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    Friday Food News: Updated Draft Guidance for Listeria, 2017 Flavor Predictions, and the Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies

    Friday Food News: Updated Draft Guidance for Listeria, 2017 Flavor Predictions, and the Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies

    From the FDA announcing an updated draft guidance for the control of Listeria in RTE foods, to the flavor predictions for 2017 brought to you by FONA’s Flavor Radar, below are this week’s interesting reads: 

    Updated Draft Guidance for Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods

    Earlier today the FDA announced its updated draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods,” which supports ongoing efforts by industry and government agencies to reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods. 

    Listeria, one of the more common pathogens, can grow even in cold, refrigerated environments, but is particularly harmful to the elderly, pregnant women and/or their pregnancy, and those who have a compromised immune system.

    This guidance, according to FDA, "is intended for those persons who are subject to the regulation, in 21 CFR part 117 (part 117), entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and who manufacture, process, pack, or hold ready-to-eat foods.

    The draft guidance will be posted to the Federal Register on January 17, 2017 and will then be open for comments. The deadline for comments before work begins on the final version is July 17, 2017.

    Read more about the updated draft guidance.

    FONA Flavor Predictions for 2017

    Every January there are numerous articles published regarding what flavors we might see in prepared foods and on shelves for the coming year, but the difference when it comes to FONA’s predictions is its Flavor Radar®, a flavor mapping methodology that trends flavors from novel idea to everyday pantry staples. The Flavor Radar® uses a mix of current data points from industry-renowned databases and in-depth analysis on how a flavor trend is affecting the food industry. 

    Some of this year’s predictions include: 

    Novel Flavors: 

    • Lucuma
    • Pichuberry/Cape Gooseberry
    • Purple Yam/Ube
    • Cloudberry
    • Tigernut/Chufa 

    If these names sound extremely unfamiliar, take a look at the full report to understand what these flavors are and where they originate. 

    Up and Coming

    • Black Currant
    • Za’atar
    • Pistachio
    • Fig
    • Quince

    Mainstream Flavors:

    • Praline
    • Apricot
    • Ginger
    • Yellow/Green Curry
    • Grapefruit
    • Poblano/Ancho Chili
    • Lavender 

    Everyday Flavors:

    • Honey
    • Tangerine
    • Blackberry
    • Blue Cheese
    • Maple
    • Dill
    • BBQ 

    Read more about 2017’s flavor predictions

    Food and Beverage Top 100

    Every year Food Processing Magazine generates a list of the top 100 food and beverage industry companies within the U.S. and Canada, and while there are a few shake-ups and newcomers to the 2016 list, it's fairly consistent with 2015's.

    According to Food Processing, “These lists of the top food and beverage companies are one of a kind; nowhere else can you sort both food and beverage manufacturers by sales, rank or income all in one place.”

    A quick look at the top 10 for 2016 include:

    1. Tyson Foods Inc.
    2. PepsiCo Inc.
    3. Nestle
    4. Coca-Cola Co.
    5. Kraft Heinz Co.
    6. JBS USA
    7. Anheuser-Busch InBev
    8. Smithfield Foods Inc.
    9. General Mills Inc.
    10. Conagra Brands Inc.

    Check out the full top 100 list for 2016 from Food Processing.

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