Category Archives: Food and Beverage

  • Natural alternatives to chemical food preservatives: Plant-based is the new trend

    Artificial food preservatives revolutionized the food industry to ensure a longer shelf-life of food products. This has facilitated the widespread distribution and mass production of food as well as opened up new markets. Beyond shelf-life extension, preservatives have additional roles in food producti .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • Infographic: Properties and Side Effects of Artificial Preservatives

    In a previous article entitled, Why preservatives are bad for your health, we presented scientific evidence that linked two well-known preservatives to obesity and gut disease. Here, we highlight some of the most common artificial preservatives used within the food and beverage industry and illustrate the di .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • Microplastics in bottled water: There is a problem but what’s the solution?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a review after microplastics have been found in over 90% of the world’s most popular bottled water brands. Scientists at the State University of New York Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) in collaboration with .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Highly likely pesticide ban in EU could sting agrochemical companies

    EU’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) evaluations support that most applications of neonicotinoid insecticides represent a significant threat to wild bees and honeybees. It is highly possible that these substances will be banned from all fields across the EU when member nations vote on this issue in late March. What are neonicotinoids? Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. They act on an < .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • How is technology shaping the food supply chain?

    Our growing world population needs a consistent supply of food. To cope with the growing population, the world must increase agricultural production by 70%. Food supply logistics − services, information and infrastruc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Navneeta Kaul
  • Infographic: 10 Quick Facts About Lentein

    Lentein is a protein-rich green powder produced by Parabel. It is a “whole food concept” that has been described as the world’s most complete and sustainable food source and has gained significant interest as a nutritional supplement. Parabel recently won the  ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • What are the top 5 innovations in sugar reduction in 2017?

    One of the most prominent global phenomena in recent years is the growing conversations around sugar reductions in processed food products. Consumer attitude towards sugar and sweeteners has also drastically changed. This poses pressure on international ingredient suppliers to find alternative ways to make sweet products marketable, profitable, appe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • 3 reasons why Lentein is the latest innovation in the food and beverage industry

    Lentein is a protein-rich green powder produced by Parabel. It is a “whole food concept” that has been described as the world’s most complete and sustainable food source. With up to 50% of highly digestible crude protein, as well as a high profile of micronutrients such as Omega 3 and antioxidants, it has gained significant interest as a nutritional supplement. Parabel re .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • PreScouter Journal 2017 Roundup & 10 Most Read Articles

    It has been quite a year for the PreScouter Journal. Thanks to our great team and valued readers, the journal received 3 unique awards in 2017: PreScouter Journal named one of the Top 50 Innovation Websites and Blogs for Innovators & Inventors. PreScouter Journal named one of the ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • PreScouter Case Study: “Clean Label” Ingredients for Flavor Enhancement

    The following is a case study report of the work that was carried out by PreScouter for a Fortune 500 client in the food manufacturing industry. About the Client: The Client, a Fortune 500 leading food manufacturer, came to PreScouter seeking information around fermentation-based flavor enhancements. The Client's interest was in response to the demands of consumers for "clean label" ingredients. Inquiry: Clean l .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • What is personalized nutrition bringing to our plates?

    Personalized nutrition is not a new idea, but the ease of accessing it is. From websites offering assistance on social media to supplement manufacturers offering assistance to their customers, personalized nutrition is available on a variety of fronts. Tailor-made diets can be designed to help with gut health, food allergies and other dietary restrictions, as well as weight-loss goals. Personalized nutrition is the ... READ MORE

    By: Kristen Bentley
  • What are some of the latest waste-to-energy technologies available?

    Introduction: Landfills emit by-products like methane, dioxins and leachate (a toxic liquid that is formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and filters through waste), which, when left untreated, can leach into the soil, contaminating water sources, plants and even food. Waste-to-Energy (WtE) technologies that process non-renewable waste can reduce environmental and .. ... READ MORE

    By: Anu Antony
  • What wearables are revolutionizing the dairy industry?

    A number of wearable technologies have been introduced into the world of dairy farming. With the increasing global demand of production, feeding the world is not an easy task. In this article, we cover some of the most innovative wearable technologies being developed to .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sushil Paudyal
  • How can blockchain be used in the food industry?

    The blockchain technology creates a shared, distributed ledger of transactions over a decentralized peer-to-peer network. In the food industry, this is especially valuable as it makes it possible to track the source of various food items starting from the farm, for example, and ending at supermarket shelves. In the case of a suspected contamination or foodborne illness, finding the bad batch using blockchain is easy and quick. Foodborne illnesses and t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Evangelia Vogiatzaki
  • Feeding the World With Higher Yielding Crops

    Very simply, crop yield is the amount of crops produced per unit space (usually hectare). It is a measure of agricultural productivity. Crop Yields: An Ongoing Struggle The human race has obsessed over yields throughout history, and a diverse range of methods have been employed to improve yields. The Ancient Greeks and Romans worshiped deities. The Tiahuanaco culture in Peru created patterned arrays of beds and canals (waru waru) to improve irrigat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • How Food and Beverage Companies Are Implementing AI for Supply Chain Management

    Supply Chain Management is a constant struggle for food and beverage (F&B) companies. Consumers want more insights about where their food is coming from, and on top of meeting consumer demands, manufacturers have two additional concerns: first, turning around inventory quickly at competitive prices while maintaining stock and supplier relations. Then, manufacturers must keep a close eye on quality, ensuring all products in the supply chain meet industry and consumer speci .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Ice Cream: A Look at The Top Flavors and New Trends

    It’s National Ice Cream Month, first defined by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. But what’s the scoop in ice cream innovation today? What will be the hot new flavors to keep us cool? First, let’s cover the big names. Vanilla is the long-standing title holder for the most popular ice cream flavor, with 29% of the vote. Chocolate is lagging behind with 8.9% of the vote, followed by butter pecan and strawberry, which both have 5.3%. These positions don’t look set to c .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Eliminating Food Waste by Keeping Your Produce Fresh

    Food waste occurs at every point on the food chain, from producers to consumers. 40% of food in America goes to waste, equaling roughly $115 billion per year. About 40-50% of food waste occurs at the consumer level. A number of things contribute to this waste, from poor meal planning to conf .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What the Amazon/Whole Foods Merger Means for the Grocery Industry

    The online store that irrevocably disrupted the publishing industry is now threatening to reshape retail entirely. Amazon has been delving into brick-and-mortar grocery stores for some time now. Last December, they unveiled Amazon Go: brick-and-mortar convenience/grocery stores wher .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Fitbits for Cows Are Revitalizing the Dairy Industry

    The dairy industry has faced its fair share of criticism. With a reputation for a negative environmental impact and inhumane practices, it’s due for a reform. That reform may unexpectedly come from technology that essentially works as a Fitbit for cows. The device can be obtained from various manuf .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
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