March 10, 2015

Helpful websites for people in the food industry

Keep up on the latest news and trends in the food and beverage industries to know what is going on in the culinary world.

Keep up on the latest news and trends in the food and beverage industries to know what is going on in the culinary world.

People attending Texas culinary schools should stay up-to-date on what is happening in the food and drink industries. From the latest information on food recalls and illnesses to consumer trends and interesting tidbits about obscure brands, it’s helpful to know what’s going on. These five websites offer tons of info to peruse at will or search through when looking for something specific:

Science Daily
Science Daily includes research and news stories from universities, leading scientific journals, AP, Reuters and other credible sources to bring readers the most talked-about and current articles and studies on food. Here you’ll find nutritional facts, health information and even talk about crops, sustainability and antibiotics. If you need scientific information about a certain topic, Science Daily will likely have information that is helpful to you.

Food Business News
Not only does this site provide important news on business mergers, food safety and regulation, but it also supplies interesting information on new product launches, and research on nutrition and anything affecting people in the food and beverage trades. There are also columns by people like the editor-in-chief Morton Sosland, an expert in baking and grain-based foods, and Keith Nunes, former editor of MEAT&POULTRY magazine. There’s even a calendar covering expos and trade food conferences that you may consider attending. This is a great site to browse when looking to learn the latest in news and trends or to use the search function to look for information on specific companies or kinds of food, like pastries or beef.

Food Beast
If you’re looking for more of a Buzzfeed-type quick read site, this is the one for you. Food Beast covers cool recipes, awesome things that chefs are doing and whatever is trending in the culinary world. It showcases crazy viral food videos, like someone chopping a carrot super quickly or an octopus attacking and eating a crab. You may also discover new fun culinary equipment, like “Oliver,” the bowl shaped like an elephant, whose trunk doubles as a place to put olive pits or other inedible bits. This is a great place to catch up on some quick food pop culture.

Food Safety News
Looking for information on the latest salmonella outbreak? Search no further. On Food Safety News, you will find top notch journalism including articles, opinion pieces and research about foodborne illnesses, science and sustainability, among other food issues. The contributors to this site come from all over the globe and have access to information from the White House, the Supreme Court and major newspapers. Not only can you learn about recalls and foods that are making people ill, but there’s also a place for events like certification courses, conferences, trainings and exhibitions. And on the food politics page, you’ll find pieces about legislature and regulations and conversations about USDA approval processes. If you need to look up whether a certain brand of product was recalled, this is a great resource.

NPR Food
NPR has an a large offering of diverse stories devoted to food. Turn to NPR if you are looking for entertaining and poignant stories about food and people’s relationships with what they eat. If you spend a lot of time driving, you can listen to podcasts and snippets from radio shows on “the salt.” There are also plenty of articles with titles like, “Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do” and “Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through ‘Adopt A Cow’.” The focus of these stories is the more personal side of food. You might laugh, you may even cry. You’ll definitely learn a unique viewpoint on whatever food topic is at hand on NPR pieces.