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Chobani generates explosive growth in Australia, unveils aggressive expansion plans in Asia, Latin America

Chobani has increased its Australian production from 25,000 cases a week to 25,000 cases a day in the past year, becoming the second best-selling yogurt brand in the nation’s top supermarket chain Woolworths, and announced ambitious expansion plans in Asia and Latin America.

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The slow death of the microwave and the rise of the Crock-Pot: Can food be too convenient?

Can food be too convenient? Just ask General Mills, which saw sales of its Betty Crocker instant bakery mixes skyrocket in the 1950s as soon as it asked users to add an egg, which made housewives feel more invested in the process. But what can we learn from this 60...

Room for innovation, expansion in nut butters & sweet spreads: Mintel analyst

It’s hard to find an American pantry that doesn’t contain peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread or some variation therein. But there’s still room for growth in the $3.9 billion nut-based and sweet spread category, according to a report from Mintel. 

Two weeks to go! Register for FoodNavigator-USA’s Gluten-free in Perspective Forum

There are just two weeks to go until FoodNavigator’s live (and hopefully very lively) online debate on one of the hottest trends in food development: gluten-free.

Coke’s Simply Orange escapes US orange juice squeeze

Despite Coke’s worrying soda sales slide, CEO Muhtar Kent revealed yesterday that not-from-concentrate juice brand Simply Orange brand bucked broader category declines to grow double digit in the US last year.

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In conversation with the mastermind behind the €250,000 lab-grown burger

Last year Professor Mark Post sparked international interest with the unveiling, and tasting, of the world's first lab-grown meat. Since then he's been working to iron out technical issues so that commercially available lab-grown meat can become a reality.

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Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth from ConfectioneryNews.com

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

Woats Oatsnack plans expansion as it nears $1m mark from BakeryAndSnacks.com

The founder of Woats Oatsnack has plans to expand the kids snack line and says the company’s pledge to inspire young kids has underpinned business success so far.

The secret to healthy cereal NPD? More air, less flake... from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Consumers can eat up to 34% more calories when eating breakfast cereal with smaller flakes; a physical factor cereal makers should take a closer look at, says the lead scientist of a new study.

ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale from ConfectioneryNews.com

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will retain the majority of its cocoa processing operations but will sell its chocolate business.

Ashwagandha interest spilling into mainstream market from NutraIngredients-USA.com

The so-called flagship herb of Ayurveda, ashwagandha is gaining traction in the mainstream US market as consumers embrace its wide-ranging body of health benefits on the heels of strong clinical support and a few celebrity health practitioner endorsements.

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Quirky, cult-like, aspirational, but affordable: The rise and rise of Trader Joe’s

Quirky, cult-like, aspirational, but affordable: The rise and rise of Trader Joe’s

If you want to see what success looks like in US grocery retailing, look no further than...

Quaker looks to patent lower cost soluble oat fiber

Quaker looks to patent lower cost soluble oat fiber

Oatmeal boasts a long list of health benefits, though this fiber-rich ingredient isn’t traditionally associated with the...

Mamma Chia CEO Janie Hoffman on saying no, not drinking your own kool aid, and managing explosive growth
Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Mamma Chia CEO Janie Hoffman on saying no, not drinking your own kool aid, and managing explosive growth

Managing explosive growth is not a problem most entrepreneurs have to worry about. Most of them are...

FDA says firms can use natural blue food color spirulina in applications beyond gum & candy

FDA says firms can use natural blue food color spirulina in applications beyond gum & candy

The FDA has approved the use of Spirulina Extract as a natural blue coloring ingredient in everything from...

Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber…  and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda
Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber… and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda

There’s a reason why soda is generally sweet and comes in three flavors (cola, lemon & lime...

From Aji peppers, amaranth and pichuberries to purple corn and quinoa, Peruvian cuisine is hot, says Packaged Facts

From Aji peppers, amaranth and pichuberries to purple corn and quinoa, Peruvian cuisine is hot, says Packaged Facts

Peruviuan cuisine is a hot culinary trend and a “powerful funnel for bringing resurgent South American cuisine into the...

Is Big Food the new tobacco?
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Is Big Food the new tobacco?

As the class-action lawsuits pile up amid growing public health concerns over obesity and ongoing labeling debates,...

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