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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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3 Ways the Internet of Things Can Smarten Up Food Processing

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Things get smarter every day. More and more objects contain embedded technology that communicates, senses, or interacts with its own internal states or the external environment. Gartner estimates there are currently 6.4 billion devices connected to the Internet, and that number is expected at least to triple by 2020. A recent Food Engineering article predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will soon …

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Unitherm Food Systems Receives Root Vegetable Pasteurization Patent to Increase Yield, Improve Food Safety

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For Immediate Release: New machine uses a flame tube to burn the skin off of onions, pasteurizing the surface for enhanced safety and significantly reducing product loss compared to traditional cutting methods. BRISTOW, OK – 2/19/2016 – Unitherm Food Systems today announces the receipt of U.S. Patent No. 9,215,892 B2 for its new system and method for pasteurizing the surface …

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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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FDA Food Safety Funding for Tribal Communities and Local Producers

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FDA Funding is available now through April 21, 2016 for outreach, education and training for Native American Tribes and Local Food Producers to enhance food safety and FSMA compliance. Community-based and grassroots organizations, as well as local government entities, are encouraged to develop projects that will facilitate these two groups’ understanding and integration of federal food safety regulations, relevant to their production …

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FSMA Is Here: Avoid Recall by Being Ready

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2015 was a high-profile year for food safety recalls. Many of the FDA’s final rules went into effect in 2015. With only a few more to go in 2016, now is the time to attend to your processes. December survey findings from global enterprise software company Aptean showed 81% of food manufacturers are already feeling some degree of impact from FSMA …

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Cornell Study Argues for Transparency in GMO Labeling

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A Cornell University study has found that public debate over food labeling carries considerable weight with consumers in their support of subsequent labeling decisions. The study gave 450 participants four fictitious news articles about the same agro-food company’s decision to label the GM content of their products. The articles varied on four key points: whether or not to label the presence of …

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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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The Hybrid Cloud: Managing Data in the Food Industry

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Enterprise cloud computing pioneered by Salesforce and Amazon Web Services has been around for over a decade. With the advent of Web 2.0, however, cloud technology has developed exponentially and is becoming increasingly useful in all kinds of industries, including food manufacturing. Mika Javanainen, Director of Product Management at M-Files Corporation, recently shared his thoughts with FoodManufacturing.com about the best kind …

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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 …