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Crunchy, chewy, and fizzy? PepsiCo seeks to patent chewy granola snacks with carbonated candy

'Moisture in the mouth provides the catalyst to initiate popping and provide the desired carbonated soda feel'

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of making chewy granola bars, bites and other snack products containing carbonated ‘fizzy’ candy. 

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Hummus on fire: Sabra Dipping Co names new CEO, doubles hummus production capacity

Buoyed by the surging popularity of hummus in the US, Sabra Dipping Co has unveiled plans to expand its hummus manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia, doubling its production capacity and creating 70 new jobs.

KonaRed rapidly expands distribution in wake of licensing pact with VDF Futureceuticals

Six months after resolving an IP fight with a competitor turned collaborator, KonaRed Corporation has made rapid progress in moving its coffee fruit beverage into nationwide distribution.

Energy drinks may hog the limelight, but watch out for RTD teas: Euromonitor

The growth of naturally healthy ready-to-drink (RTD) teas is predicted to be even stronger than that of energy drinks, according to figures released by Euromonitor this week.

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

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Colored potatoes double antioxidant activity in extruded snacks: Study from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Extruded snacks made from colored-flesh potatoes have antioxidant levels two to three times higher than regular potato varieties, a study finds.

US scientists leverage nutrition models to help cattle industry hit lower methane emission targets from FeedNavigator.com

Nutritional modeling systems developed by a US university to lower feed costs are now being used to reduce methane emissions from cattle feed, says the researcher behind the project.

NutraIngredients-USA’s Digestive Health Forum: 'Women aged 55-64 are the sweet spot for the market' from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Younger women and men are the new targets for digestive health product manufacturers, with women aged 55-64 already dominating the market, according to experts at the NutraIngredients-USA Digestive Health Forum.

Packing nutritional punch: Weetabix calls out low salt, fat and sugar front-of-pack from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Weetabix has redesigned its pack to draw attention to the cereal's nutritional value in a crowded marketplace, its senior brand manager says. 

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Evolva on synthetic biology: Its faster, cheaper & more sustainable.
Interview: Neil Goldsmith, CEO, Evolva

Synthetic biology is cheaper, faster, and more sustainable, says Evolva CEO: 'We’re proud of what we do'

What’s more sustainable? Using acres of land, water and energy to grow plants that produce minuscule quantities...

Gen Mills/Annie’s deal just the beginning says financier

Annie’s/So Delicious deals just the beginning says corporate finance expert: CPG giants now eyeing up natural firms with revenues of $10-25m

While the jaw-dropping amount that General Mills paid for Annie’s ($820m) raised some eyebrows, it was “worth...

INDUSTRY VOX POP: What does natural & clean label mean?

INDUSTRY VOX POP: Do natural claims still resonate with consumers? Mamma Chia, Runa, Saffron Road, Cargill et al weigh in

Are consumers weary of 'all-natural' claims? And if so, what other cues do they look for on...

Food Justice Certified label aims to verify fair treatment of farm laborers, others in food chain

Food Justice Certified label aims to verify fair treatment of farm laborers, others in food chain

After a years long pilot process, the new label Food Justice Certified is ready for market. The...

barnana co-founder on standing out from the crowd in healthy snacks

Barnana co-founder talks guerrilla (and gorilla) marketing, and standing out from the crowd in healthy snacks

You’d be surprised with what you can achieve with a limited budget, a giant inflatable banana, a...

Ex-vitaminwater execs: agua enervivá could be $100m energy brand

Ex-vitaminwater execs prepare for national rollout at Target for agua enerviva: ‘Energy water is a new category and we’re leading the charge’

While sales of vitaminwater and SoBe Lifewater have been pretty lackluster of late, US consumers are still...

Pumpkin Spice fastest growing SKU in our history says Chobani

Pumpkin Spice fastest growing SKU in our history says Chobani (and ‘natural’ claims still resonate, says marketing chief)

Chobani’s ‘limited batch’ Pumpkin Spice Greek yogurt has emerged as the “fastest-growing SKU in the history of...

Trendspotting at Expo East: From 'raw' coconut water to palm sugar, chickpea pasta, oat-based entrees & cactus water

Trendspotting at Expo East: From 'raw' coconut water to palm sugar, chickpea pasta, oat-based entrees & cactus water

Natural Products Expo East yielded a wealth of new trends and new product launches.  In this gallery...

From ancient grains to 'industrial artisanal': Rabobank on baked goods

From ancient grains to 'industrial artisanal' production: Rabobank unlocks the growth opportunities in baked goods

Sales of packaged bakery products have been sluggish for years as shoppers have shifted their focus from...

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