Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.
While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?
For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.
Brand Finance has put all of America’s listed companies to the test to determine how much their brands are really worth. According to the study, of the more than 15,000 listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands.
A quick Google search of “food additives” yields first-page results including the terms “avoid,” “scariest,” “evil” and “sketchy.” The court of public opinion has handed down a verdict that food manufacturers would be wise to heed. By popular demand, the natural additives are coming.
In a story similar to the European Union’s cheese naming rights, Jack Daniel’s is fighting proposed changes to the distilling processes of Tennessee whiskey. In both cases, consumers and their pocketbooks may get to decide if any of it matters.
Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. It yields loads of free market research and advertising. The best way to forecast upcoming demand? Ask consumers and let them broadcast their creativity with your product through social media.
We truly believe manufacturers and distributors can benefit tremendously by collaborating on best practices and generating new ideas for better business models. Collectively, we can stand up to the competitive pressures by making sound decisions.
It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye. But do Millennials really wield the power to tank every business with their reported anti-consumerism?
The European Union wants the names of its cheeses back in a move to purify its products and increase sales. While it’s understandable that tradition is a powerful force in EU companies, at what point does the whole idea become ridiculous and fall flat?
President Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget to immediate backlash from Republicans and a mixed response from manufacturing organizations. The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on the proposed budget. Interestingly, they don't agree.
Edibles, special brownies or adult cookies. Call the THC-infused foods now legally on the market in Colorado and Washington what you will. The regional legalization of recreational marijuana opens a door for niche food manufacturers, though some consumers are finding it hard to swallow.
Only 17 percent of consumers trust food companies, according to a new report. Recent research suggests that much of this mistrust stems from little knowledge about how food is produced, as well as consumer perceptions that food makers lack transparency and place profits above values.
What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.
3D printers are revolutionizing various industries, from toy making to the production of iPhone cases. But one of the latest trends in 3D printing is especially tasty. These machines now are capable of producing various food items, including confections, pastas and more.
“Fed Up,” which debuted at Sundance Film Festival, “reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history,” according to a synopsis. I can’t help but raise one brow and furrow the other at this conspiracy theory of a statement.
Dig deep enough on the corporate website for many software-based companies and you’ll find documents called “post-mortems,” in which an employee explains in detail the nature of a recent downtime or failure. Manufacturing has no real equivalent, and I wonder if that isn’t a problem, or, at least, an opportunity.
The reduction of pesticide use in food production has resulted in increasing cases of consumers finding spiders in their produce. Using preventative measures, both growers and food manufacturers can help increase consumer safety — and prevent an unwelcome shock at the supermarket.
Food manufacturers must maintain a focus on continuing innovation to keep their products and processes ahead of the curve. There is a multitude of innovative technologies available to the industry, from food safety solutions to R&D initiatives.
Industry players know that not only is the development of healthy products beneficial to consumers, but it also positively impacts their bottom lines, as well as their ability to stay one step ahead of ever-changing regulatory requirements.