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New trend: gluten-free products

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The demand for gluten-free foods is booming. Some consumers are affected by celiac disease, wheat allergy or are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive, but a large majority of gluten-free products consumers are in perfect health.
Even naturally gluten-free foods benefit from this new trend. Lots of manufacturers tag or label their food “gluten-free” even if it did not contain any trace of gluten originally e.g. vegetable or fish
This infographic shows some facts about gluten-free food

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Challenges for PLM in the food industry

By | Cosmetic and Food Software | No Comments

The following are few of the questions that professionals in the food industry or food service may ask when they do not have a PLM:

question without PLM

  • How to create a new recipe from an existing one?
  • How to generate ingredients lists in many languages?
  • How to track my products (including biological and geographical origins)?
  • How to be sure my labeling complies with current regulations (USDA, FDA, INCO)
  • How to better adapt to new regulations?
  • How to benefit from a global vision of my projects?
  • How to ease collaboration with my suppliers?
  • How to automatically calculate costs and risks while developing a new recipe?
  • How to generate versions?
  • What is the point of gathering information?

These questions are best answered by the use of a PLM.

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Improve growth and margins with PLM

By | Cosmetic and Food Software | No Comments

PLM (product lifecycle management) is a key element in business success. A study has shown that an effective management tool considerably helps business to not only better manage their product portfolio but also their global strategy. Having a single data repository and using it the right way helps top performing companies to improve growth and margins.

The infographic below explains the advantages of setting up a single data repository to better manage products ranges.

Improve growth and margins with PLM

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Bolthouse: efficiently manage new product development information

By | New Product Development and Innovation | No Comments

Bolthouse and Lascom to better manage NPD informationBolthouse Farms reduces delays, eliminates re-keying, and enables enterprise-wide visibility with Lascom CPG Solution
“Our goal of a single, reliable, and secure source of product information that we can all tap into has been achieved. We're very happy with the support we received from Lascom to make this project a success”
Raj Gandhi, assistant controller operations accounting at Bolthouse Farms

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Market innovation: Whole grain trend

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According to a 2014 General Mills survey, US people eat 48% more whole grains now than in 2009. It is an impressive rise to compare with the less than 1% growth shown between 2000 and 2004. A whole grain stamp has been created and is appended on nearly 10,000 products. The whole grains movement is driving demand for ancient grains such as amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, couscous, sorghum, teff or brown rice.

First innovation products were composed of quinoa grains. According to Innova Market Insight, global launches of new products made with quinoa rose 50% last year and among them, 38% promoted their gluten-free properties.

Bakery, breakfast cereals and snacks now account for the largest number of new product introductions composed of whole grains, with side dishes and meals gaining quickly.

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Innovation in dairy product : The Greek yogurt star

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innovation in dairy productsConsumer buying behavior has changed tremendously in industrialized countries. Food industries try their best to adapt but raw material price increases, tighter regulations, higher energy and labor cost and health scandals make the challenge extremely difficult to overcome. Most food industries and new businesses focus now on entry-level products, especially in countries with high consumer debt (USA, UK, Spain, Denmark, Europe…). Some other food industries choose to turn to quality or niche products with aggressive marketing campaigns enabling them to limit the decline in sales volumes and remain profitable. For these companies, innovation is key to keep high margins. A good example is the Greek Yogurt trend, which shows a double digit growth for a few years.

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FDA's new sanitary rules about food transportation

By | Cosmetic and Food Regulations | No Comments

food transportation new rules

Food safety and sanitary requirements are becoming tighter and food companies have to comply with numerous regulations. Recently, the FDA proposed a  new rule to reinforce standards on logistics and supply chain operations regarding food transportation. Shippers, carriers, and receivers with more than  $500,000 in annual sales will be impacted if they carry food for US consumption.

“This proposed rule will help reduce the likelihood of conditions during transportation that can lead to human or animal illness or injury,” said Michael R.  Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.

 

 

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