What Do the FDA's Preventive Controls Rules Mean to You?
David Acheson and Melanie Neumann offer insight on complying with the new FSMA rules.
FDA on Sept. 17 released the first two final rules of the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act: Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food. As FDA notes, each has elements of both the original and supplemental proposals in addition to new requirements that are the outgrowth of public input received during outreach and the comment period for both proposals.
As we review these general applications and requirements, we’re not really seeing any radical changes from the proposed preventive controls. But at this stage, with almost 1,600 pages to read through, there may be some changes we haven’t found yet. However, some noteworthy areas we have noticed are that training is now a regulatory requirement for the…
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IoPP Honors AmeriStar Packaging Award Winners
Novelty in packaging design and material use honored by Institute of Packaging Professionals.
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) in June announced the winners of its 2015 AmeriStar Package Awards Competition. Most but not all are foods and beverages.
Judges evaluated and analyzed packages from 14 categories in an online, virtual…
Import and Export Changes Coming for Food in and for Canada
Food Packaging Offers Multi-tasking Performance
Candy Maker Mars Favors FDA Proposals to List Added Sugar on Labels
Packaging With a Heart and Sense of Humor
Five Things You Should Consider for Plant Safety
Food safety starts on the plant floor. We've collected a handful of articles to help ensure a safe manufacturing plant.
Food safety is an important element of the food manufacturing. Of equal importance to manufacturers is to maintain a safe plant as well. We've collected these articles to help navigate the wide range of plant safety issues.
How To Survive an OSHA Audit Be prepared, be cooperative, but also be aware of your rights.Cultivating a Culture of Safety in Food and Beverage Plants The financial benefits of reducing on-the-job injuries are clear, but there’s a bigger payoff from continuous improvement in worker safety.Renovate for Food Safety It is do or die time for your business. From leaky roofs to corroded underground pipes, old plants are slow-motion accidents waiting to happen.MRO Q&A: Building a Safety Program A reader asks: When…
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Food Manufacturers Issue No-Fly Zones
Flowers Foods Buys Organic Baker Alpine Valley Bread
A Closer Look at Inspection Tools
Manufacturers Look to Super-Premium Processing to Keep Beverages Safe
Crafty Lawyers Feed Off Craft Foods
Canada Gets Sugars Right, While FDA Goes Astray
2015 Green Plant of the Year: Tasteful Selections
Potato processor's efficient plant enables it to grow.
CSS Farms started in 2007 growing baby (also called creamer or C-size) potatoes for a niche market of fans (primarily restaurants) who valued the smaller size.
In 2010, CSS Farms and RPE Inc. united in a partnership to form Tasteful Selections…
2015 Green Plant of the Year: Planters Goes Nuts for Sustainability
Food Processing Awards Two Processors Green Plant of the Year Status for 2015
2015 Green Plant of the Year Voting Now Open
Investors, Major Brands Call for Stronger Palm Oil Standards
Nano Materials' Slow Ascent
Adoption of new technology usually inches along. In the case of nanotechnology in food, the timeline is measured in even smaller increments.
A catchy phrase can catapult manufacturing issues to buzz status — think Internet of Things or Six Sigma — but like yesterday’s news, their shelf life is limited.
Nanotechnology enjoyed buzz status not too many years ago, but its star power…
Food Safety Case History: From Farmers Market to SQF
Smart Industry 2015 Coming to Chicago
MRO Q&A: Successful Processes for High-Speed Machine Switch
Wireless Food and Beverage Plants on the Horizon
Equipment Round Up: July 2015
A monthly round-up of food and beverage manufacturing equipment chosen by our editors.
Safety Gate Offers Workers Protection from Falls
The Mezzanine Clear Height Safety Gate is engineered to protect workers from falls on elevated mezzanine loading areas. In addition, it does not have load height restrictions so it can accommodate…
Equipment Round Up: June 2015
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Food Formulations Get Spirited Flavor Boost
Everything from craft beers to ruby ports and smoky whiskeys are pouring it on to enhance existing flavors or add greater interest to the ordinary.
Alcoholic (or adult) beverage flavors add a greater depth to everyday food and beverage products. The flavors of spirits, beer and wine can be incorporated into processed foods to add magic, enhance flavors and brighten otherwise basic dishes.
Clean Slate on Clean Labels
Mondelez Plans to Focus More on Healthy Snacks
Ingredient Manufacturers Do Flavors a Favor
Food Color Evolves As Consumers Push for Cleaner Labels
Rebuilding the Golden Arches
McDonald's should take some cues from the processing side of the business.
McDonald's, the world's biggest restaurant chain, is hurting in the U.S. Despite promises of change, what was once an inexorable force in business -- that year after year enjoyed soaring sales and profits -- continues to slump. Nearly a year ago,…
Artisanal Foods Increase in Popularity
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2014 R&D Survey: Open to New Ideas
Call for Nominations: 2015 R&D Teams of the Year
Is the Upswing in Organics Leveling Off?
The healthier food revolution is extending to organic foods and beverages. Some believe the upswing in organics is leveling off, but more processors and retailers are entering the fray.
Products beyond the produce aisle are going organic. Organic breads, packaged cereals, snack bars, cookies and more are getting more shelf space, thanks in part to acquisitions by larger companies with more reach into additional areas of the country…
New Strategies for Sodium
Regulators and Processors Locked In Lunchroom Food Fight
The ABCs (and CDK and M's) of Bone Health
2015: The Year GMO Labeling Began
Breakfast Food Trends: Easy-to-Eat in the Morning
Trends in breakfast foods are more of the same: hand-held, portable, healthful choices. Yet in the rush of in a morning routine, nutrition is as important as convenience.
The best way to start the day is with a healthy breakfast. But these days, convenience is king in the early part of the day. We're rushing around in the morning more, so everything in a breakfast meal -- if you can call it that any more -- needs to…
Riding the Free-From Movement
Mars Unveils Snack Treats and Changes in Candy Land
PepsiCo To Eliminate Aspartame from Diet Pepsi
Ingredient Round Up: September 2015
A monthly round-up of food and beverage ingredients chosen by our editors.
Calcium fortification for chocolate
Accent calcium fortification technology is now applied to chocolate, compound coatings and inclusions for bars, baked goods, snacks, and confections. The company's system creates a chocolate or compound coating…
Cargill Completes the Purchase of ADM's Global Chocolate Business
House Passes Bill Banning State GMO Labeling Laws
House Committee Okays Bill Banning State GMO Labeling Laws
Will Gluten-Free Be Lucky Charms' Pot 'O Gold?
New Food and Beverage Rollout: September 2015
Back to school means back to convenience for our September new product rollout. Check out these sweet treats and delicious eats on store shelves.
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.
New Natural Turkey Line Offers Options for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner…
New Food and Beverage Rollout: August 2015
New Food and Beverage Rollout: July 2015
Food Processing Picks Favorite Food and Beverage Products for 2014
Happy 50th, Gatorade
Gatorade sports drink was created 50 years ago by four doctors to help the Florida Gator football team stay hydrated while playing.
Gatorade sports drink was created 50 years ago by four doctors to help the Florida Gator football team stay hydrated in the intense heat while playing. Then Gator coach Ray Graves let the researches test the drink on the football squad's B team, according to a release.
Today, the drink that made "electrolytes" a well-known word is still going strong. Recognized across the globe, Gatorade appears at just about every major sporting event, usually in a bright orange barrel, emblazoned with the company's iconic lightning bolt logo.
The four doctors – J. Robert Cade, M.D., Dana Shires, M.D., Jim Free, M.D. and Alejandro de Quesada, M.D. – made the original Gatorade out of water, electrolytes and lemon juice. Today, it's a University of…
Global Packaged Food Market by 2020 will be a $3.03-Trillion Industry
50 Years of SpaghettiOs
Mondelez and D.E. Master finalize coffee combo
Market View: Long Overdue 'Lay-Up' at McDonald's
Waiting this long to make breakfast available all day carries a lesson for food and beverage processors.
I recently saw in USA Today the big news that McDonald's is going to start serving breakfast all day long. I thought to myself how could this be news? Is it so rare that a food company would create a product that consumers have been requesting for years?
I think the crucial question is "What took them so long?” It has been quite clear that breakfast sandwiches have become an all-day product. You can get almost any breakfast item at almost any traditional restaurant and almost any time of the day. I may be spoiled living in New Jersey, where we have diners that serve breakfast 24 hours a day, but still is this front-page news?
By the way, the article said the company would be introducing the all-day breakfast sandwich in about six weeks.
Beer Merger Could Brew Up Behemoth
Market View: Why Are There 15 Flavors of Triscuits?
Market View: Stop Promoting What's Not
Product Focus: Baby Food
The baby food category has grown with new players and product and package innovations.
Jarred baby foods containing pureed fruits, vegetables and simple mixed meat recipes, as well as simple cereals based on single grains were the norm at the turn of the century. Since, and despite a recession, the category has grown with new players…
Product Focus: Nuts and Seeds
New Food Products (Database)
Gorton's Seafood Introduces Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks
ConAgra Moving to Chicago, Cuts 1,500 Jobs
Struggling ConAgra Foods says it will cut 1,500 jobs and move corporate headquarters and 700 jobs to downtown Chicago as part of a restructuring.
ConAgra Foods, manufacturer of processed food staples such as Chef Boyardee, Peter Pan, Hunts, Slim Jim snacks and Manwich, announced Sept. 30 that it is cutting 1,500 jobs and moving its corporate headquarters and 700 jobs to downtown Chicago. The decision is part of ConAgra's restructuring plan under new CEO Sean Connolly, who has said he aims to find greater administrative efficiencies, revitalize some of the company's household brands and sell off the company's flagging private-label business.
The struggling food company will eliminate 30 percent of its office-based workforce but will retain plant positions, the company reports. Like other large food conglomerates, ConAgra has worked diligently to adapt as consumers trend away from…
Process Expo, Dairy Show Going Separate Ways
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Cargill to Launch Drones in War on Illegal Palm Oil
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…
Polystrene foam meat trays aren't going away any time soon
Darifair Foods Names Midd McManus as President
Brookfield Engineering Offers Viscosity Measurement Training in 2015
'Artisanal', 'handmade' and other adjectives can expose you to class action lawsuits.
In recent years, consumer fraud class actions challenging food and beverage labeling, focusing on claims such as “natural,” and “healthy,” have flooded courts nationwide. Plaintiffs’ lawyers have leveraged ambiguous or non-existent federal labeling standards to claim that consumers were misled and paid a premium for products, which, for example, contained processed ingredients that were not “natural.”
Unfortunately, the only real winners in these legal battles have been the plaintiffs’ lawyers who collected millions of dollars in legal fees. Consumers who take the time to make a claim against a settlement fund have received payments that are a fraction of the overall amount in the potential fund.
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Swap the Food Pyramid for the Fraud Triangle
Editor's Plate: False Messiah
Hampton Creek's Josh Tetrick is not the future of food.
In 20-some years of writing about the food and beverage industry, I’ve seen a lot of people and companies rise up to challenge the status quo. Status quo in most of those cases only meant their larger competitors. Social missions were usually constructed by the marketing department, after careful research into which way the winds were blowing.
Stories along those lines pitted organic believers against those happy with commoditized food; the vegans – most of those with a strong animal rights bent – against the carnivores; companies trying to save the world versus those they allege are exploiting and ruining it. Local vs. global. Little food vs. Big Food. GMO or no. The list goes on.
But two things I’ve never seen are both front and…
Editor's Plate: Number Crunching Our Top 100
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Readers Speak Up on Recent Food Processing Articles
Editor's Plate: Why Can’t This Get Done?
ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly is said to be taking a top-down review of the company that could reduce its presence in Omaha, say reports.
CEO Sean Connolly of ConAgra Foods in Omaha is said to be taking a top-down review of the company, according to an article in yesterday's Omaha World-Herald. Company investors are calling to improve ConAgra's profitability, and Connolly's review could significantly reduce the company's presence in Omaha, say reports.
What he does with his findings could change ConAgra substantially. On the line are at least some of the approximately 3,000 jobs in Omaha as well as the Fortune 500's company headquarters that have been in place there since 1922.
ConAgra Foods is known for popular brands like Orville Redenbacher's, Hunts, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice and Slim Jim. After Connolly announced the sale of the store brand business, earlier called…
Subway Co-founder Fred DeLuca Dies at 67
Institute of Food Technologists Names Colin Dennis President
2014 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: So Happy Together
U.S. Organic Sales Grew 11 Percent in 2014
2015 Manufacturing Trends Survey
2014 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook
At long last, the FDA finalized the first two of seven major rules required by Congress under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
At long last, the Food and Drug Administration finalized on Sept. 10 the first two of seven major rules required by Congress under the Food Safety Modernization Act. More than a week after being submitted to the Federal Register, the rules for preventive controls for human food and animal feed have been finalized.
FDA's new Hazard Analysis/Preventive Controls rule closely follows the proposals previously issued by the agency but contains additional flexibility on some key issues such as recordkeeping requirements. The food industry welcomes the rules, and is urging Congress to specifically provide adequate funds to implement them.
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food…
Mars Chocolate Invests $100 Million on Topeka Plant Addition
Tyson Foods To Stop Using Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken by 2017
Nestle Waters Grinds Away at Producing Energy with Help from Nespresso
IFT 2015 Round-Up: Solutions for Cleaner Labels
Technical innovation and new formulations and ingredients mark IFT's annual meeting of the food industry.
Another near-record crowd -- more than 23,000 people – attended or at least registered for the Institute of Food Technologists' IFT 2015 Annual Meeting & Food Expo, held July 11-14 in Chicago's McCormick Place.
Attendees came from 84 countries…
Processors Get to the Meat of the Matter with Formulation Trends
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…
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Hostess May Expand to the Bread Aisle
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Editor's Plate: Heinz Krafting a Bad Deal
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
Top 100 for 2014
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
Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2012: Splitting in Two
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
Top 100 for 2010
Food Processing Top 100 for 2010: Less is More
Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2010
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…
2007 Top 100: Corporate Profiles 1-25
Top 100 Archives
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Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2008: Succeeding in a Difficult Year
Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies for 2009
Looking for clues to the health of the U.S. and Canadian food and beverage industry.
Despite being a writer, I’m a closet numbers guy. Beyond adding and subtracting them, I like to look at what numbers mean. As a result, our Food Processing Top 100© is a treasure trove of information.
First of all, let me introduce the interactive table on our website. It’s our 40th annual attempt at ranking U.S. and Canadian food and beverage processors. That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Those words also define our magazine’s audience. But we refine and interpret the numbers differently for almost every company to get at the core of what it means to be a U.S. and Canadian food and beverage processor.
My first observation: If this collective list is a health report on the U.S. & Canadian food and beverage industry, then…
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Top 100 for 2015
Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies List