September 2017 Issue
How can you afford ERP? How can you afford NOT getting an ERP system? The ROI is difficult on this omnibus software investment, but it's becoming the price of entry, even a component of food safety...and integrating it with other company business systems is getting easier.
That's Food Processing's September cover story, but our Product Development section looks at the evolving definition of "natural," new starches and baked goods. Our Plant Operations section delves into dairy and digital issues and names Simplot's Caldwell, Idaho, facility our Green Plant of the year. Plus our regular departments on news, commentary and new consumer products.
Even before Amazon bought Whole Foods, the retail landscape was changing. Now the question is: who will be selling your products in the future?
A patchwork of regulatory guidance and food science interpretations provide direction to a food industry answering consumer demands for natural.
Ancient grains and probiotics are improving the digestive health of babies and toddlers.
Novel process technologies keep the dairy category interesting … and growing.
Starting package design with strong assumptions is common error, so do some research first.
Can consumers have their baked goods and clean labels too? They want flavor, convenience and a sprinkle of more nutrition, but no GMOs, which all require ingredient changes and creative ways to maintain flavors.
Industrial-scale machinery helps clean-label drinks expand beyond juice-bar sales, while processors keep a wary eye open for signs that cold-pressed’s popularity may be waning.
Integrating food and beverage companies’ ERP and MES software turns out to be smoother the second time around.
This month's cartoon shouldn't leave you in stitches, but it should help you laugh. Be a part of the fun by checking out our Food Funny caption contest.
Modified starches have been used for years in many applications, often as a thickening agent, emulsifier or stabilizer. But processors are increasing their use of clean-label starches as well as native starches, the latter especially for gluten-free products.
GFSI clearly requires a food fraud assessment, and FSMA strongly implies it; but processors do not appear ready.
Simple, practical controls can avoid costly food allergen contamination losses.
Food, bottled water and helping hands are on the way to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
J.R. Simplot's Caldwell, Idaho, plant turns out billions of French fries in the most sustainable way.