In this issue, we feature our much anticipated article and list of the world’s top food and beverage companies, which is one of our most read stories. Lists are so popular because they provide such a clear and concise view of the world, tallying cold, hard numbers and accumulating facts to explain why sales and revenue might be up. Of course, it is of immense value to study and take note of these earnings and the snapshot lists like this provides the food and beverage industry.
Solve For Food is a new food processing innovation startup headed by some longtime food and beverage veterans. When former EVP of Sam’s Club Greg Spragg was approached by some of his former colleagues to be president and CEO of Solve For Food, he was happy to do it. Spragg, who retired in 2008, saw the food startup as a tremendous opportunity for helping small, medium and large enterprises to process food, develop recipes and new products.
Food manufacturing is generally in good shape, according to Food Engineering readers who were recently polled for our State of Food Manufacturing Survey. Roughly half of the respondents report throughput is up at their plant locations, as well as their companies, and is expected to grow in 2017 compared to last year. (See Location gross throughput & Company gross throughput.)
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".