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Vegan, paleo, grass-fed, pasture-raised, ancient grains, and allergen friendly claims are gaining

From grass-fed to Paleo: What are the hottest trends in the natural food and beverages market?

According to Chicago-based market research firm IRI, US retail (dollar) sales of foods & beverages rose 2.1% in 2014, while unit sales edged up just 0.9%. By contrast, sales of natural and organic brands grew more than 10%. But where are the opportunities in this space, and which trends have legs?

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5 strategies for marketing to millennials

Firms need to move away from one-way marketing strategies in traditional media channels and embrace open engagement in new media outlets to capture the attention of millennials, who increasingly wield purchasing power and influence but continue to elude advertisers, according to executives at large food and wellness brands.

Cooksimple meal kits aim to “revitalize” the grocery store center aisles as a healthy destination

The CEO of the startup The Healthy Pantry hopes Cooksimple, a healthier, modernized take on iconic meal kits will revitalize the center of the grocery store, which he compared to the “ghetto.”

Academics and industry clash over WHO sugar advice

Academics have welcomed the WHO’s recommendation to slash added sugar intake to 5-10% of calories – but the food industry has said it is misleading and based on weak evidence.

Sports drinks aren’t enough to boost performance - salt may help: Research

Salt supplementation may improve exercise performance according to Spanish researchers – but health claims for sodium are still not authorised.

Bill Gates Foundation backs microbiome engineering to boost infant health

Gut microbiome engineering can reduce stunting and other infant health issues and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding research into the nascent area.

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Banana flour: The next big thing in the gluten-free toolkit?
Banana flour is gluten-free, grain-free and rich in potassium and resistant starch

Banana flour: The next big thing in the gluten-free toolkit?

Banana flour –dried unripe banana milled into powder – is still a novel concept for American consumers,...

Beyond Meat Beast Burger advances plant-based protein category

Beyond Meat CEO: ‘We’re building one of the great American meat companies (from plants)’

Beyond Meat - the California-based firm that claims to have unlocked the secret to making ‘near-perfect’ replicas...

Making healthy food affordable, accessible for low income is a win-win
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Making healthy food affordable, accessible to low-income shoppers can be a win-win, execs say

The food industry may be a low margin business, but that does not mean manufacturers of high...

Umpqua Oats founders on building a brand, and learning to say NO

Umpqua Oats founders on building a brand, and learning to say NO: 'Not all business is good business'

If sales of cold cereal are not setting the world on fire, the hot cereal market is...

What are the hottest snacking trends to watch in 2015?
Meet the CEOs of KRAVE, Health Warrior, Fruigees, HUMAN and Barnana

What are the hottest snacking trends – and companies - to watch in 2015?

With the percentage of energy derived from snacks in the American diet doubling since the late 1970s,...

Sales of frozen fruit surging says Dole Packaged Foods

The stunning rise of frozen fruit: ‘Usage occasions have completely changed,’ says Dole

While sales in much of the US frozen food category are pretty lackluster, sales of frozen fruit...

Hampton Creek Foods sued again over 'deceptive' Just Mayo name

Hampton Creek Foods sued again over 'deceptive' Just Mayo name

Just weeks after Unilever dropped its false advertising lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods over its egg-free spread...

Solazyme secures victory in dispute with Roquette over algae JV

Solazyme awarded ‘clear and complete’ victory in legal dispute with Roquette over aborted algae ingredients JV

Microalgae specialist Solazyme says it has secured a “clear and complete victory” over its former French business...

An Organic Check-off: Investing in our Future
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GUEST ARTICLE: Investing in our future: Why the time is right for an organic check-off

As organic pioneers recognized more than twenty years ago, there is something keenly satisfying about controlling your...

Fruits & veggies FNV ad campaign endorsed by FLOTUS and celebrities

Fruits & veggies take on packaged food with FNV ad campaign endorsed by the First Lady and celebrities

The threat posed by fresh foods and produce to sales of packaged foods is about to increase...