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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

Hershey bites into premium meat snacks market with acquisition of KRAVE jerky

Hershey has moved into the premium end of the meat snacking market with the acquisition of Sonoma, CA-based gourmet jerky maker KRAVE Pure Foods for an undisclosed sum.

A rose by the same name will taste less sweet: Coca Cola Canada reduces sweetness and calories

Coca-Cola in Canada will be ‘slightly less sweet’ this year, as the company brings the product in line with its offer across the rest of the world. 

NPA’s Fabricant on caffeine: 'We don’t want to get into a position where Senators are using a court of public opinion to regulate the industry'

Science and an evaluation of risk must inform any regulatory decision on powdered pure caffeine products and not Senators usurping the law, says the Natural Products Association’s Dr Daniel Fabricant.

Caught on camera! Highlights from the Winter Fancy Food Show

With buyers from Whole Foods, Kroger, KeHE, Compass Group, Dean & DeLuca and hundreds of other retailers and foodservice chains walking the floor looking for innovative new products, the Winter Fancy Food Show has helped to launch scores of high-profile food & beverage brands from Pop Chips to Honest Tea....

Lights, camera, action! Snacking trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show

What are the hottest trends in snacks? Sprouted grains? Baked popcorn? Gourmet jerky? Join Elaine Watson from FoodNavigator-USA on a snacking odyssey at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco to find out more about...

Peeled Snacks: If you don’t take time to understand retail buyers, why should they take time to understand you?

The natural channel: ‘An utter pain to sell to, but the exposure it can give your brand is huge’

Which retail channel is right for your brand? Natural? Club? Convenience? And once you’ve jumped through all the buyers’ hoops, will you still be able to make any money? It all depends on whether you’ve done your homework, one snacking sales expert told delegates at the Winter Fancy Food Show...

Dare to stand out! What food & beverage packaging designs punch above their weight?

Innovative packaging can really help smaller brands punch above their weight.  But which food & beverage companies have really nailed it from a design perspective? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Blake Mitchell, partner at food and beverage brand design firm Interact On Shelf , which works exclusively with grocery brands, to get his take...

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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...