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The Snack Report: Younger, Busier, Healthier, from Technomic’s 2016 Trends Study

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In today’s on-the-go consumer lifestyles, snack foods are enjoying a revolution, and now they’re younger and healthier than ever before. A Food Processing article this week says Technomic’s latest Consumer Trends Report shows over half of consumers snack between meals. Snacking is also a more constant activity, one that is slowly replacing traditional meal times. In addition to younger consumers driving snack …

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Sparta Survey Reveals Food and Beverage Preparedness for FSMA

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According to a recent Sparta Systems survey, a majority of food and beverage companies (61%) feel ready to meet the stricter requirements of the first food reform laws the U.S. has seen in 70 years. We’ve broken down the free whitepaper of findings by populations and perspectives. Survey Population Many respondents to the survey come from small companies (58%). Almost half …

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FPSA and IFFA Team up on Trade Shows

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In a press release this week, the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced a new alliance with Messe Frankfurt, owner of the world famous IFFA trade show. Their agreement promises mutual cooperation in support of both organizations’ events. “PROCESS EXPO 2017 will benefit greatly from this agreement thanks in large part to promotion from Messe Frankfurt’s offices, not just in …

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Beef Production is Up in Potential 2016 Market Shift

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According to the most recent numbers, beef production has seen an unexpected uptick of 3.0 percent for the year to date. Factors surrounding this rise may impact the timing and total production for 2016, says Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. Peel traces higher production levels to an increase in cattle slaughter spurred by faster feedlot turnover …

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Resident, Persistent Listeria Genome Recognized in Most Recent Recall

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The major recall by CRF Frozen Foods this week has been a long time coming. According to NPR, new CDC tools that track the sequenced genome of listeria recognize in this latest cluster of illnesses, matches from bacteria that has sickened others in recent years. Listeria monocytogenes kills 1 in 5 victims and holds higher risks for older adults, pregnant women, …

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Paarman and Unitherm: A Continuous Systems Recipe for Growth

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A case study featured in Food Manufacturing yesterday highlights a now-common shift from conventional batch cooking to continuous systems. In response to growing demand from international markets, South African family company Paarman Foods teamed up with Unitherm Food Systems in 2015 to change their approach to cooking many of their spiced protein products. The key to Paarman’s shift in production was Unitherm’s Micro Spiral Oven. Paarman …

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Consumers Hold Food Companies Most Responsible to Improve Transparency and Build Trust

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Each year, the Center for Food Integrity explores ways that food companies can build consumer trust. This year’s particular research reveals “policies, practices, and information that consumers equate with transparency that earns trust.” This infographic summarizes six key areas where consumers expect transparency: Impact of Food on Health Food Safety Environmental Impact Labor and Human Rights Animal Well-being Business Ethics According to …

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The Internet of Things and the Future of Food

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It’s no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” Experts agree, the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to food manufacturing in ways that are getting harder to ignore. The IoT is changing how the food industry tackles problems like safety, e-commerce, and even waste management. What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things refers to devices that …

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Consumer Demand and the “Whole Foods Effect” Shape the New Food Processing Landscape

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Twenty-five percent of  shoppers seek local products on grocery shelves. According to Food Marketing Institute data, this number is up from 13 percent since 2007. In a New York Times article this week, the research firm Packaged Facts predicts local food sales could hit $20 billion by 2019, up from $5 billion in 2008. In the article, Mark Baum, senior …

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Calling Food Industry Mentors to Invest in Innovation

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DECATUR, Ill. APRIL 19, 2016 /BUSINESS WIRE/ Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) and National Foodworks Services (NFS) today announced the official launch of the first annual Food Innovation Challenge. The Food Innovation Challenge is a contest designed to provide new food entrepreneurs with access to resources and industry mentors to evaluate their product ideas, and ultimately the opportunity to win …