Research and development are fundamental to any food and beverage processor's business. Our R&D content offers best practices and innovations in the form of articles, news, case studies, and more.


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Sweets & Snacks Expo Doles Out Most Innovative New Product Awards

May 14, 2024
More than a dozen candy and snack products were awarded at the annual trade show in Indianapolis this year.
Regulatory Compliance

School Nutrition Standards Cut Added Sugars, Some Sodium; Chocolate Milk Survives

April 24, 2024
USDA has announced final updates to the school nutrition standards; tremendous amount of feedback on February 2023 proposal helps to save flavored milk from the chopping block...
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Mars Opens R&D Innovation Studio in Hackettstown, New Jersey

March 21, 2024
More than $70 million investment includes a test kitchen, packaging lab and collab space — and also improves processing plant’s efficiency and food safety efforts.
Animal Proteins

Snakes on a Plate? Study Shows Python Meat a Low-Effort, Sustainable Protein Source

March 15, 2024
Pythons raised as livestock in Asian farming operations were found to be low-effort producers of a significant amount of meat per animal, according to research.
Pet Food

ButcherBox Expands Pet Foods, Treats Line onto Own Platform

Feb. 27, 2024
ButcherBox For Pets will allow customers to order pet food, treats and supplements for their dogs on its own standalone site, with expansion of the product line on tap for this...
Illinois State Capitol Building
Regulatory Compliance

Illinois Attempts to Follow California’s Lead, Proposes Food Additives Ban

Jan. 25, 2024
Illinois Food Safety Act introduced in state senate would prohibit use of brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben, red dye No. 3 and titanium dioxide in packaged...
Snickers bar broken in the middle

Mars Opens Global Research and Development Hub in Chicago

Jan. 18, 2024
The 44,000-square-foot, $42 million facility will help the company achieve its goal to double its snacking business in the next decade, the company says.
"Lay's potato chips bag"
Snack Foods

PepsiCo Sets New Sodium Reduction Targets for Convenient Foods Portfolio

Nov. 15, 2023
New nutrition initiatives will also focus on adding diverse ingredients to the portfolio, all in the name of improving consumer health.
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Meati Classic Cutlet Sliced
Alternative Protein

Meati Foods Receives Patent on MushroomRoot Formulation; Digs in to Health Benefits

Oct. 4, 2023
Alternative protein processor uses artificial intelligence tools to study the health benefits of its now-patented Neurospora crassa (MushroomRoot) product.
Food Plate Question

Survey: What Are Your R&D Priorities in 2023?

March 15, 2023
Let us know how your company is dealing with research and development issues by taking part in our annual R&D Trends survey.
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People on the Move

Mars Food & Nutrition Names Karina Zimerfeld Global R&D Vice President

March 13, 2023
Zimerfeld will lead the company's R&D business, overseeing R&D innovation, quality and food safety, science & technology, and scientific & regulatory affairs.
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Hershey Group
Processor of the Year

2022 Processor of the Year: R&D at Hershey

Dec. 2, 2022
Hershey’s decision to become a snack company, not just a chocolate company, opened up new vistas for R&D.
R&D Teams of the Year

2022 R&D Team of the Year: Sophie’s Kitchen

Aug. 11, 2022
The two-person R&D Team for our third R&D Team of the Year has cast a net around faux fish, broadening the portfolio to include “seafood” burgers.