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One-up and One-back No Longer Enough for Food Recall Transparency

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

As food supply chains evolve into increasingly complex networks, handling recalls with transparency becomes more complex as well, said Food Quality and Safety magazine recently. The linear, more traditional “one-up and one-back” approach no longer meets standards of transparency, either for preparedness or for recall management. Whole-chain traceability is now both possible and necessary to meet safety regulations and consumer …

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The New Demographics of Food

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Changing American demographics hold strong implications for manufacturers, Food Processing reported today. Age, growing minority populations, and evolving family structures increasingly determine how food is developed, produced, packaged, and sold. Nutrition, portability, and transparency are top priorities for Millennial and Generation Z consumers. Increasingly, Hispanic and Muslim food buyers demand more authentic and varied choices in ready-to-eat and packaged foods. Shared …

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“May Contain” Allergens May Prove Confusing

In Food Safety, News, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

New research published this month suggests that food shoppers may be most confused by labels that say products “may contain” allergens. Allergens included as intended ingredients must by law be identified on the label. Precautionary labeling, however, is voluntary. Precautionary labels identify foods that have shared equipment with allergen-containing foods. Though the allergens aren’t included intentionally, trace amounts from shared …

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New Soup Flavor Trends Warm up for Winter

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Soups and broths are back in vogue, and just in time for winter weather. Lauren Hartman at Food Processing outlines the latest flavors and trends. Companies like Progresso, Campbell’s, Swanson, and Annie’s Homegrown are offering options that cater to on-the-go lifestyles while encouraging consumers to slow down. New products feature slow-cooked, hearty taste and ready-made starters in family-sized or portable packaging. …

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Choose Your Futures: Price vs. Supply

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Fluctuating supply prices are difficult for business. Examining the practice of futures trading in food, Food Processing Managing Editor Kevin T. Higgins suggests that better methods may be emerging. Rather than relying on market forecasts for commodities like wheat, coffee, sugar, and cocoa, companies big enough to do so might consider investing in farming operations, Higgins suggests. Indeed, some already …

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Need to Reduce Sugar? Consider a Flavor Complexity Strategy

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As companies scramble after sugar alternatives, Food Business News recommends more complex ways to excite flavor receptors. Sensory consultant Suzanne Pecor shares how flavor complexity can retain likeability, even when sugar is reduced in a food product by 30-40%. As companies process new terminology, Pecor says, they can begin to recognize how sugar may even be overpowering the best flavors in …

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What’s on Your Clean-label Checklist?

In Food Safety, Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

In Food Safety, Processing, Sustainability, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

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

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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 …