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Campbell Soup Co.'s Pepperidge Farm Subsidiary Introduces Spicy Dill Pickle Goldfish Flavor

Campbell Soup Co.'s Pepperidge Farm subsidiary has announced the launch of a new spicy dill pickle Goldfish flavor. This introduction follows numerous fan requests, highlighting the company's commitment to listening to its consumer base. The limited-time offering, available throughout the summer, combines the tangy taste of dill pickle with the heat of red chili peppers. Janda Lukin, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Campbell’s Snacks, emphasized the importance of fan input in the creation of new flavors. "Fan passion for new Goldfish flavors is a constant source of inspiration for us," Lukin stated. "Overwhelming demand on social media and even a petition for a pickle flavor fueled the creation of our new spicy dill pickle cracker. This delicious and craveable summer

The Role of AI in Manufacturing: Insights from Tom Kurfess at SNX 2024

DALLAS — The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has been rapid and fraught with uncertainties, but Tom Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech University, is already embracing the technology's potential. “If you want to walk away with just a thought, the bottom

Navigating the Challenge of New Regulations on Artificial Food Dyes

The evolving landscape of food regulations presents a significant challenge for food manufacturers, particularly concerning the use of artificial food dyes. Notably, two prominent brands have recently taken divergent paths in response to these regulations. Froot Loops announced it would retain its artificial colors,
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Public Health Experts Urge Government Action Against Unhealthy Food and Alcohol Industry Tactics

Public health experts are advocating for governmental intervention to safeguard Australians from the pervasive influence of the unhealthy food, alcohol, and advertising industries. This call to action follows new research published today, which reveals the covert methods these industries employ to exploit Australian consumers. Two pivotal papers, featured in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, dissect the strategies of these industries. The first study examines how fast-food restaurants utilize public relations (PR) tactics to generate favorable news coverage of their unhealthy products and bolster their corporate image. The second study explores the tactics used by the unhealthy food, alcohol, and advertising sectors to influence government proposals aimed at

3D Printing Revolutionizes Food & Beverage Machinery

Despite high hopes for 3D printing in the food industry, particularly in areas such as alternative meat, chocolate, and pasta, the technology has not yet fully met initial expectations. However, the food and beverage sector remains one of the largest and most quietly successful areas for 3D printing implementation.
Ingredients & Additives

Global Food Prices Show Slight Increase in April 2024 Amid Mixed Commodity Trends

The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) recorded a modest rise in April 2024, reaching 119.1 points, a 0.3-point (0.3 percent) increase from its revised March level. This marks the second consecutive monthly increase following a seven-month decline. However, the FFPI remains 9.6 points (7.4 percent) lower than its value in April 2023. The April uptick was driven by increases in the meat, vegetable oil, and cereal price indices, which outweighed decreases in the sugar and dairy price indices. Cereal Prices: Stabilization and Divergent Trends The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 111.2 points in April, a slight rise of 0.3 points (0.3 percent) from March, yet it stands 25 points (18.3 percent) below its April 2023 level. Wheat export prices, which had been declining for three months, stabilized in
Packaging

Advancing Liquid Food Packaging: Syntegon Technology GmbH and KHS Innovate Filling Technology

In an ever-evolving landscape of liquid food packaging, innovation stands as the cornerstone of progress. The pursuit of enhanced efficiency, flexibility, and hygiene standards drives industry leaders to continually push the boundaries of technology. Recently, two prominent players in the field, Syntegon Technology GmbH and KHS, have emerged with groundbreaking advancements in bottle-filling technology. Their latest offerings, the FBL filling machine from Syntegon and the aseptic block for bottle sterilization from KHS, promise to revolutionize liquid food packaging, setting new benchmarks for the industry. Syntegon's FBL filling machine, a recent addition to its Ampack portfolio, stands at the forefront of innovation. Designed for preformed HDPE, PP, and PET bottles, the FBL machine
Processing

Tetra Pak Launches 'Factory Sustainable Solutions' to Revolutionize Resource Optimization in Food and Beverage Production

In response to the pressing need for sustainable practices within the food and beverage (F&B) industry, Tetra Pak has unveiled its latest innovation: 'Factory Sustainable Solutions'. This comprehensive offering represents a paradigm shift towards holistic resource optimization, encompassing energy, water, and cleaning-in-place (CIP) processes within F&B production facilities. The F&B sector, historically reliant on fossil fuels and energy-intensive operations, faces mounting pressure to enhance resource efficiency and transition towards renewable energy sources. With rising operational expenses and increasingly stringent sustainability regulations, the imperative to minimize resource consumption and mitigate environmental impact has become paramount for industry players. Tetra Pak's

Navigating the Challenges of 3D Printed Food in the Food Industry

3D printed food presents an intriguing frontier for innovation in the food industry, promising to revolutionize how food is prepared, personalized, and delivered. However, this technology faces substantial hurdles that must be addressed to realize its full potential. Understanding these challenges is essential for
Catering & Hospitality

Berry Launches New Range of Tableware, Designed with Sustainability in Mind

In today's foodservice industry, the call for sustainable solutions is becoming increasingly urgent. Addressing this demand head-on, Berry Global has introduced an innovative reusable tableware range aimed at tackling environmental concerns while meeting the needs of businesses and customers alike. At the heart of Berry Global's initiative lies a commitment to functional design tailored to diverse foodservice requirements. The range boasts bowls and lids carefully crafted to accommodate various food types, from hearty meals to delicate desserts. Clear lids offer an enticing view of the contents, enhancing presentation, while customizable in-mould labeling options enable businesses to showcase their brand identity. Operational efficiency and convenience are key features of this range.

How Unique Entertainment is Spicing Up Restaurants and Boosting Your Bottom Line

In today's competitive dining landscape, delicious food alone isn't enough. Diners crave experiences, connections, and memories that set your restaurant apart from the rest. This is where the vibrant trend of unique entertainment comes in, offering a potent blend of fun, engagement, and, yes, even increased revenue for
Country Reports

iGA's Botanical Atlas Project Wins Smart Cities Award

During the opening ceremony of the 7th edition of the Bahrain Smart Cities Summit 2024, held from March 5th to 6th at the Gulf Hotel, the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) clinched the prestigious Smart Cities Award in the category of "Advancements in Food Security and Agri-Tech" for its groundbreaking Botanical Atlas project. Mohammed Ali Al-Qaed, the iGA Chief Executive, expressed profound gratitude to the organizers of the award and the summit, emphasizing the Botanical Atlas project's significance in providing innovative solutions that bolster sustainable practices and fortify food security. Launched in March 2023, the Botanical Atlas project stands as a national endeavor offering a unique initiative facilitating crop health monitoring, agricultural land use optimization,

Challenges and Innovations in China's Food Industry Amid Economic Growth

As China continues to experience robust economic growth, its food industry faces a dynamic landscape marked by challenges and innovations. From traditional staples like pork to modern fast-food chains, the sector navigates a range of factors influencing production, consumption, and market dynamics. In the first quarter

South Africa Navigates Food Inflation Risks Amid Drought

South Africa's agricultural landscape has been under strain due to persistent dryness and a heatwave in key summer crop-growing regions. Concerns over potential spikes in consumer food inflation loom large as a result. This comes in the wake of a challenging period where South Africa witnessed food price inflation
Events

Fi Europe 2023 setting new milestones as the global F&B industry reunites in Frankfurt.

In a significant year for benchmarking the success of organized events, Fi Europe 2023 demonstrated an unprecedented demand for a dynamic platform that unites the international ingredients industry. This year's event, which drew 23,149 attendees from 135 countries worldwide, proved to be a resounding success, reinforcing its positive impact on innovation, collaboration, and dialogue within the F&B industry. Looking ahead, Fi Europe is scheduled to return to Frankfurt from November 19-21 next year. The build-up commenced on November 20, with the event platform going live, providing attendees exclusive content previews, meeting coordination, and access to a live keynote session. On November 27, the Future of Nutrition Summit initiated a meticulously curated, in-person content program aimed

Gulfood 2023

Gulfood 2023 20 – 24 February 2023 The Largest F&B Sourcing Event in the World Gulfood underscores the UAE’s status at the forefront of sector change and leading the role in tackling global issues. Driving creativity and change, in February 2023, the 28th edition of Gulfood will continue to unite food and beverage

SIAL Paris Reasserts Its Standing as The World’s Foremost Food Industry Event

The latest edition of SIAL Paris has just come to a close. The results are extremely positive, showing it to be the world’s first large-scale event to succeed in reaching its pre-pandemic level, both in terms of exhibitors and visitors. Indeed, the trade fair assembled more than 7,000 exhibitors from 127 countries (90%