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Are Very Small Companies the Future of Food?

In Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to a recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal, food manufacturing companies where the owner is the only employee are growing by leaps and bounds. The report examined the growth of owner-operated businesses with no employees over the past 2 decades. Even while overall factory jobs have declined, this segment has grown robustly, particularly for food. Since 1997, the number of one-person food …

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Huge Increase Predicted for Online Food Sales, IDDBA Report Says

In News, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

The International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association (IDDBA) released its annual What’s in Store report for dairy, deli, bakery, and food service and fresh food retail.  For over 30 years, IDDBA has been researching and reporting trends and consumer behavior in the industry. Here are some of the key insights and predictions: Food industry annual sales reached $2.06 trillion in the last year. …

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Food Industry Events & Trade Shows

In Food Safety, News, Processing, Technology, Trends by Melissa Schmitz2 Comments

With trade shows and other events, the food industry is full of opportunities for education, innovation, networking, and discovery. Here are the major upcoming events, organized by category. General Packaging & Processing Bakery & Snacks Beverage Dairy Meat & Poultry Produce Specialty General Packaging & Processing Food Safety Consortium Schaumburg, IL, November 28 – December 1, 2017 The Food Safety …

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Trump Considers Food Safety Veteran for Agriculture Secretary

In News by Krista Garver0 Comments

According to several media reports, President-elect Donald Trump is considering former USDA top food safety official Elsa Murano for the position of Agriculture Secretary. Murano served as the Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety under former President George W. Bush. Following that, she spent 17 months as president of Texas A&M University before stepping down to join the school’s Department of Nutrition and …

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Study Reveals Secret to Safe Food Handling at Home: Written Reminders

In Food Safety, News, Press Releases by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

Hand-washing and thermometer usage are key to reducing foodborne illness. And new research from Kansas State University suggests that encouraging these behaviors may be as easy as including them in recipe instructions. While most people know you should wash your hands, temperature monitoring is less common. The researchers note that using a meat thermometer to check doneness is particularly important …

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Top 10 Food Industry Executive Articles of 2016

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

2016 was an exciting year for the food industry. Recall numbers jumped, the first FSMA implementation deadline hit, and OSHA fines skyrocketed. Meanwhile, consumer trends continued to shift toward premium, healthy, and fresh prepared foods, while more companies took steps toward automation. Here is a round-up of our top 10 articles of 2016. 1. The Internet of Things and the …

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USDA Revises Guidance on Date Labeling to Reduce Food Waste

In Food Safety, News, Press Releases, Sustainability by Press0 Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today issued updated information on food product labeling, including new guidance aimed at reducing food waste through encouraging food manufacturers and retailers that apply product dating to use a “Best if Used By” date label. “In an effort to reduce food loss and …

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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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Unitherm Food Systems Receives Patent for Process to Bring You Better Bacon

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Superheated steam in a spiral oven produces precooked bacon slices that resemble pan-fried bacon cooked at home BRISTOW, OK – December 14, 2016 – Unitherm Food Systems today announces the receipt of U.S. Patent No. 9,510,610 for its process for producing precooked bacon slices in a spiral oven. The process uses superheated steam in an air-free environment to make bacon …

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Mediterranean Spices, Eggs, and Pepper Lead McCormick’s 2017 Flavor Trends

In News, Press Releases, Trends by Melissa Schmitz0 Comments

McCormick recently released its predictions on flavor trends for 2017. In the past, the company has predicted the emergence of flavors such as chipotle chilis and coconut water. McCormick’s five flavor focal points for 2017 are: Big, global flavors for your savory breakfast bowl – The report highlights Skhug [pronounced shug], a Middle Eastern hot sauce comprised of Thai bird …