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Facts of a Food Science Career.

Let’s face it, unless you’re watching an old Vacation movie with Clark Griswold, food science is an industry that rarely comes to mind. If ever. Well, we’re trying to change that and give people a better glimpse into what we do.

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Plant-based is sprouting fast
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Plant-based is Sprouting Fast.

A July 2019 report published by the Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association revealed what we already knew, that plant-based foods were the hottest trend in the food industry. But the report highlighted just how white-hot it was.

In 2019, the U.S. plant-based foods retail market totaled $4.5 billion and demonstrated a growth rate five times faster than total U.S. retail food sales over the same period. The plant-based dairy category alone expanded by 52%. And the plant-based meat category grew by 10% and is now worth more than $800 million.

Read more from the report here.

Learning Outside the Lab
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Learning Outside the Lab.

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, many food scientists had the same thought, “what do we do without our lab?” “We were all at home, so information is available, but not a lab, so trying to test or demonstrate something might be challenging,” said Chief Science Officer and Vice President of R&D Ody Maningat, Ph.D. Food science students were also affected, as many companies cancelled internships and work programs. “This summer, I was supposed to be an R&D intern at a major food company. However, due to the coronavirus situation, the company decided to cancel the internship. I am of course very devastated,” expressed Reddit user kevzhang01.
The Tides of Tastes
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The Tides of Tastes Are Always Turning.

If you look at human diets throughout history, you’ll find one constant: change. Especially when it comes to meat consumption. The world produces over 400% more meat than it did 50 years ago, but the kind of meat has changed as people’s demands have almost flipped. In 1961, poultry accounted for only 12% of global meat production. Today, it makes up nearly 35% and is the fastest growing meat segment in the world.
Arise at Home
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Arise at Home

Our primary job is to help our partners deliver unique solutions by adding value to their products. It’s not often we get to talk about using MGP products for ourselves. So, we asked one of our food scientists about that. 

What is your favorite way to use Arise® in your own kitchen?

Ody Maningat, chief science officer and VP of R&D: “I eat a lot of noodles and spaghetti and with Arise. I can replace egg whites, reduce cooking loss and improve their overall texture. I could also use it in making bread, to improve its quality, but I don’t do that too often.”

Read more about all the possibilities with Arise.

Positives of plant-based diets
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The Positives of Plant-based Diets, Proven by Kiwis.

No, we’re not talking about the fruit. We’re talking about New Zealand, where the University of Otago recently completed a study that once again proved the benefits that plant-based foods have on humans and the planet.
Eye-opening uses of Arise
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Eye-opening Uses of Arise

MGP’s Arise® is a versatile wheat protein isolate that can be used in a huge range of bakery and flour-based products. Here, our food experts explain the most interesting and impressive uses of Arise they’ve ever seen.

Chief Science Officer and VP of R&D, Ody Maningat, Ph.D. recalled a time when a large food production company (to remain unnamed) came to MGP with an idea for refrigerated dough. “It never occurred to me that Arise could even be used in that application. It was pretty inventive.”

MGP Principal Food Scientist, Liming Cai, Ph.D., pointed out how Arise helped the Atkins  craze. “At the time the Atkins diet was popular, people wanted high protein breads, but they didn’t taste great. Arise helped changed that by helping soften the dough and making it more stretchable. That created low carb, high protein bread that had better texture and flavor.”

Learn more about our entire line of MGP Arise products.

Next Great Nugget Not Chicken
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The Next Great Nugget Won’t be Chicken.

We might be in the middle of the chicken sandwich wars, but there’s one war that’s been going on for decades – the Chicken Nugget War. A quick food science history of the nugget.
One Word with Ody - Innovating
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One Word with Ody: Innovating

Chief Science Officer and Vice President of R&D Ody Maningat Ph.D., has written more than 30 food science journals, authored many industry articles and lectured hundreds of food science classes. But here, he imparts his expertise in just one word.  

In one word, what is your biggest struggle or challenge as a food scientist? Why?

Innovating. Creating a new product that’s totally new to the world is the biggest challenge. And not just creating it, but developing and scaling it quickly to meet a market opportunity, that makes it even more difficult. But once you create something new, then see it in the market, that’s when we know we succeeded.

Bright Bold Food Colors
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Salty & Sweet with Sarah: Fact & Fiction of Bright & Bold Food Colors

According to a study by Maru/Matchbox, 69 percent of millennials take a photo (or a video) of their food before eating it! Foodstagramming hasn’t just changed the way we see food, it’s changing the food and restaurant industry completely, as restaurants and food producers are rethinking everything from their offerings to their décor – all for the ‘gram.
Playlist you never knew you kneaded
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The Playlist You Never Knew You Kneaded.

We’ve scoured Spotify and created a one-of-a-kind playlist to turn up while you’re turning out culinary masterpieces. This time around the playlist is all about bread. And we’re sure you’ll find a slice of it you love.

Check out the playlist.

Do not label my diet
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“Don’t label my diet.”

There was a time not too long ago, when if you wanted to eat more plant-based foods, you had two choices: become a vegan or become a vegetarian. Eating less meat just for the sake of eating less meat just wasn’t mainstream. But that is not even close to the story today.
Healthier is Tasting Better
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Healthier is Tasting Better.

An interesting question was recently raised in a Reddit food science conversation: "I remember as a kid (1990’s early 2000’s) whole wheat tasted awful,” said Reddit user roughroe. “When I got to middle school I really started to like most of these products….Have there been significant changes in how whole wheat products are made?…Or is it taste buds changing?" Well, the answer is all of the above. Whole wheat and other healthier products have come a long way in the taste category, for a few reasons.
One Word with Ody - Speed
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One Word with Ody: Working at the Speed of Science

Ody Maningat, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Ingredients R&D and Chief Science Officer at MGP. That means he is an encyclopedia of grain and food science knowledge. But here, he imparts his wisdom in just one word.

In one word, what’s the hardest thing about being a food scientist? Why?


Specifically, speed to market. There are many challenges to conceptualize a novel product. You have to put together the resources to research it, test and refine it, scale-up the process and then launch the new product into the market. Quickly.

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Best Degrees for Food Science Biz
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The Best Bachelor’s Degrees for the Biz.

What’s the best bachelor’s degree to get into food science? Well, if you ask MGP experts they’ll have different answers. Sarah Gutkowski's bachelor’s degree is in food science while Ody Maningat's bachelor’s degree is in chemistry. Obviously a food science degree is a good route, but it’s not the only one.