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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 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 …

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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 …

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Global Food and Beverage Companies Strategize for Growth

In Sustainability, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In the wealth of speculation and analysis over the future of the global packaged foods industry, it’s difficult to know what to watch out for and whether growth will skyrocket or slump. In any case, the constant evolution of technology and consumer habits is spurring major manufacturers to action in a few key areas. Sustainability and health Companies like Mars …