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Snack Foods Start a Bite-Sized Revolution

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

According to Food Manufacturing and the Associated Press, America’s grazing habits seem to be turning everything snack-sized, from peanut butter to SPAM. Snacks now account for half of all eating occasions, says food industry consultancy the Hartman Group. We like things that can substitute for meals, that don’t require assembly, and that we can carry around with us. Demand for …

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NAMI Reports 2015 Decline in Global Meat Exports

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Following a midyear drop from 2014’s record numbers, USDA trade and market statistics compiled by NAMI (North American Meat Institute) show an overall decline for meat exports in both value and volume in 2015. Greatest gains by volume included beef to Korea (up 7%), pork to the Dominican Republic (up 37%), and poultry and poultry variety meats to Vietnam (up 33%). …

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Assemble the Pieces of Your Food Safety Puzzle

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The implementation of new FSMA rules requires leaders in the food processing industry to be more prepared than ever. Preventing problems before they begin defines every new set of compliance measures. Within those rules, proactive attention to food safety is a top priority. Last year, Food Safety outlined five Pieces of the Food Safety Puzzle. Those pieces are Culture, Commitment, Organizational …

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Health Is the New Diet: Rebranding a Relationship with Food

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The diet industry has a new name, according to NPR’s The Salt. That name is “health.” An October Mintel report explains that “Consumers are somewhat skeptical about diet products, and instead of purchasing traditional diet-specific products, they are turning to a well-balanced diet and products that support it.” Mintel analyst Marissa Gilbert says that dieting in the traditional sense may be …

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5 Smartest Food Industry Investments for Growth in 2016

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In April of 2015, FoodProcessing.com reported $21 billion in budgeted capital spending by 45 of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies. In May, Tom Ryan and Ian Sylvan, investment analysts for MB Financial, advised food processors to find smart ways to use capital to grow their business. Just before Christmas, Entrepreneur‘s food industry predictions highlighted, among other things, growing consumer demand for supply-chain-transparent, non-GMO, …

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Extended Discussion on “Natural” Food Labeling

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Public comments will now stay open through May 10 on the use of the term “natural” in American food labeling. The FDA has extended the discussion, partially because of three citizen petitions that asked for definition or prohibition of the word on food labels. According to the FDA, natural means “nothing artificial or synthetic  (including all color additives regardless of source) …

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Food Processing Magazine’s 2016 Industry Predictions

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

According to FoodProcessing.com, five issues loom large for the food and beverage industry as 2016 begins. Here’s a quick look at each of them: Dietary Guidelines Mid-January is the new expected release date for the 8th edition of the USDA and DHHS’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Expectations were high for the promotion of whole foods and consideration of environmental …