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Survey: Food Choices Are Increasingly Shaped by Media and Health Goals

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

According to a recent report, consumers are trying to make healthy food choices, and are considering media representations of food issues more and more. For its 2016 Food & Health Survey, the International Food Information Council Foundation surveyed more than 1,000 Americans to get their views on health, diet, food production, and related issues. Here are some of the results. …

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Registrar Corp’s New Wizard Checks Yes or No on FSMA Compliance

In Food Safety, News by Heather Brown0 Comments

A new free tool from Registrar Corp helps food facilities, importers, and farms identify their possible requirements so they can better prepare for FSMA. Answer a few questions, and the FSMA Compliance Wizard will sort through FDA rules and requirements based on the size and purpose of your food business. Find out which rules apply to you and when it’s wiser to …

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Survey: Big Data May Be the Wave of the Future

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A recent survey shows that food and beverage companies plan to focus a lot of energy on data analytics in the next two years. It also reveals some gaps between what food and drink consumers want, and what executives think they want. For their Seeking Customer Centricity report, KPMG and the Consumer Goods Forum surveyed 400 consumer retailers and manufacturers …

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Cornell Researchers Investigate New Microbe-Resistant Coatings

In Food Safety, News by Krista Garver0 Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists reported this week that researchers at Cornell are investigating a new coating for food contact surfaces that offer even greater resistance to bacteria and other microbes. According to food science professor Julie Goddard, the polymer used in the coating can not only resist microbial adhesion, but also inactivate any microbes that do manage to adhere. …

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Put Food Data to Work with Attribution Technology

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Vermont’s new GMO labeling law and general consumer demand for transparency are two big reasons to get to know and learn to catalog your product data now, says Label Insight’s Dagan Xavier. Xavier urges food brands to waste no more time. Attribution technology systems can deconstruct and recontextualize your data so you can more quickly respond to consumer questions, increase your sales, …

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Food Professionals Report Unequal Pay Raises and Less Job Satisfaction

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

Released this week, Food Processing’s 10th annual Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey shows some mixed results. Read on for more about the findings, or download the full report here. Pay raises are happening, but not for everyone While some food professionals are seeing pay increases, compensation isn’t increasing across the board. And overall salary trends are a little unclear. According to …

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BNP’s Go-to-Market Strategy Targets Improved Marketing and Data Solutions

In News, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

Twelve media brands are banding together to better serve manufacturing processes industries. Already part of BNP Media, these 12 brands have formed the Food/Beverage/Packaging Group (FPB) under a new “Go-to-Market” strategy it hopes will “exponentially improve the integration and delivery of BNP’s marketing and data solutions.” “This reorganization is driven by the impulse to follow our clients on their journey …

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Plant Data Goes Public: FSIS to Publish Food Safety Testing Results

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a new plan to publish more detailed, plant-specific data for U.S. slaughter and processing facilities. Initially, FSIS will share information on the processes used at each facility, giving more detail than is currently listed in the searchable establishment directory, as well as a code for each facility that will make it …

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Six Degrees of Seaweed: Better For You Than Kale and Tastes Like Bacon

In News, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The war is over between nutrition and taste. Researchers at Oregon State University have patented dulse, a translucent, red strain of seaweed. So far it’s been farmed and fed to Abalone. Now, says Chris Langdon of OSU, there may be a growing market for dulse among human consumers. Why? Simple. Because it tastes like bacon. Thanks to a grant from …

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Global Food Security Act Passes Congress

In News, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

In a statement from the White House yesterday, President Obama expressed gratitude and pride for the passage of “an overwhelmingly bipartisan piece of legislation,” The Global Food Security Act of 2016. The act writes Feed the Future, the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative, into law. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the President’s National Security Advisor, says this is a historic and important step …