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Insider Insight to Non-GMO Claim Market Trends

Posted by Seth Keller

March 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

gmo_blog.jpgIt’s no secret that consumers are continually seeking out healthier foods, with a particular emphasis lately on organic foods, dairy-free or meat-free alternatives and products free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). But should you make a non-GMO claim on your food label? The answer lies in understanding consumer motivations for purchasing one product over another. While these trends are not new, non-GMO claims specifically have been on the rise as top motivators of consumer food choice over the past few years.

Understanding the Trends
Recent studies show that claims such as non-GMO do factor into decision making at the grocery store. According to the Illinois based research firm Nielsen, sales of food labeled “non-GMO” grew more than $8 billion from 2012 to 2016, reaching nearly $21.1 billion in total sales. The percent of new products being released into the market making organic and non-GMO claims in recent years has increased significantly compared to new products making other popular claims.

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Topics: Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, NonGMO, Food Production, Food Manufacturing, Consumer Trends

Technical Tuesdays: Harnessing Integrated Pest Management For Your Facility

Posted by Jeff Strout

February 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

pest_blog_photo.jpgAs an auditor for over 35 years, I have noticed most food facilities do not fully understand the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Many know about pest control, but they do not quite grasp the full power of establishing an effective IPM plan.  

There are five steps for establishing an effective IPM plan: 

1) Identify the Target Pests 
To create your IPM plan, you need to first fully identify the target pests for your facility and the surrounding area. This includes all pests, and is not limited to only the ones the local pest control contractor covers under their service plan. I have heard stories about deer, dogs and even chickens getting into facilities where they don’t belong. I’ve also seen facilities with hundreds of stray cats around the outside of the plant; others with thousands of birds flying outside; and some where bats, raccoons, possums and even an alligator managed to get inside. 

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Production, Pest Management, Facilities, Food Manufacturing, Pests

Technical Tuesdays: Essential Hazard Analysis - Understanding the Microbiological Profile of Ingredients

Posted by Jennifer Johnson

January 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM

shutterstock_540249184.jpgRequired under both the FDA and USDA-FSIS regulations, the Hazard Analysis is arguably the most important component of any food manufacturer’s food safety system. Unless identification of CCPs or Preventive Controls is based on a scientifically sound, properly-supported hazard analysis, hazards may not be adequately controlled. Since microbial hazards often represent the greatest potential food safety risk for food products, it’s critical to understand the microbiological profile of ingredients. This requires both general knowledge of hazards applicable to a particular ingredient and specific information on the ingredients sourced from your suppliers. 

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Topics: Pathogens, Food Production, Food Manufacturing, Mirobiology, Hazard Analysis, Ingredients


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