Category Archives: Food and Beverage

  • 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
  • Technology in the Kitchen: Convenience to Fit Busy Schedules

    Kitchen design and technology is constantly changing to provide consumers with foods that are convenient, and accommodate social changes and food trends. In the past, the answer to convenience was prepackaged foods. They were “modern wonders” that made life easier and could be stored for months or even years at a time. Today, consumers still demand convenienc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vishal Kothari
  • Dairy Industry Packaging That Can Extend Shelf Life

    Keeping food fresh is one of the key concerns of food distributors and suppliers. In the dairy industry, there are general concerns in packaging to keep foods fresh such as water vapor permeability and oxidation and light. A Food and Beverage Project Architect from PreScouter, an R&D research firm, worked with another researcher to present packaging solutions for dairy farmers to keep their food fresh and extend the shelf life of their dairy products. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Should Dairy be Incorporated into Mediterranean Diets?

    The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets available. Dairy has come under speculation over the past century over it's health benefits. In recent research, PreScouter, an R&D consulting firm, looked at how dairy companies could incorporate dairy into the Mediterranean diet. One of PreScouter's Food and Beverage Project Architects worked with another researcher to present the key findings based on the PREDIMED study. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Phage in Food: Innovation or Contamination?

    Perhaps, phage in food is both an innovation and a contamination. Bacteriophages are the most abundant organisms in the biosphere. If you took all the phage particles on earth and lined them up, end to end, they would cover a distance of two light years, approximately half way to Alpha Centauri. There are a lot of them, and they're very small. In fact, you probably eat them everyday without even knowing it! But what is their function? And, how can  bacteriophages be innovati .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Welcome to the Future: Smart Packaging

    What Is Smart Packaging? Any packaging that incorporates advanced technologies to provide enhanced functionality compared to conventional packaging can be considered smart. Based on Packaging Digest, smart packaging can be divided into two categories: active packaging, that provides functionality .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • How to Satiate America’s Sweet Tooth Without Sugar

    Sugar has become a main villain in the processed food industry. Recent revelations of a pivotal misleading scientific review article from the 1970s that was sponsored by the sugar industry fueled public concern. The conclusions of the dubious review, blaming fat as the dietary culprit to increases in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Geahlen
  • Are Virtual Restaurants the Future of Dining?

    Millennials and Gen Z-ers are tech-savvy generations shifting the paradigm of businesses towards a virtual world. The latest visual trend following virtual gaming and virtual shopping is the “virtual” restaurant. Virtual restaurants are deli .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • The Dangers of Palm Oil: Why Nutella is Being Removed From Shelves

    Supermarkets in Italy, including the country’s biggest supermarket chain, Coop, have removed popular hazelnut spread, Nutella, from their shelves. The reason? Recent studies have linked refined palm oil, which is used in Nutella and various other food and cosmetic products, with cancer. Nutella Fights Back Nutella maker, Ferrero, launched an advertising .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Will Domino’s Innovations Make it the Millennial Favorite?

    Domino’s has been making quite the stir in the stock market after stocks rose from a mere $4.97 in 2009 to $155.01 in 2016. What is responsible for this increase? Domino’s is pushing technological advances and capitalizing on the lucrative stay-at-h .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
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