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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The cultivation and rise of vegan cheese alternatives

There is no denying that vegan is on the rise with consumers looking for more plant-based options, and manufacturers eager to meet that demand with a wide variety of new products -- some of which even are aimed at and winning over carnivores and omnivores.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Defining and meeting consumer demand for clean label

The predictable upcoming onslaught of annual New Year’s resolutions to “eat better” could lead to surge of consumer interest in products with short ingredient decks and “clean labels” that they perceive as healthier.

FOOD VISION USA 2016... THE TRAILBLAZERS: Afineur taps into fermented trend with ultra-smooth cultured coffee

Afineur – one of three winners in this year's trailblazers challenge at Food Vision USA – reckons microbes can transform the flavor and nutrition of a host of agricultural products, starting with coffee.  

DIY food kits are ‘the future of our society,’ CEO of Cultures for Health says

Increased awareness of and ongoing battles with diet related chronic health problems are pushing more consumers into the kitchen for the first time -- creating a massive opportunities for do-it-yourself kits that teach consumers how to make their own food and beverages, according to the founder and CEO of Cultures for Health.

Beverage trendwatching at BevNET Live.. from personalization to probiotics

From fruit- and herb-infused apple cider vinegar to bitter melon & green tea combos, and collagen-laced waters, new beverage concepts are hitting the market every week. But which emerging trends have real staying power and what really interests VCs and strategic investors? FoodNavigator-USA headed to BevNet Live in Santa Monica to find out…

L.V. Lomas to be exclusive distributor of Novozymes' enzymes for food, nutrition applications in the US & Canada

L.V. Lomas has struck a deal with enzymes specialist Novozymes under which it will become the exclusive distributor of Novozymes' enzymes sold into food and nutrition applications in the United States and Canada, effective January 1, 2017. 

Kombucha and fermented beverages category grew 32% in year to October 2, says SPINS

Brew Dr Kombucha poised for growth as fermented trend gains momentum

According to SPINS data*, retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages** surged 32% to $375.4m (natural, specialty, conventional multi-outlet) in the year to October 2, but with household penetration still very low, there is still significant opportunity for growth, says the founder and CEO of one fast-growing player.

Americans' desire for international food remains strong despite rising nationalism

A renewed nationalism by a vocal portion of the US population, fueled by Trump’s presidential campaign and victory, likely will not dampen consumers’ desire for international flavors and dishes, according to some trendologists.

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board will debate the role of hydroponic production, carrageenan, tocopherols and marine algae in organic production and products, as well as other hot button issues.

Bitter political climate could curb consumers' sense of food adventure in 2017

The acrimonious political climate has many consumers looking for comfort rather than adventure in their food and beverage choices, and as such in 2017 they likely will reach for products that are "recognizable rather than revolutionary," according to Mintel.  

Leadbetter's realigns to focus on allergy-friendly manufacturing: ‘Our growth curve is very steep’

San Francisco-based Leadbetter’s Bake Shop has stopped making English muffins, its flagship product, and changed its name to Better Bakeries as it focuses on building an allergy-friendly food manufacturing and co-packing business designed to bridge the gap between Mom & Pop scale operators and the big guns in gluten-free.

What’s driving growth in cottage cheese? Zenith looks at trends in the sector

Dairy manufacturers can look to growth in cottage cheese, partly by referring to it as the original high protein cultured milk product, according to food and drink consultancy Zenith International.

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Good Culture repositions cottage cheese for on-the-go, protein focused consumers

When most Americans think of cottage cheese – if they think about it – images of 1950s-styles salads with syrupy fruit or uninspired scoops of lumpy white mush likely come to mind. But industry newcomer Good Culture wants to “bring cottage cheese back” by connecting it to macro trends and offering modern twists. 

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: 5 trends driving growth in natural & organic

As US consumers embrace a healthier lifestyle focused on prevention rather than treatment, they increasingly are turning to the natural and organic channel for products that are clean, natural and have added health benefits.

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Fage’s Crossovers line advances the evolution of yogurt in the US from sweet to savory

The slow evolution of yogurt in the US from primarily sweet options concentrated on breakfast to more savory choices that can be eaten all day continues with the current roll-out of Fage’s new Crossovers.

Schuman Cheese introduces trust mark to counter widespread adulteration of Italian cheeses

US-based Schuman Cheese is taking a stand against what the CEO described as widespread adulteration and fraud that currently are “diluting and polluting” some sectors of the Italian cheese market by rolling out the industry’s first trust mark.

Trimona Bulgarian yogurt unveils new line, rolls out at Sprouts, as shoppers buy into grass-fed, organic, whole milk credentials

If Bulgarian yogurt is still well below the radar of most Americans, growing numbers of shoppers are looking for organic, grass-fed and whole milk products in the dairy aisle, and Trimona ticks all three boxes, says founder Atanas Valev, who has just secured shelf space at Sprouts nationwide and unveiled new packaging and flavors. 

Cultured coffee… the beginning of a new fermented foods revolution?

Some fermented foods (beer and sauerkraut), have been around for years, while others (flavors, sweeteners, ‘animal-free’ dairy proteins) are pretty new. But what if you could use microbes to transform the flavor or nutrition of a host of agricultural products to make a third wave of ‘cultured’ products, from ultra-smooth coffee, to more nutrient-packed grains? 

Don't have a cow? Perfect Day animal-free milk bids for slice of multibillion-dollar global dairy market

The word ‘disruptive’ is bandied around with wearying regularity in relation to food startups these days, but if anyone warrants this moniker, it's Perfect Day (formerly Muufri). Unlike the purveyors of nut- or legume-based ‘plant milks’, Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are actually making the real thing… dairy milk without any cows, and it’s coming to a store near you by late 2017.

Will consumers embrace animal-free milk Perfect Day?

Perfect Day, a new ‘animal-free’ milk scheduled to launch at the end of next year, contains all the same components as cow’s milk, including dairy proteins, but doesn’t use any animals in its production process. But will consumers embrace it as cruelty-free and sustainable, or will they be wary of milk made in fermentation tanks? We asked three experts…

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