Food processing

Muskegon’s Food Processing Incubator Provides ‘Springboard’ for Small Businesses

MUSKEGON, MI – A new food processing incubator space aims to be an economic engine for small businesses and local farmers in the Muskegon area. The Food, Agriculture, Research, Manufacturing Center (FARM) was built on the campus of Muskegon Community College to provide space for food entrepreneurs creating products from fruits and vegetables. Marty Gerencer, […]

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Companies leading the charge against food packaging waste

40% of all plastic used in the world is used for food packaging https://dailyhive.com/ In a recent article, I discussed the scourge of food waste and the various ingenious ways companies operating in the circular economy are tackling it. Of course, a major issue that goes hand in hand with food waste is the question […]

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Sobeys parent company and food makers propose grocery code to tackle unfair practices – National

Canada’s second-largest grocery retailer and an industry group representing food manufacturers agreed Thursday on a draft grocery code of practice they say targets unfairness in the marketplace. Empire Company Ltd. and Food, Health and Consumer Products of Canada stated that proposed code solves long-standing problems such as arbitrary fees, cost increases imposed without notice and […]

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Biodegradable additives for food packaging are not a solution

“…there is always a well-known solution to every human problem – clear, plausible and false.” —Henry L. Mencken As we all know, packaging plays a major role in achieving a more sustainable food system. However, consumers hear of and sometimes encounter rivers clogged with packaging, islands in the oceans made of garbage, and discarded packaging […]

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What can European food manufacturers learn from the healthy aging qualities of Japanese food?

These facts very clearly present massive opportunities for the food industry to capitalize on the specific needs of a rapidly expanding and often affluent group of consumers eager to explore foods associated with slower cognitive decline. Are we making the most of these opportunities? According to a recent Barclays report, the food industry should do […]

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West Michigan Food Processing Incubator Opens in Muskegon

MUSKEGON – An 8,000 square foot food processing business incubator in Muskegon is now open and accepting new tenants. Friday, Greater Muskegon Economic Development and the West Michigan Food Processing Association announced the official opening of the new Food, Agriculture, Research Manufacturing (FARM) Center on the campus of Muskegon Community College. The facility includes flexible […]

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Dual function: the gut immune system also helps regulate food processing

The small intestine is ground zero for animal survival. It is responsible for absorbing life-sustaining nutrients and warding off toxic chemicals and deadly bacteria. In a new study published March 18 in the journal Science, Yale researchers report the critical role played by the gut immune system in these key processes. The immune system, they […]

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Antimicrobials give superpowers to food packaging

Consumers’ desire for longer shelf life and fewer preservatives has spurred advances in antimicrobial packaging. Often, antimicrobial packaging agents are GRAS (generally recognized as safe)“clean label” and added only when needed. Antimicrobial packaging releases antimicrobials into foods such as minimally processed deli meats and seafood, fresh and spread fruits and vegetables (i.e. frozen then thawed), […]

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UK food makers hit hard by Brexit bureaucracy

UK food makers face millions of pounds in extra costs due to Brexit bureaucracy from next month when the European Commission introduces new layers of bureaucracy on food imports, the industry has warned. New EU legislation covering multi-ingredient products, from chocolate bars to curry sauces, is set to increase the volume of UK export health […]

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Nevada Parents Sue Multiple Baby Food Manufacturers Over Toxic Metal Claims

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KTRK) — A Nevada parents’ group is suing several major baby food makers after claims the companies failed to disclose that their products contain toxic metals. Companies named in the lawsuit include Gerber, Haines Celestial Group, Beech-Nut Nutrition and Nurture Incorporated. The lawsuit also names two supermarkets for selling the products. The […]