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Little Bird brings chocolate-covered candied jalapenos to the market

Little Bird founders Corey and Sara Meyer are aiming to pop out of the specialty category and spread across the nation like wildfire with their sweet and spicy chocolate-covered candied jalapenos.

Healthy snacks growth outpaces overall food and beverage market

“Free from” claims and private-label sales are driving growth in the healthy-ingredient snacks market, and granola and breakfast bars are rising stars in the stagnant breakfast category, says a new report by Packaged Facts.

By targeting tailgaters, manufacturers can extend the grilling season and their sales

While backyard barbeques and picnics are hallmarks of prime grilling season, which is in full swing now, marketers can extend grilling’s appeal and their sales beyond the end of summer by tapping into tailgating, suggests new research from Acosta. 

Kashi’s new cereal box design evokes magazine-style storytelling

It's too early to assess its impact on sales, but one food & beverage design guru says Kashi's 'disruptive' new look is just what the Kellogg-owned brand needs.

Bitsy’s Brainfood: ‘Retailers are less reluctant to feature brands that may not yet be household names’

“Consumers are absolutely far more focused on ingredients and on organic products, and conventional retailers are responding to that,” said Bitsy’s Brainfood co-founder Alex Voris.

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HorizonScan helps spot food safety risks before they affect consumers, Global ID exec says

Food safety incidents, including contamination of food-borne illnesses, mold and adulteration, increased double-digits in several major food categories in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year, according to data pulled from the global web-based information system HorizonScan, which is now launching in North America. 

Tale of two continents: US wheat forecast raised as European estimate dips

Record winter wheat yields have been predicted for the US - while bad weather has taken its toll on some European wheat crops.

Your guide to IFT 2016: From eBeam processing to brainfood, plant-based proteins & genomics

Are all these 'alternative proteins' as sustainable as we think? Is there real money to be made from acid whey? And will electron beam processing be as disruptive as high pressure processing? Check out FoodNavigator-USA's guide to the hottest topics at the Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago on July 16-19.

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Dow launches Wellence Fat Free at IFT to help meet returning demand for low-fat claims

Low-fat and fat-reduction claims may be on the upswing again soon as consumer confusion mounts around whether fat really is back and their desire for healthier options increases, according to a marketing manager for Dow Food Solutions. 

Betty Crocker and Krusteaz products hit by General Mills E.coli flour recall

General Mills’ recall of millions of pounds of flour linked with an E. coli outbreak has now impacted other retail products – including some of the firm’s own Betty Crocker cake mixes.

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Five trends spotted at Summer Fancy Food Show

With thousands of startups, innovators and established brands packed into one convention center, the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City is a hotbed for spotting emerging and maturing trends in the food and beverage space.

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Bourbon & whiskey shine in foods as well as cocktails

America’s long love-affair with whiskey and bourbon in classic cocktails made popular again by Mad Men and the craft-movement is now spilling over into food, with products across categories featuring the spirit as a primary ingredient at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. 

Twinkies go public: Hostess sets out growth vision under new owner Gores Holdings

Frozen goods, in-store bakery and foodservice have been flagged up as key growth areas for Hostess in the wake of its acquisition by a division of private equity firm The Gores Group.

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Manufacturers use quinoa for added nutrition, texture, color and function

Manufacturers have long-embraced quinoa for its many nutritional benefits, but at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City in late June it became apparent that increasingly they also are incorporating the ingredient into their products for other reasons, including its texture, color and binding properties. As a result, the ingredient is breaking free of its salad and side-dish silo to become a star across categories. 

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Gores Group Holdings to take majority stake in Twinkies maker Hostess Brands

Private equity firm Gores Group Holdings will take a majority stake in Twinkies maker Hostess Brands LLC and plans to introduce it as a publicly traded company with an enterprise value of c. $2.3bn.

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Flour milling company Ardent Mills opens new research center

The Colorado-based company’s innovation center will host research in wheat quality and include a culinary test kitchen and chef demonstration area.

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Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: What are GMOs and how do they impact the health of humans and Earth?

With the effective date for Vermont’s GMO labeling law officially here and the debate surrounding whether and how to identify genetically engineered ingredients in food and beverage continuing to amplify, a recent CivicScience poll uncovered a startling fact: Almost half of Americans still don’t know what GMOs are and are undecided whether they harm human health.

General Mills to expand free-from range as cereal sales return to growth

General Mills has unveiled NPD plans including new gluten-free Cheerios and natural products as it looks to maintain growth in its cereals business.

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Sheila G’s overcomes challenges to launch organic Brownie Brittle

Sheila G’s retains its “edge on brownies” and its competition with the launch of an organic Brownie Brittle line that launched this year despite initial formulation challenges and tighter product margins, according to the company’s founder and CEO Sheila Mains. 

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Coffee breaks free from mugs to enter new categories in new formats

While many Americans consider coffee a must have beverage in the morning, innovators showcasing products at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City in late July demonstrated that coffee is not restricted to mugs.

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