Foster-Miller Rolls Out Five Innovation Strategies to the Food Industry

Chicago, IL (November 16, 2004) - - Food industry leadership requires striking the balance between product innovation, costs and market position. To help companies meet this goal, Foster-Miller, one of the premiere product and equipment design companies in America today, has announced five key strategies to turn ideas into food industry success. Executives from Foster-Miller detailed these strategies at a press conference held on November 8 at the Food Processing Manufacturing Expo 2004 (FPME) in Chicago.

Just who is Foster-Miller? They are the company behind food industry innovations that include Gushers® and Fat-Free Fig Newtons®. At FPME they will define how creating practical innovations, taking a multi-disciplinary approach, reducing time-to-market, minimizing risk and proprietary protection have been used to bring major innovation to market leaders such as General Mills, Kraft Foods, Hershey Foods and Pepsico.

Five Innovation Strategies:

1) Create Practical Innovations: Identify a market need and unlock ideas by weaving together practical, applied concepts.

2) Multi-disciplinary Approach: Partner with a diverse team of technology experts with food industry success.

3) Reduce Time-to-Market: Approach projects with multi-phased, parallel strategies to complete them within the shortest time frame.

4) Minimize Risk: Leverage the right technology and work with partners who can apply industry experience.

5) Proprietary Protection: Build barriers against competition with proprietary technology to ensure industry patents.

“We have worked with food industry leaders to transform their requirements into market-leading products by applyingour breadth of technology and knowledge -- which has resulted in our issuing over 500 patents,” says Ed Goldman, senior vice president at Foster-Miller. “It is our practice to assume full project responsibility, ensure our clients’ market leadership and minimize the risk for companies in baking, snack, beverage, nutraceuticals, fruit & vegetables and meat processing.”

Foster-Miller worked with General Mills to develop the proprietary processes and equipment to produce Gushers®, the popular liquid-filled fruit snack with a chewy outer shell. The company applied its diverse engineering expertise to manage the project throughout the proof-of-concept, design, build, functional testing and equipment building phases. After completion, Foster-Miller integrated the machine into a General Mills’ facility, setting them on the road to market ownership and product profitability.

In another project, Foster-Miller helped Kraft Foods overcome the challenge of blade fouling and excess scrap within the processing of its Fat-Free Fig Newtons®. The solution was to develop a special non-contact cutting tool, based on water-jet technology, and a cutting technique that resulted in near-zero scrap and a less than one-year return on investment.

For more information on how Foster-Miller works with leading food companies, please contact Ed Goldman 781.684.4168 or e-mail: [email protected].

About Foster-Miller

Foster-Miller, Inc., (Waltham, MA), one of the premiere product and equipment design companies in America, is the food industry’s single-source provider of process and equipment innovations and market success. The company helps food companies formulate ideas and design new products through innovative manufacturing concepts and the development of custom equipment. The company is an independent, privately heldcompany founded in 1956 by three MIT graduates. It has a staff of more than 380 employees, composed of mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, nuclear, aerospace, software and materials engineers, as well as physicists, mathematicians, chemists, and biologists. It has offices in Washington, DC and Albany, New York. The company was named one of the most innovative businesses in America by Inc. magazine in August 2002.

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