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Co-development Isn't Just for New Food Products Anymore

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Mar 23, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Co-development tends to be a win-win for brands and manufacturers—streamlining sales and production alike. Yet for all the collaboration that happens between brand and manufacturer, there seems to be one aspect of partnership that seems strangely neglected.

While food safety has always been a primary concern for both brand and manufacturer, food safety stories tend to revolve around a failure to meet standards or a product recall. Few partnerships have produced newsworthy innovation—until recently. Lately, collaborative efforts to innovate food production seem as though they are finally coming full circle as brands treat food safety innovation on par with product development.

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Topics: Food Safety, Innovation

Uncanny Valley: The Robotic Workers in Food Packaging and Processing

Posted by SugarCreek

Dec 22, 2014 2:30:00 PM

The food packing industry has always struggled to minimize production costs and keep injuries to laborers to a minimum. The advent of new robotic manufacturing technology in the late 1950s and early 1960s offered the food industry a way to do just that, but machines were expensive to purchase and maintain. The capital start-up costs were often prohibitive, however, so many packing companies chose to soldier on with manual assembly lines.

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Topics: Food Safety, Technology

Litigation or Consumer Backlash: What's Your Greatest Risk in the GMO Fight

Posted by SugarCreek

Dec 10, 2014 3:00:00 PM

“Artisanal,” “craft” and “locally-sourced” are three of the hottest new trends in food service today. Add these phrases to a food label or restaurant menu and consumers flock to these items.

On the flip side is genetically modified (“GM” or “GMO”) food, which has been engineered for specific characteristics like weed or drought resistance. In the eyes of many consumers, GMOs have become synonymous with “big food.” Rightly or wrongly, consumers consider GM food to not only be less nutritious, but also more harmful to the environment, according to FoodNavigator USA’s Elaine Watson.

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Topics: Food Safety, Trends

To GMO or Not to GMO: The State of the Genetic Modification Debate

Posted by SugarCreek

Oct 2, 2014 11:30:00 AM

One of the greatest food debates of modern times has been on the safety of genetically modified foods.

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Topics: American eating habits, Food Safety

Your Greatest Food Innovation May Come from Outside the Test Kitchen

Posted by SugarCreek

Sep 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

We've all seen the news stories before: a company issues a recall on a processed food product or piece of produce because, after shipment to stores, a contaminant was found.

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Topics: Food Safety, Innovation, Technology

Give Your Customers the Best Steak Ever with Sous Vide Recipes

Posted by SugarCreek

Sep 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Since 1994, the National Restaurant Association has set aside September to focus on food safety issues such as cross-contamination risks, time-temperature control and hygiene.

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Topics: Sous Vide, Food Safety, Trends

Is There an Easy Way to Ensure the Safety and Shelf Life of RTE Meals?

Posted by SugarCreek

Aug 28, 2014 9:55:00 AM

If the mainline of your brand is ready-to-eat meals, your food innovation team is likely always on the hunt for ways to bring fresher, faster food to your consumers without compromising taste or safety.

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Topics: Sous Vide, Food Safety, Innovation

Innovative Technologies May Hold the Key to Food Safety

Posted by SugarCreek

Aug 21, 2014 10:30:00 AM

No conclusive evidence has been discovered that would link food served by a Minnesota Applebee’s restaurant franchise to an E. coli outbreak (specifically the E. coli 0111 strain). But after the Minnesota Department of Health discovered that a dozen of the infected individuals had eaten at the same location, the restaurant chain has decided to take action in anticipation of consumer fears over tainted food. 

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Topics: Sous Vide, Food Safety, Innovation

Global Trends Demand Innovative Food Packaging

Posted by SugarCreek

Aug 15, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Reduce, reuse, recycle have become a familiar mantra among consumers wishing to reduce their personal carbon footprint and help improve the overall health of the planet. In light of this trend, companies— especially those within the food and beverage industry— have made a concerted effort to meet the public's demands for innovative food packaging

Consumers want packaging that not only increases the recyclability of the products, but that reduces fear regarding the use of chemicals in those same packaging products.

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Topics: Food Safety, Innovation

PEDv May Be Old Food Safety News within a Matter of Months

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Jul 29, 2014 2:00:00 PM

There's good news for bacon fans and the entire food service industry: the deadly swine disease PEDv (porcine epidemic diarrhea virus) which had been so instrumental in driving up pork prices may be old food safety news within a matter of months. The USDA granted Harrisvaccines a conditional license for the first PEDv vaccine, which may finally end the PEDv epidemic that’s had a devastating impact on the bacon and pork industries over the last year.

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Topics: Food Safety