Archive for the ‘Foodservice’ Category

Dairy Foods Magazine: Culturally Speaking

September 22nd, 2011 (franklin)

Interesting article by Professor Tong on the need for recognition and effective communication to reawaken consumers to the excellent quality and versatility of cultured cream products.

Click here to visit the Dairy Foods Magazine website and read the entire article.

Mintel: Customers Want Healthful and Convenient Breakfasts

March 2nd, 2011 (franklin)

Restaurant chains looking to build morning daypart sales should add better-for-you options to their menus, and look for ways to improve convenience, according to a new consumer survey by market research firm Mintel.

Chicago-based Mintel projects an industrywide 4.1-percent increase in total breakfast sales in 2011. It also found that two-thirds of restaurant goers say they want more healthful breakfast options and 50 percent said convenience is an important factor in selecting a breakfast spot.

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Franklin Foods Awarded Business of the Year for 2010

November 22nd, 2010 (franklin)

Franklin Foods would like to thank the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation for awarding us Vermont’s “Franklin County Business of the Year” for 2010. Being acknowledged for our company commitment to our employees, community and manufacturing facility investments in New England’s largest milk shed and dairy county is a tremendous honor.  Also, a special thanks to the entire Franklin Foods team!

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Food Processing Magazine Article – Building Healthier Desserts

August 26th, 2010 (franklin)

Processors have been trying for nearly a generation to bridge the the gulf between the reality of dessert and the concept of health.

By Mark Anthony, Ph.D., Technical Editor

While the successful merger that is a “healthy dessert” does occasionally occur — think of now-ubiquitous frozen yogurt — the bottom of the great divide is littered with failures that seemed so perfect when they made the jump (e.g., candy bars laced with concentrated polyphenols, high-fiber ice cream or flax-and-quinoa cookies.)

Click here to visit Food Processing Magazine website and read the entire article.

QSR Magazine Article – Restaurants Should Offer Healthy Dessert Options

July 19th, 2010 (franklin)

Low Calorie, High Profits 

Author Barney Wolf

Some people may consider the term healthful dessert as a bit of an oxymoron.

Desserts are typically recognized as being indulgent—rich and flavorful—and not necessarily a part of the dining experience that would be considered good for you.

But perception is not always reality, and it’s not necessarily difficult for quick-service restaurants to feature desserts that are nutritious, low in calories, and, yes, even healthy.

“There are actually many good options available at restaurants right now, and new products are being added all the time,” says Kerry Neville, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and a Seattle-based registered dietician.

Click here to visit the QSR website  and read the entire article.

Dairy Foods Magazine Author Sharon Gerdes Discusses Yogurts Growing Popularity as an Ingredient

July 16th, 2010 (franklin)

Timely article in Dairy Foods Magazine by Sharon Gerdes on the growing use of yogurt as an ingredient across multiple food categories.  Sharon includes Franklin Foods Green Mountain Farms Savory Yogurt Dips as a nutritious option to oil-based formulations. Read the full article at the Dairy

Washington Post Article: All We Can Eat – Obama’s report is in; now the questions begin

May 13th, 2010 (franklin)

First lady Michelle Obama, flanked by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, announces the findings of the Childhood Obesity Task Force report on Tuesday. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Interesting article in The Washington Post unveiling Michelle Obama’s White House task force report on solving childhood obesity. Regardless of one’s political affiliations or policy views all food outlets should be striving to provide healthier foods for both children and adults. Franklin Foods has been a leading innovator in naturally reducing the fat, calories, cholesterol, and sodium across a wide variety of dairy products for many years. We are proud that our Re-Inventing Cream Cheese mission is one small part of the solution. Currently our patented Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese is helping school systems, restaurant chains, and consumer packaged goods companies reduce the fat and calories on their menu items and products.

Mark Hughes of Anderson Partners Advertising Discusses Blogging in the Food Industry

April 27th, 2010 (franklin)

Does your company utilize a blog? Has this been a successful tactic for you?

April 7, 2010Author Mark Hughes

Blogs are considered one of many social media tools in the mix that can provide targeted information to customers/prospects. Like most social media tools, blogs offer an outlet for conversations that are relaxed and informal—and consequently more open and inviting. Blogs provide an opportunity for your company to present a new face and to relate to your customers on a new level.

The key to any successful blog is to provide targeted, relevant information on a consistent basis. Blogs can be utilized in a number of ways—to ignite meaningful conversations, share ideas that will help others with their business and gain feedback on your products/services.

To promote your blog, consider using the following tactics: public relations, collateral at trade shows, banner ads, your own Web site, e-mail blasts, social media tools, and RSS and e-mail subscriptions.

Some food ingredient company blogs I have come across are listed here. I will continue to build this list as I hear about them. These provide a good idea of the different kinds of voices that blogs can take. Let me know if you’ve seen other interesting food ingredient blogs you’d like us to share.





Research Chef Association Attendees Don’t Miss Breakout Session – Healthy Product Development: Perceptions and Claims

March 17th, 2010 (franklin)

Thursday, March 18, Breakout Session B, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This session will look into ‘healthy’ product development and what consumers are really looking for in healthful food products and menu options. Are they looking for food choices that are perceived to be  healthy, or for health claims? These issues will be addressed by a Mintel Menu Insights trends expert who will provide valuable menu trend information. A lively discussion will follow with a distinguished panel of product development chefs whose companies have been directly impacted by the demands of today’s evolving health-conscious consumer.  Each panelist will be asked to share with the audience the information on a new product that is consistent with the Better for You Trend by health-conscious consumers.  Chef Tim Rosendahl will be using Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese his example.


Ryan Baxter, Cargill
Maria Caranfa, RD, Director, Mintel Menu Insights
Neville Craw, Executive Chef, Arby’s Restaurant Group
Thomas Haefer, CRC®, Project Leader/Research Chef, Tyson Foods
Melissa Haupt, CRC®, Executive Chef, Applebee’s Services
Kit Kiefer, CEC, CCE, AAC, FMP, Director of Culinary Services and Corporate Executive Chef, Schwan’s Food Company
Catherine Proper, CCS®, Corporate Executive Chef, Target
Tim Rosendahl, President/Executive Chef, Dakota Food Group

Join Franklin Foods During The Research Chefs Association Conference in Arizona!

March 15th, 2010 (franklin)

Please join us during the Research Chefs Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona at our Hospitality Suite sponsored by Carla’s Pasta.  Again this year, Executive Chef Jason Gronlund is is hosting this function to bring together friends, colleagues and conference participants to relax and enjoy light refreshments with your favorite beverage. Co-sponsoring this event are Franklin Foods, Gum Technology and CRYOVAC.  We hope you can find time in your schedule to attend this enjoyable function. Franklin Foods will be showing our products that can assist your company develop Better for You menu selections that address the expectations of today’s health-conscious consumer.

Visit the Grand Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona on March 19-20 at 7:30 PM in the Grand Canyon Suite, Room 747.