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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 FoodNavigator USA looks as some of the most innovative launches and identifies some trends running through the natural products marketplace.  Bold innovators push the boundaries of even existing categories, such as water enhancers...

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 gorilla suit, and a product that no one else is selling, says the 20-something co-founder of a recent - and very colorful - entrant to the healthy snacking category: Barnana.

B&G Foods hit with 'all-natural' lawsuit over 'artificial' or 'GMO' dextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, citric acid, soy lecithin

B&G Foods is the latest firm to be hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading shoppers by labeling products containing ingredients that are “highly processed” or/and derived from genetically engineered crops as ‘all-natural’. 

FDA unveils four revised FSMA rules

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes to four rules as part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).

Global Industry News

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations? from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

India

Indians getting sweet on chocolate thanks to Cadbury revolution from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Largely due to Cadbury’s marketing nous, India’s chocolate market has changed dramatically since the ‘Nineties, with consumers eating more and different varieties, a new report has highlighted.

India

USDA: Online retail for food and grocery to soar in India from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

India’s online retail market for food and groceries is set to soar thanks to growing internet and smartphone penetration, a new report by the US Department of Agriculture has revealed.

Trends

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Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

How clean is your label, and who decides - plaintiff's attorneys or Whole Foods Market? Are ‘all-natural’...

Pink slime comeback?
Record beef prices see FTB volumes increase, albeit slowly: Cargill

Is finely textured beef staging a comeback?

Could record ground beef prices in the US mean a return to finely textured beef (FTB)? 

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, and moving beyond coconut water
'We are looking to be more disruptive at retail'

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, staying independent, and class action lawsuits: ‘Things have got totally out of hand’

When Coca-Cola & PepsiCo invested in Zico and O.N.E. in 2009; Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael...

Beyond Meat unleashes The Beast, the ultimate burger (minus the beef)
Beyond Meat products are now in 5,000+ stores

It’s a burger Jim, but not as we know it… Beyond Meat prepares to unleash The Beast

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

Himalaya International founder interview
Entrepreneur interview: Sanjiv Kakkar, managing director of Himalaya International

Himalaya International: Indian food hasn’t taken off because there’s no standard of identity

The flavors of Asia have no doubt made their mark on American palates—as Chinese, Japanese and Thai...

FBULA Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for the new

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler...

If it says ‘coconut’, it sells: Trailblazer Foods
Trendspotter: coconut inclusions

If it says ‘coconut’, it sells: Trailblazer Foods

As it ramps up flaked and shredded coconut production in anticipation of another holiday season, private label...

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...

General Mills, ConAgra, Kevita new products gallery

New products gallery: Cinnamon Toast Crunch turns 30, ConAgra makes snacking ‘guilt-free’, Kevita’s kombucha for the mainstream

Here’s a look at the latest and greatest in new product launches—from General Mills making the old...

Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

In a sign of how much American palates have changed, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip is building on...