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FDA Assesses its FSMA Progress

Deputy Commissioner for Foods outlines accomplishments, to-do list.

Toops' Scoops: Harry Balzer Looks in Your Pantry

NPD Group's triennial Kitchen Audit finds ‘foods that require no cooking.'

Fiber Finds New Health Benefits

Fiber's use as a prebiotic has been shown to increase calcium absorption.

European Flavor is in Among Butter Flavor Developments

European-made butters and European-style ones seem to be taking up more space in the American dairy aisle.

Research And Development Of New Applications For Chocolate Persist

Staying current with this perennial flavor means touting and creating health benefits and paying heed to global social issues.

Dairy Introductions Include New Twists On Familiar Profiles

We all scream … for inventive flavors of ice cream, yogurt and milk that go beyond basics, mixing healthfulness with indulgence.

Garlic's Growing Ap-peel

Flavor impact and medicinal benefits are boosting this bulb.

When It Comes To Flavors, The Heat Is On

It used to be only some like it hot; today, everyone enjoys spicy foods.

Flavor Trends for 2012

What flavors will entice consumers in 2012? Think ethnic fusions, ‘authentic' spice blends and exotic fruits.

Focus on Food Safety: A Busy Year for Food Safety

Introducing a monthly column devoted to everyone's No. 1 concern.

New Food and Beverage Packaging Packs a Promotional Punch

Promotional campaigns are about getting noticed and engaging consumers; packaging is just the thing to make that happen.

Food (and Beverages) for Achy Joints

Glucosamine, chondroitin and other palliative ingredients don't have to be delivered via pills.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption April 2012

April edition of Food Processing's Food Funnies, a monthly feature guaranteed to give you a good laugh.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption August 2012

August edition of Food Processing's Food Funnies, a monthly feature guaranteed to give you a good laugh.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - December 2012

Who's ready for a little holiday humor? Write the winning caption for our December 2012 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption July 2012

July edition of Food Processing's Food Funnies, a monthly feature guaranteed to give you a good laugh.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption June 2012

June edition of Food Processing's Food Funnies, a monthly feature guaranteed to give you a good laugh.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption May 2012

May edition of Food Processing's Food Funnies, a monthly feature guaranteed to give you a good laugh.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - November 2012

To the comedian goes the spoils. Write the winning caption for our November 2012 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - October 2012

See what Food Processing has in store for your funny bone this month. Write the winning caption for our October 2012 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption September 2012

Food Processing's Food Funnies, a monthly feature guaranteed to give you a good laugh.

The Food Industry Fights Back

On obesity, food safety, 'questionable' ingredients, the industry can do a better job of tactfully defending itself; the key is transparency.

2012 Food Industry Outlook: A Taste of Things To Come

Healthier foods, more nutraceuticals, greener everything and other challenges and consumer trends for the new year.

Food Production Operations Are Waking Up to Breakfast Trends

Chasing consumer demands means automating with flexibility.

Food Biz Kids: Southern Cajun Grill-N-Que

Our junior reviewers remind us when it comes to condiments, don't judge a sauce by its cover.

Food Biz Kids: Special K Cracker Chips

Our junior high product testers had a mixed bag of comments on these sour cream & onion snacks from Kellogg Co.

Hottest Foodservice and Hospitality Trends for 2012

Foodservice and hospitality consulting agency Andrew Freeman & Co. offers a slew of trends for 2012

Formulating Gluten-Free Products

How did a grain protein a statistical handful of people are allergic to end up the ingredient non grata of the 21st Century?

Can Frozen Foods and 'Natural' Coexist?

Food processors' ability to keep foods natural while improving their taste has risen in tandem with consumers' expectations thanks to the right stabilizers.

Fruits and Nuts for the Future

The combination of sweet and fat will always be a siren song to the human palate. Nuts and fruits can fulfill this while delivering the components that make them true health foods.

Generation Go Goes Entrepreneurial

JWT releases its annual year-end forecast of key trends that will drive or significantly impact consumer mind-set and behavior in the year ahead.

Global Flavors Are Capturing Imaginations And Driving Sales

Authentic spices are the key as even the most mainstream food companies try out bold new ethnic offerings.

Gluten Free: Friend or Fad?

This new dietary awareness leaves a large opportunity in the marketplace as a gluten-free diet has quickly become a fast-growing nutritional movement.

Gourmet Packages Team Substance With Style

Packaging that looks great and performs well is the name of the foodie game.

Food Processing Awards Hormel Foods/Progressive Processing 2012 Green Plant ...

Being able to produce high-quality products in a sustainable and energy-efficient facility garnered Hormel's Progressive Processing facility in Dubuque, Iowa our third annual prize.

New Ways to Green Your Food and Beverage Packaging

Food processors look to compostability, recyclability and lightweighting to make their packages ever greener.

Hail to the Chef

Leading food & beverage companies employ great chefs to infuse retail products with innovation and creativity.

Formulating Fundamentals: Whole Grains 101

While discussion continues over exactly what are whole grains, few question their health benefits. Some processors work to enhance their nutrition through enzymes.

Healthy Snacks Harder To Find

Big opportunities available for food manufacturers wanting to produce new snack foods.

New Frontiers for Heart Healthy Ingredients

While the key ingredients, such as oat bran and antioxidants, are vital, new ingredients have been gaining ground in the battle to keep our tickers ticking longer and better.

Hispanic Consumers Influencing Consumption Patterns

NPD's National Eating Trends Hispanic study finds non-toasted bread and rice play a big role in U.S. Hispanics' eating behaviors.

Homemakers Rate Their Cooking Skills

Only a small percentage of homemakers rate their cooking skills as excellent in NPD Group's 2011 Kitchen Audit.

Hot and Spicy Flavors Heat Up The Snack Market

New product launches that offer consumers something new and unique in terms of format/taste continue to appeal to consumers.

How To Prepare for a GFSI Audit

This is the shape of things to come, so pick a standard and commit your company.

Huffington Post Casts Predictions For The Culinary World

The economic doldrums of the past few years have hit most restaurants hard, but fast casual is flourishing, reports the Huffington Post.

Human Behavior's Role in Food Safety

Looking out for those who misunderstand their training but have confidence in their knowledge.

Hydrocolloids Make All the Difference in Ice Cream Formulations

Gums such as tara, carrageenan, locust bean and cellulose are good choices for creating a smooth creamy ice cream texture with reduced ice crystal size.

Focus on Health: Ingredient Aids for Satiety

There is considerable science behind 'feeling full.'

Ingredient Insights: What Is Your Ingredient? February 29

The food industry is investing heavily in a growing body of specialized ingredients, but the scientific names of many of these materials can have a chilling effect on the ignorant and become a stumbling block in the future of the ingredient.

Ingredient Insights: Calories Trump Protein, January 23

Protein is getting a lot of attention for the right or wrong reasons.

Ingredient Insights: The Year Of The Ingredients, January 9

This year specific ingredients will take off and stretch emerging and ongoing trends to their full potential.

Farewell, My Friend, Adieu

The food industry says goodbye to one of its beloved friends.

Inside the Latest U.S. Case of Mad Cow Disease

The April discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy only proves safeguards are working.

Israel: The Promised Land … of Imports

Novel foods and ingredients from Israel would do well here in the U.S. and Canada.

Toops' Scoops: Creamy, Chewy or 'Crinchy'?

Texture attributes of food often are lost in translation.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: July 2012

New food and beverage products on the store shelves this month.

American Consumers are Confused About Diet and Health

Study shows Americans' believe 'figuring out their taxes is simpler than improving diet and health.'

New Food and Beverage Rollout: June 2012

New food and beverage products on the store shelves this month.

Editor's Plate: Did Ben and Jerry Change the World?

Two tie-dyed hippies may have set the stage for today's corporate social responsibility efforts.

Kraft Foodservice Shares Trend Predictions for 2012

Kraft Foodservice's seven pedigreed culinarians share 12 insightful trend predictions on what will shape foodservice over the next 12 months.

Leading for a Culture of Improvement

The improvement culture in the food industry is weak, because leadership in the food industry has a weak understanding of improvement.

Food Manufacturers Look to Reformulate With Lupin

Looking for plant-based sources of protein that can compete with animal proteins? Try the lupin.

2012 Manufacturing Trends Survey: Can Production This Year Top 2011?

Processors can't get a break from uncertain markets, rising costs and changing safety standards, but they continue to grow and keep optimism high.

Oreo Celebrates 100th birthday, Invites Consumers to Join the Party

Consumers can join the birthday celebration with Limited Edition Birthday Cake Oreo cookies.

Marketplace Trends to Watch For in 2013: It's Time to Think Small

Beverage manufacturers and all food processors must embrace the new, smaller American household.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: May 2012

New food and beverage products on the store shelves this month.

Improved Metal Detection Technologies Play a Role in New Food Safety Systems

Experts advise a comprehensive approach to metal detection for keeping solid, foreign material out of foods.

Mixing Innovations Keep Beverages Flowing

As beverages get more complex, processing plants must deal with expensive, problematic ingredients.

Food Production Motors Running High and Dry

Stainless motor housings are among the most important features for food and beverage processors with efficiency coming in close behind.

Mixers Blend Power and Dexterity

Mixing equipment offers added efficiencies and pharma-grade hygiene.

New Trend in Wireless Communication May Usher In A New Era For Food ...

Instruments and control going digital, striving for better integration.

Food Safety Starts on the Ground Floor

Proper flooring provides no safe harbor for bacteria.

Food Safety Case History: Keeping on Eye on the Cranberries

Optical sorter helps L&S Cranberry pack quality fruit with no foreign material.

Lubricants Make the (Food) Grade

Synthetic and anti-microbial lubricants provide better service in food plants.

No More False Reads?

Improvements in sensors and software allow metal detectors to approach that goal.

Food Manufacturing Facilities Design for Flexibility

Smaller, more nimble food processing plants offer something different.

New Designs Pump Up Cleanability

Pump sanitation features improve product safety, with the other eye on efficiency.

Manufacturing Software: How Well Do you Know Your System?

Food processors expect more from manufacturing software, and they are getting it.

Much Ado About Caramel Coloring

While science refutes the 4-MEI/caramel coloring-cancer connection, soda makers reformulate for California.

Vote Now For Your Favorite 2012 R&D Teams of the Year

The readers have spoken. Vote now for your favorite R&D Teams for 2012.

Nordic Food Expected to Gain Popularity in 2012

Marian Salzmanm, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR CEO, predicts Nordic food will gain huge ground on our very own shores and beyond this year in part because of countries imposing 'fat tax fees.'

New Food and Beverage Rollout: November 2012

Flavorful food and beverage innovations are at the heart of our November 2012 rollout.

A Nutty Good Diet: How Nuts Can Contribute to Weight Loss

Weight control methods are generally a matter of accounting — tracking the calories coming in and trying to increase the calories going out. But nuts have knack for cracking the shell of this paradigm.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: October 2012

As summer's warmth turns to autumn's cool, consumers can find heart-warming convenient cuisine in our October 2012 new food and beverage rollout.

A More Important Vote in California

California's Proposition 37 looks likely to ignite the GMO debate nationally.

Consumers Face Barriers To Choosing Healthier Options When Eating Out

Unilever Food Solutions' latest World Menu Report finds what people want to eat more often than not wins over what they think they should eat.

Ingredient Manufacturers Meeting Demands for Visually Appealing Natural ...

Consumers are looking for more natural and organic products, and that translates into demand for natural and organic color additives.

Packaging for Organic and Natural Foods

Contemporary package designs displace brown paper and granola-esque graphics.

PepsiCo Casa Grande Plant Reaches 'Near Net Zero' for Sustainability

Frito-Lay's Casa Grande, Ariz., plant is nearly self-sustaining in water, heat and electricity.

Pest Control - Inside, Outside and in the Cloud

New documentation requirements add to the argument for managed, integrated approach.

Software Puts Your Plant on Fast-Forward

New automation software lets you 'TiVo' your process, while Johnsonville Sausage finds a neat trick to make SAP data more usable in the plant.

Pomegranate Retains Superfruit Status

Pomegranate is capitalizing on its superfruit status, bringing unique flavor and ample health benefits to a wide range of food and beverage products.

Portioning Equipment Helps Food Manufacturers Form a Profit

Efficient production equipment also controls raw material costs.

Potassium Chloride Improves its Aftertaste

While vendors tweak the sodium replacer, other mineral salts jockey for position.

Pouches Flex Their Marketing Muscles

Good looking and functional, too, pouches are taking on rigid packaging.

Are New Alliances Indicative of Joint Venture Activity for Food and Beverage ...

PepsiCo-Ocean Spray Latin American strategic alliance may signal an uptick in food and beverage industry joint ventures.

Changes in Food Advertising to Kids

Five years of industry self-regulation result in remarkable progress, says Better Business Bureau.

Specialized Banks Support the Food Industry

Challenging times make financial understanding more critical.

Getting the Most From a Plant Sale

Too many companies rush to sell off equipment, cannibalizing the value of the real estate.

Bans Are a Scapegoat, Not a Solution

National polls have found the majority of New Yorkers – and Americans – oppose banning the sale of soft drinks larger than 16 oz.

Nutella Lawsuit Highlights Marketing Risks

Class action settlement a warning to processors touting 'healthy' products.

A Food Processor's Most Magnificent Deal

Prepare the next generation to take over the family business by buying it from you.

Private Label Packaging Steps Out

Store-wide private label lines and premium-tier store brands dress up to compete with the nationals.

The Private World of Private Label Food Brands

Will the category's 'quality copy-cat' reputation hold up after the recession?

Probiotic Market Propagates

The little bugs are finding new applications all the time.

2012 Processor of the Year: Chobani

Turkish immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya wanted yogurt like that back home, so he made some – like a billion dollars' worth of it.

Processors Get to the Meat of the Matter with Protein

American custom still puts animal protein at the center of the dinner plate. But some processors worry how they'll keep it there in the future.

Collateral Damage: Prop 37 Threatens Natural Foods Immediately

If passed, California's Proposition 37 may have a major impact on any food processor that labels their product as natural. Learn what's at stake.

Proposition 37: Food Transparency or Increased Organic Food Sales?

Contributor David TerMolen proposes California's upcoming food transparency measure is about increasing sales of organic food products at the expense of conventional foods.

Proposition 37: California's Newest Challenge For Food Product Companies

California's Proposition 37 takes aim at products containing genetically modified ingredients and would preclude manufacturers from marketing their products as natural. Learn what's at stake.

2012 R&D Team Winner: ConAgra

A cross-functional team lends innovation from all segments to ensure new product success.

2012 R&D Team Winner: Kettle Cuisine

Refrigerated and frozen soups for discerning (but busy) restaurant chefs.

2012 R&D Survey: Exciting New Products – With a Side of Cost Control

'New product development' is still the top R&D priority, but processors are creating brand extensions, cleaning up current ingredient statements and keeping an eye on costs.

2012 R&D Team Winner: Truitt Bros.

Contract manufacturer is dedicated to shelf stability and environmental stability.

Food Processors Chip Away at Salt

Salty snacks present unique challenges for sodium reduction.

Processors Working to Remove the Guilt From Desserts and Confections

And guilt comes in many forms: unnecessary calories, gluten and "artificial" sweeteners and color additives among them.

Food Processing 2012 R&D Teams of the Year: An Apple Doesn't Fall Far From ...

Innovative cultures enable R&D creativity and success. Congratulations to ConAgra, Truitt Bros. and Kettle Cuisine.

New Research Suggests Doubling Vitamin C Intake For A Healthier Heart

Oregon State's Linus Pauling Institute finds evidence that higher levels of vitamin C can help reduce the chronic diseases that today kill most people in the developed world.

Restaurant And School Menu Trends Contribute to Overall 2012 Food and ...

Culinary and restaurant experts predict the most popular trends on restaurant and school lunch menus.

2012 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: Salary Meltdown

Our 6th annual survey finds a retreat to 2008 levels.

How Do you Create a Healthier Savory Snack?

Back when the ideal dietary pattern was 'three squares a day,' snacks were treats, not the regular part of the diet they are today.

The Search For The 'Ideal' Conveyor

'Ideal' is whatever suits your needs, but all conveyors strive for sanitation and efficiency.

Seasonal Approaches To Pest Control Can Prevent A Cold-Weather Invasion

As summer ends and winter approaches, food plant managers need to change their focus and strategy if they want to keep insects and rodents out of their plants.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: September 2012

Convenience is the name of the game for our September 2012 new food and beverage rollout. Consumers can dine on ethnic cuisine, homemade comfort foods, desserts and healthy fare without putting in long hours.

Spam Stands the Test of Time

"Miracle meat of a million uses" celebrates 75 years.

Food Manufacturers Slipping Health into Children's Foods

Food formulators use stealth options for hiding nutrients and healthy ingredients in children's snacks, meals and beverages. New ingredients, methods and technologies are making this task even easier.

Snack Facilities Tighten Up

Hearthside Food Solutions is a case history in keeping up with the complexity of snack manufacturing.

Snackfoods are Growing On A Global Scale

Despite ongoing economic difficulties, new product activity in the global snackfoods industry appears to be continuing unabated.

Snacking Could Be The Future Of Eating

Consumer time and health push snack foods to the forefront for many packaged-food companies.

Snacking Occasions On The Rise

According to a report by Technomic, consumers are snacking more now than they were two years ago.

Stevia Seeps Into Beverages

So do honey and monk fruit/luo han guo extracts, as drink makers try to reduce calories while also keeping labels clean and simple.

U.S. Consumers Need Not Go Far for Superfruit Ingredients

Indigenous North American cherries and blueberries wield the same powerful antioxidants and nutritional strengths as exotic superfruits.

Where Are We Headed With Supply Chain Traceability And Food Safety?

As more consumers want transparency with their food ingredients, the food and beverage industry must wrestle with what that means for the supply chain and the costs passed back on to consumers.

Top-Selling Food and Beverage Products of 2011: Targeted Innovation Rules the...

This year's SymphonyIRI New Product Pacesetters appeal to increasing at-home consumption.

Sun Shines Again on Thailand

After devastating 2011 floods, the Land of Smiles (and great food) resumes its quest to be 'kitchen of the world.'

Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2012: Splitting in Two

When it comes to our annual ranking of the 100 largest food and beverage companies in the U.S. and Canada, 2011 was a tougher year for profitability than 2010 was.

Food Business Mergers And Acquisitions Up In 2011, But Slow In Second Half

The Food Institute recorded a total of 381 mergers in the larger food and beverage industry in 2011, an increase of about 20 percent over the 317 deals in 2010.

Top Consumer Snack Trends 2012

The National Confectioners Association notes trends in confectionery and snacks for 2012 are pushing new boundaries.

For Downturn Shoppers Home Is Where The Best Deals Are

The ongoing economic downturn has spawned a new breed of consumer, downturn shoppers, who are continuing and extending their frugal practices, significantly impacting when, where and how they purchase consumer packaged goods.

Understanding Monk Fruit: The Next Generation Natural Sweetener

With stevia laying the groundwork, luo han guo seems poised to be the next natural non-nutritive sweetener.

Understanding Polydextrose and How It Works

Lengthen shorter chain polymers of different sugars and you get this designer soluble fiber.

Understanding Soluble Fibers and Insoluble Fibers

Food processors would be wise to decipher the subtle differences between soluble and insoluble fibers.

How Well Do You Know Your Starch?

Riding a roller-coaster of a health reputation, the vital macroingredient is enjoying positive acclaim via sources such as pulses and alternative grains.

What You See Is What You Get

Peek-a-boo packaging lets your product tell the story.

What You Should Know About Bran

The first proposed mechanism for the benefit of dietary fiber aligned with characteristics we associate with wheat bran.

Who Needs Salt?

Yeast extracts, improved potassium chloride, even spices can provide the flavor enhancement once are unique to salt.

X-ray and Vision Inspection Systems Are Coming On Strong

Separate technologies provide unique powers not found in metal detectors.

Plant Performance Improvement: 5 Questions to Ask

Encourage your leaders to have a framework for understanding and communicating the challenges and benefits of performance improvement with these five questions.

Almond Milk: Wonder Food or Flash in the Pan?

Are Americans healthy-eating aficionados or easily-spooked trendees, lurching from one food bandwagon to the next? Sales patterns in the non-dairy milk category suggest the latter.

Almonds Win 2013 Popularity Contest

Their healthful profile makes them the top ingredient nut in new product introductions.

Food Manufacturers Seek Alternatives for Wastewater Treatment

In-plant wastewater and odor treatment continues to migrate to a biological systems approaches.

Food Processing Awards Anheuser-Busch/Fairfield 2013 Green Plant of the Year

Anheuser-Busch's Fairfield, Calif. brewery is a leader in renewable energy technology for AB InBev breweries around the world and uses green energy provided by an on-site solar array and wind turbine to provide an average 15 percent of its energy needs.

Editor's Plate: The Dangers of the Dangers of GMOs

It looks like marketing and profiteering are trumping science.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: April 2013

Our April 2013 new food and beverage rollout highlights healthy and convenient products for consumers.

Assessing Motors' Optimized Power Packages

Premium motors are just one of the upgrades food processors should consider when analyzing their power transmission systems.

Bakery Throughput Demands Can Be Met With Easier-To-Sanitize Equipment

Time spent cleaning is time not producing, but higher hygienic standards for bakeries need not mean a drain on throughput.

Bakery Product Trends Emphasize Healthier Eating

The variety of baked goods ranges from low-fat rolls, artisan breads and fiber-enriched cookies to decadent designer cakes and pastries.

Better Process Control Made Possible by Fresh Approach to Old Challenges

Loss-in-weight systems and combination weighers are making the transition from dry-goods to wet- and viscous-product weight control.

Emerging Plant Technologies Help Processors Make Better Beverages

From micro-encapsulation to pulsed light, technology is providing processors with the tools needed to produce superior liquid foods.

Boning Up on Nutrition: Food Manufacturers Take a Closer Look at Dietary Calcium

With a $4 billion bone and joint health market, functional ingredient manufacturers look to dietary calcium and Vitamin D's capabilities to help restore cracks in bone health.

Many New Botanicals Being Explored For Their Potential In Helping To Maintain...

As Americans pursue healthier versions of foods, new botanicals and new applications for old botanicals are continuously being explored.

Macronutrients and Micronutrients Offer Key Ingredients to Brain Health

For optimum growth, development and maturation, the brain requires adequate protein, essential fatty acids and a variety of micronutrients, not to mention the glucose that serves as fuel.

Four Breakthrough Technologies in Food Processing

Natural sweeteners, high-pressure pasteurization, resistant starch and robots are modern marvels changing the way we make food.

Candy Manufacturers Add Health, Sustainability to Production Operations

Buoyed by a wave of steady growth, North American confectioners are lowering operating costs and climbing aboard the healthy-eating bandwagon.

Candy Trends 2013: New Tricks for Old Favorites

Confections can play off new trends or old sentiments. Either way, ingredient innovations make them better.

2013 Capital Spending Outlook: Processors Invest in the Tools of Production, ...

Balance sheets look strong, but food companies are holding the line on capital projects, projecting only a 5.4 percent increase this year.

Is it Possible to Make Healthier Foods Kids Will Eat?

It can be done. Ingredient substitutions exist that can remove fat and calories and insert fiber and whole grains – tastefully.

Plant Instrumentation Showing Positive Impact In Sanitation Process

CIP water and effluent can be controlled with instruments and monitoring systems.

Coca-Cola Unseated as World's Top Brand

According to an Interbrand survey, the beverage company ended its 13-year run by being upended by Apple and Google

Consumer Attitudes Show Positive Change About Healthy Snacking

If chips can include a full serving of vegetables, snacking can be a healthy part of your diet.

Ingredient Suppliers Developing More Consumer-Friendly Shortening, Oil Products

With consumers avoiding trans fats and saturated fats, oil and shortening suppliers are burning the candle at both ends to offer solutions.

Key Ingredients For Implementing a Successful Continuous Improvement Effort

Greg Flickinger and Ugo Mgbike, of Snyder's-Lance, talk about how to make continuous improvement part of the fabric of your company's culture – not the program of the month.

Continuous Improvement in Metal Detection

Industrial metal detectors may be old technology, but greater sensitivity, fewer false rejects and ease of use are helping them maintain their relevance in food and beverage inspection.

Conveyor Upgrades Now Focusing More on Food and Plant Safety

Regardless of the product being made, conveyors move it through processing and packaging, and the conveyors used in food plants are being upgraded.

Corporate Research Chefs Combine Health and Science With a Dash of Culinary ...

With frozen meal options like Shitake mushroom risotto and Lean Cuisine butternut squash ravioli, food companies are employing chefs to keep their products innovative and interesting.

Dairy Processing Equipment Transitions from Tanks to Technology

Stainless steel tanks and kettles are synonymous with dairy manufacturing, but the long-term trend is toward continuous processes that don't require the tools of batch.

Dairy's Simple Complexity

Milk is a simple food, but dairy products such as yogurt and ice cream require careful ingredient selection with a knowledge of what the consumer wants in the cup.

Dock Equipment Raises the Bar for Food Safety

With food manufacturers focusing more on prevention than reaction when it comes to food safety, supply chain managers are looking carefully at the products they utilize everyday for their loading dock operations.

Dry Lubricants Changing The Way Bottlers Maintain Conveyor Functionality

Gears and drives aren't the only friction points in a beverage plant; new dry lubricants are helping bottling manufacturers maintain conveyor functionality.

Eating Habits Should Change as We Age

Develop products for more, smaller meals and add longevity-promoting ingredients.

Editor's Plate: I Need an Incentive to Stay Put

The whole country needs to rethink the practice of competing for business by giving away taxpayer money, especially for existing jobs.

Editor's Plate: My Second Visit to ConAgra

Twenty years after I first visited, this is a very different company.

Editor's Plate: The Real Cure for Obesity

You're the solution, not the problem.

Cheese Processor Selects Electrical Generation As Biogas Go-To Option

Ohio-based Pearl Valley Cheese converted its methane into pricier electricity.

Ethnic Cuisine Offers Innovation Opportunities For Food Manufacturers

Authentic flavor is a start, but ethnic food ingredients now face the same scrutiny as their apple pie neighbors.

European Scientists Ask for GMO Research

In its first week online, more than 200 scientists, physicians and legal experts signed the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility's group statement “No scientific consensus on GMO [genetically modified organism] safety.

Evaporative Cooling's New Twist

Although it's old (and proven) technology, vacuum/evaporative cooling evolves to meet today's needs.

Food Processing Picks Favorite New Food and Beverage Products from 2013

We put the heavy technical articles aside for a moment and savor the delightful new products we actually buy for ourselves.

Food Biz Kids: Chobani Champions Tubes

Our high school product testers review the tubular Greek yogurt.

Food Biz Kids: Kraft Tomato Basil String Cheese

Our high school product testers review Kraft's Tomato Basil String Cheese.

FDA Paints Itself Into a Corner with FSMA

A federal judge orders the agency to issue overdue food safety rules by November … which looks unrealistic.

Will the FDA Kill the Caffeine Buzz?

If not the agency, then the courts may, as scrutiny of the ingredient ramps up.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: February 2013

Our February 2013 new food and beverage rollout highlights healthier fare and product convenience for consumers.

Are Fiber-Fortified Beverages The Next New Trend?

Beverages manufacturers are adding in an ingredient that once was relegated to baked goods and grains.

Flavor and Ingredient Trends for 2013

Get familiar with ingredients to combat obesity and aging, natural sweeteners and colors, and exotic fruits and grains.

Honey Gaining in Sweetener Popularity for Many Food Manufacturers

Honey is a do for manufacturers looking to create flavorful, all-natural alternatives to sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.

Citrus Flavors Freshening Up Beverage, Candy And Confections

Orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit are among the sweet citrus flavors consumers worldwide find refreshing to the palate.

Food Processors Must Balance High Throughput With Demand For Fast Changeovers...

Mass production of food has gone the way of the Model T, and nowhere is the need for line flexibility more important than at copackers.

The Condemnation of Carbohydrates: A Food Manufacturers Guide to ...

The commonly held notion that sugar intake equals diabetes is a kind of unofficial dogma. But like many dogmas, this one falls apart upon closer examination.

Food Biz Kids: Eat Well Enjoy Life Natural Brands Hummus

The healthy hummus, with 50% less fat and 33% fewer calories than traditional hummus, appeals to our teen testers.

Food Colorant Trends Show Natural is Critical for Consumers

Color manufacturers are following the "natural" trend by working closely with food, beverage and drug manufacturers to create and stabilize colors derived from natural sources.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - April 2013

Write the winning caption for our April 2013 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

August Current Events Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption

Take a break from the daily grind to pig out on some food and beverage industry humor.

Plant Operations Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - August 2013

Plant Operators: time to put on your hard hats and hair nets. We've started a series of Food Funnies just for you. Give us what you've got for this August 2013 cartoon.

Product Development Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - August 2013

Product developers: Put on your thinking caps. We've started a series of Food Funnies just for you. Give us what you've got for this August 2013 cartoon.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - December 2013

Add your own twist of humor to our new chapter in this holiday carol by writing a light-hearted caption for our December cartoon.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - February 2013

Who will win the heart of our newest cartoon heroine? Write the winning caption for our February 2013 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - January 2013

New year, new humor. Write the winning caption for our January 2013 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - July 2013

Take a break from the heat and craft a hilarious caption for the band of merry treats in our July 2013 cartoon.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - June 2013

We take a break from our regularly scheduled seriousness to bring you this Food Funny by Food Processing. Write the winning caption for our June 2013 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - March 2013

Write the winning caption for our March 2013 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - May 2013

Write the winning caption for our May 2013 cartoon and be loved and honored by all.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - November 2013

Gather around and feast on a heaping helping of laughter by coming up with a caption for our November cartoon.

Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - October 2013

Harvest a few good laughs by coming up with a caption for our October cartoon.

September Current Events Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption

Take a break from the daily grind to put your stamp of humor on this food and beverage industry cartoon.

Plant Operations Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - September 2013

Plant Operators: Time to investigate a little humor for our September 2013 cartoon.

Product Development Food Funnies: You Write the Cartoon Caption - September 2013

Product developers: Cap off your summer with a humorous look at the food and beverage industry.

2013 Food Industry Outlook: 5 Things to Look Out For

Just when you thought the recession's end would bring calm, it's time to reinvent your company and meet new challenges.

Lawsuits Grow Over Food Marketing: 4 Tips to Prevent Costly Litigation

As food industry lawsuits heat up, food manufacturers and marketers need to consider the words used to market their products.

Food Packaging's Role in Food Safety

How malfunctioning packages and the supply chain - things you might think are out of your control - can greatly impact the safety of your products.

Caffeine Under Siege by the FDA

FDA investigation could be just the beginning of regulatory and litigation battles.

Food Safety Regulatory Outlook for 2013

Similar to 2012, the FDA will continue to evolve and enact the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Unprecedented Number of Trade Regulations To Take Effect in 2014

Prepare your company for an onslaught of new trade regulations, many of which center around food import quality and safety.

Food Becomes Target for Consumer Lawsuits

Lawyers who made their fortunes suing tobacco companies have set their sights on the food industry.

Packaging Improvements Occur When Film Suppliers And Machine Builders ...

Collaborations between film suppliers and machine builders are delivering form/fill/seal systems that produce food containers with improved seal integrity and other benefits.

Formulating for Higher Protein Values

Maximizing a food's percent daily value of protein requires careful calculations.

Probiotics - From Weight Management to Survival Skills

New studies look at gut microbiota and obesity, while probiotic viability remains a goal.

Formulation Tips for Resistant Starches

As manufacturers expand options in digestive resistant starch ingredients, their formulation functionalities and health benefits grow.

Frozen Foods Gaining Ground in Supply Chain Channels

While manufacturers are trying to refresh the image of frozen foods and revive retail sales, some areas are reaping the benefits of going cold.

Are Frozen Foods On Thin Ice?

While the hand-held breakfast niche is hot, the rest of the frozen food category mounts an ad campaign to reverse the slide.

Luxury Foods And Beverages Take Glass Packaging In New Directions

Glass food and beverage packaging materials are driving a new focus on unusual shapes, particularly for gourmet and luxury products.

What's Next for GMO Labeling?

The defeat of California Proposition 37 does little to slow down anti-GMO activists.

Heart Health Becoming a Major Concern for Aging Baby Boomers

Food and beverage manufacturers look to grains and soy to help boost formulations.

Study Suggests High Dietary Fiber Related to Low Levels of Insulin Resistance...

Consumers can add insulin resistance as an increasingly important concern along with obesity and type 2 diabetes; however, food processors can add fiber and resistant starch in tasty, functional foods and beverages to help counter that concern.

How Food Manufacturers Can Prepare for a Trans-Formation

What to do about FDA's tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils are not safe.

Market View: The Return of Truly New New Products

The food and beverage industry shows signs its R&D engines are revving again.

Infographic: Chocolate and Almonds Continue Love Affair

Do consumers still go nuts for sweet covered almonds? You bet your infographic they do.

Infographic: Consumer Nutrition - Perception Versus Reality

The International Food Information Council Foundation's 2013 Functional Foods Consumer Survey results reveal surprising information about consumer perception.

Inspection Systems Now Faster, Cheaper And More Versatile

Machine vision breakthroughs are ushering in a new generation of food inspection systems that do more for less than previous solutions.

Five New Technologies for Inspection

Lab testing will always be the gold standard in food inspection, but rising throughput rates are leading to more quality assurance at the point of production.

Top-selling new products of 2012: IRI Reveals Annual New Product Pacesetters

The product analyst group finds consumer-centric innovation is driving revenue growth for CPG marketers.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: January 2013

Our January 2013 new food and beverage rollout highlights comfort and convenience for consumers.

Editor's Plate: Another American Processor Sells Out

I thought I was a free-marketeer, but this Smithfield deal bothers me.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: June 2013

In observance of Celiac Awareness Month, Food Processing is providing a list of new food and beverage products that those with gluten intolerance can enjoy.

Six Low-Key Sugar Substitutes

Revisiting six sugar replacers that don't have the PR agents that stevia and monk fruit have.

The Appropriate Lubricant Oil Is a Must to Pass Today's Audits

Trace amounts of lubricant are unavoidable in many processes, and that's driving a steady migration to food-grade greases and oils.

Making a Case for Capital Spending

Splicing the genes of an accountant and an engineer might help cost-justify plant improvement projects, but a dash of showmanship and passion also help build capex consensus.

2013 Manufacturing Trends Survey: Labor, not Energy, the Concern in 2013

While economic uncertainty remains, respondents expect more growth.

The Many Flavors of Barbecue

Barbecue transcends the grilling season, tantalizing consumers' taste buds throughout the year through restaurants and at retail.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: March 2013

Our March 2013 new food and beverage rollout highlights healthy and convenient products for consumers.

Marketing Insights: When It Comes To Brand Longevity, Is It Good Luck Or Good...

Goya's 75 years is a tribute to a great company but is also a testament to sound marketing.

A Closer Look at the Single Household

With the United States almost a household majority "single" nation, marketing expert John Stanton ponders if, or how, food manufacturers should adapt their marketing message.

Taste Remains Consumers' Top Preference for New Foods and Beverages

After 40 years' worth of marketing surveys, it's no shock that taste is important to consumers; however, the surprise is that in many cases, we find taste takes second place or worse to other factors.

Editor's Plate: Swinging for the Fences

Three measures that new product development is alive and well.

Meat Packaging Innovations Target Convenient Preparation And Product Quality

Processors of fresh and frozen animal proteins — including beef, pork, chicken and seafood — are looking for extra marketing muscle, and they're finding it in package formats engineered for cook-in convenience or enhanced product protection.

Metal Package Design Increasing in Popularity

Cans, tins and even aluminum bottles are tackling new challenges in brand-building and functionality.

Mintel Reveals 2014 Foodservice Trends

The food and beverage industry trend experts at Mintel recentlyl revealed their top five food service trends for 2014.

Different Mixers for Different Food Blending Applications

Mixing and blending are fundamental to many food processes, and matching the machine to the application is the first step in ensuring consistent results and quality outcomes.

Advancements In Servo Technology Drive Efficiency Gains In Food Processing

Induction motors are power-supply workhorses, but the most significant efficiency gains are occurring with servo motors and drives.

Rare Earth and Power: Advanced Magnets May Improve Future Motors

Rare earth permanent magnets are being incorporated in NEMA induction motors — plus other recent developments in motor efficiency and performance.

MRO Q&A: What Is a Good Volume of Capital Projects?

MRO Q&A is a Food Processing series addressing maintenance, repair and operational issues in food plants.

MRO Q&A: When Is Condition-Based Maintenance Worth It?

MRO Q&A is a Food Processing series addressing maintenance, repair and operational issues in food plants.

MRO Q&A: Protecting Facilities from Flies, Insects and Rodents

MRO Q&A is a Food Processing series addressing maintenance, repair and operational issues in food plants.

MRO Q&A: Finding Qualified Technicians

MRO Q&A is a Food Processing series addressing maintenance, repair and operational issues in food plants.

Natural Colors Outsell Synthetic Ones

Mintel-Leatherhead joint research shows the scales tipped in 2011.

New Generation of Instruments Deliver Reliable Process Feedback

Technical advances and manufacturer comfort with process instrumentation are dispensing with the need for laboratory tests in favor of in-line and at-line monitoring systems.

The Search for a Better Fat Replacer: Swap in New Starches for Old Fats

Fat mimetics derived from carbohydrate or protein sources can perform the functions of fat at lower calories.

Awaiting the Next Generation of Fats and Oils

As suppliers and processors end their dash away from hydrogenated products, palm oil and fractions are the fats du jour.

Consumers Going Nuts for Almonds and Pistachios

The healthy ingredients offer flavor, texture, and solutions to some dietary restriction issues.

Oats Gain Momentum in Food Formulations

Oats have drawn considerable attention for their content of the soluble fiber beta-glucan and its ability to trap bile and prevent its reabsorption.

October 2013 New Food and Beverage Rollout

Food and beverage processors greet the Autumn chill with sweet and savory flavors that consumers will fall for.

Package Design Innovation: Genius in a Bottle

Food and beverage packagers are choosing bottle designs that pull out the stops.

Beverage Makers Leveraging Structural Design in Packaging

When it comes to beverage packaging, designers are using structural innovation to make every part of the pack perform.

Despite Innovations, Food Manufacturers Still Rely on Past-Generation Sweeteners

Acesulfame potatssium, aspartame, sucralose still rule the sweetener roost.

Food Manufacturers: Are You Prepared for the Patient Protection and ...

Given the complexities of the PPACA, employers need to keep the new health care law top of mind.

FSMA Changes Pest Control for Food Manufacturers

The Food Safety Modernization Act and Global Food Safety Initiative audits make processors rethink their pest management programs.

Pest Management Firms Morphing Into One-Stop Bug Shops

A warm place to rest and all the food and drink desired describes the appeal of all-inclusive resorts for people -- and food processing facilities for insects and other pests.

Food Plants of the Future: Not Bigger, Just Smarter

The next generation of food and beverage production facilities will be sanitary, flexible, more pleasant to work in and self-sustaining.

Equipment, Control Advances Provide More Precise Portioning

Machine makers are moving beyond sanitary design to address precision and throughput in portioning systems.

Food Manufacturers Cling to Flexible Packaging

Flexible packaging formats continue to take the day for an array of foods and beverages.

The Fading Effects of the 2012 Drought

Grain supplies will continue to be tight this summer until the fall harvest comes in.

How Food and Beverage Manufacturers Can Avoid Class Action Litigation

The recent suits against energy drink makers are lessons for all food and beverage processors.

Be Careful in Making Product Claims

Marketing claims, especially regarding 'natural,' raise your legal risks.

Protecting Your Data in a Mobile World

If employers adopt a bring-your-own-device approach, they need to establish clear policies and implement IT security controls.

Foods Fortified With Prebiotics and Probiotics Expected To Grow As Research ...

In recent years, a research explosion within the scientific community arose regarding what is termed the "gut microbiome."

Courts Ask FDA to Clean Their Plates

Finding food labeling cases unappetizing, courts are asking the agency to take a stand on 'natural,' GMOs, more.

2013 Processor of the Year: ConAgra Foods

The former grain miller turned branded marketer evolves into what it considers the ideal balance with the acquisition of Ralcorp.

Private Label Packaging Playing an Essential Role in Retailer Brand Strategies

Manufacturers and retailers are partnering to create innovative ideas that have a big impact.

2013 Processor of the Year: For ConAgra Foods, Manufacturing Is a Core ...

Despite a dizzying variety of products, ConAgra Foods always has prided itself on manufacturing great food.

Beverage Trends Point To Natural Ingredients And Safe Sources Of Energy And ...

Today's beverage trends point to natural ingredients and safe sources of energy and nutrition.

Innovative Tools Help Food and Beverage Processors with Product Development ...

Crowdsourcing, open innovation and consultants can bring fresh perspectives to your product development process.

Consumers Liven Up Dishes with New Sauces and Marinades

Barbecue sauces, cooking sauces and marinades offer culinary arts in a bottle, and they can do so without wrecking the ingredient list.

Understanding Protein as A Functional Ingredient

Ingredient technology advances are providing a growing array of uniquely functional proteins.

Protein Processors Face Higher Risk With Food Safety Issues

Meat, poultry and fish plants face familiar issues within new parameters.

Food Manufacturers Reformulating Childrens' Foods For More Gluten-Free Options

Chuck E. Cheese experiences the challenges and rewards of reformulating without gluten.

18 Reasons to Start Using More Nuts

Acceptance of nuts by many consumers still is hindered by the fact that they are calorically dense, in spite of their having earned a reputation as a healthy food among nutritionists and health professionals.

Refuting Myths About Carrageenan

Recent resurrection of a link between carrageenan and poligeenan (and the latter's connection to cancer) are unfounded.

2013 R&D Survey: New Products Are A Top Priority in 2013

Our 42nd annual R&D Survey reveals new products as a top priority for food manufacturers in 2013 -- one more indication companies are ready to resume aggressive growth.

Food Researchers Studying The New Wave Of Superfruits

Superfruits don't need to be exotic. Even domestic fruits can pack high levels of antioxidants.

Retort Processing Shakes Up New Interest

From agitation to AGVs to software, this old-school manufacturing process continues to evolve.

2013 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: The Gloom Index Recedes

Wage increases averaging 2.65 percent and an easing of job-security concerns suggest food professionals and the industry are getting back on track.

Satiety and Satiation Trump Calories in Weight Control

Satiety is the buzzword of weight management as caloric restriction continues to prove ineffective in overcoming obesity.

Food Scientists Sound off on Crinchy Snack Food Trend

Consumers demanding more from their snack foods and food processors are rallying to the challenge.

Editor's Plate: Tempest in a Yogurt Cup

Moldy yogurt recall teaches Chobani – and every food processor – several painful lessons.

New Food and Beverage Rollout: September 2013

Sweet, savory and scrumptious describe our September new food rollout products.

Smaller is Better for Dicing Machines

Higher throughput is always desired by some manufacturers, but makers of size-reduction machines are tapping pent-up demand from smaller food companies, as well.

Smart Technology Helping Food Plant Operators Improve Communication

All your employees have smartphones, so use them for training, SOPs and more.

Palate Meets Palette In Snack-Packaging Design

Intense color and sophisticated graphics are taking snacks by storm.

Snack Trends 2013: Health and Indulgence Square Off

The endless variety of savory, salty, cheesy and sweet flavors coating snack foods yields a texture and taste combination to suit just about any consumer's discriminating palate.

Food Processors Find New Sodium Alternatives

Manufacturers continue looking for ways to lower sodium without losing flavor.

Pouch Packaging Energizes Retail Purchases for Consumers

Pouches continue to be the 'it' package for food processors and a growing number of beverage companies.

Five Strategies for Training Hispanic Supervisors

Food manufacturers can blend traditional authoritarian Latino leadership style with a U.S.-style "best practices" mode of supervision.

Study Finds Greek Yogurt Trend Far From Over

The results of a recent product development survey reveal consumers' expectations with Greek yogurt.

Using Technology to Aid the FSMA Implementation

Leavitt Partners' David Acheson attests managing the requirements of FSMA will require leveraging technology.

Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2013: Starting Over

The asset-shuffling of 2012 leads to new food and beverage companies and improved profitability for all.

Fructose: Toxic Sugar or Tortured Logic?

The anti-sugar forces turn their attention from HFCS to fructose, even at the expense of fruit consumption.

Understanding the Complex Relationship Between Nutrition, Immunity and Obesity

The relationship between diet and the immune system is highly complex. Yet there is solid science behind eating the right foods to help support immune function.

The World of Botanical Ingredients Still Largely Untapped

The number of plant-derived chemicals that could yield health benefits is vast and largely undiscovered.

Understanding Omega Fatty Acids: Why Omega-9 Is Worth a Closer Look

Omega-9 fatty acids - while not essential, because your body can make them - have a number of health benefits.

What's Next for H.J. Heinz?

Some concerns over half-owner, profit-conscious Brazilian investment firm.

2014 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook

We've developed a list of five issues we foresee as having an impact on the food and beverage industry in 2014.

2014 Processor of the Year: WhiteWave's Fluid Demand

Meeting consumer demand is an ongoing challenge at WhiteWave. A powerhouse Dallas plant helps capacity keep pace with sales forecasts.

5 Risk Management Tips for the Food Industry

Comprehensive risk management can not only save a business its life, it can help a food industry business to increase profitability and long-term success.

A Different Future for Insect Protein

Bugs are generating fun discussion now, but feed, not food, appears to be the likely medium.

A New-Age of Protein Processing

Cooking may be an art, but meat and poultry processing is necessarily a science. Fortunately for food companies, there’s a support network that’s advancing the science.

A Total Systems Approach for Wastewater

Back-end treatment is the end game, but reducing water use throughout the process is a huge aid.

America's Pursuit Of Exotic Flavors Shows No Signs Of Abating

Exotic flavors filtered down through the ethnic medley of food-centered culture has opened American palates to flavorful combinations.

April 2014 Food Funny: Vote For the Funniest Captions

Think you've got what it takes to be crowned the funniest food processor of April 2014? Try your hand by submitting a caption for our monthly caption contest.

New Food and Beverage Product Rollout: April 2014

These new food and beverage products will surely put a 'spring' in your step...and on the shelves of grocers.

Are Food Processors in Audit Overload?

Tougher and more stringent independent audits are an important tool in upgrading food-safety systems worldwide, but they are no panacea for the issues industry faces.

Are We Heading to a (Mostly) Meatless Monday?

Rising meat prices give consumers another reason to seek other protein-rich foods or to substitute white meat for red.

As Consumer Understanding Grows, So Does the Love of Nuts

The lowly nut has the ability to grow an entire tree. Now that’s food power you just have to respect!

August 2014 Food Funny: Vote For Your Favorite Caption

Food Processing puts its readers to the test with this light-hearted monthly cartoon caption contest.

Automation Technology in Food Production: For Man or Machine?

Bakery automation can carry a hefty price tag; the likelihood of realizing a return on investment is enhanced when the human part of the equation is addressed.

Bakery Trends Go Back to Basics

Whether in finished products or in use-at-home mixes, 'natural' is moving the baked goods category.

Botanicals Turn Over a New Leaf with Food Processors

The line between culinary herbs and vegetables is a fine one often blurred by tradition. What is one person’s flavoring is another’s staple.

Bring Your Own Device Security: Safety Or Control?

Policies on smartphones, devices, should be based on clear safety benefits not the IT Dept.'s control.

2014 Consumer Analysts Group of New York Report

Food and beverage CEOs give contrasting views at annual financial analysts meeting.

Calculating the Cost of Conveyor Systems

Conveying systems are the infrastructure of automated production, and cost per foot is only a starting point in calculating total cost of ownership.

Candy Trends Thrive on Consumers' Need for Sweet

Consumer whims and nostalgia, more than major food trends, seem to push and pull at candy and confections.

2014 Capital Spending Report: New Projects Line Up

Small brewers are among the leaders in Food Processing's annual look at construction, which foresees a 15 percent increase.

Consumers Seeing Red and Blue When it Comes to Color

Demand for natural ingredients and clean labels spur new red and blue color solutions.

Controlling the Pest Problem At Food and Beverage Manufacturing Plants

A food illness outbreak may not shut down a plant, but woe to the processor who fails to maintain a rigorous pest control program.

Convenience Drives Food Packaging Innovation

Convenience features are the focus for packages that enhance ease of use, both at home and on the go.

Dairies Target Energy, Water Use

While many food companies are addressing sustainable-manufacturing practices as part of social responsibility reporting, the dairy segment has more ambitious goals.

Dairy Trends 2014: Innovation Until the Cows Come Home

Bolder flavors, natural colors and better cultures are available for ice cream, Greek-style yogurt and other dairy products, so let the innovation begin.

A Day in the Life of a Research Chef

More than a toque, their hats include sales, marketing, production and R&D.

Editor's Plate: Changing One Mind at a Time

McDonald's has undertaken a bold experiment in transparency and dialog with consumers.

Editors Plate: Welcome to 2014, the Year of …

We may be at the start of a brand new year, but 2014 appears to hold most of the same issues and concerns that 2013 held.

Editor's Plate: If Nelson Peltz Ran PepsiCo

Due to a rift in the time-space continuum, we bring you this report from the March 2016 issue of Food Processing.

Editor's Plate: To GMO or not to GMO

Are consumers not interested or is it too soon to tell?

Equipment Suppliers Scrambling To Meet Snack Food Manufacturers' Needs

Suppliers are responding to the need for both flexibility and product differentiation with multi-tasking bag makers.

FDA Amends Four Core FSMA Rules

Changes to human foods, animal foods, produce safety and foreign supplier verification program.

February 2014 Food Funny Caption Contest

Add some sweet and sassy humor to your February by coming up with a caption to this month's Food Processing cartoon.

Fermentation Growing in Popularity as Ingredient Resource

Fermentation is being used to create a number of ingredients that constitute improvements on the cost or purity of the natural sources.

Flavor Modulation with High Expectation

Whether its a recovery drink jacked up with protein or frozen pizza with less sodium, today's masking and modulation ingredients can help 'improved' foods taste super.

2014 Flavor Trends: Yogurt's Fruitful Union

Yogurt products rely on perennially popular fruit flavors and some more complex combinations for balance, appealing to both men and women as well as Hispanic customers.

Good Times Mean Acquisitions for Food and Beverage Companies

Hoarded cash and low interest rates are put to use in strategic buying.

Food and Beverage Packaging In the Clear

Transparency gives bottles and jars a boost as processors push for greater product visibility.

Food For Thought: Nutrition's Effect on Cognition

The human brain demands energy at a prodigious rate, so it's natural to consider the effect of nutrition on cognition.

Food Manufacturers Rethink Flexible Packaging

Processors are rethinking and improving existing products and make new ones possible thanks to advances in pouch packaging.

Food Manufacturers Using Asset Management Software to Mine Big Data

Through a combination of software programs, diagnostic tools and skilled workers, food manufacturers are getting better performance from their key production assets.

10 New Food and Beverage Products Our Staff Can't Live Without

The Food Processing staff unveils its list of the top 10 products we can't -- or don't want to -- put down in 2014.

Food Safety Regulatory Outlook for 2014

While FDA is busy implementing more of FSMA, USDA will roll out its Salmonella Action Plan.

Formulating for a Sweet Perception With Natural Sweeteners

There has been a steady stream of new, often natural sweeteners.

Fruit-Based Ingredients Offer Formulation Functionality Beyond Health

Several consumer trends are driving the need to use fruit as an ingredient.

FSMA, GFSI Turn Small Processors Into Competitors

The food and beverage industry’s proactive initiatives lead the way in food safety implementation.

Functional Foods: Health and Marketing Potential

Innovative food and beverage products may well help individuals as well as companies' sales.

Looking to 2053: The Future of Our Food Supply

At what point do we accept that science may need to play a part in guaranteeing the global food supply?

GFSI Extends its Reach

New North American representative named, local groups being formed.

GFSI Takes on Food Fraud

'Economically motivated adulteration' to be addressed in next GFSI Guidance Document.

Processors Meet Challenges with Consumers on Gluten Free Facts Versus Fiction

By now, most people have heard of gluten and many are trying to avoid it, even where it doesn’t exist.

How the Produce Traceability Initiative is Helping Food Safety and the Supply...

Farm produce is ill equipped to answer the question, ‘Where did the food come from?’ That hasn’t stopped growers from building the infrastructure needed to satisfy the American public’s desire for transparency.

How the FDA's Landmark Labeling Changes Affect Food Manufacturers

American's needs and eating habits have changed; so must the Nutrition Facts panel.

How To Survive an OSHA Audit

Be prepared, be cooperative, but also be aware of your rights.

High-Pressure Pasteurization, Other Technologies, Drive Improvements In ...

Extended shelf life, a clean label and quality assurance for ready-to-eat meats are benefits with appeal to processors, and high pressure is one of the technologies that deliver them.

Ingredient Manufacturers Helping Food Processors with PHO Alternatives

With a ban on partially hydrogenated oils looming, bakers that have not yet switched structuring oils need to get on the bus.

Innovative Package Design Helps Food and Beverage Processors Stand Out

Unique package structures plus stand-out graphics add up to design innovation at its best.

When it Comes to Food, Is Nano Next for a Definition?

One of the greatest dangers for the food industry is that consumers will develop their own conclusions about the safety of nano before the science is there.

Is Ozone The Next Sanitation Superstar?

As processors gain greater understanding of the efficacy and proper application of ozone for equipment cleaning and direct contact with food, this oxidative molecule’s use in food processing will soar.

January 2014 Food Funny Caption Contest

A little dose of humor goes a long way as we kick off 2014.

Editor's Plate: CSR Means Paying Taxes

Walgreen Co., increasingly a grocery retailer, is considering an offshore home to avoid U.S. corporate taxes.

July 2014 Food Funny Caption Contest

Cool off from the summer heat by submitting your caption for our July food funny.

June 2014 Food Funny Caption Contest

Moooove quickly! We're rounding up the best captions to see who had the chops (or the flanks, briskets or chucks) to win this month's food funny.

'Local' Can Mean Manufacturing, Too

An uptick of start-up food companies is occurring to serve consumers' growing belief that small is beautiful.

Manufacturers Innovate to Keep Frozen Food Fresh

Consumers love the convenience, and when done right, frozen foods can be a blockbuster.

March 2014 Food Funny: Vote for your Favorite Captions

Wave goodbye to the polar vortex by coming up with a funny caption for our March Food Funny.

Market View: If GMOs Are Harmless, Why Remove Them?

In pursuing one niche of consumers, marketing expert John Stanton warns: be careful you don’t alienate others.

Market View: Let the Feds Do Your Market Research

The NHANES database has a wealth of free information, including consumption, not sales data.

Market View: The End of Brands?

You can still forge a relationship with the consumer; just consider using a modern medium.

Market View: The Right Kind of Planning

John Stanton has advice for food marketers: Don’t get bogged down at either extreme of planning.

MarketView: The Female Point of View

As long as most shoppers remain female, it's essential to get more women in marketing and leadership positions.

Market View: Work for Main Street not Wall Street

Profit is the reward a company gets for satisfying customers, not the main objective.

Mintel Releases Consumer Trends for 2014

Consumer analysts have outlined four trends that will likely impact American consumers in 2014.

The Most Influential Women in the Food and Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry may be more hospitable than others to women executives – who are not shy about getting their way once they reach the top.

Door to New Colors of Natural Additives Allows Consumers to Taste the Rainbow

The recent approval of spirulina helps complete the natural color rainbow.

Market View: New Product Success Rate Higher Than Most Believe

Rather than the 70-90 percent failure rate, our marketing expert's research indicates 66 percent are successful.

New Proteins Offer Nutritional And Functional Benefits

A growing demand for sources of protein offers food processors new product opportunities.

Awesome Sauces: Classic Condiments Face Competition from New Sauce Introductions

Teen slang aptly describes a new wave of condiments — fancy, more flavorful versions of traditional ketchup, mustard and mayo that can be used on sandwiches, salads and so much more.

Next-Gen Labels Pair Pretty with Practical

Processors favor new label technologies to keep products moving, in the plant and off the shelf.

Next Up for FSMA: The Human Element

Biological, chemical and foreign material contamination have been the focus of food safety, but FSMA adds another source to the equation: deliberate human actions.

November Food Funny: Vote For Your Favorite Caption

Time to gobble up some comedy with our November 2014 Food Funny cartoon caption contest.

New Rule Bans Most Omega-3 Claims

With no 'reference level' established, FDA cracks down; ALA is the exception.

Omega 3s Get a Step Up in Breakfast Foods

The omega-3 fatty acids, superstars of nutrition and health, find breakfast items a perfect medium from which to work their magic.

One-Two Punch: Inspections and Audits

This summer's China meat scandal underscores the need for both approaches.

Optimizing Plant Efficiency: Precision Changeovers

Shorter production runs and more-frequent machine changeovers drive down overall equipment effectiveness.

Optimizing Plant Efficiency: Volume Meets Flexibility

An army marches on its belly, Napoleon observed, and his namesake food plant excels at efficiently producing a variety of products for citizens’ bellies.

Organic Beverages Pouring in by the Gallon

With consumers driving the continued double-digit growth of organics, the challenge to organic beverage processors is finding ingredients to fulfill demand.

Packaging Provides A Segment-Specific Billboard For Organic And Natural Foods

Food and beverage packaging is providing product support, with designs that call out to targeted segments.

Packaging With a Heart and Sense of Humor

One route to artisanal and luxury products are packages with pleasure, warmth and fun.

Pasteurization Without the Heat

Cold pasteurization may be a regulatory non-starter, but kinder, gentler treatments are being commercialized, providing processors alternatives to conventional thermal treatments.

Plant Based Meat Products: Going Beyond Meat

Consumers' interest in protein needn't be confined to meat.

The Water Paradox: Plant Safety and Sanitation in a Wet Environment

Water is the primary ingredient in virtually all beverages, but process water can create as many problems as it solves. Using less water is the solution — except when it's not.

Allergen Proteins: Plant Sanitation's Biggest Challenge

Keeping allergen proteins out of products that shouldn’t contain them stretches sanitation protocols above and beyond microbe control.

Power Lunch: Who wants GMO labeling?

A former organic inspector laments the bigger food industry caving in to anti-GMO activists.

Probiotics Showing Growth in the Food and Beverage Market

Interest in probiotic use and potential health claims grows, while regulations follow more slowly.

WhiteWave Foods Awarded 2014 Food Processing's Processor of the Year

By changing the way the world eats, WhiteWave Foods has a brief past but a very bright future.

2014 Processor of the Year: A 'New' Company Deserves a New R&D Center

WhiteWave is building a world-class research center in Colorado.

Processors Prepare for Reformulation War on PHOs

The FDA announcement spurs development of palm oil and other replacement blends.

Processors Reformulate for Allergen-Free Food and Beverage Products

While it is never simple, reformulating for gluten- and allergen-free is getting easier with practice.

Food Processors Respond to Product Traceability With NGO Solutions

While a more responsive track-and-trace system is mandated under FSMA, processors are looking to private, nongovernmental organizations for technology and software solutions.

Putting Packaging Reduction in Context: Q&A with Shane Bertsch

Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions' Shane Bertsch shares his view about reducing packaging waste and how that fits into the greater scheme of sustainable packaging.

Processors, Groups React as FDA Closes Comments on PHOs

The agency recently closed the comment period on a possible ban on partially hydrogenated oils.

Polar Vortex in the Plant: Refrigeration Options for Food Manufacturers

Price and performance of refrigerants is giving food processors reason to re-evaluate their existing systems and consider new refrigeration options.

FDA to Food Facilities: Renew Your Facility Registration Now

A fairly new requirement of the 2011 FSMA requires food facility registrations by this Dec. 31.

Replacing Salt With Umami

The Japanese word has become a fixed part of the food product development vernacular.

Rethink Employee Retention

Seven guidelines for engaging and accommodating your older staff.

Safety and Prevention at the Heart of Powder and Bulk Materials Transfer

Explosion prevention and suppression in powder and bulk transfer is a top-of-mind concern for regulators and inspectors. Fortunately, suppliers with broad material-handling expertise help deal with it.

2014 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: So Happy Together

Job satisfaction is high and the 'average' salary of $97,303 is a 3.16 percent increase for this group.

Scientists Successfully Map Peanut DNA

The International Peanut Genome Initiative says it has successfully sequenced the genome of the peanut.

Sports And Performance Food Products Continue To Climb

From weekend warriors to Shaun White-level phenoms, Americans are turning to fitness foods and beverages to enhance their performance.

Manufacturers, Consumers Struggle to Define Natural

Whether or not natural claims will ever have true guidance from FDA, the effort to formulate for clean-label, by any definition, is ongoing.

Technology Reshapes Pest Control

Electronic hardware and better data management is liberating service technicians to devise more effective remediation strategies by freeing them from mundane chores.

The State of GMOs

For a generation now, most of the corn, soy, canola and sugar beets grown in the U.S. have been genetically modified. But non-GMO labeling is growing.

The Supreme Court's Lesson on Labeling

In Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola, the court encourages 'policing' of labels by competitors.

Market View: There Is No Such Thing as Unhealthy Foods

Make great-tasting food without trying to impress the 'healthy' people.

Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2014

This year's list of the top food and beverage companies has been altered mostly by domestic buying.

Understanding Digestive Enzymes

Enzyme ingredients step in to help provide a greater variety of safe and nutritious foods for consumers.

Understanding Food and Beverage's Financial Challenges

Whether funding food and beverage innovation, expansion or acquisitions, expert help is essential.

Editor's Plate: The USA Could Use a Woman's Touch

Whether or not it’s the work of Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s generosity shows a heart and soul we all should emulate.

Waste's Silver Lining

Food companies are beginning to look at liquid and solid wastes as opportunities and not simply costs.

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