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Sustainable can be Attainable. Sustainable Food It is my experience that sustainability isn’t a commonly understood concept. This could be because there isn’t a true, government definition for “Sustainable Food”. Sustainability, in my own words, is a practice that can be repeated over time without self-destruction, which involves ethical and environmental conservation practices. Jennifer Chait’s…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

Food Starch: What is it, what is it used for, and more Q: What is starch? A: A starch is the part of the plant where its energy is stored in the form of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are made up of long chains of glucose molecules. Since glucose is one of the main energy sources…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

At JRW, we know food. We’re all about it. We are devoted to distributing the best food ingredients possible to our customers, partnered with ensuring deep trust, providing industry expertise, and delivering world class service. At JRW, not only do we know food, but we also understand the power food can have in the world,…

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BBQing for Charity—No ifs, ands, or butts about it! As a food ingredient distribution company, food is always on our minds. Day in and day out, we are committed to supplying our customers, and eventually the consumer, with the best ingredients available. Our meat scientists and technical director are devoted to be the thought leaders…

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With today’s trends, it’s on everyone’s mind… naturally.  Many consumers are asking for products that are considered natural. The challenge for processors is to make sure these products comply with the labeling regulations of USDA and FDA. The FDA has not issued any specific regulations regarding products labeled as “natural”. However, it has issued the…

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WHAT IS A PHOSPHATE? A phosphate, regarding food ingredients, is a phosphoric acid salt, often used in meat, seafood, bakery, and dairy products. It is naturally occurring in many cases, including in muscle tissue as part of the contraction process. So, what are they used for? Phosphates, being the “Swiss army knife”, has a wide…

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Donny Patton, CEO JRW Company, Birmingham, AL

Donny Patton CEO Donny Patton has been with the JRW Company for what seems like his entire life. After the original founder of JRW, John R .White, passed the company along to Donny’s father L.Q. Patton, Donny began tagging along to the office at an early age. He spent Saturdays at the office with his…

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So what is Cultured Dextrose? We recently took a look at some of the confusing terms in the food ingredient and manufacturing space. (If you missed the beginning of our series: Sifting through the Noise, check out the blog HERE) As we explore shelf-life extension, we will look at cultured dextrose this week. Cultured Dextrose…

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We recently took a look at some of the confusing terms in the food ingredient and manufacturing space, and we hope it was helpful to you. (If you missed part I, check out the blog HERE) As we explore shelf life extension, we will look at buffered vinegar this week.   Buffering Vinegar Buffering simply…

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Article by JRW Regional Sales Manager William Patton

Clean label. Preservatives. Antimicrobials. Additives. Shelf life extension. What does it all really mean? They are words we hear all the time in the food ingredient and manufacturing space, but what do the words really mean and how do we sift through the noise to the information that is relevant to our industry? In this…

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Stick with the “Process”   proc·ess ˈpräˌses,ˈprōˌses/ verb past tense: processed; past participle: processed perform a series of mechanical or chemical operations on (something) in order to change or preserve it. What do you consider a processed food? Have you ever thought that your bagged spinach is a processed food? In fact, the majority of…

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Brandy Cleveland, Mark Frenzel, and Benjy Mikel at Reciprocal Meat Conference

Reciprocal Meat Conference 2018 – The Family Reunion Paraphrased from Dr. Dana Hanson at North Carolina State University:“Something you’ll never hear at the Reciprocal Meat Conference – I sure would like some more kale salad!” The Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) is an annual conference that allows any and all members of the meat industry to…

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JRW Regional Sales Manager William Patton Blog

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. This is important because oxidation, the exposure to oxygen, creates a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that could damage cells. The term is generally classified into two categories: Industrial Chemicals (added to prevent oxidation, also known as spoilage) and…

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Amongst the many changing drifts of 2018, the food industry will continue to see certain trends continue and new trends develop as demographics and purchasing power shifts amongst food buyers. With Boomers becoming a secondary market to Millennials, not only will product mix and composition change but also the method of purchase. Some trends to…

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JRW Regional Sales Manager Brandy Cleveland on Functional Food Ingredients

Don’t all food ingredients technically have a “function”? Well, yes. But this is what the industry means by “functional” ingredient: Ingredients that introduce or improve certain quality characteristics (Non-Meat Ingredients). These quality characteristics include, but are not limited to: Flavor Texture Color Preservation Water-binding Often, these ingredients are used in minute quantities in the overall…

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A lot of food manufacturers are being asked by their customers for clean label options. Some are even asking to completely transition to clean label versions of their existing products. Many times, this request is met with some confusion as to what the term “clean label” really means. The answer is: It means different things…

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Whitney Houston once sang “learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all”. JRW takes great pride in providing excellence of service by caring for each of our customers. With “world class service” being true to our foundation, it stands to reason that we must also see the importance of caring for our…

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