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  • Be straight with me: A new era in 'woke' food labeling

    As consumers are changing, brands need to be more transparent, open and honest. British copywriter Jonathan A. Finch discusses how to best communicate today.

    Jonathan A. Finch • Feb. 6, 2020
  • AI in food and beverage: 3 money-saving industrial benefits for 2020

    Artificial intelligence can optimize operations at every level, and these are the places where efficiency and profit potential will most benefit, writes Plutoshift's Prateek Joshi. 

    Prateek Joshi • Feb. 5, 2020
  • Veganism may not save the world, but healthier animals could

    Jeff Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco Animal Health, says the unexpected solution is right in front of us.

    Jeff Simmons • Jan. 23, 2020
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    Where does cannabis packaging design fit as the industry evolves?

    Companies that participate in the nascent space need to understand changing state regulations and trends impacting product design, Tom Newmaster with FORCEpkg said.

    Tom Newmaster • Jan. 2, 2020
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    2020 will be the year sustainability goes from buzzword to necessity

    Retailers are putting pressure on manufacturers to deliver goods that satisfy consumers' new preference for green and clean options, writes IFS' Colin Elkins.

    Colin Elkins • Dec. 23, 2019
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    As consumer tastes evolve, so should FDA standards of identity

    As the federal agency considers updating definitions of food items and ingredients, Janet E. Collins of Motif FoodWorks says it needs to consider new technology and changing mindsets about plant-based alternatives. 

    Janet E. Collins • Dec. 2, 2019
  • Accuracy in food safety: Why good enough isn't good enough

    Even a system that catches pathogens 98% of the time could have huge cost and reputational repercussions for a brand, writes Clear Labs CEO Sasan Amini.

    Sasan Amini • Nov. 11, 2019
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    What plant-based meat misses about chicken

    To make an impact, new companies need to outperform the poultry industry and strike at what Big Chicken puts on the shoulders of its workers, the planet and public health, writes Rebellyous founder and CEO Christie Lagally.

    Christie Lagally • Nov. 6, 2019
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    Top 5 food packaging trends to watch for in 2020

    The need for manufacturers to deliver on-brand messages in a simple, clear and environmentally friendly presentation is stronger than ever. Josh White of OffWhite shares how companies are doing that. 

    Josh White • Nov. 5, 2019
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    How regenerative agriculture and organic farming helps the earth

    PBS recently published an article on how organic farming could worsen global warming, but General Mills' Shauna Sadowski​ writes it had omissions and misleading assertions. 

    Shauna Sadowski • Nov. 4, 2019
  • FDA warning letters shed light on enforcement priorities for CBD-infused food

    Joining the trend may be lucrative, but lawyers Allison Fulton and Sarah Blitz argue companies should use caution and avoid these potential pitfalls.

    ​Allison Fulton and Sarah Blitz • Oct. 17, 2019
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    Appetizing investing in unbranded food manufacturers

    Private label manufacturers offer opportunities for high valuations and rewarding returns, writes David Houser of Lincoln International. 

    David Houser • Oct. 16, 2019
  • Single serving without the waste

    As plastic pollution becomes a bigger problem, manufacturers should be looking to edible and soluble replacements, writes Dorota Bartosik of Monosol, LLC.

    Dorota Bartosik • Oct. 14, 2019
  • What the food and beverage industry needs to know about CBD

    Although federal and state laws are evolving and inconsistent, three lawyers break down five concrete lessons for stakeholders based on a snapshot of the regulation today. 

    Anita Sabine, Jessica Borowick and Jeff Edelstein • Oct. 7, 2019
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    3 ways for smaller companies to pack a punch in the brave new world of food and beverage manufacturing

    Health and environmental focus is becoming a unique selling proposition for food and beverage manufacturers. Colin Elkins of IFS outlines three key areas where smaller vendors can put pressure on larger competitors.

    Colin Elkins • Oct. 3, 2019
  • Rethinking packaging? Software can help manage the transition to more sustainable options

    As consumers are more aware of the environmental hazards of plastics, many manufacturers need to make some changes. Mike Edgett of Infor walks through how technology can help it be successful.

    Mike Edgett • Sept. 27, 2019
  • What happened to my Bud? Beverage makers flock to CBD-infused drinks

    Beer and other drink companies are concerned that consumers would trade in their product for one with the cannabis compound —  providing the high but without the calories.

    Tom Newmaster • Sept. 17, 2019
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    Ineffective labeling of plant-based food products leads to life-threatening allergic reactions

    Consumers deserve clear and consistent labeling on everything, writes FARE CEO Lisa Gable.

    Lisa Gable • Sept. 3, 2019
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    How FDA considerations impact food and beverage acquisitions

    When considering buying a company, these three lawyers argue that potential buyers should pay particular attention to regulatory requirements.

    Allison Fulton, Ariel Yehezkel and Allison Wu Troianos • Aug. 15, 2019
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    Food for thought: From outer space to the kitchen table

    With advances in technology, a growing population and shifting consumption habits, Anthony DeLio with Ingredion says the food industry needs to become more agile to address changing consumer demands.

    Anthony DeLio • Aug. 13, 2019
  • Mr. Lighthizer, please keep your tariffs off my charcuterie board

    There is a trade battle heating up over airplane parts, and Specialty Food Association President Phil Kafarakis writes it's unfair to punish lovers of good food in retaliation. 

    Phil Kafarakis • Aug. 8, 2019
  • Crisco decision adds to conflicting case law over lab testing results

    When plaintiffs claim laboratory tests confirm a manufacturer deceptively labeled its food, three attorneys from McGuireWoods argue companies justifiably believe they are entitled to details about those tests.

    James Neale, Trent Taylor and Ben Abel • July 25, 2019
  • 3 tips for scaling your growing food business with a co-packer

    This partnership can be an effective way to add production capacity, but doing it right can be tricky. Dori Brewer and Emily Klick of Perkins Coie offer tips for a mutually beneficial agreement.

    Dori Brewer and Emily Klick • July 10, 2019
  • Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods: First mover advantage in a rapidly growing market

    Since its IPO in May, the price for shares in the company known for its plant-based burgers have taken off. Jeff Robards of Alantra looks at the two giants in the space and their potential future performance.

    Jeff Robards • July 1, 2019
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    How smart brands are redefining convenience

    Accenture's Laura Gurski said it's all about doing the small things right such as focusing on detail and using digital technology to tailor a product to each individual.

    Laura Gurski • June 27, 2019