Archive for the ‘Industry News’ Category
The American Journal of Public Health has confirmed that the beverage industry has successfully removed full calorie soft drinks from schools nationwide and replaced them with lower calorie, smaller portion options.
With our recent addition of Stevia Leaf Extract (manufactured by Cargill), we have a well-rounded line of natural options to reduce calories in beverage and food products, and the knowledge to help you make the switch. Click to learn more.
GMOs or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Great effort has been spent on setting legal standards and requirements for labeling GMOs in food products. Since GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventionally processed food, there is huge controversy.
Polls consistently show more than 90 percent of the public want to know if their food was produced using genetic engineering, and this month 971,126 signatures were submitted to get the California Genetically Engineered Food Act on the 2012 California ballot. Voting season is coming up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if new labeling requirements are coming too. Are you ready?
Believe it or not, Guar gum is used by the US shale gas industry to help extrude natural gas from underground in a process known as fracking. With the increasing demand of Guar gum from the gas industry, prices for raw material and processing have skyrocketed and reached unprecedented price levels. Demand continues to increase as other countries introduce fracking as well.
The Guar gum market has changed fundamentally and the current market continues to be volatile. Costs are increasing, and what’s a food manufacturer to do? Don’t compromise texture, and save your budget. We can help you find a replacement with our Guar Free and Guar Reduced options. Give us a call 800-525-0732.
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has completed upgrades to their cocoa processing facility in Wormer, the Netherlands following a U.S. $82 million investment. The upgrades include the addition of the new Center of Expertise for cocoa, and increased cocoa powder production capacity. These improvements enable Cargill to strengthen their ability to offer greater product innovation and increased levels of service. (Source: Cargill News)
At Gillco, we are excited to offer a wide range of Cargill’s innovative cocoa powders. Check out the product page for more details, or give us a call if you have any questions.
Driven by consumer demand, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5% overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. The steady growth is a result of consumers increasingly making decisions based on their values and awareness about health and environmental concerns. (According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey) Click here for the full story.