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Jon Sebastiani: 'It was always going to be a bittersweet moment'

KRAVE Jerky founder on why he teamed up with Hershey: 'I like speed. I like things to happen big and bold and fast'

The day when any entrepreneur decides to sell his business is “always bittersweet” KRAVE jerky founder Jon Sebastiani tells FoodNavigator-USA. But joining a company with the horsepower of Hershey will enable it to lead, rather than follow, the renaissance in the meat snacks market.

KRAVE jerky boss Jon Sebastiani

Door to Door Organics eyes $500m prize as Millennials integrate online grocery shopping into their lifestyles

You can make money out of online grocery shopping if you have a scalable business model, a targeted range of high quality fresh foods, and the tools to help you build meaningful relationships with consumers, says Door to Door Organics, which has proved that you don’t need to be the size...

McCormick outlines ambitious plan to boost sales 4-6% in 2015

Flavor and spice behemoth McCormick & Company’s ambitious goal to increase sales 4% to 6% in local currency in 2015 hinges on increased consumer demand for bold flavors and healthier foods, product innovation, increased marketing and “customer intimacy,” the company’s CEO says. 

Lower oil price to have ‘limited’ impact on food industry: Rabobank

Lower oil prices may affect retail food prices in the long run, but they are unlikely to have a large effect on the food industry, says a new analysis from Rabobank.

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

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Soylent secures $20m investment

SPECIAL FEATURE: So Soylent secures $20m… Money well spent?

While uncharitable observers have described Soylent as “only slightly more appealing than an IV bag”, news that...

Rebranding meat jerky as health food drives sales, IBISWorld reports

Rebranding meat jerky as health food drives sales as category nears saturation, IBISWorld reports

The meat jerky industry is growing steadily thanks to innovative flavors, new all-natural options and an intentional...

Heartland Chia creates opportunities with first-ever U.S. grown chia

Heartland Chia creates new opportunity for farmers, manufacturers with first-ever U.S. grown chia

Thanks to traditional plant breeding techniques, a fourth generation farmer in Kentucky is successfully growing chia in...

The Beverage Innovation Summit Suja KeVita Coca-Cola

One week to go! Join us at the Beverage Innovation Summit on February 4

Will Pepsi True & Coca-Cola Life revitalize the cola market, or are today’s more demanding and sophisticated...

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

More consumers are seeking healthy foods and beverages at convenience stores, creating an opportunity in a previously...

Pepsi True expands to Denver, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C

Mid-calorie soda gamble: Pepsi True hits test markets in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C

PepsiCo is rolling out its mid-calorie cola Pepsi True at selected retailers in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington,...

What is on FoodNavigator-USA’s online events calendar?
Latest trends on beverages, gluten-free, clean-label, snacks

What is coming up on FoodNavigator-USA’s events calendar? From protein to non-GMO and Food Vision

From the perils of putting ‘all-natural’ on your label to what beverage execs really think about plummeting...

IRI report on CPG trends and private label food trends
Private label penetration rates have not budged since 2011

CPG industry sales trends are ‘stagnant’, with dollar sales growth being largely driven by price increases, says IRI

Dollar sales of foods and beverages edged up a modest 2.1% to $470bn in the US retail...

Kickstarter helped Genki-Su launch, but isn't ideal for foods & drinks
Healthy Beverage Innovation

Kickstarter helped beverage firm Genki-Su launch, but may not be ideal platform for foods & drinks

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter helped the beverage company Genki-Su raise nearly twice as much money as necessary...

New products gallery Chobani, Mtn Dew, Dannon, 7-Eleven

New products gallery: Chobani woos tots, Hain lives the coconut dream, Boom Chicka Pop goes into puffs

From Hain Celestial’s coconut dream desserts to Field Roast’s innovative vegan cheese slices, this month’s new products...