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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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.
Courtesy of Meati Foods
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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.
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Animal Proteins

Stampede Meat Expands Butcher Certification Program to New Mexico Plant

Aug. 30, 2023
Company believes new partnership with New Mexico State University will allow more than 500 employees to earn certification in the next three years.
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Product Development

2023 R&D Teams of the Year: J. M. Smucker

July 14, 2023
Different product development teams work independently on human food, coffee and pet food, yet find ways to collaborate.
Courtesy of Eat Just Inc.
GOOD Meat demonstration facility, Alameda, Calif.
Animal Proteins

Cultured Meat Obtains Approval for Sale to U.S. Consumers

June 21, 2023
Upside Foods and Eat Just gain USDA Grant of Inspection for their respective cultivated chicken products, opening the door for the products to be sold in the U.S.
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Product Development

52nd Annual R&D Survey: Ingredient Prices Up but Supply Chain Kinks Worked Out

June 16, 2023
Our annual survey finds product development professionals dealing with cost and supply issues, returning to their offices but still being encouraged to swing for the fences.
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Sweetening Solutions

World Health Organization Advises Against Use of Non-Sugar Sweeteners for Weight Loss

May 15, 2023
New World Health Organization (WHO) guideline says evidence shows non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) may not reduce body fat in adults and children.
R&D Teams of the Year

2022 R&D Team of the Year: Eat Just

July 25, 2022
A pioneer in cultivated meats and now plant-based egg replacers, Eat Just’s product development team combines science with art.
R&D Teams of the Year

2022 R&D Team of the Year: SunOpta

June 27, 2022
SunOpta leads off our 2022 crop of R&D Teams of the Year, with Just Egg and Sophie's Kitchen featured in coming months.
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2022 R&D Survey: Product Development Post-Pandemic

June 20, 2022
Our 51st annual R&D Trends Survey finds that from the pandemic to supply chain issues to inflation, the product development show must go on.
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How Creativity and Community Prompt Innovation in the Food Industry

June 15, 2022
Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it is a blend of people, groups, and ideas that bring concepts to market.