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Your Most Sustainable Food Plant

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Dwindling access to quality water, the effects of climate change on agriculture, overflowing landfills, and new regulations that emphasize prevention and safety are just a few reasons to take a closer look at the sustainability of your food processing practices. The larger your company, the bigger your impact can be. But where do you start? Fortunately, your efforts at efficiency …

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Trump’s Growing Impact on U.S. Food and Agriculture

In News, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food Business News recently reported on Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) predictions for an impending Trump presidency. The report suggests a few ways the food industry might approach and assess the short- and long-term effects of the incoming administration. Markets will remain volatile, Rabobank predicts, as long as uncertainty persists about the impact of Trump’s policy decisions. Global trade agreements …

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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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Food Companies Need Supply-Chain-Friendly Packaging Solutions

In Food Safety, Sustainability, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Consumers and manufacturers alike want sustainable, cost-effective packaging for their food. As new materials and designs develop to meet these demands, food and beverage companies must address a full spectrum of concerns. Food Engineering interviewed Michael Kuebler, the technical director of North America distribution testing at Smithers Pira. Kuebler offered his insight on how to develop sustainable packaging that keeps food fresh …

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PepsiCo’s 2025 Sustainability Agenda

In News, Sustainability by Heather Brown0 Comments

PepsiCo, Inc. announced today a 2025 global sustainability agenda, “designed to foster continued business growth in a way that responds to changing consumer and societal needs.” This announcement comes on the heels of a Reuters report of confidential negotiations between PepsiCo and KeVita to acquire the sparkling probiotic drink brand. Pepsi’s move to acquire KeVita, in which they already hold a minority …

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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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How to Reduce Your Food and Water Waste

In News, Processing, Sustainability by Guest Author0 Comments

As it turns out, there is a finite amount of water. If recent crises are any indication, the need for effective food and water waste management has never been more imperative. Implementing new waste management techniques will end up saving your wallet a lot of trouble. Not to mention, the environment will benefit. It’s a win-win. Save money, and save …

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Can Michigan Compete to Meet Food Processing Demands?

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The diversity of Michigan’s agricultural produce is second only to California’s in the U.S., making it a great choice for growing food processing opportunities in the state. Michigan’s also in a prime location, with the number-one border crossing in North America between Detroit and Windsor and more than 50% of both the U.S. and Canadian populations within a 500-mile radius. …

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Food Waste is Top of Mind for Consumers in New Mintel Report

In Processing, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

A Mintel report released earlier this year shows 80% of consumers agree that reducing food waste is as important as reducing packaging waste. Transparent, resealable, and portion-controlled packaging top the average food shopper’s list, with over half (54%) of those surveyed  willing to pay extra for one or more of those features. Only two in five (42%) consumers report recycling …