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Research and Development Tax Credit

SPI Group recently attended a meat conference at Texas A&M and one of the speakers talked about R&D Tax Incentives for food companies that do R&D/Product development. Many companies in the food manufacturing and processing industries are unaware that the government offers generous research & development incentive programs. Even those that are aware often fail…
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Natural and Clean – Research for Understanding Consumers

SPI Group is committed to helping our customers meet consumers’ needs, as we all know, one of the most popular trends is clean(er) labels and natural.  Except that clean and natural have no definition.  DuPont Nutrition and Health spent the last year researching what consumers mean when they say they want clean and natural. 57%…
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Soy Allergen Concern

Most formulators and nutritionists realize that soy protein provides many functional and nutritional benefits in foods. These benefits include providing better yields and moist texture in processed meats and protein-based satiety when added to beverages or nutrition bars. However, in all cases, when added to prepared foods or nutritional products, soy is considered a definite…
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The Great Protein Opportunity

The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970.  It was organized in response to population growth with an eye toward the impact every human makes on the Earth.  Denis Hayes, the chief organizer of the first Earth Day said at that time, “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” The FAO and the…
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In Defense of Soy: Men’s Health vs Men’s Fitness

In 2009 Men’s Health published an article claiming that soy causes “gynecomastia,” better known as man boobs.  One, 60-year-old man developed some real man boobs and took himself to a gland clinic.  It was discovered he was consuming ¾ gallon of soy milk a day.  When told to stop drinking the soymilk, the man’s boobs…
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2015 – The Clean Year

2015 could be called The Clean Year.  The year we cleaned-up ingredient labels so consumers would know what each ingredient in our formulas is.  This could be called the year that everything became “more real” and less processed.  Perhaps consumers would celebrate how clean our labels are if they knew what they wanted in a…
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Ohly Honey Powders: the versatile sweetener

Honey powders were developed to meet the needs of the food industry for a better way to store honey. Dried honey requires less storage space and stops the inherent waste and sanitation problems associated with liquid honey. It’s also a convenient way to store honey for prolonged periods of time to avoid crystallization of the…
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Clean-Labelled Fresh Ground Meat Shelf Life Improvement

In the highly competitive and price-sensitive world of fresh ground meat, shelf life can be crucial for profits. One or two extra days without unsightly browning can be the difference between a sale and a return to the manufacturer.  Raw meat quality, clean processing and controlled atmosphere packaging remain keys to maintaining a good fresh…
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Eating 3 meals per day?

Do you eat 3 square meals per day? Probably not, according to a recent Consumer Eating Behavior survey! Snacking is becoming a lifestyle! According to IRI data, only 14% of American consumers are eating 3 square meals per day.  However, 28% of people say that they eat 4 -5 small meals per day.  In addition,…
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The Facts about Allergens and your Ingredients

In 2014 the number one cause of food recalls was undeclared allergens. A food product with a label that omits required allergen information is misbranded and the FDA may seize products with undeclared allergens. The most common recall causing allergens are wheat, dairy and soy. The most common finished products recalled are baked goods, snack…
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