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!

NCIFT Visits SPI GROUP Facility

SPI Group was happy to host the NCIFT New Professionals at our facility, featuring a fantastic talk by our friends at Renewal Mill!  We were fascinated to hear about the company’s focus on food waste and upcycling.  We all learned about Okara:  not Okra, Okara (O-KAR-A).  Okara is a superfood derived from organic soymilk production –…
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Cure for your Uncured Meats

Prosur’s fruit and spice extracts, NatPre T-10 Plus, is very different alternative to Celery Powder for uncured meat applications.  “Uncured” meats containing Celery Powder are actually cured. Typically, “uncured” meats containing Celery Powder have the same amount of residual nitrites as conventionally cured meat containing sodium nitrite.  NatPre T-10 is a Mediterranean blend of fruit…
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Status of Low Sodium Initiatives

The current 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has the following daily goals for sodium and potassium: For ages 14 – 51+: 2,300 mg sodium and 4,700 mg potassium. For ages 9 -13 years:  2,200 mg sodium and 4,500 mg potassium For ages 4-8 years:  1,900 mg sodium, 3,800 mg potassium For ages 1-3 years: 1,500…
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