View Post

Disruptive Startups Honored at Annual reThink Food Conference

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

At their annual reThinkFood Conference in Napa November 4-6, the Culinary Institute of America and MIT Media Lab will honor 8 “disruptive startups shaping the future of food and technology.” Part of the rTF Innovator Program, the selected startups fall into 6 experiential focus areas: Fermented Foods and the Microbiome Back to Basics Urban Agriculture Food Science for Greater Good Eating …

View Post

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 …

View Post

IC-3 Calls for An Internet of Food

In Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

This November, UC-Davis will host the first-ever IC-FOODS conference, “to coordinate and build the ontological and semantic infrastructure for the next-gen Internet of Food (IoF), including those aspects related to Health, and Sustainability.” In an interview with Forbes, Matthew Lange, principal investigator for IC3-FOODS, explains why we need standardized, online networks dedicated to the nature and language of food. Lange …

View Post

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 …

View Post

What’s the Latest in Food Safety Research?

In Food Safety, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food Industry Executive talked with Adam Borger, Outreach Program Manager for the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He shared some of the most recent research in food safety and technology. Borger also offered advice on how to approach training and attract top talent to the rapidly changing food manufacturing industry. Food Safety Research Developments Environmental changes, from …

View Post

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 …

View Post

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

In News, Press Releases, Processing, Technology, Trends by Press0 Comments

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 …

View Post

FSMA Compliance Spurs Initial Recall Spike

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

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, …

View Post

New App Opens a Window on Food Transparency

In Food Safety, News, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

In the wake of sweeping food safety reforms and the FDA’s redesigned labels, there’s been lots of talk about transparency. Now a new app aims to “reimagine food data for the Internet age.” The Sage online platform currently houses data on over 20,000 fresh and packaged foods (for now). It offers consumers an interactive, customized window on the nutrients in their …

View Post

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

In Processing, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

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 …