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Why consider Essentia proteins? They make your meat products better!

SPI Group has partnered with Essentia Protein Solutions to provide a full product line of functional animal protein ingredients including beef, chicken, pork and turkey. Whether you are working on a clean label formula, want to add meaty notes or reduce formula costs, Essentia has a number of platforms that can support your development efforts.…
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Functional & Versatile PEA FIBER!

Swelite C is a functional pea fiber manufactured by Cosucra, the makers of Pisane pea protein. Swelite C is a plant-based, clean-label, non-gmo, and sustainably sourced technical solution for savory applications. Made from the cell wall of yellow peas, Swelite C is an insoluble fiber with superior water and fat binding capabilities. Water retention in…
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New BioEngineered Food Disclosure Standard

As we start 2020, the implementation date for the new BioEngineered Food Disclosure Standard is now in place.  (add link: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/be) The standard requires a disclosure on a label or by other means for any foods that are or may be bioengineered.   This law covers many issues, including:  it preempts any state bioengineered labeling laws; defines…
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Plant Based Meat in the Restaurant Industry

Hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear about another restaurant chain adding a plant-based meat analog to their menu. Restaurant sales of meat alternative foods grew by 268% in 2018 and that pace continued into 2019. The growth goes well beyond the 5% of consumers that consider themselves fully committed to eating vegan…
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The New Nutrition Facts Panel

By now you have probably changed formulas and packaging to be compliant with the new nutrition facts panel labeling. The biggest changes are of course the way it looks to consumers. Unknown to them is our formulation changes to comply with added sugar claims, new fiber definitions, and of course RACC as related to single…
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What is the Latest News on Self-Driving Trucks?

We have all seen video clips of self-driving trucks cruising around a controlled area with no human driver on board and read articles about the impact they’ll have on our roads and the shipping industry. There are some who say driverless technology is imminent and others who say it will never happen, regardless there are…
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Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Inulin

Intrinsic Organics is producing organic inulin syrup and powder, from domestically sourced organic Jerusalem artichoke, out of their Idaho manufacturing facility. Known for its mild, sweet flavor, Jerusalem artichoke inulin has many target applications: Nutrition and Energy Bars, Ice Cream, Yogurt, salad dressings and spreads, baked goods, beverages, nutritional gummies, and dietary supplements. Inulin is…
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Functional Fiber Gels from Cellulose

Did you know that cellulose is the most common organic compound on Earth?  33% of all plant materials is cellulose. One of my favorite facts is that a carrot has the same amount of water as a glass of milk – 87% – all contained and held firm by cellulose. Cellulose Fiber is like a…
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Statistics to Help Navigate the Plant-Based Craze

Special thank you to Lisa Keefe, editor of Meatingplace, for speaking at the SMA annual convention in July.  I loved her talk on how the meat and food industry can work together to create great sustainable products to feed our futures. First myth – it is not plant OR meat.  It is plant AND meat.…
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SPI Group is proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary!

Thank you to all of our customers and partners for your ongoing support!