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What’s on Your Clean-label Checklist?

In these days of manufacturing transparency, if you put it on a label, it’s got to be true. Labels that claim to be “clean” must, of course, know the ingredients in their foods. They also have to know those ingredients’ origins. Food Business News got this checklist from international trade attorney Ryan Fournier for companies that offer “clean” labels. Here are …

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Automation Software for Modern Food Manufacturers

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers myriad solutions for automating and documenting your food processing operations. Many of these solutions are aimed at helping you more efficiently meet FSMA requirements. We’ve tracked down the best apps and software available to streamline your operations, jumpstart your safety processes, and harness your data more profitably. Whether you’re just now bidding goodbye to …

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Next-generation Thermal Processing Saves, Energy, Money, Delivers Clean Product

Millennial demand for transparency in food may be one driver of innovation in today’s thermal processing and packaging. According to Food Engineering, canning processes of the past produced mushy, oversalted, and flavorless – albeit, safe – food. Today’s sensors, controls, and automation processes can safely process food at lower temperatures while preserving nutrient levels, flavor, texture, and consistency for a …

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Top 3 Trends Impacting the Food Processing Machinery Market in the US Through 2020: Technavio

LONDON–Technavio’s latest report on the food processing machinery market in the US provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. Rise of contract manufacturers is a key trend for the …

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FSMA Compliance Spurs Initial Recall Spike

FSMA’s sweeping reforms have set many food companies scrambling to formulate a more proactive food safety plan. Developing documentation alone presents a significant challenge, as it requires additional investments of time, money, and resources. So far, recalls are on the rise under the new regulations, but they’re much better targeted and contained. Sophisticated testing techniques and tools make it easier, …

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Tyson Poised for Acquisition. Again.

Following the synergistic success of its Hillshire Farms acquisition two years ago, Tyson CEO Donnie Smith says the company is poised for “another transformational acquisition.” Smith applies a few basic filters when considering brands, whether for small add-ons or major mergers. Demand for high-protein snack choices has already prompted Tyson’s expansion of the popular Hillshire Snacking line. The company’s innovation strategy also …

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Inulin Wants In On New Fiber Definition

A citizen’s petition from 3 inulin companies asks that inulin-type fructans be included in the FDA’s definition of dietary fiber. The May 27 issue of the Federal Register requires fibers added to food products to exhibit one or more physiological health benefits. Submitted on September 12, the petition states a number of physiological health benefits, including improved laxation/bowel function, increased …

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Cornell Launches New Center for Clean Labels, Food Safety R&D

With the help of a $1 million grant from New York State, Cornell just launched its NextGen Food Tech initiative at the university’s Agricultural Experiment Station. The goal of NextGen Food Tech is to help food companies clean up their labels by using fewer preservatives, and also to pursue R&D in the field of hyperbaric processing, a type of high pressure pasteurization …

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How Blue Apron Became a Startup “Unicorn”

A “unicorn” in startup lingo is a privately held company valued at $1 billion or more. Blue Apron is one of those companies, and they’re disrupting and redefining the food industry supply chain. According to Fortune’s recent profile, Blue Apron leads the meal kit delivery service revolution with companies like Chef’d, HelloFresh, and Marley Spoon (with Martha Stewart). Most of …

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Cultivating a Food and Beverage Industry Cluster: Advice from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Industry clusters are groups of businesses in interconnected fields that thrive on their associations with one another. Usually geographically concentrated, they are believed to increase productivity and competition, both nationally and globally. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is home to one such cluster for food and beverage companies. Food and Beverage (FaB) Wisconsin works to connect businesses in symbiotic …