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Survey: Food Companies to Focus R&D on Developing New Products, Clean Up Existing Ones

In News, Processing, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

In their 45th Annual R&D Survey, Food Processing asked manufacturers about what they’re focusing on in 2016. Here’s what they had to say. R&D Focuses “Really new” product development will continue to be most important for R&D efforts this year, followed by “cleaning up” current products. Food safety will continue to have the most impact on R&D strategy, followed by …

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Call on Your ERP to Prevent and Manage Recalls

In Food Safety, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

God forbid you need to recall product, but if you do, Wayne Labs at Food Engineering offers advice for narrowing in on defective items using single-system ERP software. Labs recommends choosing an industry-specific ERP system to encompass traceability, FSMA, and business process integration. Linking a warehouse management system (WMS) to your ERP can also help identify anomalies and prevent cross-contamination early …

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Report: Transparency Is Key for Consumers

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A new report confirms that consumers are demanding more and more transparency when it comes to food products. For its 2016 Food Revolution Study, Label Insight surveyed more than 1,500 consumers “to determine how they make food choices, shop, and what they expect from brands when it comes to product information.” Overall, the study found that consumers: Value product transparency, …

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Permeation Testing Developments Improve Commercial Food Packaging

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

Advancements in permeation testing technology can increase efficiency and improve packaging for manufactured food, says a recent Food Manufacturing article. Foods with greater sensitivity to water and oxygen have historically taken longer to test using manual and instrumented testing methods. Now, increased automation and sensor capabilities are decreasing employee training and expertise requirements and cutting testing cycles by up to …

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Senate GMO Labeling Agreement Reached

In News, Processing, Technology by Heather Brown0 Comments

According to a bipartisan agreement reached yesterday, food companies nationwide will be required to label for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for the first time. The Senate agreement is more lenient than the Vermont labeling law set to go into effect July 1. Vermont would require an explicit phrase, “produced with genetic engineering.” The federal deal allows options for labels using …

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UK Food Industry Gives Mixed Response to Brexit Vote

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The UK’s historic vote last night to leave the European Union sparked a global response from the food and drink industry. Many conservatives in the sector feel that Brexit will free Britain from a perceived “EU skepticism of science.” Greater flexibility in tariff negotiations and more effective government protection and support are other benefits cited by the Leave camp. Other …

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Good Housekeeping: 7 Tips for Food Processing Facilities

In Processing by Heather Brown0 Comments

Every food processing professional understands that clean facilities are critical to food safety. They’re also critical to the safety, health, and morale of everyone who works in your plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues general “housekeeping” guidelines for every workplace. What do those look like for food production? Clean, dry floors Clean, dry floors are a priority …

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Food Industry Venture Capital Seeks Stakes in Startup Innovation

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food and food tech startups can add Kellogg’s to their growing list of potential investors. The cereal giant announced Monday they’ve established a venture capital fund to invest in “companies pursuing next-generation innovation, bolstering access to cutting-edge ideas and trends.” Included in its mandate are pioneers of new ingredients, foods, packaging, and food-related technology. According to Fortune,’s John Kell, many …

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Food Industry E-commerce Strategies for Success

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In March of this year, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reported on the accelerating penetration rate of e-commerce in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) markets, from 1% in 2014 to a predicted 5% average or higher by 2018 and beyond. The report estimates that half of all growth in CPG sales between now and 2018 will come from e-commerce. So far, says …

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HookLogic Partners with Instacart, FreshDirect, and Drugstore.com to Aggregate the Digital Aisle for CPG Brands

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New Partnerships Expand Closed-Loop Advertising for Grocery and Health & Beauty Brands NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 21, 2016 HookLogic, the pioneer of performance marketing for brands, today announced that brands will now be able to drive featured placement and increase sales on leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers, Instacart, FreshDirect, and Drugstore.com. The new sites join the ranks of …