering with Others Offers Mutual Benefits

Partnering with others to make your product -- or theirs -- offers benefits to both partners.

Hygiene Vital for Food Processors

Recent food scares remind processors: Pay attention to the basics of personnel hygiene.

Let's Put 2008 Behind Us

I’m putting this dismal year behind me and planning for a busy and prosperous 2009.

Functional Food Trends Discussed at October 2008 Health Ingredients Show

Stevia, functional food trends discussed at October health ingredients show.

How Manufacturing Executives Can Learn From Obama’s Victory

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, there are great management lessons you can use to run your company in difficult times.

Comfort Food for Troubled Times

Wellness may be on consumers’ minds, but comfort foods are the reward, especially now.

Wellness Food Trends for 2009

Condition-based marketing and parental concern for babies and toddlers will provide opportunities for product developers in the year ahead.

Wellness Foods: Products to Watch in 2009

Developing products with multiple health benefits is on trend — but don’t overwhelm.

Ingredient Trends to Watch in 2009

Functional ingredients for health are moving in two directions: a widening application of individual nutraceuticals and an increase in “condition marketing.”

Hormel Remains Solid in Year of Financial Chaos

In a year that ends with financial chaos, Hormel remains as solid as at any time in its 117-year-history.

Top 10 Food Processing Articles from 2008

We wrote them. You viewed them. Here are the top 10 Food Processing articles from 2008.

Consumer Trends for 2009

With the economy affecting shopping, consumers grapple with prices and desires.

Heinz's Complete Skillet Meals Replicate Restaurant Experience

Heinz’s Complete Skillet Meals replicate the restaurant experience for the new wave of eating at home.

Food Industry Experts Rate New Products of 2008

Our annual unscientific picks for the best new food products of the past year.

10 Tips On How Food Processors Can Survive The Credit Crunch

An accounting firm offer tips to navigate, perhaps even capitalize on the current financial crisis.

2008 Food Processor of the Year: Hormel Foods

With layoffs and bankruptcy filings hitting even the food industry, Hormel continues its diet of process innovation, nurtured new products and strategic acquisitions.

Traditional Manufacturing Values Keep Hormel Ahead of the Pack

One of America’s oldest food processing firms continues to keep its eye on tomorrow. Its 26-year-old Austin, Minn., plant may be the largest in the world.

Hormel Foods R&D Tends to Tradition and Innovation

Product development at Hormel means integrating formulation with process innovation, new products with support of hallowed, 70-year-old brands.

Weighty Issues Surround Healthy Food Choices

Consumers feel increasingly good about their health, but a disconnect with caloric intake continues.

Global Consumers Want More Input

By 2020, food companies are expected to be responsible for health and well being.

Wellness Foods Kicks Off 2008 'Trends to Watch in 2009' issue

Condition marketing is guiding the development of healthful products and ingredients; sustainability elbows its way in, too.

Survey Shows Mixed Feelings on Outsourcing

Our joint survey on contracting-out production, R&D and other functions finds a lot of mixed feelings.

Annual Job Forecast Reveals Slower, More Cautious Hiring Expected

Trends for 2009 include 'flexible work arrangements, green jobs, diversity recruitment and rehiring retirees.'

What Does your Desk Say About You?

Experts weigh in on the "Does messy mean scatter-brained?" debate

Monster.com's Top Ten Resume Mistakes

Monster.com posts 10 resume blunders...and how to avoid them.

The Importance of Networking

FoodProcessing.com Digital Editor Erin Erickson tackles the importance of growing and maintaining a healthy professional network.

Innovative Food Packaging Catches the Eye — and More

Savvy structural design adds functionality in new ways.

What's the Cost of Ingredient Cost Control?

Processors and ingredient companies share their strategies for helping to control today’s high cost of ingredients – without impacting quality or safety.

Research Chefs Prove Value of Culinology

In the new economy, research chefs prove culinology’s value.

Hirzel Canning Reduces Energy Costs with Common-Sense Process Improvement

Hirzel Canning reduces natural gas and electric costs with incremental, common-sense process improvements.

Are Soft Drinks Falling Out of Favor?

Resarch shows people are reaching for water, diet soda and energy or sports drinks to quench thirst.

Packaging from Major Snack Brands Gets a New Purpose

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay and TerraCycle Partner to Start Chip Bag Brigades to Upcycle Used Packaging

Colorant Makers Become Key Allies in Meeting Need for Naturally Derived ...

Colorant makers are becoming key allies in helping food and beverage companies meet growing demands for naturally derived colorants.

Flexible Packaging Targets Convenience

New bags and pouches make it easy to heat and eat — or just eat.

Business: New Ingredients and Technologies Shine at 2009 Institute of Food ...

In a difficult year, new ingredients and technologies still manage to shine in Food Technologists’ annual show.

Production Room can Boost Efficiency and Stretch the Dollar

Adding a new line? The production room can be the highest-value piece of the company to boost efficiency and stretch the dollar.

High-Income, Health-Conscious Shoppers Seek Omega Fatty Acids

Higher-income, health-conscious shoppers are seeking foods with omega fatty acids.

Nanotechnology Coming to Your Store

Recall the hard lessons from GMOs, and let's get it right this time.

Synthetic Refrigerant Demand Sinks

Demand chills for synthetic refrigerants on the eve of a 2010 phase-out; Nestle leads the way to a cool, all-natural future.

Active Packaging Solution: Where the Action Is

Product-protective active chemistries turn packaging into an action hero.

Are Food Stocks Safe Havens?

Food and beverage stocks have been battered by the markets, but financial analysts believe they’re weathering the storm better than most companies.

Toops and Friends: Andy Riabokin Wants to Start a Food Company

From recruiter to secret sauce connoisseur, Andy Riabokin sits down with Food Processing's Diane Toops to talk about how he found his own perfect formula.

Survey Respondents Working More on New Products than Safe Line Extensions

Forget the economy. Respondents to our survey say they’re working more on new products than on safe line extensions.

The Future of Food Processing in Greener Processing, Cleaner Labels, ...

Food processes promise greener processing, cleaner labels and higher-quality food

Hispanic Flavors Gaining Influence With Consumers and Food Product Developers

As an ethnic group, Hispanics are approaching 25 percent of the population; their influence on flavors and product development is even bigger.

Consumers and Food Processors Agree Almonds are In

Bloom is on the almond, and the bees are doing great.

Building a Healthier Beverage

Pop the top and hoist a cold one to the new approaches in making drinkables that function as more than mere thirst-slakers

Consumers Adding More Fiber to Food and Beverage Diets

Inulin, oligofructose and other forms are lowering cholesterol, slowing glucose absorption and adding satiety to an increasing list of foods, and even beverages.

Respect Small Companies in Wellness Foods Readers Choice Awards 2009

Your annual voting for top suppliers finds general satisfaction, but a reminder to respect small companies.

How to Build a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast makers are looking beyond snap, crackle and pop to a functional future of simplicity, endurance and heart health.

Nestle Leads the Pack in 2009 Top 100 Food Processors List

Just like their Swiss parent, the U.S. and Canadian operations are leading the pack in our annual Top 100 list.

Thailand's Booming Food Export Business is Something to Behold

Food Processing's News And Trends Editor takes on food safety and new food products at Thaifex 2009.

Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Consumers are embracing omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 for longer, healthier lives.

Cast Your Vote for Our (sort of) First Best Workplaces Survey

Feeling some workplace pride? Vote in our resurrected Best Workplaces Survey and show off what makes your workplace a great place to work.

Q/A with Ruiz Foods' Bryce Ruiz

In this new feature, Toops And Friends, News and Trends Editor Diane Toops sits down with Bryce Ruiz, president & co-CEO of Dinuba, Calif.-based Ruiz Foods.

Annual Capital Spending Report: Economic Upheaval Weighs on Capital Spending ...

For the first time, we forecast a 2.9 percent drop in capital investment this year.

How Much Does Your CEO Make?

Another sign food and beverage companies are doing well: CEO pay increases.

CMMS Can be Critical for Safety and Compliance

Maintenance software starts out as a generic tool, but can become a critical instrument for safety and compliance throughout the plant.

Editor's Plate: Nestle is Globally Fortified, Locally Invested

Nestle USA, our Processor of the Year, achieves a unique balance: power, money and size with a conscience.

Food Trends to Watch in 2010

Shock waves of 2009 cause consumers and the food and beverage industry to re-evaluate.

Editors' Picks for Top New Food Products of 2009

Fit, fast and fun were new product themes for the year; here are nine products that caught our fancy…and land in our shopping carts.

Peanut Corp. Food Safety Violations are Inexcusable

Peanut Corp.’s food safety violations look inexcusable.

Moms Choosing Healthier Foods For Kids

Mom’s new mindset means a new mission for marketers.

New Directions in Healthy Baking

Any way you bake it, filling consumer demand for healthy baked goods takes the cake.

Flavor And Ingredient Trends For 2009

Consumers look for function with their flavor; more exotic fruits on the way.

Food Industry Trends 2010 - Priorities for the New Decade

From a new FDA to China, seven game-changers for 2010 and beyond.

Food Prototypes That Deserve Shelf Space

Many samples created just for the IFT Show could be supermarket or foodservice stars.

IFT 2009 - Anaheim Hosts IFT'S Annual Meeting and Food Expo

Anaheim will play host to IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo June 6-9.

2009 Manufacturing Trends Survey: Economy Ahead, Proceed with Caution!

Food safety remains paramount and energy’s cheap for now, but this certified recession has processors looking to 2009 with hesitation.

Resilient Food Industry a Reason for Optimism

Our Manufacturing Survey shows the resilience of the food and beverage industry.

FoodProcessing.com Debuts Ingredient Wiki

FoodProcessing.com ushers in the new year with an addition to the site: an Ingredient Wiki.

Confectionery Sales are Sweet Despite the Sour Economy

News & Trends Editor Diane Toops adds, "No, You Can’t Have My Job"

Confectionery Food Trends for 2009-2010

Having returned from the front lines of the All Candy Expo, FoodProcessing.com's News & Trends Editor reports on confectionary trends for 2009-2010.

June 2009 Equipment Round Up - Metal Detection and X-Ray

June's Equipment Round Up focuses on Metal Detection and X-Ray Machines

Do They Want Healthier Food or Not?

Cheerios may have gone too far, but a ‘new’ FDA should focus on safety and health.

June 2009 Ingredient Round-Up: Fiber

June's ingredient round-up focuses on fiber.

Rollout: New Food Products for June 2009

We've got an array of healthy foods, tasty treats, mom-approved snacks and easy-to-prepare meals in the June 2009 New Food Rollout.

What’s Happened to the American Dream?

Downturn Generation is changing behaviors to weather the storm.

Building a Healthier Savory Snack

Crispy, salty, crunchy … savory snacks are healthier than ever. But what’s next? Manufacturers and ingredient companies are working together to help build the next generation of savory snacks.

Superfruits: Back to Basics

You do not have to travel to faraway places to get your antioxidants.

Editor's Plate: The Dow Jones Average is Meaningless for Food Companies

Maybe AIG, Merrill Lynch and Chrysler are in trouble, but food companies are shining.

Kraft Foods Global Thinks Outside the Box with Bioactive Ingredients

Kraft hires a pharmaceutical company to help it develop functional foods.

Shredded Wheat Remains Simple in a Time of Complication

Ralcorp’s deadpan Shredded Wheat promotion puts it back in the fight.

Maintaining Profitability in Trying Times

Food and beverage companies must be relentless on cost control and secure financing sources.

Economic Downturn Changes Consumer Mood and Behavior

The economic downturn results in changing consumer mood and behavior.

Energy Independence and Security Act Enforces Motor Efficiency

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will mandate NEMA Premium and other efficiency bumps … along with quicker payback.

'All-Natural' a Legal Gray Area for Food and Beverage Labeling

As a marketing enhancement, ‘All-Natural’ is a natural. But as a definition on a food or beverage label, it resides in a gray legal area.

Correlation Between Candy and Crime Shows Sloppy Research

Good research goes bad in connecting daily candy consumption to violence.

The Food Industry Needs a Blockbuster Show

Don’t stop at Process Expo’s pairing with the IFT show; add the former FMI Supermarket Show and reap the PR benefits.

Survey Says Consumers Believe Food Can Aid Health

IFIC survey finds consumers believe foods and beverages can aid health.

How to Build a Healthier Dessert

With fat, sugar and calories on the outs, wise manufacturers are building healthy indulgences through clever application of current ingredient and technology trends.

PMMI and FPSA Part Ways After Healthy Pack/Process Expo

PMMI and FPSA part ways, but not before a reasonably healthy Pack/Process Expo.

Floor to Ceiling Problems Cause Product Recalls

Recent product recalls have pointed a liability-filled finger at problems with floors, drains, roofs and other physical pieces of the plant.

Nestle USA: Manufacturing That Sustains

For 2009 Food Processing processor of the year, Nestle USA, it's all about creating long-term value for the bigger picture and serving customer and consumer needs.

Nestle USA: Global Resources, Local Tastes

Our 2009 Process of the Year is sprinkling nutrition, health and wellness in products as varied as Lean Cuisine and Butterfinger.

2009 Processor of the Year: Nestle USA

A $101 billion global company works hard at understanding shoppers with a $60 weekly food budget.

2009 R&D Team Winner: General Mills Gets Innovative with R&D Strategies

In the $501 million in sales and greater cateogry, General Mills gets innovative with its strategies.

2009 Readers' Choice Awards: Rock Stars of the Food World

Our readers pick their fave raves in 42 categories of ingredients, equipment and services.

Readers' Choice Awards Survey: Ingredients

A good supplier is worth his weight in gold. Who are the good ones ... and the bad ones? We're asking you to help us find out who the best food processing ingredient suppliers are for our 2010 Readers' Choice Awards.

Renovate for Food Safety

It is do or die time for your business. From leaky roofs to corroded underground pipes, old plants are slow-motion accidents waiting to happen.

2009 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey - Food Processors are Happier, Wealthier

Despite the economic upheaval, our third annual Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey shows an increase in pay while satisfaction holds steady.

America's Assault on Salt

Shaking out sodium looks like the next trans fat for food processors.

Don’t Buy Sustainability from Walmart

Credit the big retailer with jump-starting a unified green effort, but the food & beverage industry should be the driver.

Can Food and Beverage Companies Weather Recessions?

GMA-commissioned 2009 Financial Performance Report finds the winning strategies, successful brands.

Soybean, Canola Pace Specialty Oils

Advances in the two workhorses enable healthier food products.

Top Selling New Food Products of 2008

The new "kids" on the block: top-selling new products of 2008 focused on convenience, steaming technologies, full flavor and fewer calories, according to IRI’s annual list of Pacesetters.

Interactive Top 100 Chart Now Available

The Food Processing Top 100 list of food and beverage manufacturers is now available in an interactive format.

How to Use Twitter

Digital Editor Erin Erickson shows you how to create -- and use -- Twitter to keep up to date with FoodProcessing.com

Vitamins Gaining New Popularity with Consumers

Vitamins are gaining new popularity as they claim specific health benefits; the word on a food label has consumer appeal.

Wellness Food Trends for 2010

Our annual look at the future of better-for-you foods.

Sunny Fruits Melt Winter Blues

Among the ingredient trends to watch in 2010 is a resurgence of citrus and a redder cranberry.

Motor Efficiency 2.0

By the end of this year, federal law will require all newly manufactured motors to be more energy efficient.

Meat and poultry: Make it fast, keep it safe

Amid recession, recalls and regulations, plants make strides to marry safety with efficiency gains.

The Smart, Modular and Automated Plant

Conveyor and robotic material handling answer the call for high productivity in challenging applications.

Dairy Offers Flavor, Nutritional Benefits to Healthy, Savory Snacks

Savory snacks with dairy ingredients offer salty, melty, crunchy, creamy satisfaction with a nutrition bonus.

Have Food Processors Found the Holy Grail of Sweeteners?

Will stevia live up to its promise to consumers?

Food Processing: A History

As we celebrate our birthday, we look back at the incredible changes that shaped the food and beverage industry since 1940.

Editor's Plate: More Signs the Recession Is Over

From our capital spending report to the new grocery stores in my neighborhood, food and beverage is leading the comeback.

Much Ado About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Corn Refiners Association fights an urban legend that high-fructose corn syrup causes obesity.

Toops Scoops: Cargill builds a sustainable supply chain for its oils

How do you turn wellness trends into reality? It comes down to the mystery of the black box – problem-based situations that offer a hypothetical mystery and need to be solved.

Four Mistakes Food Processors Make in California

The Golden State has higher wage and hour practices than federal standards.

Can-Do Attitude: 200th Can-niversary timeline

You've come a long way baby! In honor of the can's 200th birthday, we're publishing a list of the can's most notable events in history.

Confectioners Returning to Their Chocolate Roots

Michael Antonorsi and other micro confectionery stars help the industry giants remain chocolatiers, not just candy factories.

Top Confectionery Food Trends for 2010

Our news and trends editor reports on the sweet taste of confectionery trends from this year's Candy Show.

2010 Capital Spending Outlook: Pent-Up Demand Causes an Explosion in Projects

After last year's drop in capital expenditures, budgets for the Food Processing Top 100 survey group are up 19 percent for 2010.

When It Comes to Synthetic Food Colors: Beware the 'Southampton Six'

With a link to hyperactivity established, Europe slaps warning labels on six synthetic colorants.

Confectionery Makers Sweet Talking with Candy Innovation

A little less sugar, a few more healthy ingredients can make confections respectable snacks.

Milk: Processed to Death?

The U.S. dairy industry is pasteurizing the life out of the milk supply, says one engineer turned 'dairy evangelist.' Could Snowville Creamery's minimal processing approach hold the key to reversing the white stuff's 30-year market decline?

New Beverage Products are Dashing to Dairy

Beverages of all types are working in dairy products and less obvious dairy ingredients for health, satiety and just plain enjoyment.

Editor's Plate: Private Label vs. Brands

The rise of private label can only mean brands will raise their game.

Poll Indicates Adult Consumers Need More than Knowledge to Curb Obesity

Behavior-changing knowledge alone is not enough to curb obesity, a poll seems to indicate.

Ensure Receipt of Food Processing's Electronic Newsletters

Not sure if you're receiving FoodProcessing.com's E-Newsletters correctly? This month's web column explains how to whitelist Food Processing to ensure you keep up-to-date on all of the online news that's fit to post.

Food Processing Picks: Our Favorite Food and Beverage Products of 2010

Armed with taste buds and grocery carts, our editors report on their favorite new food and beverage products introduced in the last year.

Ethnic Foods Equal Healthy Foods

With good reason, many ethnic foods are associated with health-imparting benefits.

New Food Rollout: February 2010

Delicious and delectable new foods and beverages that will make your heart go pitter-pat in February

Flavor Trends 2010: Make Mine Plain

Flavor trends are going comfort-retro — but don't write off exotics just yet. Consumer palates remain open to new adventures.

Flexible Packaging Takes the Heat

Specially engineered pouches and bags keep things cooking at home and in the plant.

Look Into the Future: The State of Food & Beverage Industry

The state of the nine categories of the food & beverage industry and what 2010 holds for them.

Food Biz Kids: Our Kids love Flavor Kickers

According to our Junior High Tasters, General Mills' Fruit by the Foot Flavor Kickers are 'Needed in the world for junk food snacks!'

Congress Scrambles to Pass Food Safety Legislation

As Congress has argued over health care reform, financial reform, two wars, a mortgage crisis and unemployment, amending the U.S. food safety system was put on the back burner. In Part 1 of our series on food safety in the food processing industry, we investigate the legislative issues behind ...

Contrite Maple Leaf Vaults to Forefront of Food Safety

After a 2008 outbreak of listeria killed 22 consumers, Maple Leaf Foods promised it would become a leader In food safety and would share any knowledge it had on the subject with other processors. In Part 3 of our series on food safety in the food processing industry, we talk about food safety ...

Food Safety: The Next Generation of Track and Trace

Does the government's track and trace system work when it comes to recalls and safety? In Part 2 of our series on food safety in the food processing industry, we investigate the regulatory issues behind food safety.

Lean Times Call for Belt Widening at Food Processing Plants

Lean times for frozen foods call for belt widening – among other throughput and efficiency tweaks.

No Ice Age in Frozen Foods

Frozen food convenience and advanced technology resonate with consumers, even post-recession.

Functional Ingredients: A Sugar by Any Other Name

HFCS – or call it corn sugar – is as sweet as sugar because it is sugar.

Functional Ingredients: The Reincarnation of Vitamin D

New research shows benefits beyond rickets prevention and calcium absorption.

America's Most Wanted: Skilled Workers

A highly skilled workforce is necessary to meet 21st century manufacturing needs.

Food Processing Awards Kettle Foods Green Plant of the Year

Kettle Foods in Beloit, Wis. receives the first ever Green Plant of the Year Award for making a greener potato chip.

Equipment Round Up: Sanitation Products

January's Equipment Round Up features the latest in cleaning and sanitation products for the food processing industry.

Trend Watch 2010: Food Trends

A few more nitty-gritty consumer trends and trendlets to watch in the new year.

Clarifying Added Sugar Myths

Calories from HFCS and added sugars are just one-tenth of the total calorie increase since 1975, so clearly are not the primary cause of obesity.

NCA 2010 Candy Show: The Sweetest Spot on Earth

Candy and snacks sales flourish in 2009.

Toops Scoops: The Food Industry Is Besieged

Increasing pressure from Feds and parents means big challenges ahead.

How to Formulate Healthier Snacks for Kids

Building healthier snacks for perpetually hungry kids moves front and center.

Lean, Clean and Green Food Processing

Lean can give you a three-for-one, improving manufacturing, safety and sustainability.

2010 Manufacturing Trends Survey: The Glass Is Half Full

Optimism grows as managers predict a post-recession rebound. Safety interest continues to rise, followed by more attention to energy, labor and sourcing.

Toops Scoops: The Housewares Show Is a Foodie's Nirvana

Trends – many of which transfer to food – include return to frugality, seeing green, simple and multi-useful for today's consumers.

Raising Serum Cholesterol: A New Way to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease?

Studies show raising good cholesterol is good for your health, leaving scientists to take another look at the effects of food ingredients on good cholesterol.

Food Trends: The 2010 DGAC Dietary Recommendations for Saturated Fat

More of the same or a radical shift in thinking?

New Food Rollout: January 2010

Our January list of new food products recently introduced to the market.

Editor's Plate: It's Been a Crazy 70 Years

For our anniversary, we take a fun look back at the recent history of food.

Can Celebrates Its 200th Birthday

Happy 200th birthday, can -- the best packaging in history and still evolving.

Note to Snack Foods: Get Well Soon

Twin-screw extruders are key as processors crank out better-for-you 'salty' snacks.

Packaging Performs in the Marketing Mix

Promotional campaigns use packaging to deepen the consumer/brand relationship – even on the web.

Plan Now for This Summer's Pests

Old solutions are being phased out; new technologies are arriving.

Plant Upgrades on a Budget - With Quick Paybacks

Whether your budget is slowly rebounding or your big projects are still on hold, lots of upgrades can be accomplished quickly to offer both rapid returns and long-term gains.

Packaging: You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Private label products have enjoyed a tremendous year; in addition to product improvements, packaging also is taking on the national brands.

TreeHouse Foods: Flexibility With Efficiency

In any given category, TreeHouse's 19 manufacturing plants must make dozens of varieties in dozens of formulations, all at low cost.

TreeHouse Foods: Fast Follower, Innovator

2010 Processor of the Year TreeHouse Foods' R&D philosophy: 'Brand-level quality is just the starting point.'

2010 Processor of the Year: TreeHouse Foods

Otherwise known as 'the biggest company you never heard of,' four former Keebler executives build a $2 billion company on private label.

Keeping Animal Protein Natural

… Yet safe, affordable and on-trend. These are the challenges faced by processors of meat, poultry and seafood.

Dairy: It Does the Product Good

New research returns dairy to the forefront of conversations involving diet and health.

2010 R&D Survey: Recovery in Development

After two years of economic limbo, our annual R&D Survey shows things might just be picking up as promised.

2010 Readers' Choice Awards: Suppliers That Hit the Trifecta

Good price, good quality, good service: Here are the suppliers you say deliver it in 38 categories of ingredients, equipment and services.

2010 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: Challenging Work But Out of Balance

Did you take more or less than a 6 percent pay cut? Our annual report uncovers across-the-board reductions.

Challenges of Lowering Sodium

Consumers want to be assured that lower sodium does not mean less taste.

Favorite Prototypes At IFT Delight The Palate More Than The Brain

Our news and trends editor professes her personal bliss (and bias) for all things delicious.

How to Turn Specialty Foods Into Gold

Specialty foods is a unique but wide-ranging category with one important commonality: high margins.

Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2010: Less Is More

After preparing for the worst, most food & beverage companies saw decreases in sales but increases in profits in 2009.

The Top-Selling New Products of 2009

SymphonyIRI's annual Pacesetters listing is full of brand extensions, as processors and consumers sought value.

Food Plants Using Auctions More Often to Buy and Sell Assets

Surplus and used equipment – from both dealers and auctioneers -- offer benefits to both buyers and sellers in a tight market.

Food Processors Working to Produce Healthier Baked Goods

Bakers are answering consumer demands for healthier breads and snacks with ancient grains and old-fashioned fiber.

Building Healthier Desserts

Processors have been trying for nearly a generation to bridge the gulf between the reality of dessert and the concept of health.

Wellness Food Trends: Healthier Foods for the Heart

Foods can be a solution (though carefully worded) for the leading cause of death.

Food Processors Welcome A Gush of Omega Oils

Market reports and news at the IFT expo show a flood of interest in omega-3 oils.

2010 Wellness Foods Readers' Choice Awards: Shining Nutraceutical Stars

Our annual voting for the top suppliers of healthful ingredients finds lots of satisfaction, despite the tough economy.

How to Build A Healthier Savory Snack

When an irresistible force like the craving for a snack meets an immovable object -- say, the need to eat more healthfully -- something's got to give. That something could be the look and feel of traditional savory snacks.

Wellness Foods: Healthy Beverages offer Health in a Can

Consumers are guzzling antioxidants, fruits and vegetables and other good-for-you ingredients – but formulation hurdles remain.

7 Things You Should Know About The New Food Safety Law

Considered a win for consumers, the new law will have varying effects on food and beverage processors.

Algae Gaining Popularity As Omega Oils Source

Whole Foods sounds a warning about how omega-3s are sourced while ingredient manufacturers find a way to add algae into the mix.

Editor's Plate: People Have to Eat, Processors Ought To Build

Optimism runs rampant in our Annual Capital Spending Report.

2011 Trends - What The Housewares Show Foretells For Food Processing

The Housewares show, sponsored by the International Housewares Association, is only tangential to the food and beverage processing industry, but it's where you first see food trends like microwave ovens, crock pots and single-serve coffee machines, which of course do impact the foods you make. ...

Are Frozen Meals Starting to Thaw?

Sales have not matched innovation in the frozen foods category.

Food Processors: Are You Prepared for a Recall?

Tips from a food processor who went through one.

Editor's Plate: Salts Gets in Some Licks

But don't rush to judgment on either side of the sodium debate.

Toops' Scoops: Cool Delights at a Hot 2011 IFT

New food and beverage product prototypes keep us coming back for more.

Bank Saracin Reveals Sustainability Rankings for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Bank Saracin's sustainability rankings remind food manufacturers that there is still a lot of ground to cover on the path toward sustainability.

Study Shows Barliv Betafiber's Expanded Health Benefits

Barliv barley betafiber might play a role in improving insulin sensitivity among generally healthy individuals according to a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism.

Benchmarking Study Finds Food Processors Average Six Sustainability Goals

Corporate sustainability research and advisory firm, Green Research, announced its benchmark of food processing company environmental sustainability goals. The study found that major food processors had wide variations in their sustainability goals from nearly transparent to very private.

Beverages No Longer Equal Empty Calories

Shoring up the perceived beverage weak spot in the modern diet has been the objective of many processors and ingredient providers. As a result, much of what we see on the shelves has taken on a new look, feel and taste.

The Big 12: FDA's Official Health Claims

We reference the FDA’s officially sanctioned food and ingredient health claims a lot and have had several requests for the complete list.

Breakfast Processing Munches On

Whether you're General Mills or a mom-and-pop shop, vendors seem have a knack for faster deliveries and for turning custom designs into off-the-shelf offerings.

Breakfast Trends: New Ingredients Help Wake America Up

Substitute new ingredients to make 'the most important meal' even healthier.

Business Leaders Weigh In On Sustainability

The majority of businesses say that the benefits resulting from their sustainability initiatives have exceeded expectations, according to an international survey by Accenture. But a hard-core minority of businesses does not see sustainability as a critical or strategic investment.

Food Processing Asks For your Help with Manufacturing Trends Survey

Food Processing is asking your help for one of our most important annual research projects, our 11th Annual Manufacturing Trends Survey. Give us your perspective on 2012 and we'll give you the collective outlook of hundreds of others in the food & beverage industry.

Four Benefits of Building in a Bad Economy

Favorable reasons to pull the trigger on a commercial construction initiative during an economic downturn.

Layering credits and incentives for investment

According to this expert, 2011 may be one of the best years in recent memory for food processors to make capital investment.

2011 Capital Spending Outlook: Benjamins for Bricks (and Mortar)

Our annual Capital Spending Report foresees a 20 percent increase

Cause-Marketing For Food Packaging Builds Image and Sales

Labels, bottles and cans put cause-marketing messages in the hands of the consumer.

Chefs Innovate With Almonds

The Almond Innovation Project — an Almond Board of California initiative — offered chefs free-reign of the Culinary Institute of America kitchens, inviting them to experiment with flavors and cook with almonds.

China and India Are Hungry … for Your Products

Now, the two most populous countries also are the fastest-growing; their burgeoning middle classes are developing Western cravings.

Chocolate: The Next New Superfruit?

When researchers at the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition compared the antioxidant activity in fruit powders, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and hot chocolate, they found that, gram per gram, there was more antioxidant capacity, and a greater total flavanol content, in the cocoa powder. One ...

ConAgra Foods Offers Practical View of Sustainability

ConAgra Foods' view on green or sustainable food manufacturing is an outgrowth of the company's philosophy on good corporate citizenship.

Food Processing Awards ConAgra/Lamb Weston 2011 Green Plant of the Year

ConAgra Foods' Delhi, La. sweet potato processing plant not only contributes to a healthier Earth but also to a healthier bottom line for the Omaha, Neb.-based food company.

The Future of Confectionery Ingredients

Ace-K, honey make inroads as sweeteners; gums and nuts play supporting roles.

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