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WhiteWave expands in competitive U.S. yogurt category with Wallaby acquisition

Undeterred by the ongoing “fistfight” in the U.S. yogurt category, WhiteWave Foods Co. expands its presences in the segment with the $125 million cash acquisition of California organic yogurt maker Wallaby Yogurt Company, Inc. 

Global food prices drop to 6-year low

Dairy and vegetable oil price drops have led the FAO Food Price Index to its lowest level in six years.

Dairy Innovation Forum highlights: Hip cottage cheese, gut-friendly milk, tarte asian yogurt and why fat is back

From the challenges of sourcing organic milk, to the threat 'alternatives' milks pose to the dairy sector and the 'scary' promotional dynamics of the yogurt category, the FoodNavigator-USA Dairy Innovation Forum covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights from the 60-minute session, which is now available on demand.

Expert says dialogue is missing element in development of synthetic biology

The development of synthetic modes of the production of food and dietary ingredients holds great promise both in terms of sustainability and greater functionality. But a prominent researcher says that defeats on the public relations front could endanger the entire effort.

Sensus, Ganeden team up to offer stable liquid prebiotic/probiotic ingredient

Ganeden Biotech has teamed up with ingredient supplier Sensus in an alliance to bring a liquid prebiotic/probiotic ingredient to market that adds functionality to food formulations and also solves an issue that prevents wider application of probiotics, one of the partners has said.

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Tech incubator offering $250,000 in seed funding to startups in cultured meat, eggs, milk

San Francisco-based seed stage biotech accelerator Indie Bio is offering up to $250k in seed funding for scientists and entrepreneurs developing cultured meat, milk, and egg products. 

DSM unveils 'next generation' Greek Legends yogurt cultures

DSM has launched a range of yogurt cultures for thick and creamy products its has called ‘Greek Legends’.

Whole milk, cheese and butter surge ahead; margarine, skim milk and frozen yogurt fall backwards

Who are the winners and losers in the US dairy products market?

New data on the US retail market for dairy products reveals strong dollar sales growth for butter, whole milk, cream, kefir, and natural cheese, but a lackluster performance from low fat and skim milk, frozen yogurt and margarine, suggesting Americans are embracing full-fat products as attention focuses more on sugar as public enemy #1. 

Cheese could be the next health food, industry expert suggests

The tide may be changing for cheese, as science helps re-position the dairy food as a protein-dense, calcium-rich, healthy snack rather than as a high-fat and -sodium food to be enjoyed in moderation, suggests a market trends expert. 

Oregon State University commercializes polymer that 'naturally thickens milk'

After decades of research, Oregon State University (OSU) has begun commercializing a natural dairy thickener with probiotic potential.

Probiota Americas

Biomakers of resilience could elucidate structure function claims for probiotics, experts say

How do probiotic researchers and suppliers best communicate with customers?  And what should they be trying to tell them, anyway? Having a clear picture of what gut and blood parameters a dietary intervention is meant to affect and having a clear mechanism to measure these areas is what is needed, said experts at the recent Probiota Americas event.

'We have retained a cult-like following even as we have gone mass market'

Lifeway Foods CEO: ‘We want to be to kefir what Hershey's is to chocolate'

When Julie Smolyansky became president and CEO of kefir market leader Lifeway Foods in 2002 after the sudden death of her father (its founder), the stock went into freefall as investors feared the 27-year old wasn’t ready to run a public company. They were wrong. 

Probiota Americas

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

According to one prominent executive, for the probiotics industry, the fallout from the NYAG affair should be fairly straightforward:  Make sure you know how to do what you’re supposed to do in the first place. Identify and count, it’s as simple as that.

Experts untangle GMO developments and impact on firms at FoodNavigator-USA’s Going Non-GMO forum May 20

Pressure on food manufacturers to label genetically modified food and provide non-GMO alternatives is mounting as consumer concern and confusion about the technology increases in response to a deluge of negative messaging about it. 

Cargill eyes sustainable seaweed for carrageenan range

Cargill has introduced a new range of carrageenans for drinks makers in order to improve the sustainability of their sourcing.

Maker of GoodBelly shares 6 tips for successfully growing a brand

The vast majority of food and beverage launches fail to survive beyond the initial “experimental phase” in part because they expand their distribution too quickly, warns Alan Murray, the CEO of Next Foods. 

Attorney: This case could end up in the Supreme Court

What does the ruling in Vermont mean for GMO labeling?

While opponents of Vermont’s GMO labeling Act 120 suffered a major setback this week after a federal judge rejected many of their arguments, some attorneys predict the case could ultimately end up in the Supreme Court to settle a long-running debate over compelled speech on product labels.

Goal for IPA to become more agile, vocal in promoting probiotics, new director says

After a months-long interregnum, George Paraskevakos, the new executive director of the International Probiotics Association, formally takes up the reins pledging that the organization will become more agile and vocal in defending and promoting the ingredients.

Straw format to help Ganeden deliver probiotics with shelf stable beverages

Probiotics specialist Ganeden has announced a new application, one that straddles the supplement /food divide. The company has partnered with BioGaia to place its Ganeden BC30 into a line of straws that can be packaged with beverages.

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