2014 Economic Outlook
Processors report an improving landscape for capital expenditures in the meat and poultry industry in 2014.
December 2, 2013
In conjunction with The National Provisioner’s 2014 Economic Outlook, we thought it wise to get a read on processor’s capital-expenditures trends this year and spending plans for the coming year as a leading indicator on the industry’s health, and to offer a benchmark for your company’s plans.Read More
After years of fighting an uphill battle, the protein industry soldiers on and may be looking forward to low feed costs, increased demand and more exports in 2014.
December 1, 2013
The trouble with making predictions for an agriculture-based industry is that uncontrollable factors have a funny way of intruding.Read More
Research presented at The Obesity Society’s annual meeting shows choosing protein-based breakfast meals can help consumers curb appetite — even at realistically attainable serving sizes.
December 2, 2013
Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner, visited Hillshire Brands’ Chicago headquarters in November 2013 to speak with Jeff George, senior vice president of Research & Development, as well as Susan Zaripheh, Ph.D., director of Nutrition Research & Innovation, about a new study from Biofortis Clinical Research and the University of Missouri’s Department of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (see the release on page 40).Read More
Farm to Plate
A review of enforcement actions from the past year reveals the value of a systematic approach to animal welfare.
December 5, 2013
Fifty-six copies of enforcement letters have been posted to the FSIS Humane Handling Web site in 2013. A review of these letters underscores the importance of a systematic approach to animal welfare and helps identify common issues to resolve.Read More
Fight for Food Safety
December 14, 2013
I spent some time in my last two columns dissecting recent trends involving recalls for E. coli O157:H7 and allergens.Read More
Regulations & Legislation
December 12, 2013
For “prerequisite programs”, there seems to be no single definition that covers all of them.Read More
December 6, 2013
Antimicrobial solutions are used to reduce contaminants on raw foods such as meats, vegetables and fruits.Read More
December 13, 2013
Oven, fryer and smokehouse equipment suppliers continually are improving the design to minimize the gap between what processors want their cooking equipment to do and what the machines are capable of doing.Read More
Based on the ability of the chub package to handle a variety of challenges, many consumers and processors have gotten “on board” with its use in the marketplace.
December 30, 2013
Despite having its detractors, some of whom reside within the confines of the very companies that produce it, chub packaging continues to prosper, according to one long-time packaging insider.Read More
Wenneman Meat Co. installs growth-oriented processing solutions after losing plant to devastating 2011 fire.
December 10, 2013
Wenneman Meat Co. overcame a devastating plant fire in 2011 that forced them to completely rebuild their facility.Read More
December 11, 2013
Famous 19th-century author George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”Read More
Meat Science Review
The effect of extended postmortem aging periods on the shelf-life and eating qualities of beef intended for retail sale.
December 4, 2013
Even though postmortem aging has been widely accepted as the predominant technique for improving the tenderness and overall eating experience of beef, retailers are hesitant to age beef for extended time periods prior to placing it in the retail case because product “freshness” is reduced and a shorter display life may be realized.Read More