December 2018 Issue
Smithfield Foods has seen good times and bad. But Smithfield is on a roll again, buoyed by U.S. fascination with protein, foreign markets for pork and some recent acquisitions. For a whole host of reasons, we name the $15 billion global pork leader our 2018 Processor of the Year. We devote three stories in our December issue to Smithfield: its history and management, its product development process and its manufacturing philosophy.
Our Wellness Foods section looks at how foods are helping curb diabetes and what sprouting adds to ingredients. Our Plant Operations section looks at data from end-of-line machines, primarily weighing and packaging. Plus our regular departments of news, commentary, new consumer products and John Stanton's marketing column.
Sprouting brings nutritional enhancements to many grains, a fact being discovered by some consumers.
Unionization efforts among riverboat pilots have parallels with modern traceability technology.
Cheese is a flavor of enduring popularity, but using it means paying attention to both taste trends and processing issues.
Everyone who wants to advance in their company should get an MBA, but it is the minimal preparation for being a good food marketer.
The next crop of business incubators will look different than just a couple of years ago. Find out how they’re reinventing themselves – and the industry.
Jack Frost may have nipped a little too much of the boss's nose this winter. See if you can help him and his cohorts out by taking part in our monthly cartoon caption contest.
Secondary packaging and checkweighing equipment can both add versatility and yield useful data.
While new adult cases are slowing, diabetes is growing among children and adolescents.
Authenticity is the underlying product development theme at Smithfield’s Innovation Center.
The One Smithfield initiative spreads best manufacturing practices across the company, increasing efficiency and consistency.
The world’s pork leader had some lean years but is sizzling once again.
After a few years of introspection and quiet, the world's pork leader finds a new recipe for success.
A panel at the Food Safety Consortium discussed the potential and the challenges of blockchain in the food supply chain.
The CEO of Unilever is stepping down after 10 years at the helm.
Frozen food manufacturer Bellisio Foods has entered into an agreement to buy Frozen Specialties Inc.
A maker of cashew-based non-dairy cheese has opened a plant that will increase its production space more than tenfold.
A consultant for GlobalData lists the five most important beverage-related trends of 2018.
Ferrero SpA is interested the international business of Campbell Soup Co. as Campbell seeks to divest and concentrate on core business, according to reports.