September 2016 Issue
Our look at the state of automation in the food and beverage industry stumbles upon a big question: How do you quantify, much less prove, ROI on many leading-edge projects? We grapple with that in our September cover story, while the rest of the issue wrestles with how to develop products for snake people and how to replace synthetic preservatives with natural ones.
We also got a peek into Walmart's new product development center. John Stanton tells of the opportunities within Amazon's foray into food retailing. And if you missed July's IFT Food Expo, we have a roundup of the new ingredients ... as well as four novel processing technologies discussed there. Plus our usual departments of food safety, news and new consumer products.
The giant retailer has long been a force in food and beverage product development; now it's a true partner.
The online retailer’s development of food brands should be a wakeup call to all food and beverage processors.
From spicy apple ciders to savory bonanza Bloody Marys, a popular trend in alcoholic beverages is muy caliente.
New and emerging technologies can take years to find a food manufacturing audience. This year’s IFT Food Expo included several innovative drying and kill-step technologies at various stages of the development cycle.
Online consumers shop through third-party sites, making it harder for brands to stand out among competition.
It's a practical compromise solution that hopefully will put this issue to bed; but it does have special requirements.
DNA bar-coding that quickly confirms or reject claims that a food product is what it purports to be are entering the market, with the promise of exposing economically motivated fraud.
Four tips can both lessen workplace injuries and improve operational efficiency.
Fall back into fun with this light-hearted cartoon caption contest.
With the GMO labeling deadline looming, ingredient suppliers offered clean ingredients at the IFT 2016 expo.
Millennials value freshness, authenticity, daring flavors and atypical eating occasions (like snacking). Food & beverage developers can capitalize on the food buying behaviors, influences, nutritional concerns and vast eating potential of this age group.
Hard benefits long have provided the financial justification for plant automation projects. As information technology plays a larger role, food companies are groping for other ROI metrics.
Keeping food fresh, safe and appealing is the ultimate goal of any food manufacturer, but there are new challenges now that clean, free-from ingredients and minimal processing are in such high demand.
Each searches for relevancy with consumers. How relevant are you?
3,000 lbs. of coffee beans must be conveyed daily through the processes at Porto Rico Importing.
FSMA compliance is front and center, and pest control specialists are thinking outside the box to keep rodents, birds and insects in check.
Seasonal, limited-edition offerings aren't just a treat for consumers; food and beverage processors get in on the holiday-infused joy as well.