Understanding the Ban on Partially Hydrogenated Oils
The FDA recently removed GRAS status for partially hydrogenated oils, giving the industry three years to comply.
As has long been expected, the FDA on June 16 announced it was revoking the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products.
While they are…
Eggs in Short Supply as Avian Flu Spreads
How to Create Food Safety Culture With Your Teams
Power Lunch: Seven Signs of a Healthy Food Company
What to Expect from The Food Regulators in 2015
Food Packaging Offers Multi-tasking Performance
Product protection sometimes is the only mission of food packages. More often, it’s only the start.
Product protection is the fundamental mission of food packaging, though its marketing utility sometimes trumps protection as the primary consideration in its selection. But many factors can come into play, from educating consumers to answering…
Candy Maker Mars Favors FDA Proposals to List Added Sugar on Labels
Polystrene foam meat trays aren't going away any time soon
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Packaging With a Heart and Sense of Humor
ConAgra's Grocery Products Unit Agrees To Pay $11.2 Million in Salmonella Settlement
ConAgra Grocery Products unit agrees to plead guilty to a charge that it shipped contaminated peanut butter linked to a 2006-2007 nationwide outbreak of salmonella poisoning
ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, Omaha, Neb., a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods Inc., has agreed to plead guilty and pay $11.2 million in fines and forfeitures connected with the charge that it shipped contaminated peanut butter linked to a 2006-2007 nationwide outbreak of salmonella poisoning, the Department of Justice announced May 20.
Manufacturing products at a facility in Sylvester, Ga., ConAgra Grocery Products signed a statement admitting that it introduced Peter Pan and private-label peanut butter contaminated with salmonella into interstate commerce during the 2006 through 2007 outbreak. The plea agreement stipulates that the company will pay a criminal fine of $8 million and forfeit assets of $3.2 million. The criminal fine is the…
Is Energy Efficiency Taking a Back Seat in Food and Beverage Manufacturing?
MRO Q&A: How to Prevent Machine Trade Secrets from Going Public
MRO Q&A: How to Optimize Value from Trade Show Visits
MRO Q&A: Creating a Task Certification Process
Due to the impact of the avian influenza on egg-laying hens, egg supplies are steadily decreasing to alarming levels. Egg prices are rising and expected to hit a new high in 2015, caused by the number of egg-laying hens killed by avian flu, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture. The avian flu outbreak has devastated the U.S. hen-laying flock, and new outbreaks have been reported in recent weeks in Iowa and Minnesota. The results have affected at least 46 million chickens and turkeys, the USDA reports. Most of the birds that died were egg-laying hens. With fewer chickens laying eggs, a third of the supply for companies buying egg products has disappeared in just a few weeks.
The crisis has put a great burden on farms in Iowa, Indiana…
IoT Meets Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Quality’s Paper Trail: Managing the Shift to Electronic Records
FDA Confirms PHO Ban
U.S. House Repeals Country of Origin Labeling
Simpler Equals Safer When it Comes to the Food System
Investors, Major Brands Call for Stronger Palm Oil Standards
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil criticized for gaps in enforcement.
Institutional investors representing more than $4 trillion in assets plus some of the world’s largest food & beverage companies sent a letter June 1 asking the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards for certifying the sustainable production of palm oil. Palm oil is found in an estimated 50 percent of all packaged goods, from cosmetics to candy.
The companies and investors submitted their letter summarizing their recommendations just days before RSPO hosts its European roundtable and board meeting in Amsterdam. The letter calls on RSPO to prohibit deforestation in palm oil supply chains and include additional environmental and human rights protections.
The letter was organized by the office of New York…
Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Green Plant of the Year
Organic Trade Assn. Petitions for Checkoff Program
Market View: What is Sustainability and What Is it Worth?
Cargill to Launch Drones in War on Illegal Palm Oil
Living up to the hype will be difficult, but infrastructure construction is well under way for the Internet of Things.
As catch phrases go, the Internet of Things has a certain Buck Rogers ring to it. IoT already has trumped Big Data and network connectivity when it comes to capturing people’s imagination.
What's catapulting IoT above the level of hype are the…
Advanced Imaging Systems Injecting More Automation into Meat Processing
Examining the Global Supply Chain
Equipment Round Up: June 2015
A monthly round-up of manufacturing equipment hand-picked by editors of Food Processing.
Dynamic Conveyor Corp Synchronized Sidewall Belting
Gain improved control and containment of small or fragile food products with the company’s synchronized sidewall belting. The sidewalls are hermetically sealed to the ThermoDrive belt, reducing the gap between the sidewalls and flights to 5mm, which reduces product damage that can be caused by static sidewalls. ThermoDrive solid surface belts are homogeneous thermoplastic with 100 percent closed surfaces, making them suited for hygienic food-processing applications. Unlike traditional flat belts, these belts drive on sprockets like a modular plastic belt and are not under tension, enabling easy lifting for food conveyor cleaning and solving nearly all traditional flat belt problems.
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Equipment Round-Up January 2015
2014 Supplier Source Guide Directory
Formulation Trends in 2015: Sweets in Moderation
Portion control, a fusion of flavors, healthier profiles and millennial favorites dominate the candy and confection scene as the market catches onto 'watching its sweets.'
Called one of life's little pleasures, candy and confections have finally joined most of the other food categories dishing on the health and wellness buffet, as the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo in May can attest. The show underscored the increase…
Avian Influenza: What Food Processors Need To Know
General Mills To Clean Up Its Cereals
Artisanal Foods Increase in Popularity
As consumer concern for healthy eating escalates, so does the interest in natural and artisanal foods. Artisans can keep traditions alive by going beyond the mass-produced norm with the best ingredients and old-world methods to create foods with flair.
No question, artisan foods are popular. From the increase in small, niche names in specialty shops to big, iconic brands on supermarket shelves and the surge of food prep-at-home delivery businesses, artisan food companies seem to be thriving. All…
2015 R&D Team of the Year: Among Friends LLC
2015 R&D Team of the Year: Ruiz Foods
2014 R&D Survey: Open to New Ideas
Call for Nominations: 2015 R&D Teams of the Year
Regulators and Processors Locked In Lunchroom Food Fight
The school lunch program needs government renewal; should it get tougher or more lax nutritional standards?
One of the battles brewing in Washington these days is a debate over reauthorization of the National School Lunch Program. The current incarnation, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which will expire on Sept. 30, attempted to force…
The ABCs (and CDK and M's) of Bone Health
2015: The Year GMO Labeling Began
Understanding Your Omega Fatty Acids
How Much Do you Understand About Satiety and Weight Control?
Riding the Free-From Movement
Mars Unveils Snack Treats and Changes in Candy Land
PepsiCo To Eliminate Aspartame from Diet Pepsi
Ingredient Round Up: June 2015
Add some functional, sweet and savory ingredients to your products with our monthly product round-up.
Sour is the new sweet is the new red
Between market research that shows consumers turning from sweet to tart flavors and the fact that snacking occasions are on the rise, tart cherries are a key ingredient for both semi-sweet and savory products.
Portion Control, Health, Millennials Guide Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015
Tyson Foods To Stop Using Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken by 2017
Ingredient Round-Up: March 2015
Nielsen Reveals 2015 Breakthrough Innovation Products
PepsiCo, Kraft, MillerCoors, Atkins, Monster, Muller, Kellogg, Red Bull among winners.
"Creating game-changing innovation is challenging, and turning it into enduring sales is even harder," said market data firm Nielsen Co. "The Breakthrough Innovation Project and Award celebrates this exceptional triumph by companies that are changing category dynamics, not just conforming to them."
With that, the firm in May announced its U.S. Breakthrough Innovation Winners for 2015. They include both food and nonfood consumer packaged goods. The food winners:
Atkins Frozen Meals (Atkins Nutritionals)Lunchables Uploaded (Kraft Foods)Monster Energy Ultra (Monster Energy Co.)Mountain Dew Kickstart (PepsiCo)Müller Yogurt (Muller Quaker Dairy/PepsiCo)Redd’s Apple Ale (MillerCoors)Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches (Kellogg)The Red…
May 2015 New Food and Beverage Rollout
Product Focus: Meatless Meals
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Hormel Foods to Acquire Applegate Farms
Panera Bread Lists 150 'Unacceptable Ingredients'
Market View: The Era of Fat and Happy Is Over
The era of renewed innovation must begin in earnest.
The late Malcolm Forbes said, "The greatest obstacle to business is success," and for most of the past the food industry has been successful. However two things are taking place that are likely to have a negative impact on the industry if some major changes are not made.
The first is innovation. It appears the major food companies have eschewed risk by letting entrepreneurs start food businesses; then the big companies buy the fledgling businesses. This is less risky but it is also less likely to produce long term profit and growth.
Yet history shows that, in at least half of all cases, after the deal closes the acquisitions sour. There are dozens of studies and papers and estimates of how many M&A deals fail to meet financial…
Post is the Latest Bidder For Hostess
Market View: Be Authentically Authentic
Market View: Stop Promoting What's Not
Healthy snacks is where it's at with this month's new product rollout.
House Foods Offers Low-Calorie Pasta Alternative
Tofu purveyor House Foods introduced Smart Noodle, a noodle substitute with 20 calories, 6g of fiber and 400mg of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid per serving. Learn more about the product
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Gorton's Seafood Introduces Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks
Sysco Terminates Merger With US Foods
After 1.5 years, too many objections to food distribution consolidation
Sysco Corp today (June 29) announced it has terminated its merger agreement with US Foods, days after the U.S. District Court in Washington granted the Federal Trade Commission's request for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed merger.
The decision ends a year and a half of fighting by the food distribution giant to get the merger approved. In December 2013, Sysco announced the deal to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion, but it immediately met with competition and antitrust concerns. The FTC filed a lawsuit in February challenging the transaction on antitrust grounds.
The action also terminates an agreement with Performance Food Group (PFG), in which Sysco was to purchase US Foods facilities in 11 markets.
Under terms of the merger…
Campbell, McCormick, Ferrero Go Shopping
WhiteWave To Acquire Vega, Maker of Powdered Shakes and Snack Bars
Food Industry Merger and Acquisition Activity Remained Steady in 2013
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
Five Reasons You Need a Crisis Communications Plan
It’s impossible to prepare for and manage a crisis concurrently.
Ice cream and listeria. Baby food and glass. Sprouts and E. coli. These days food and beverage processors are ground zero for brand reputation and media relations. When things go wrong, people want to hear first-hand from the folks responsible for both the problem and the solution.
Most food and beverage processors have locked down their operations crisis response, but the communications aspect of crisis management may or may not be covered. Yet, how a company communicates its recovery plan makes all the difference between a brand that survives a crisis, and one that never quite recovers.
Key players in the reputation management game include customers, retailers and the media along with important stakeholders like employees and investors.
Understanding Tort Reform as it Relates to the Food Industry
Power Lunch: Organic Category Proposes a Check-off Program
Power Lunch: The Potential in Cuba
Swap the Food Pyramid for the Fraud Triangle
Readers Speak Up on Recent Food Processing Articles
From food science to fighting millenials, Food Processing's readers chime in on recent topics.
Science does matter
I read the Editor's Plate “Science Doesn’t Matter” in the May edition of Food Processing and compared the information to the May 8 FDA “Recent Developments in Combating Antibiotic Resistance” speech. Although I understand the point that you're making about consumer perceptions on ingredients, I don’t believe that it was entirely responsible that you included such a serious matter as antibiotic resistance in this way.
People are basically incredulous about food science and their long-term health and wellbeing. They are for good reason, in that labeling ingredients in their food has not been honest especially around antibiotics and growth hormones added to the food on the farm and still present (and…
Editor's Plate: Why Can’t This Get Done?
Editor's Plate: Science Doesn’t Matter
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Editor's Plate: The Two Worlds of Food and Beverage
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
Market View: A Glimpse Into the Future Employees of America
Rethink Employee Retention
2014 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: So Happy Together
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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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…
Nestle Waters Grinds Away at Producing Energy with Help from Nespresso
2014 Manufacturing Trends Survey: The Swagger’s Back
Nestle Frozen Removing Artificial Flavors, Sodium
Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Clean Up Their Menus
The McCormick Flavor Forecast for 2015
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…
10 Global Trends in Food, Health and Nutrition
2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Report
Experts Weigh In On Product Development Trends for 2015
Post Foods has joined a group of bidders seeking to purchase Hostess for as much as $2 billion, according to a new report
Like a phoenix, Hostess Brands seems to keep coming back to life, as Post Foods has just joined a group of bidders looking to grab it for as much as $2 billion, according to a report in the New York Post.
Mexico's Grupo Bimbo, Flowers Foods and Switzerland's Aryzta are also making nonbinding bids for Hostess to Apollo Global Management (APO) and billionaire investor C. Dean Metropoulos, which, according to earlier reports, has been preparing the snack cake maker for sale for at least a year. All of the bidders submitted offers, as have a few private equity firms said to be interested in Hostess, which two years ago, was purchased by Apollo Global and Metropoulos for $410 million.
At one time, the Kansas City-based maker of Twinkies,…
2015 Capital Spending Report: Expansion on the Menu
2014 Capital Spending Report: New Projects Line Up
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…
Food Business Mergers And Acquisitions Up In 2011, But Slow In Second Half
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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
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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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2008 Top 100 Profiles 26-50
The 2008 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.
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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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2007 Top 100: Corporate Profiles 51-100
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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