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Food Industry Events & Trade Shows for 2017-2018

With trade shows and other events, the food industry is full of opportunities for education, innovation, networking, and discovery. Here are the major events for 2017-2018, organized by category. We’ll update this listing as more information becomes available. General Packaging & Processing Northwest Food Processors Expo & Conference Portland, OR, January 9-11, 2017 The is the Northwest Food Processors Association’s …

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Trump Considers Food Safety Veteran for Agriculture Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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Coconut, Tonics, and Pastas Top Whole Foods’ List of 2017 Food Trends

Whole Foods recently announced its top food trends for 2017. Their team of experts and trend-spotters compiled a list which includes the following: Wellness Tonics – More than just juice, wellness drinks are expected to gain traction and popularity. Look for drinking vinegars, turmeric elixirs, and other tonics with herbal medicinal ingredients to be the trending beverages. Repurposing Byproducts – …

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Report: Canadian Food Prices to Rise in 2017

Canadians can expect to pay 3-5% more for food next year, according a new report from Dalhousie University. The increase will be driven by big jumps in the meat, vegetables, and fish and seafood sectors. The predicted increase is higher than last year and higher than the normal rate of food inflation, which is pegged at 1-2%. The price increases …