Food Safety Case History: From Farmers Market to SQF
When Key Ingredient grew from hand-filling tubs of dips to automated processes, it needed a Mettler-Toledo Safeline metal detector.
Key Ingredient Market got its start at farmers markets in 2007 with unique hand-crafted spreads and dips as well as hummus and pesto. For the first five years, this husband-and-wife team, along with a few employees, used ice cream scoops to…
Canada Gets Sugars Right, While FDA Goes Astray
Blue Bell Resumes Ice Cream Shipments
A Closer Look at Inspection Tools
What to Expect from The Food Regulators in 2015
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
MRO Q&A: Successful Processes for High-Speed Machine Switch
A reader asks what types of processeses can be put in place to ensure a successful change to a high-speed machine.
Q. We are a small candy manufacturer and recently purchased our first high-speed machine that combines depositing, wrapping and cartoning. It is PLC controlled and is capable of electronic package changeovers. What types of processes should I put in place to make sure we are successful?
A. First of all, congratulations on the jump into high speed automation.
You will need to execute the typical steps that go along with any new piece of equipment, including carrying out a FAT (factory acceptance test), setting up preventative maintenance routines, establishing spare-parts inventories, developing cleaning instructions and training the staff. In addition, there are some additional areas of focus for a machine with a programmable logic…
MRO Q&A: Most Hygienic Method of Applying Conveyor Lubricant
Plant Ops Case History: Calibration Management Yields Savings
ConAgra's Grocery Products Unit Agrees To Pay $11.2 Million in Salmonella Settlement
Is Energy Efficiency Taking a Back Seat in Food and Beverage Manufacturing?
Quality monitoring begins at the production line but doesn’t end there. Flagging issues with packages and even utilities in real time also is important.
Manufacturing need and scientific development have a horse-and-carriage relationship: without the former, the latter isn’t going anywhere. In-line and at-line instrumentation illustrates the point.
Mass spectrometry has gone from exotic to…
Manufacturers Look to Super-Premium Processing to Keep Beverages Safe
First Iowa Farms Hit by Bird Flu Are Weeks Away From Restocking
Mars Chocolate Invests $100 Million on Topeka Plant Addition
Working With The Next Generation of Plant Pros
Both country's agencies are revising nutrition facts panels and considering how to educate consumers about sugars.
In a comment critical of his former employer’s proposal to mandate “added sugars” labeling, a former director of the FDA’s Office of Food Labeling wrote, “‘Added Sugar’ is the 'bête noir' of this decade for many in the nutrition community.”
That community’s obsession with added sugars hit an all-time high (or low) with FDA’s July 27 release of a proposed rule that supplements its March 3, 2014, proposed revision of the ubiquitous food Nutrition Facts panel. While U.S. regulators have been busy affirming the righteousness of their irrational approach, health officials in neighboring Canada have taken a far more reasoned stance. The contrast between the latter’s position and FDA’s proposal is quite instructive.
FDA Tells Hampton Creek It's Just Not Mayo
House Passes Bill Banning State GMO Labeling Laws
House Committee Okays Bill Banning State GMO Labeling Laws
2015 Green Plant of the Year Voting Now Open
Vote early and often for our 2015 Greenest Plant of the Year award.
Our sixth annual Green Plant of the Year is now accepting votes for the 'greenest' food manufacturing plant in the United States. You can cast your vote below. The plant with the most votes wins, so share the love online and in social media.
Investors, Major Brands Call for Stronger Palm Oil Standards
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?
Smart Industry 2015 Coming to Chicago
Wireless Food and Beverage Plants on the Horizon
IoT Meets Food and Beverage Manufacturing
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
Equipment Round-Up: March 2015
Equipment Round-Up: February 2015
Equipment Round-Up January 2015
Ingredient Manufacturers Do Flavors a Favor
Safe, clean flavor enhancement is the name of the game, so processors need to take extra care when modulating taste.
Food processors are searching for creative ways to distinguish products with cleaner flavors while meeting labeling, nutritional and economic demands. For years, flavor enhancers have been standard-issue for most product developers. Yet with the…
Food Color Evolves As Consumers Push for Cleaner Labels
Breakfast Food Trends: Easy-to-Eat in the Morning
Fighting Diabetes With Fiber and Fermentation
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
2015 R&D Team of the Year: Among Friends LLC
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?
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
Cargill Completes the Purchase of ADM's Global Chocolate Business
Cargill completes the acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM's) global chocolate business for an enterprise value of $440 million.
Cargill has completed the acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM's) global chocolate business, for an enterprise value of $440 million. The acquisition, announced on August 3, constitutes a milestone for Cargill's chocolate growth strategy, strengthening its position as a leading player in the cocoa and chocolate industry.
The combined business gives Minneapolis-based Cargill enhanced capabilities and product lines that support the long-term needs of existing and new customers. Cargill's cocoa and chocolate business now operates globally, with 27 sites in 11 countries and more than 3,000 employees. The company serves customers worldwide with cocoa and chocolate products, tailor-made for confectionery, bakery, dairy and other…
Will Gluten-Free Be Lucky Charms' Pot 'O Gold?
Egg Shortage, Meet Egg Replacers
New Food and Beverage Rollout: July 2015
Shortcuts and savory snacks are the name of the game in our July new product rollout.
Hormel Serves Up Meal Prep Short Cuts
The food manufacturer is rolling out a number of meal shortcuts, including fully cooked Hormel Taco Meats, hot sandwich meats, and real bacon sprinkles.
Boulder Canyon Introduces Chips Kettle Cooked in Coconut Oil
The Coconut Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are made with three ingredients -- potatoes, coconut oil and sea salt -- using Boulder’s small-batch kettle method.
Old Wisconsin Helps Consumers Fuel Up on Smoked Protein
Old Wisconsin Fast Fuel Sausage Sticks and Bites include authentically hardwood smoked beef sausage and honey-brown sugar turkey sausage.
Hostess Rides the Wave of Sea Salt Caramel
Hostess Brands unveiled the new flavor for both CupCakes and Zingers in limited-edition for…
New Food and Beverage Rollout: June 2015
Nielsen Reveals 2015 Breakthrough Innovation Products
Food Processing Picks Favorite Food and Beverage Products for 2014
50 Years of SpaghettiOs
Hard to believe, but the 'neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon' turned 50
Uh-oh. "The neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon" turned 50. Hard to believe that SpaghettiOs, a childhood favorite have been around that long, but Campbell Soup Co. is using the enduring brand's 50th anniversary as a way to boost sales by appealing to adults' fond memories of eating the spoonable, round pasta immersed in sweet tomato sauce and packed in a can when they were kids. For two months beginning on Aug. 18 Campbell will be running a social media-only campaign, named “The BIG FiveO 50th Birthday Celebration,” featuring party games, contests, themed postings and other promotions.
The party is being primarily featured on Facebook, Twitter and Snapfluence.com, with prizes, gift giveaways and "other surprises," according…
Mondelez and D.E. Master finalize coffee combo
Hormel Foods to Acquire Applegate Farms
Market View: Why Are There 15 Flavors of Triscuits?
Virtually all product successes come from true innovation, not simply brand extension.
Triscuits are my favorite cracker. I've been eating them for as long as I can remember. I recently asked my wife to buy a box of Triscuits when she went grocery shopping. When she returned home she told me it was difficult to find "regular"…
Market View: Should You Follow Early Adopters or New Product Gadflies?
Market View: The Era of Fat and Happy Is Over
Market View: Stop Promoting What's Not
Product Focus: Nuts and Seeds
With the 2015 Dietary Guidelines expected to include recommendations for increased consumption of plant proteins, some food processors have already gone 'nuts' with ideas.
Scheduled to be published later this year, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are expected to include recommendations for increased consumption of plant proteins. This includes nuts and seeds, which vary significantly in nutrient composition, with macadamias on the low end at around 9 percent protein and almonds on the upper end at 30 percent protein. In between you will find the increasingly popular chia seed at about 16 percent protein.
But it’s not so much the protein that formulators consider when developing foods with nuts and seeds; rather, it’s their fatty acid profile. That’s because nuts and seeds that have at least twice as much polyunsaturated fatty acids as saturated fatty acids and have been shown to help lower…
May 2015 New Food and Beverage Rollout
New Food Products (Database)
Gorton's Seafood Introduces Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks
Agency warns of standard of identity issue, minor health claims violations.
The FDA earlier this month sent a warning letter to Hampton Creek Foods Inc. that it can no longer use the term "mayo" or the image of an egg for its egg-free Just Mayo spreads.
Josh Tetrick, the high-profile CEO of the company, told Inc.com, “There’s no reason for us to rename the product.” However, he also admitted his company is in talks with the FDA and he's "hopeful" the agency will change its mind.
The FDA essentially agreed with a lawsuit filed late last year by Unilever Plc, maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise, that calling the product "mayo" clearly identified it with mayonnaise, and mayonnaise by standard of identity regulation must include eggs. However Unilever, which garnered at least some bad press for bullying, withdrew the…
Hearthside To Buy European Bar Leader, Idled Post Foods U.S. Facility
Dean Foods Chairman Davis Resigns as Insider Trading Probe Begins
Ex Pillsbury Executives Plan to Relaunch RyKrisp
Food Industry Merger and Acquisition Activity Remained Steady in 2013
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
Upcoming food labeling legislation and COOL backlash could impact your company’s international trade.
As the trade landscape continues to evolve, food processing companies that import and export goods to and from Canada will encounter important changes. Developments in the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) and proposed revisions to Canada’s nutritional labeling regulations will likely change the way importers, exporters and customs brokers conduct business.
Country of origin labeling
While the dispute over COOL has been a long-running process, recent developments indicate that U.S. businesses could feel the effects of Canada’s retaliation against COOL as early as September, if the U.S. does not repeal it.
On June 10, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal COOL requirements for beef, pork and chicken, urging the…
Five Reasons You Need a Crisis Communications Plan
Understanding Tort Reform as it Relates to the Food Industry
Power Lunch: Organic Category Proposes a Check-off Program
Swap the Food Pyramid for the Fraud Triangle
Editor's Plate: Number Crunching Our Top 100
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…
Editor's Plate: STEMming the Tide
Readers Speak Up on Recent Food Processing Articles
Editor's Plate: Why Can’t This Get Done?
Editor's Plate: Science Doesn’t Matter
Monogram Foods Acquires Golden County
The acquisition is expected to boost 2015 sales to more than $500 million.
Memphis-based Monogram Foods has completed the acquisition of Golden County Foods, a Plover, Wis., manufacturer of frozen appetizers that entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in May.
The bankruptcy court accepted Monogram’s bid of $37.2 million for Golden County’s assets, which include two facilities in Plover.
Founded in 1991 and owned by GCF Holdings II, the maker of cheese-based appetizers and snacks continued operating after its May 18 bankruptcy filing. Golden County had annual sales of about $100 million.
Monogram CEO Karl Schledwitz announced the hiring of 50 more workers in Plover, which would boost staffing to 600. Monogram employees 2,000 workers in five states. The acquisition is expected to boost 2015 sales to…
International Food Professionals Lag in Wages
How Millennials Working in Food Differ from Baby Boomers
2015 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: Happier Paydays
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.
2015 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook
2015 Manufacturing Trends Survey: Better Days Ahead
2015 Manufacturing Trends Survey
2014 Food and Beverage Industry Outlook
Mars Chocolate North America says it will invest an additional $100-million in its Topeka, Kan., facility, breaking ground on a 90,000-sq.-ft. facility there.
Mars Chocolate North America disclosed on July 16 that it will invest an additional $100-million in its Topeka, Kan., facility, breaking ground on a state-of-the-art, 90,000-sq.-ft. facility there. As part of the expansion, Mars will create 70 new, full-time, permanent, high-wage manufacturing jobs.
The move comes just more than a year after the New Jersey-based company opened its $270-million plant south of the city. "For over a century, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them," states Tracey Massey, president of Mars Chocolate North America. "We are grateful for the warm welcome and continued support we have received from Topeka and the state of Kansas, and we are pleased to further invest in the…
Tyson Foods To Stop Using Human Antibiotics in U.S. Chicken by 2017
Nestle Waters Grinds Away at Producing Energy with Help from Nespresso
Processors Get to the the Meat of the Matter with Formulation Trends
Meat snacks, especially jerky and sticks, continue to ride the power of protein to new flavors and twists.
The recovering economy still seems to be having as much impact on consumer food spending as the focus on healthier food choices. Even though beef, pork and chicken prices have moderated from their highs last year, meat processors are having a…
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 is the Latest Bidder For Hostess
2014 Capital Spending Report: New Projects Line Up
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
Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2011: PepsiCo Takes the Lead
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
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