USDA Getting Into Non-GMO Certification Business?
Ag secretary's memo hints at developing AMS program.
USDA is developing a Process Verified Program (PVP) claim for non-GMO corn and soybeans, which could both rival the private Non-GMO Project certification and provide a government-issued standard against which Vermont's pending state labeling law and the developing national regulation could be measured.
The program follows the agency's existing Process Verified Program (PVP), operated by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which is the framework used to certify organic products. The PVP verifies marketing claims involving a range of product characteristics.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack revealed the program in a May 1 memo to staff, noting:
"Recently, a leading global company asked AMS to help verify that the corn and soybeans it…
Keeping Ready-To-Eat Foods Safe
Quality’s Paper Trail: Managing the Shift to Electronic Records
FDA Discovers Positive Listeria Tests at Blue Bell Facilities
What to Expect from The Food Regulators in 2015
Candy Maker Mars Favors FDA Proposals to List Added Sugar on Labels
Mars Inc. says it is endorsing proposals by the FDA to list added sugar on labels.
Mars Inc. says it is endorsing proposals by the FDA to list added sugar on labels. The proposals suggest that added sugars should be listed on the Nutritional Facts panels found on candy packaging. The move has reportedly been called "refreshing" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Mars also stated that it supports recommendations from health authorities that advise people to limit their sugar intake, particularly the kind that's added to foods, to no more than 10 percent of their total calories.
One of the most important ways we can help is by giving consumers clear information about what’s in the products we manufacture so they can make informed dietary choices,” Mars said in a statement. "The world’s leading…
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Packaging With a Heart and Sense of Humor
Is Energy Efficiency Taking a Back Seat in Food and Beverage Manufacturing?
Energy efficiency is no longer a top-of-mind consideration for many food and beverage manufacturers, as increasingly it’s a standard feature in the machines and equipment they buy.
Sustainable manufacturing and green initiatives aside, energy efficiency is a tough sell. Plentiful oil and gas supplies coupled with moderate pricing don’t make it any easier. Nonetheless, utility companies and regulators continue to prod…
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Tyson Foods To Stop Using Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken by 2017
2015 Capital Spending Report: Expansion on the Menu
Industrial Microwave Technology Inches Toward Mainstream
GMO Labeling Bill Reintroduced in Congress
Reps. Pompeo and Butterfield will try again to pre-empt state labeling laws. The bill also requires FDA to define "natural."
On March 25, a bipartisan bill was resubmitted to the House of Representatives that would require the FDA to review genetically engineered ingredients intended for food and to decide on a case-by-case basis if a "contains GMOs" label is necessary for a resulting food product. Perhaps more importantly – and more contentious – the bill also would prevent individual states from creating their own GMO labeling laws.
Curiously, the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" (HR 1599) seems to imply an unsafe food product would be allowed on the market as long as it carried the warning label – not exactly part of the FDA's mission statement.
This is an issue that very likely will be resolved this year. If you want to get ahead of it, attend…
Dietary Guidelines May Eat Away at Freedom
Meat Institute Petition to Counter Dietary Guidelines Suggestion
2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Report
Examining the Global Supply Chain
Organic Trade Assn. Petitions for Checkoff Program
Asks USDA for revenue source that would include funds from processors.
As we reported months ago, ("Organic Category Proposes a Checkoff") the Organic Trade Assn. (OTA) on May 12 formally petitioned USDA to begin steps to conduct a vote on and implement a research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry.
The proposal would charge all organic "certificate holders" throughout the supply chain: producers, processors, handlers, brand manufacturers, co-packers and importers. That means even food processors, such as General Mills, WhiteWave (Horizon Organic) and Campbell Soup, would be required to chip in.
It's estimated the organic check-off, referred to as GRO Organic (Generic Research and Promotion Order for Organic), could raise more than $30 million a year to advance the organic sector.
Market View: What is Sustainability and What Is it Worth?
Cargill to Launch Drones in War on Illegal Palm Oil
Nestle Waters Grinds Away at Producing Energy with Help from Nespresso
What Will People Eat in 2018?
Documenting quality-assurance activities in the plant is a headache, and extending the paper trail to include the activities of suppliers is creating a migraine that only electronic records can cure.
Nutritional supplements occupy a murky middle-ground between food and pharmaceutical production, and the heightened scrutiny they are under should serve as a warning to mainstream food and beverage processors.
A coalition of three states’…
Advanced Imaging Systems Injecting More Automation into Meat Processing
Technology on the Plant Floor: Proceed with Caution
Equipment Round-Up: March 2015
A monthly round-up of manufacturing equipment hand-picked by editors of Food Processing.
For difficult-to-mill products
The Corundum Disk Mill MCD 2000 is an inline mill for wet milling and grinding of viscous liquid or paste-like products. The mixing chamber consists of two corundum disks, one rotary and one stationary, available in…
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Mars Unveils Snack Treats and Changes in Candy Land
An increase in requests for lower caloric snack options prompted Mars Chocolate North America to develop Goodness Knows Snack Squares
Some food marketers are indeed making changes to meet the better-for-you needs of today's consumers. At this week's Sweets & Snacks Show 2015 in Chicago, one big theme was "candy in moderation," as an essential part of a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Tackling the heath concerns related to over consumption of sugar, calories and fat, Mars Chocolate North America is expanding its product lineup with new snacks that support the "treating you right" mentality. At the show during a press event, the company launched a preportioned, lower-calorie option called Goodness Knows Snack Squares.
Available initially in Boulder, Colo., through a sampling program and later after "exceptional" feedback from testing in Dallas, Seattle and Portland, the…
Portion Control, Health, Millennials Guide Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015
Yes, We Have No GMOs
Have Consumers and Manufacturers Found A Happy Medium for Beverages?
2015 R&D Trends Survey: Doing Without GMOs and PHOs
Our 44th annual R&D Survey indicates a year of regulatory challenges but less emphasis on cost control.
Sometimes we worry that we write too much about genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs) and regulatory issues, especially for you folks in product development. But the two subjects seem to be coming up a lot lately, with the latter concern…
USDA Offers $30 Million in Grants for New Product Development
2014 R&D Survey: Open to New Ideas
Call for Nominations: 2015 R&D Teams of the Year
2015: The Year GMO Labeling Began
With so many forces at work, it looks like there's no avoiding the issue this year.
March 2015 was an eventful month for the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The two tempests stirred up by recent news and all the other issues in this long-running debate look to be headed for some kind of resolution this…
Understanding Your Omega Fatty Acids
How Much Do you Understand About Satiety and Weight Control?
Research Finds Nuts Can Help Prevent Diseases
What is 'Natural' Food?
PepsiCo To Eliminate Aspartame from Diet Pepsi
Breakfast flavors, classics and fruity/spicy combinations are popular, as are smaller portions
New products at this week's Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, May 19-21, prove that candy and snack manufacturers are looking at different combinations beyond confections and snacks for flavors.
Breakfast flavors like maple, waffle and bacon are being used with both snacks and candy, and will be hitting stores shelves soon, as are comfort flavors and classic versions that evoke childhood memories like s'mores, birthday cake and lemonade. A fruit trend for new snacks and candy is on tap this year, with the use of real fruit in products on the rise. Flavors range from the conventional orange, cherry, banana and apple options, but there were many sophisticated new varieties and profiles such as mango, blood orange and Meyer lemon, pumpkin…
Ingredient Round-Up: March 2015
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Product Focus: Meatless Meals
Heat-and-eat meal manufacturers expect the number of consumers that go meatless to increase.
According to findings from the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2014 Food and Health Survey, 22 percent of consumers rely on meat alternatives as a source of protein. Data from Mintel shows this figure to be higher, with 36 percent of consumers indicating they use meat alternatives.
Heat-and-eat meal manufacturers believe this figure will only continue to increase as more consumers choose to go meatless on Mondays and other days. This is the result of a growing number of consumers simply wanting to eat less animal muscle because they believe eating meatless meals a few days a week is good for health and for the planet.
Meatless does not mean vegan. In fact, many meatless meals rely on cheese, eggs and whey ingredients…
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Panera Bread Lists 150 'Unacceptable Ingredients'
Millennials Leading the Way in Emerging Food Trends
Five Consumer Trends Shaping the Food Industry
Market View: Coca-Cola Invents Milk!
Market View: Stop Promoting What's Not
Even More New Products National Products Expo West 2015
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New Food Products (Database)
Gorton's Seafood Introduces Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks
Food Industry Merger and Acquisition Activity Remained Steady in 2013
Post to HQ Cereal Business at MOM's
Unmanned aerial vehicles will be used to monitor suppliers, other forest land that needs to be protected.
Drones, very much in the news lately, are being employed in a new cold war – the war on deforestation and non-sustainable palm oil.
Cargill Inc., in an April update to its palm oil sustainability report, notes it is prepared to launch drone aircraft in Malaysia, the world's second-biggest grower of oil palms. "Our project with unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) is moving into the operational phase. A Cargill team is set to start flight training in Malaysia. They will soon graduate as certified UAV pilots.
"With the UAVs, we are pushing the envelope in sustainability," the report continues. "They will help us map and monitor valuable pieces of forest land that need to be protected, and improve land and water use, so that we can grow more…
Darifair Foods Names Midd McManus as President
Brookfield Engineering Offers Viscosity Measurement Training in 2015
Understanding Tort Reform as it Relates to the Food Industry
Reformed State Consumer Protection Acts will help food manufacturers.
In recent years, there have been hundreds of often consumer class actions leveled against both food producers and sellers nationwide. One particularly telling example of such litigation was the food-labeling lawsuit brought against Greek…
Power Lunch: Organic Category Proposes a Check-off Program
Power Lunch: The Potential in Cuba
Swap the Food Pyramid for the Fraud Triangle
Editor's Plate: Science Doesn’t Matter
There’s proof this month that questionable ingredients can be replaced.
“If people trust you, the science doesn’t matter. If people don’t trust you, the science doesn’t matter.”
Those are the wisest words I’ve heard in a long time. They were uttered at our own Food Leaders Summit in April by Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, who in turn credited them to Jack Bobo from the State Department.
Consumer trust and company transparency are probably the two biggest issues facing the food and beverage industry today. Yet, acceding to consumer demands seems to gets more scorn and criticism than it does praise among most industry professionals.
Why? Because science doesn’t back up some of the crazy notions these consumers get in their heads. High-fructose corn syrup is more fattening than…
Editor's Plate: Heinz Krafting a Bad Deal
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Editor's Plate: Time to Sharpen the Saw
Food Processing Opens Up 2015 Salary Survey
By answering a few questions in Food Processing's 2015 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey, you can help us provide an up-to-date picture of salary, benefits and career satisfaction in the food processing industry.
Do you ever wonder how your salary, benefits and bonus stack up against others in the food and beverage industry? If so, you're not alone. By answering a few questions in Food Processing's 2015 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey, you can help us…
Nominate a Kick-Ass Woman in Food
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Rethink Employee Retention
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U.S. Organic Sales Grew 11 Percent in 2014
Food sales near $36 billion, nearly 5 percent of overall food sales.
Sales of organic food and non-food products in the U.S. grew 11.3 percent in 2014 over the previous year, totaling $39.1 billion, according to the latest survey from the Organic Trade Assn. (OTA).
Despite the industry struggling with tight supplies of organic ingredients, organic food sales grew 11 percent in 2014, to $35.9 billion, while organic non-food sales, at $3.2 billion, jumped almost 14 percent for the biggest annual increase in six years.
The majority of American households in all regions of the country now make organic a part of their supermarket and retail purchases – from 68 to almost 80 percent of households in southern states, to nearly 90 percent on the West Coast and in New England, according to OTA.
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2015 Manufacturing Trends Survey
2014 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook
The top poultry process says it plans to halt the use of human antibiotics from its chicken production by 2017.
Tyson Foods Inc. has joined what's becoming a growing list of food companies in the U.S. that are revising existing products in the wake of escalating health concerns. The Springdale, Ark.-based meat-producing giant announced on April 28 that it plans to halt the use of human antibiotics from its broiler chicken production. Tyson's goal is for its U.S. broiler flocks to be free of the antibiotics by the end of September 2017.
In a release, Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. poultry producer, stated it will report annually on its progress, starting with its fiscal 2015 Sustainability Report. Already, the company has ceased to use all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, which require a veterinary prescription for antibiotics used on broiler…
2014 Manufacturing Trends Survey: The Swagger’s Back
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Foam meat trays are here to stay for a while, as Atlas Holdings purchased Sealed Air Corp.'s North American foam tray and absorbent pad business
Consumers still seem to like those polystyrene foam trays for meat, poultry and seafood. And for the time being, they aren't going to be replaced with any new-fangled substrate, at least where Atlas Holdings and its new Novipax foam tray company are concerned.
Atlas' buyout of Sealed Air Corp.'s North American foam tray and absorbent pads business at the start of this month created Novipax, a portfolio operating company of Atlas Holdings LLC. The sale included Sealed Air’s manufacturing locations in Paxinos and Reading, Pa., Indianapolis, Rockingham, N.C. and Grenada, Miss. In 2014, the Sealed Air business, which serves food processors, supermarkets and food packaging distributors, generated approximately $214 million in sales to its…
2014 Capital Spending Report: New Projects Line Up
2013 Capital Spending Outlook: Processors Invest in the Tools of Production, Not Brick and Mortar
Instead of a renaissance of two venerable firms, this will be a race to the bottom (line).
I was sad enough back in early 2013 when I heard about two investment firms taking Heinz Co. private. Now I’m distraught that Heinz is merging with Kraft. Or, as I recently said to a coworker: taking Kraft down with it.
Let’s face it: This merger is not about creating exciting new products, funding the R&D needed to get into novel growth categories or even about rejuvenating old but solid brands and products. It’s not about investing in and nurturing up-and-coming companies that have the Next Big Thing.
It’s about subtraction by addition: seeing how many plants can be shut down, how many people laid off and how many brands sold off to make the investors even richer than they are. And most of those investors are from Brazil, not…
Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2014
Food and Beverage M&A Has a Sweet Summer 2014
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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.
Our annual Top 100© primarily is a descending list of the largest food and beverage processors in the U.S. and Canada (See the full list at www.foodprocessing.com/top100). But if you look beyond the first column of numbers, 2012 food and beverage sales, it also provides a glimpse into the general health of the food industry.
The next columns, especially "2012 Net Income (or Loss)," tell who's doing well and who's not so well. Big changes – plus or minus – in sales hint at who has done some acquiring and who has sold off some assets. And this year, like never before, corporate reorganizations have given birth to new companies.
That's perhaps the most remarkable part of this year's report. Every year, a few companies come and go from…
Mergers and Acquisitions Report 2012: Despite Uncertain Times, Asset Swapping Continues
Top 100 for 2013
This year's list of the top food and beverage companies has been altered mostly by domestic buying.
Whereas 2013 saw several U.S. firms undertake acquisitions across the globe – and one mega deal that made a U.S. firm owned by the Chinese – part of last year and the first half of 2014 seem to be playing out as a time of renewed interest in…
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Top 100 for 2012
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Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2012
Mergers & Acquisitions Activity Returning to Pre-2008 Levels
With 322 total mergers and acquisitions recorded in 2010, the food and beverage industry is seeing the highest M&A figure since 2008, and about even with the 2005 figure.
The year 2010 began and ended with blockbuster deals.
Kraft Foods Inc. engineered the two biggest mergers and acquisitions of 2010: acquiring Cadbury Plc (in a drama that played out through most of 2009), then helping to pay for that $19.4 billion purchase by selling its pizza business to Nestle SA for $3.7 billion. Both those sales closed in January of 2010.
February saw suddenly acquisitive Diamond Foods get chip maker Kettle Foods, and Sunsweet acquire Herbal Water, maker of Ayala’s Herbal Water.
Last summer, Snyder’s of Hanover Inc. merged with Lance Inc. Seneca Foods Corp. bought Unilink LLC and Lebanon Valley Cold Storage LP, both makers of frozen fruits and vegetables.
In the fall, Ralcorp Holdings bought American Italian Pasta…
Food Processing Top 100 Observations
Top 100 for 2011
Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2011
Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2010: Less Is More
After preparing for the worst, most food & beverage companies saw decreases in sales but increases in profits in 2009.
If there is a theme running through this year's edition of the Top 100©, it may be less is more. As in lower sales can still mean higher profits.
Fifteen of the top 25 food & beverage companies on this list recorded lower sales in 2009 (or an early fiscal 2010) than they did in the previous year. Yet 18 of those 25 had higher net earnings.
That's not surprising when you consider that the recession hit a year earlier. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (the official arbiter of recessions) the past recession began in December 2007, and it certainly was widely apparent early into 2008. That gave food & beverage processors the better part of a year or more to prepare for the worst.
That lag time was apparent in our…
Food Business Mergers And Acquisitions Fall 30.4% In 2009
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Interactive Top 100 Chart Now Available
The Food Processing Top 100 list of food and beverage manufacturers is now available in an interactive format.
Starting this year, the Food Processing Top 100 list of food and beverage manufacturers will be available as an interactive, fully-sortable grid on http://www.foodprocessing.com/top100.
All 100 company names, rankings, food sales and company sales will be sortable in ascending or descending order. The sorting function is controlled by clicking the up or down arrow as shown in the image below.
Another added benefit to the interactive list is the introduction of individual profiles for each of the top 100 companies. Each profile contains information such as address, websites, brands or products, executives and much more. You can access the individual company profiles by clicking on the company name in the grid.
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26. Procter & Gamble Co. One Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202Phone: 513-983-1100; Fax: 513-983-9369; Web site: www.pg.com
Executives: Chrmn/CEO: A.G. Lafley; Global Human Resources Officer: Richard L. Antoine; Chief Technology Officer: G. Gilbert Cloyd; CFO: Clayton C. Daley Jr.; Chief Legal Officer & Secretary: James J. Johnson; Global Customer Business Development Officer: Mariano Martin; Global External Relations: Charlotte R. Otto;…
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The 2007 top 100 food and beverage processing companies in the U.S. and Canada are profiled in this annual feature. Find company contact information, major brands, key executives and main product areas.
To read the main article on the Top 100 processors and how our list was compiled, see "The Top 100: Kraft returns to the top." Access processor profiles 1-25, or processor profiles 26-50.
51. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
410 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611Phone: 312-644-2121; Fax: 312-644-0097; www.wrigley.com
Executives: Executive Chrmn: William Wrigley Jr.; Pres/CEO: William D. Perez; SVP and CFO: Reuben Gamoran; SVP, Worldwide Strategy and New Business: Peter R. Hempstead; SVP and Chief Innovation Officer: Surinder Kumar; SVP and Chief Admin. Officer: Dushan Petrovitch; VP, Secy and Gen. Counsel: Howard Malovany; VP-Worldwide Commercial Operations: Ralph Scozzafava; VP-Worldwide Manufacturing: John Adams; VP-Worldwide Gum Base…
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