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Purple and puffed: Looking into the crystal ball from the Whole Grains Council conference

Puffed whole grains are adding crunch to creamy snacks, and ‘quinoa is the next quinoa,’ say trend forecasters at the Whole Grain Council’s Whole Grains Away from Home Conference.

Purely Pinole is introducing purple maize into the hot cereal breakfast category, long dominated by oatmeal.

‘Sweet, sour and tangy’ Cide Road organic switchel rolls out to 3,500 stores: ‘American palates are evolving’

Cide Road organic switchel is now the dominant brand in the US switchel market and the #3 player in the broader drinking vinegars market, with distribution to 3,500 stores nationwide, from Kroger and HyVee to Sprouts and Whole Foods Market, claims CEO and co-founder Kevin Duffy.

Why did Whole Foods drop edible insect products?

Edible insects: Beyond the novelty factor

If the edible insects market is heating up, and big name retailers from Publix to Sprouts are now stocking cricket bars, snacks and protein powders, why is Whole Foods – which has reportedly temporarily dropped all bug-based products - apparently cooling down?  

Alternative proteins

Algae protein’s limited interaction with other ingredients a ‘key competitive advantage,' says TerraVia

It's still a new player in the burgeoning 'alternative protein' category, but algae could give rivals a run for their money as formulators learn about its unique properties that enable fortification in challenging applications from low pH beverages to dressings and crackers, claims TerraVia.  

Could Smart Label help restore consumer loyalty?

Widespread confusion about how packaged foods are made and labeled is eroding consumer trust in brands and threatening future product sales, according to new research from Label Insight.

Expo East

Protein-packed Brami beans go up against roasted chickpeas and edamame in the snack aisle

Move over roasted chickpeas and salted edamame, there is a new protein-packed, on-the-go snacking bean in town: Brami’s lupini beans.


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