Canadian nanotechnology company Sixth Wave Innovations Inc. recently announced that its patent-pending Accelerated Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (AMIPs) food safety testing technology has expanded its library of detectable foodborne illness-causing pathogens. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the new tool, which will cover E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Sarcina. From the identification of outbreaks to outpatient expenditures and lost wages, foodborne illness outbreaks cost Americans billions of dollars each year. Sixth Wave is hopeful its new food safety testing tool will reduce these multi-billion dollar outbreaks. The company’s AMIPs testing platform offers the food industry a fast, reliable and cost-effective way to increase food safety testing frequency and ensure the quality of food and beverage products. The team was surprised to hear how expensive foodborne illness outbreaks are and applaud Sixth Wave for creating a quick and effective testing tool.
Also, in this episode, Sydney talks about what will be trending in the specialty foods space for 2023, according to the Specialty Food Association (SFA) Trendspotter Panel. As consumers have been increasingly cooking at home during and post-pandemic, the panel predicted that brands will focus on providing tools and recipes for at-home chefs looking to make simple meals via meal kits and meal starters. The panel also predicted that consumers will be looking out for innovative packaging that can offer increased portability while lessening messiness. Continued sustainability and environmental concerns led environmentally friendly foods to rank second on the panel’s 2023 trends. Other major specialty food trends that the panel identified included an increased desire for globally inspired condiments, sauces and oils; interest in international fruit beverage and snack applications; and a continued shift toward naturally occurring sweeteners.
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