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Tea that Sneaks in the Veggies

Little Me Tea is an organic, Non-GMO Project Verified kids’ tea and juice drink.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Beverages

Manufacturer:
Little Me Tea

Reiser Vemag Shredder Shreds and Portions Cheese

The company’s Vemag cheese shredder and portioner helps shred and portion virtually any type of cheese.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Sorter

Manufacturer:
Reiser

Republic of Tea Rolls Out New Lines of Tea

From Hicaf to Matchia, The Republic of Tea matches its new teas to consumer preferences.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Beverages

Manufacturer:
The Republic of Tea

SaltWorks Ancient Ocean Himalayan Pink Salt

Food manufacturers looking for natural salt options have gravitated toward Himalayan salt for its color, high mineral content and ease of use.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Salt & salt replacers

Manufacturer:
SaltWorks

Sanitary Mixer Accommodates Larger Motors

A new modular gear drive is a design improvement and significant expansion for the Rotomixx sanitary mixer.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Mixing & blending

Manufacturer:
Admix Inc.

It's a Spread. It's a Dressing. It's Sepo Sauce.

Seponifiq, creators of Sepo Sauce, introduced the mayonnaise-based sauce.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
Seponifiq

Sir Kensington's All-Natural Condiments Go Gourmet

Just in time for summertime barbecuing, the company is introducing Dijonnaise, Special Sauce and Yellow Mustard.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
Sir Kensington's

Skinnygirl Now Offering Protein Shakes and Bars

Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl lifestyle brand recently introduced higher-protein Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes and Bars.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
Skinnygirl

Leafy Greens Dress in their Skinny Best With Skinnygirl Salad Dressing

Bethenny Frankel partners with B&G Foods Inc. to introduce a new collection of Skinnygirl Salad Dressings.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
B&G Foods Inc.

Smuckers Offers Honey-Sweetened Fruit Spreads

The school-favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich takes a better-for-you-turn with new Smucker's Fruit & Honey Fruit Spreads.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
J.M. Smucker Co.

So Delicious Rolls Out Dairy-Free Whipped Topping

So Delicious expands its line of non-dairy products with its new Coco Whip whipped topping.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Packaged/Prepared Foods

Manufacturer:
So Delicious

Special K Rolls Out New Snacking Bars and Brownies

Special K Chewy Snack Bars and Special K Brownies come in a variety of craveable combinations: sweet and salty, fresh and fruity and decadently chocolatey.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
Kellogg Co.

Spiroflow Equipment Provides Aero Mechanical Conveying

Aeroflow aero mechanical conveyors offer a very efficient method of conveying materials due to their low energy and high throughput properties.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Conveying equipment

Manufacturer:
Spiroflow Systems

Triple-Layered Yogurt Contains Three Layers of Decadence

Stonyfield's newest yogurt contains three layers of goodness: cream, honey sweetened whole milk, and flavorful fruit.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Dairy

Manufacturer:
Stonyfield Farm

Swanson Broths Now Available in a Bottle

The 24-oz. plastic recloseable bottles also include a measuring strip.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
Campbell Soup Co.

Thermoformed Plastic Food Packaging Trays And Lids

Thermoformed plastic food packaging trays and lids help create shelf impact with a sleek lid and base geometry that has no protruding tabs for a smooth, clean look.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Packaging materials

Manufacturer:
Placon

Tomato Ketchup Heats Up with Sriracha

Today’s evolving taste buds crave new flavors, which is why Heinz is getting hot with Heinz Ketchup Blended with Sriracha Flavor.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
H.J. Heinz Co.

Tombstone Adds Unique Twist to Frozen Pizza with Two New Introductions

Tombstone adds a unique twist on frozen pizza with two limited-edition pizza flavors — Bratwurst and Diablo.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Packaged/Prepared Foods

Manufacturer:
Nestle USA

Tribe Takes a Unique Spin on Hummus

Tribe reinvents flavored hummus by layering toppings throughout the product as opposed to traditionally placing them atop.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
Tribe Mediterranean Foods

Tuna Gets an Ethnic Twist

StarKist Co. has teamed up with Executive Chef Ryan Scott to introduce StarKist Gourmet Selects Tuna Pouches.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Meat, Poultry & Seafood

Manufacturer:
StarKist

Uncle Andy’s Serves Up Artisanal Angus Jerky

The Colorado-based craft beer-inspired artisanal jerky company recently added Boise’s Mushroom Blue Cheese to its product lineup.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Meat, Poultry & Seafood

Manufacturer:
Uncle Andy’s Jerky

Vintage Italia Launches Pasta Chips and Crackers

The first-of-its-kind snack contains the same wheat used in traditional Italian-style pasta.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
Vintage Italia

Traditional Scottish Shortbread Goes Gluten-Free

Walkers Shortbread has altered the traditional shortbread recipe in order to offer Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
Walkers Shortbread

Yoatz All-in-One Greek Yogurt Includes Whole Fruit and Oats

The refrigerated ready-to-eat product combines organic gluten-free steel cut oats with organic Greek yogurt.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Dairy

Manufacturer:
Yoatz

Zep Introduces Quality and Sanitation Solutions for Craft Brewers

Zep Inc. has introduced its Craft Brewing Solutions, a complete brewery quality and sanitation program.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Sanitation & hygiene

Manufacturer:
Zep Inc.

Zone 8 Beverages Offers Healthy Tea Flavor Options

The company has developed a line of namesake flavorful teas based on the world’s various plant hardiness zones.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Beverages

Manufacturer:
Zone 8 Beverages

Artisanal Pork Rinds Now Available In Two New Flavors

Smokehouse BBQ and Jalapeño Cheddar join 4505 Chicharrones’ existing flavor, Classic Chili & Salt.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
4505 Chicharrones

Artisian Flavored Butters Spread a Healthy Message

America’s oldest family-owned cheese and butter dairy, Minerva Dairy, introduces a line of batch-churned flavored butters.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
Minerva Dairy

Consumers Get a Lift with Atkins Bars and Beverages

The company recently launched a line of low-carbohydrate, high-protein bars and drinks targeted to fitness enthusiasts.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
Atkins

Bertolli Rolls Out Two New Organic Jarred Pasta Sauces

Organic Fire-Roasted Garlic Marinara and Organic Five-Cheese sauces join the lineup of authentic Tuscan products.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Packaged/Prepared Foods

Manufacturer:
Mizkan Americas

Bite-Sized Candy Comes in Dessert Flavors

The dessert-flavored bite-sized poppers have a creamy coating and a light, crunchy center.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Candy & Confectionary

Manufacturer:
Bazooka Candy Brands/The Topps Co.

Blount Offers Handcrafted Organic Refrigerated Soups

Blount Fine Foods has launched a branded premium organic soup line under the new Blount Organic label.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Packaged/Prepared Foods

Manufacturer:
Blount Fine Foods

Boulder Canyon Introduces Grain-free Vegetable Rices

The company is making life easy for consumers ricing vegetables at home with the introduction of a new line of grain-free and gluten-free rice made from vegetables.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Fruits & Vegetables

Manufacturer:
Boulder Canyon Foods

Brazilian Flavors Take Gold

Comax Flavors introduces a 'Nod to Brazil' flavor collection in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Flavors-savory

Manufacturer:
Comax Flavors

Bush Brothers Introduces Homemade Hummus Made Easy

The company offers pouches combining simple ingredients such as tahini, olive oil, lemon, garlic and bold spices, enabling fresh hummus to be made with little prep time and minimal cleanup.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Condiments, Sauces, Dressings & Oils

Manufacturer:
Bush Brothers

Charles Ross & Son Co. Release Portable High-Shear Mixing System

The system is designed for powder dispersion into liquid, emulsification and homogenization in a closed, temperature controlled vessel.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Mixing & blending

Manufacturer:
Charles Ross & Son

Cheese Sheets Offer Culinary Inspiration

Folios, from Lotito Foods, are par-baked sheets of cheese that are made from Cheddar, Jarlsberg or Parmesan all-natural cheeses.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Packaged/Prepared Foods

Manufacturer:
Lotito Foods

ClearSpan Offers New Fabric House Building

ClearSpan Fabric Structure’s new Fabric House Building is an updated design.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Plant safety

Manufacturer:
ClearSpan

Coperion Creates New Compact Twin Screw Extruder to Simplify Handling

The newest version of the twin screw extruder series has undergone a range of improvements designed to further simplify handling.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Extrusion

Manufacturer:
Coperion

Company Introduces Nuts Made Specifically to be Paired with Craft Beer

Nuts for Drinks introduced a namesake line of premium baked and specially coated peanut snacks designed to pair perfectly with a consumer’s favorite alcoholic beverage.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Snacks

Manufacturer:
Nuts for Drinks

Travel the World with New Culturally Inspired Meals from Kashi

Consumers can take a trip around the world with Kashi’s new line of foods inspired by some of the world’s most vibrant food cultures and culinary traditions.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Packaged/Prepared Foods

Manufacturer:
Kashi Co.

Del Monte Offers Fruit Cup Snacks For Adults

Del Monte Fruit Refreshers is a fruit cup snack offering unexpected flavors and combinations.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Fruits & Vegetables

Manufacturer:
Del Monte Foods

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Offers Signature Sausages at WalMart Stores Nationwide

All of Dickey’s sausages are gluten-free and contain no monosodium glutamate or nitrites, making them on-trend with consumers’ clean-label shopping habits.

Category: New Food Products

Product Type: Meat, Poultry & Seafood

Manufacturer:
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

EasyFlav Eliminates Beany Notes from Pea Protein

Glanbia Nutritionals' clean flavor technology eliminates the bitter and green notes from the company's HarvestPro pea protein.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Botanical extracts

Manufacturer:
Glanbia Nutritionals

Fibersol Now In Liquid Form

Fibersol-2L improves mouthfeel and flavor profiles of products that use zero-calorie sweeteners.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Inulin, olligosaccharides

Manufacturer:
ADM/ Midland Harvest

Flavors Armored with New Encapsulation Technology

FlavorArmor, from Prinova, is a line of encapsulated flavors.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Flavors-savory

Manufacturer:
Prinova USA

BFC Bulk Bag Dischargers At the Heart of Automated Bag Weigh Batching System

The BFC features a cantilevered I-beam with electric hoist and trolley to raise and position bulk bags without the use of a forklift.

Category: Equipment

Product Type: Automation & control systems

Manufacturer:
Flexicon

Gold Coast Ingredients Introduces New Line of Alcohol-Free Citrus Extracts

The citrus extracts are natural, halal-certifiable, and 100% soluble in water.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Flavors - Sweet

Manufacturer:
Gold Coast Ingredients

Glanbia Nutritionals Introduces Traceable, Heat-Treated Sprouted Seed

The sprouts undergo heat treatment to ensure optimal purity, stability and shelf-life.

Category: Ingredients

Product Type: Grain products

Manufacturer:
Glanbia Nutritionals

Asia's Many Identities

History, heritage and more are vital to authentic Asian creations

USDA announces unified food safety agenda

Also a list of research needs specific to meat, poultry and egg products

Regulatory Issues: E.U. issues new GMO regulations

The new rules may represent a step forward -- and the most that any proponent of genetically modified foods can realistically hope for

Regulatory Issues: Science and food safety

NAS criteria pinpoint dangers and may prompt new legislative authority for feds

Three big rules to take effect this year

Growing grassroots interest in food safety may mean that more are on the way

Regulatory Issues: More red tape

FDA proposes recordkeeping and administrative detention rules

Mad cow disease comes calling

Public confidence in the U.S. is unshaken -- so far

Regulatory Issues: Safety in (registration) numbers

In accordance with new bioterrorism legislation, FDA publishes proposed facility registration and import notification rules

Regulatory Issues: Security, safety and efficiency

Two years ago, no one could have predicted that food security would so dominate FDA's priorities for 2003 and beyond

Safety TOPS concerns for coming year

Our Manufacturing Survey spotlights 2003 issues

A Stronger, Safer FDA

The agency's number one goal is "efficient, science-based risk management"

Bring on the heat!

Cost, quality and safety concerns of food processors drive improvements in heat transfer systems.

Food Trends: What will be the top flavors for 2005?

Going into the new year, specific Asian tastes, citrus, herbs and even chocolate seem poised for popularity.

Healthful flour alternatives

Modern manufacturing practices are practically built around flour, making it a difficult ingredient to substitute for in the production of low-carb foods.

Manufacturing concerns for a scary new world

Food safety, plant security, traceability among top issues for 2004

FDA GRAS Exception Explained

The GRAS exception exists so FDA does not spend valuable resources reviewing things that clearly are safe.

Designing Food Safety Into Your Plant

Don't make food safety an afterthought. Carefully planning the design and materials used in your plant can help insure the safety of your food production.

Glycemic Index is Not for Everyone

This month, Dr. Mark Anthony warns us of a new twist on the old low-carb nutrition fad. Handy as it is for diabetics, the Glycemic Index isn't the "be-all and end-all" of carbohydrate nutrition for everyone.

U.S. Regional Cuisine to Watch Out For

Introducing more U.S. regional cuisines worth getting acquainted with.

Functional Beverage Market Grows Aggressively

Because of the convenience and pleasure they offer, functional beverages are one of the most aggressive growth segments in the health and wellness foods arena.

What Makes a Snack Good or Bad?

Editor David Feder, R.D., wrestles with the question of what makes a snack -- and snacking in general -- "good" or "bad."

Offset Research and Development Costs with Tax Credit

Updated regulations may offer a new means for increasing your bottom line.

April 2005 New Food Rollout

Haagen-Dazs sees the light; plant sterols pump up Yoplait; Sargento goes for the bold; Kraft delivers a calcium boost; Coke pushes the throttle; Twist [your] Brain around this!

Johanns Reveals FDA's 2005 Food Pyramid

MyPyramid interactive food guidance system offers Americans "Steps to a Healthier You."

Inspection Technologies Keep Quality High in Packaging Systems

X-ray, metal detection and vision technologies keep the quality in your packaging systems.

Food Bars Ideal for On-The-Go Consumers

Breakfast/cereal/snack bars are ideal for on-the-go consumers; and they can mesh well with the new Dietary Guidelines.

Obesity Blame Game Targets Advertising

The Alliance for American Advertising plans to change public perception that advertising makes children obese.

Rush to RFID or Wait for Proven Benefits?

Are you rushing to meet Wal-Mart's deadline or waiting for proven payback on RFID?

2005 Annual Manufacturing Trends Survey

Food safety is still everyone's top concern, but recruiting workers to make our food is a growing worry.

Kerry Americas Chef Prefers Fresh Ingredients and Simplicity

After 25 years in the food industry, Danny Bruns, corporate chef for the seasonings division of Kerry Americas, has no patience for labor-intensive recipes or confusion cuisine.

New Food Products: Planters Nut-Rition Almonds

The health message is the new product for Planters Nut-rition almonds; but who's nuts enough to pay $5.99?

Using the 2005 FDA Guidelines

Will you reformulate or repackage your food products to take advantage of the new recommendations?

Are Capital Spending Fortunes Improving?

Several companies are placing big bets on the recovery by building 'world's largest' processing plants.

Flavors and Seasonings Combine in Flavor Systems

Trend: Flavors and seasonings are being combined in flavor systems.

Reformulating for Seniors

Discusses what processors can do to formulate food products that offset time's toll on seniors' senses of smell and taste.

May 2005 New Food Rollout

Monthly feature describing new retail food products.

Only You Can Make the Food Pyramid Work

Editor Dave Fusaro urges processors to make the most of USDA's new Food Pyramid.

New Health Benefits of Lycopene Discovered

Lycopene, the disease-protective antioxidant from tomatoes, is showing a wealth of new health benefits.

Processors Target Diabetes Control

Diabetes control is more than just watching sugar intake. Today’s processors put new advances in diabetes science to practical and innovative use.

2005 Montreal Research Chefs Assn. Conference Report

Editor David Feder returned from the Research Chefs Assn. conference in Montreal with an unbridled sense of optimism for and appreciation of the membership and its direction.

Meat Safety Under the Microscope

The initial bull market for beef created huge trade for low-priced, good quality meat. But it also opened the door to food safety and health issues.

Top 11 Most Influential People in the Food Industry

Our picks for the 11 most influential people in the food industry don’t believe in the status quo.

Trans Fats Inspire Fear and Loathing

With the labeling deadline approaching and consumers becoming wary, processors search for substitutes for the functionality of trans fatty acids.

Information On Legume Flour

Between the interest in fiber and food allergies and other health issues such as celiac disease, it’s time to spill the beans about these specialty flours.

How Big a Category is Wellness?

Low-carb is slowing but not gone; organic and low-sugar are soaring in sales.

The First Food Pyramid Never Worked

Rather than admit failure, the government acts as if the guidelines have been working and gives us more of the same.

The Disappearing Middle Class

Contributing Editor John Stanton suggests that processors may need to learn how to market food to the "have-nots. "

FDA Weighs Labeling Changes

One issue is if food packages that can be reasonably consumed at one time need to declare the whole package as a single serving.

Make the Dietary Guidelines Mandatory

Maybe the time has come for a little health fascism. Historically, it made for well-disciplined railroad schedules.

Bad Science Slams Salt

Again this year, salt was slammed by both the USDA and the Center for Science in the Public Interest in reports that had all of the trappings of legitimate science, but little - if any - substance.

Behavior Modification Presentation at Research Chefs Assn Conference

Editor Dave Fusaro recounts Dr. Dean Ornish's presentation at the Research Chefs Assn. conference.

New Recordkeeping Under the Bioterrorism Act

Food and drug law expert Leslie Krasny tells processors what to expect with the implementation of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Act.

Encapsulation Technologies Protect Key Ingredients

Encapsulation technologies protect key ingredients and deliver them at just the right moment.

Salt an Age-Old Food Additive

Salt has been used for many thousands of years, in virtually every culture and every country, not only as a condiment, but as a preservative for foods.

FDA and USDA Propose New Food Identity Standards

FDA and USDA propose new principles for food standards of identity.

Build Brands, Don't Kill Them

If your brand strength is based primarily on consumers waiting for a price promotion, you have reached the beginning of the end.

July 2005 New Food Rollout

Kraft's South Beach lineup, Hot Pockets subs, McCormick's Veggie Steamers, Domino's new sugar container, Yoplait fortified smoothies, Nestea Ice.

Marketing to Baby Boomers

America's 75 million Echo Boomers are coming of age; are you marketing to them?

Progress on Health Claims in Europe

Proposals look similar to what we have in the U.S; differences reflect a greater degree of skepticism toward health claims in Europe.

It's Time for Open RFID

The software industry had Linux. What will RFID users have to "open" up their systems? It's time to put enabling technology in the hands of the masses, argues Daniel Deavours.

Food Processing's Deep Pool of Experts

Food Processing has created a deep pool of experts for both [editors] and [readers] to draw upon, both in print and on the web.

Polyphenols and L-Carnitine Show Potential for Functional Foods

Two nutraceutical compounds are showing considerable promise for functional foods: polyphenols, found in tea, grapes, and olives and L-carnitine, associated with lean meats.

Organic Food Movement Reaches Critical Mass

Like some counter-culture version of the Manhattan Project, the organic movement progressed for decades pretty much unnoticed.

Has Nutrition Reporting Turned a Corner?

Editor David Feder, R.D., wonders if the tide is finally turning against slipshod reporting of nutrition science.

Nutrition Trends: Don't Fear Tropical Oils

Dr. Mark Anthony puts tropical oils in their proper nutritional perspective.

Top 10 Power Brands of 2005

Brands are the light, not the bulb. Here are our picks for those trademarks that have withstood the test of time and forged an emotional connection with consumers.

Confessions of a Food Engineer

How the engineering function at food plants has changed: 'I don’t manage projects anymore; I manage the process of managing projects.'

Flavor is the Name of the Product Development Game

Editor David Feder reminds those involved in food product development and manufacturing that flavor is the name of the game.

2005 All-Candy Expo Features Indulgent Treats

At this year’s All Candy Expo, the recent charge of the lite brigade was challenged by indulgence.

Barilla Plus Rotini

Barilla Plus Rotini with multi-grains, fiber and omega-3s moves pasta from just a starch to a food with excellent nutritional value.

The Basics of Convenience Food

Time-pressed meal preparers are reaching for meal kits, pre-cooked and pre-cut items and other shortcuts to make a 'home-cooked meal' in less time.

New Ingredient Tools Put Safety in Foodservice

Processors must step up sanitation efforts when providing minimally processed foods.

Report from 2005 IFT Expo

This year's IFT show served up ingredients galore, the wisdom of Malcolm Gladwell, and the announcement of the World Food Prize.

2005 Regulations on Trans Fat Content Labeling

Decades of evidence finally led to federal regulations calling for labeling trans fat content on the Nutrition Facts panel of packaged foods by January 1, 2006.

Caffeine Continues Increasing in Popularity

More work, and less time for fewer people commuting from farther away goes a long way to explaining the popularity of caffeine.

Cleansing Diets Explained

Dr. Mark Anthony discusses so-called "cleansing" diets and the making of this common part of dietary balance into an exploitable mystery.

MRO Strategies Mean Money in the Bank

Redundant purchasing and poor inventory management have cost companies millions of dollars for generations. Find mountains of savings in new and improved MRO management.

Processors Leverage Automation to Speed Up Packaging Changeovers

Processors are leveraging automation to speed up changeovers and remain competitive in the face of new customer demands.

How Extreme Should Culinary Experimentation Get?

Extreme experimentation can play a significant role in modern product development. But how extreme is extreme?

Lab-Grown Meat Has Interesting Implications

The prospect of scientists creating meat in the lab has interesting implications, says Editor David Feder.

Last-Minute Production Problems with Dry Mix for Chili

When Brian Yager, corporate research chef for Archer Daniels Midland, set out to create an easy to use, versatile dry mix for chili, his team had to overcome a last-minute production problem.

Top Prototypes at 2005 IFT Show

Top prototypes at the IFT show focused on fitness, flavor and fiber.

Establishing the Allergen Threshold

Unfortunately, science does not allow us to know with certainty that a particular allergenic protein will not cause a single reaction in the entire population of sensitive individuals at a given level of exposure.

Tyson Foods Not Just a Chicken Company Anymore

Tyson Foods, no longer just a chicken company, is now the largest food processor in North America.

Mainstream Consumers Seek Healthful Ingredients

Whole grains, antioxidants and soy rank at the top of the healthful ingredients consumers claim they seek in the marketplace.

Still No Clear Solutions for Childhood Obesity

It's been 20 years of steady upward girth inflation for our nation's children, but we've yet to successfully address the critical issue of childhood obesity.

Federal Court Decides On Synthetic Organic Restriction

As a result of a recent federal court decision, the use of synthetic substances in processed organic products will be restricted in the future.

The Promise of Conjugated Linoleic Acid

The fats we find on the dinner table today aren’t quite the same as the ones our great-grandparents ate. Conjugated linoleic acid is one fatty acid we would do well to become reacquainted with.

The 21st Century Food Manufacturing Organization

Five years into the new millennium, a handful of manufacturing visionaries assesses the current state of American food processing and whether it’s prepared for the future.

The Many Benefits of Paperboard Packaging

Paperboard packaging provides perks ranging from better microwave cooking to earth-friendliness.

Why Do We Eat Oreos the Way We Do?

Diane Toops asks the burning question: It is something cosmic or Uncle Tony that determines why you eat your Oreo the way you do?

Reese's Milk Chocolate Dipped Cookies with Peanut Butter

Our seventh- and eighth-graders say Reese's Milk Chocolate Dipped Cookies with Peanut Butter make 'a good come-home-and-eat snack for kids.'

A China-Sized Market Here in America

Contributing Editor John Stanton points out that Hispanics are brand-loyal, at-home cooks with big households -- in many ways, they are ideal customers.

Creating the Perfect Cookie

What happens when you challenge three radically different product development teams and methodologies - including a food industry "dream team" - to design a cookie?

October 2005 New Food Rollout

New products from Schwan's/Red Baron, Pepperidge Farm, Europe's Best fruits; spray flavors from celebrity Chef David Burke; an energy drink from Anheuser-Busch; a PepsiCo milk.

Are You Doing Enough for Health?

Editor-in-Chief Dave Fusaro challenges processors to do more to promote healthy eating. He notes that, as the recent IFT Show proved, there are plenty of healthful ingredient solutions out there.

FDA's Proposed Rule is Not Final

FDA recently confirmed its reversal on "and/or" wording in ingredient statements.

Raw Diet Nutritionally Overrated

Dr. Mark Anthony explains that those who suggest we should eat "all raw, all the time" are offering us a raw deal, nutritionally speaking.

Automation Makes its Way Across the Plant Floor

Slowly but surely, robotics, vision systems and information networks are working their way across the plant floor.

Lactose and Dairy-Free Beverage Category Expands

Lactose- and dairy-free beverages are experiencing a considerable increase in demand by health-driven consumers.

2005 Annual R&D Survey

Our R&D readers see themselves making small product improvements in 2006 with an emphasis on health and nutrition.

Donating Product to Second Harvest is a Win-Win

Donating product to Second Harvest is a win-win-win, says Editor in Chief Dave Fusaro. What better way to move unsalables, get a tax benefit and help hungry people?

Alternatives for MSG

Monosodium glutamate has been a key savory flavor enhancer and food processor favorite for nearly a century, but it seems more consumers are asking for something different. Here are some alternatives.

Better Living Through Food Chemistry

Are you familiar with guarana, yerba maté and choline? They and other performance-enhancing ingredients are providing quite a boost - for consumers and for sales of certain foods and beverages.

November 2005 New Food Products

Ketchup kids can draw with; baked pork rinds; whole-grain Goldfish; crispier home-made fries; another Special K; Monterey Gourmet in the frozen category

Formulating Better Meat Analogs

Whether it's fear of mad cow disease, personal or religious preference or a desire to eat more healthfully, Americans are eating more vegetarian meals. What surely helps this drift toward partial, and even total, vegetarianism is better meat analogs.

New Rules on Food Health Claims

New rules allowing the use of food claims before comprehensive FDA review and approval put greater obligation on manufacturers. While the relaxed regulation is a boon for the food and dietary supplement industry, creating a flood of foods with all kinds of health-benefit claims, understanding the...

Vitamin D Deficiency Makes a Comeback

Vitamin D deficiency, thought to be a thing of the past, is coming back.

ADA Conference Explores Nutrition Topics

The recent ADA Conference was an opportunity for Wellness Foods' editorial advisory board to meet and hash out such topics as the promise of nutrigenomics and the estrangement of food from nutrition research.

FDA Accepts Use of Existing Labels

The FDA has agreed to accept requests by processors to use existing labels after the trans fat labeling effective date.

Contract Manufacturing and Packaging Gain Mind-Share

Contract manufacturing and contract packaging are gaining mind-share among food processors as their companies strive to improve operational efficiency, shorten time to market and improve cost control.

Elite FX Celsius Cola

Elite FX combines spiced-up flavors with vitamins and a 'proprietary thermogenic blend' to produce Celsius, a carbonated soft drink it claims can burn calories.

Components of Effective Heart-Health Diets

The effective heart-health diet must be anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-obesity and anti-hypertensive all at the same time. Anti-diabetic also comes in. And of course, it has to taste good and be convenient, otherwise nobody will stick with it long enough for it to be effective.

Natural Acrylamide in Food Faces FDA Scrutiny

Are warnings for acrylamide in foods informative, premature or preempted?

2005 Processor of the Year: Tyson Foods

Despite the pitfalls of the animal protein market, North America’s biggest food processor for years has been adding value to meats, tightly running its plants and staying close to its Arkansas values.

Tyson Discovery Center Cooks Up the Future

Tyson's soon-to-be-completed research, development and training facility is a $52 million commitment to continuing product excellence.

Tamper-Evident Features Protect from Tainting and Sampling

From tapes and bands to light-emitting polymers, tamper-evident features protect products (and processors) from tainting and sampling.

Why a Processor of the Year?

We have companies large and small among the readers of Food Processing. While most realistically cannot aspire to be a $26 billion company, we hope there are lessons in the Tyson story that can take you to $26 million, if you’re below that.

Marketing 101 - The Final Chapter

After about 100 columns, John Stanton is retiring. Will you take up his crusade against brand erosion and bean counters?

Bioterrorism Recordkeeping Essentials

This month, FDA expects food companies to start "one-up, one-down" recordkeeping.

Expanding Americans' Love for Seafood

Americans' love for seafood can be stretched to new varieties with a little education and some care in processing.

2006 Flavor Trends Forecast

Here, too, health exerts its influence: How about spices that fight cancer, chocolate for heart-health and sweet-hot combos that improve satiety?

January 2006 New Food Rollout

Birds Eye Steam and Serve side dishes; Kraft’s healthier mac and cheese; frozen premium fruit from Dole; Crystal Light for bottled water; Mega M&M's; Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Dipped cookies

Berries On Their Way to Becoming Top Healthful Ingredient

Berries have bounced their way into cereals, energy bars and beverages. Check out how far they've come when it comes to being a favorite healthful ingredient.

Top 10 Food Brands of 2005

Our picks for those trademarks that have withstood the test of time and forged an emotional connection with consumers.

Food Industry New Year's Resolutions for 2006

What resolutions have you made for processing in 2006? Editor David Feder has a few suggestions.

Institute of Medicine Report Based on Outdated Research

Editor Dave Fusaro critiques the Institute of Medicine report on food advertising and childhood obesity, noting that it is based on outdated research.

2006 Manufacturing Survey

Once again, food safety is manufacturers’ No. 1 concern - but Osama, Katrina and Reddy Kilowatt are out there, too.

McDonalds Asks Consumers to Make Wise Choices

McDonald’s is fighting a battle for the entire food industry, putting nutrition facts on wrappers and asking consumers to make wise choices.

New Food Rollout for February 2006

Hershey's Kissables; Birds Eye’s Herb Garden Collection; Quaker Life with yogurt; DiGiorno’s wheat pizza; Cheez-It Fiesta; Seattle’s Best Coffee at home.

How Food Processors Removed Trans Fats Ahead of Deadline

Here's how several processors removed trans fats before the Jan. 1 labeling deadline.

FDA Denies Petition on Whole Grain Descriptors

Currently, hundreds of products are marketed with “whole grain” statements, despite ambiguity concerning the regulatory status of descriptors such as “good” and “excellent” source.

Iron and Zinc Fortification

National health surveys claim almost three in four Americans don't meet requirements for zinc and iron.

Communicating Whole Grain Needs to Consumers

Wellness Foods Editor David Feder ponders how food and nutrition professionals can best communicate to consumers advice on how to boost their intake of whole grains.

Pasta Category Redefined with Healthier Options

Efforts to bring pasta back to consumers with high-antioxidant, organic, whole-grain and multi-grain products are redefining the category.

Young Cooks Look for Easy Ways to Wow

Cooking is an option, not an obligation for 20-Something cooks; but they want to improve their cooking skills.

Selling Wellness to Consumers

Food Processing columnist Diane Toops discusses how multi-dimensional marketing provides the healthiest fit.

Formulating for Increased Shelf Life

'Fresh,' organic and other consumer trends are elbowing out some traditional technologies. But there are new techniques to keep food safe and salable.

Is Glycemic Index Here to Stay?

Glycemic Index either will be the next big fad or will fizzle under its own conflicting character. More research is needed before processors should jump in (but that didn’t stop the Atkins frenzy).

Newman's Own, Kettle Foods, and Naked Juice In Sync with Customers

Newman's Own Organics, Kettle Foods and Naked Juice are in sync with their customers in ways envied by mega competitors.

Is Biotechnology the Future of Food?

Why not a conference on biotechnology, but with the food industry calling the meeting to order?

Chicken a Consistent Growth Vehicle for Most Processors

Chicken has been a consistent 5% annual growth vehicle for most processors.

Salt Unworthy of Being Demonized

The Salt Institute justifiably asks “Where’s the outrage?” over the lack of fair play in the science media when salt proves yet again unworthy of being demonized.

First Class Glass Packaging

Processors gravitate to glass packaging for branding, premium positioning and product protection.

FDA Needs to Further Define Whole Grain Labeling

Editor in Chief Dave Fusaro urges food processors to tell the FDA to finish the job and define what are 'good' and 'excellent' sources of whole grains.

Asset-Swapping Changes the Faces of Numerous Businesses

Unilever, ConAgra, Del Monte and Pinnacle will look significantly different once the dust settles.

Food is Big News

News and Trends Editor Diane Toops examines media’s influence on consumer concerns.

Work Phytochemicals into Your Food Products

The scientific and marketing imperatives mount for working phytochemicals into your food products.

ConAgra Superpremium Canned Vegetables

ConAgra's Hunt's brand tries to create a superpremium category for canned vegetables.

More Ammo Brought into Fight Against Diabetes

Diabetes afflicts an ever-growing percentage of the population. However, creators and manufacturers of foods designed either directly or indirectly to prevent the development of obesity and diabetes, are bringing more and more ammo to the battle every year.

Gluten-Free Market Rapidly Expanding

The market for gluten-free foods, currently at about $600 million annually, may be only a small piece of the overall food market, but the category is growing extremely fast.

Natural Products West 2006

The Natural Products Expo West / SupplyExpo / Nutracon / World Ethnic Market conference and trade show in Anaheim last month was one of the best shows in years, says Wellness Foods editor David Feder, R.D.

Vitamin D and Calcium Work Together

It’s well known that calcium is needed for bone health, but vitamin D is often taken for granted.

The New Diabetes Formulation Paradigm

The recent trend of developing diabetes-specific products that are mainstream and safe enough for regular consumption could transcend all healthy food and beverage categories.

Liquid Meal Replacements

The line has blurred between functional beverages and meals in a can, but both have come a long way toward providing more whole - and wholesome - nutrition.

Marketing Products Using the Dietary Guidelines

Companies must ensure that any marketing use of the guidelines is truthful and not misleading within the total context.

Potatoes Villainized by Questionable Science

Questionable conclusions and reckless reporting have painted potatoes as dietary 'bad guys.' Dr. Anthony begs to differ.

Plant Procedures to Keep Allergens Out of Your Products

An allergen in your product or processing area could prove tragic to company and consumer. These plant procedures can help keep your products true to their ingredient statements.

WTO Sides with U.S. on GM Crops

What the World Trade Organization decided on biotech foods in the European Union, and what it means to American producers.

Trident Splash Peppermint and Vanilla

They came, they saw, they chewed, and then our 7th grade panelists concluded, "Peppermint and vanilla mix well."

Designing Foods for Weight Loss

The key to success in today's complicated world of health and diet appears to be satiety.

Science Degrees Can Be Used to Mislead

"Vitamin E is harmful", "salt is poison", "organic cookies decimate the endangered orangutan habitat" and "the childhood obesity crisis is a red herring made up by the liberal media." These assertions are just a sampling of the flagrant misuses of science degrees by people who should know better....

Packaging for Organic and All-Natural Products

Package structures and graphics are rising to the occasion as organic and all-natural products go mainstream.

Training and Sustaining Your Workforce

Automation, software and PLCs dictate the workforce requirements in the contemporary food plant, and processors everywhere are struggling to find workers with the skills to keep plants running smoothly.

Bird's Eye Steam and Serve

Birds Eye Steam and Serve offers quality vegetables expertly prepared with a gourmet sauce … at nearly 3 bucks.

Umami Gets a Lot of Publicity

The fifth basic taste sensation -- umami -- has been getting a lot of publicity lately.

Microwave Popcorn Increasingly Popular

The popularity of microwave popcorn just keeps growing.

FDA Budget Cut May End Food Contact Notification Program

The agency’s proposed budget may mean an end to the efficient and speedy Food Contact Notification Program … and two- to five-year waits for reviews.

Reser's Fine Foods Rises from Humble Beginnings

A lot of food companies started out dreaming big dreams based on a really good family recipe. Editor in Chief Dave Fusaro takes a close look at one of them: Reser's Fine Foods.

Are You Communicating with Teens?

They're numerous, cool and impressionable. They already spend millions. In a decade or so, they’ll be your primary market. Are you talking teens' language?

Healthier Products Abound at 2006 FMI Show

The FMI show proved food processors are trying their best to formulate with the Dietary Guidelines in mind.

Consumers Not Always Honest on Healthy Eating Surveys

Consumers may fudge answers on healthy-eating surveys, but they also appear to know what they’re supposed to eat and what to avoid.

Americans Look for New Cheese Options

The American palate is seeking out new cheeses, even as research improves the old standbys.

Americans Looking for Wiser Restaurant Menu Offerings

The many Americans who eat out increasingly are seeking wiser menu offerings.

Codex Standards Help Resolve Trade Disputes

No longer the province of food scientists, Codex meetings and standards play a role in the resolution of trade disputes.

McCormick Introduces Spice Grinders

McCormick and Co. supports cooking use of spices while also moving them to the table.

Nutrition's Effect on Menopause

Today, more than a third of the contemporary woman's life is in menopausal and post-menopausal phases. Not surprisingly, more functional foods are addressing major needs of women.

Organic Foods are Where Innovation and Sales Growth Meet

A visit to the "Power of Five" conglomeration of food shows in Chicago last month left the distinct impression that organic foods "are where it's at" in terms of innovation and sales growth.

Plant Moisture Control

Once-ignored USDA requirements for condensation control are compelling processors to take a closer look at humidity problems. Also: tips on choosing between desiccant and mechanical dehumidifiers.

Survey Says Nearly Half of Consumers Don't Count Calories

If a calorie is consumed in the forest and no one is there to count it, will it still show up on your waistline? We analyze the IFIC Foundation Food and Health Survey’s disturbing finding that 43 percent of consumers refuse to even think about keeping track of their caloric intake.

A Commentary on CSPI's Latest Crusade

The task of responding to the latest crusade from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has become almost tedious, says writer Radley Balko in this article from TCSDaily.com. He discusses CSPI's lawsuit against Kentucky Fried Chicken and its attacks on Starbucks for its ...

New Developments in Sugar Formulation

An important product development tool, sugar provides function as well as flavor. New developments are removing calories and even the sweetness for new formulation possibilities.

Ginseng Comeback

Whatever happened to ginseng? This popular pioneer of functional ingredients was the belle of the good-for-you ball 25 years ago. Ginseng may have faded from the popularity contest point of view, but sales are still strong and it still has a myriad of uses.

Self-Regulation of Advertising to Children

Emotions run high when it comes to advertising to kids, but processors have an alphabet soup of tools for enacting voluntary regulations.

Food and Beverage Market for Kids Growing Like a Weed

By 2007, sales of kids’ foods and beverages could reach as high as $38 billion or more.

EU Rules on Health Claims Take a Step Forward

Ten years in the works, the European Parliament’s review of health and nutrition claims on food labels may end a longstanding prohibition against claims relating to human diseases.

Extreme Makeovers for Processing Plants

Need to give your plant a facelift? Start with materials and designs that spell safety, cleanliness and a spankin’ new look.

Gourmet Foods Need Visual Sizzle

The packaging recipe for high-end foods and beverages pairs visual sizzle with product protection.

2006 FMI Show Full of Innovative Products

The annual FMI show provides a look at the many innovative products hoping to find space on the shelf.

Consumers Seek Diet Solutions from Food Industry

Consumers seek diet solutions from the food industry, which they still trust.

Candy Show 2006 Brings Out the Inner Child

The usual, delightful sugar and spice plus plenty of chocolate … and fortified candy arrives on the scene.

2006 Institute of Food Technologists Show

Health and nourishment were the key ingredients at June’s IFT show.

Prototype Products at the 2006 IFT Show

IFT’s prototype products sizzle with innovation.

Diet and Cancer

Over the past 50 years, deaths from heart disease, stroke and infectious diseases have decreased significantly, but the same cannot be said of cancer.

Media Reaction to Soy Overstates Risks

Soy recently got its turn under the hot lamp of media accusation for crimes committed in the name of health. Research purportedly linking soy to cancer has been splattering the pages of popular media with its tofu gore. As always, the truth is more benign – pun intended – than the columnists ...

Opportunities and Challenges of Functional Ingredients

Common use in dietary supplements simply does not go far toward establishing GRAS status for a functional ingredient’s use in conventional foods.

Five Tips on Making the Most of your Portable Blenders

Five tips on how to make the best use of your portable mixers.

Improving Flavors for Kids' Foodservice

Removing bitterness, getting children to enjoy vegetables plus other mysteries of improving children’s nutrition.

Processing Innovation is Alive and Well

Processing innovation is alive and well. We look at five technologies of tomorrow that are available today (or soon): supersonic processing, high-pressure sterilization, bioseparation, radio frequency heating and carbon dioxide extrusion.

New Sources of Resistant Starch

Wheat, potatoes, legumes, even tapioca are being developed as sources of resistant starches, although with different characteristics – and often more fiber – than the original corn source.

Digestive Health’s New Phase

The more we understand and encourage healthy g.i. tract balance, the better we’re able to protect ourselves from disease.

Food Safety Warnings

Two developments regarding the preemption of state food safety warnings the food industry should know.

The 400-pound Guarana in the Room

Natural caffeine is abundant in our modern, high-energy society. The sun never sets on the Starbuck’s empire. And talk about teas, once we discovered antioxidants and EGCG, variety in the tea market went through the roof.

Optimum ReBound Cereal

Nature’s Path helps morning exercisers refuel muscles with Optimum ReBound cereal in this month's Food Processing Product Spotlight feature.

Guard Against Intentional Contamination

The food industry is fortunate Congress and FDA have not developed more specific requirements for food security.

Natural Colors Have a Bright and Colorful Future

As the organic and natural market continues to boom, innovative new approaches to natural colors ensure a bright and colorful future.

Demographic Segmentation Becomes Common Packaging Strategy

Demographic segmentation, the time-tested tool of mass media advertisers, is becoming a more common packaging strategy as food companies develop line extensions to appeal to every conceivable sliver of the population.

UK Consumers in Control of their Health

The opportunity lies in maintaining taste and offering real product improvement while also remaining true to your product category.

Use Leading KPIs to Spot Trouble

Does your plant have reliability issues and a hard time meeting production targets? Metrics such as key performance indicators (KPIs), when identified and aligned properly, can save your plant, your job and your career. So grab a pen, open your mind and get ready to learn.

Industrial Maintenance Job Fairs Can Help You Find Talented People

Deferred maintenance is reaching chronic levels as current equipment ages and sophisticated, new equipment needs more care and custom configuration. One way to find talented people is through industrial maintenance job fairs. Here’s how they work and what you should do to maximize your return on ...

2006 R&D Survey

Consumer interest in organic and healthy products is forcing R&D teams to learn agronomy, a little pharmacology and new methods of ensuring food safety, according to Food Processing's 35th annual R&D survey.

Reformulating for Aseptic Processing

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

Nestle Crunch Stixx

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

FDA Reports on Allergen Contamination

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

Applying Lean to Sanitation

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

Low-Calorie, Naturally Sweetened Drinks Gain Popularity

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

2006 Regulatory Roundup

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

Nuts Reclaiming Status as Health Food

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

Options Grow for Gluten Intolerant

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

Glycemic Index is Just Wrong

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

New Breed of Weight-Loss Foods

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

Trace Minerals

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

Children Have Different Dietary Requirements than Adults

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

Regulating Food Nanotechnology

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

Focus on: Childhood Obesity

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

Favorite Products of 2006

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

The Future Impact of Nanoingredients

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

Nanotechnology in Processing and Packaging

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

Fast and Easy is the Packaging Imperative

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

Hemp Seed High in Protein and Omega Oils

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

Trends from the Natural Products Expo East

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

Establishing Effective Equipment Maintenance

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

Training Programs Develop America as an Effective Future Economy

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

Considerations for Nut Processing

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

2006 Processor of the Year: Kellogg Co.

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

2006 Processor of the Year: Kellogg Co.

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

Vitamin C's Comeback

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

Educating Consumers about Peanut Butter

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

2007- The Year of Protein Awareness

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

Editor's Plate: Keep Thinking Optimistically

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

Regulatory Issues: FDA considers functional foods

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

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