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Chr. Hansen’s new culture helps manufacturers offer premium cheese on a budget

Today’s shoppers are demanding higher quality cheeses with new flavors and convenient formats, but often are unwilling to pay the higher prices necessary to cover the added cost of innovation – placing manufacturers between a rock and a hard place. 

Bone broth pioneers level-up with new branding, packaging that will elevate category overall

As the nascent bone-broth category comes into its own, early pioneers in the space are rebranding with professionally polished packaging that communicates their products’ benefits and points of differentiation to better take advantage of the segment’s rapid growth.

More than half of older millennials drink kombucha, Mintel finds

The fermented beverage will gain even more momentum this year as taste influencers and conventional grocery stores are putting the spotlight on kombucha.

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CAVU Venture Partners invests $7m+ into Health-Ade Kombucha

West L.A.-based Health-Ade Kombucha has received more than $7M in venture funding from CAVU Venture Partners.

Amazon for ingredients: New e-commerce platform rolls out with transparency and factory-direct pricing

Ingredientsonline.com is promising to change the industry by allowing manufacturers in the US to purchase raw materials directly from overseas factories, providing considerable cost and time savings.

CFSAF: 'Gen Mills was forced to make decision because of Senate’s failure to act'

General Mills and Mars to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Vermont deadline looms: 'We can’t label our products for only one state'

It was prompted by pragmatism, rather than an ideological shift, but General Mills and Mars have resolved to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Congress has proved unable to hammer out a federal solution that all stakeholders can get behind before new labeling laws take effect in the state of Vermont in July.

Food, bev & ag startups talk sustainability at FoodBytes! Brooklyn

Rising food, beverage and agriculture start-ups joined leading retailers, investors and celebrity chefs at Rabobank North America Wholesale's FoodBytes! Brooklyn pitch-slam March 3 to discuss advancing food culture, sustainability and farming. 

Parents’ anxiety, depression correlates with fussy eating in kids, study finds

Putting on a happy face could help children have happy plates, suggests new research that links parents’ anxiety and depression with an increased risk of children becoming “fussy eaters.”

Wish-Bone tries to entice shoppers back to the center store with two new dressing lines

With the launch of two new Wish-Bone lines, Pinnacle Foods hopes to reinvigorate the salad dressing aisle in the struggling center-store by enticing back consumers who left to make their own dressing or to buy refrigerated options they perceive as fresher.

Ganeden sets up Probiotic Jumpstart Program to stimulate food and beverage innovation

Probiotic manufacturer Ganeden launched a program for companies to innovate with probiotics within the food and beverage industry.

Study supports shelf stability of Sabinsa’s probiotic for functional foods

Sabinsa’s Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 is shelf stable during processing and storage of functional foods, says a new study from the company.

health and wellness 2020

7 trends influencing the evolution of health, wellness and consumers' views of food

Americans’ evolving definition of health and wellness from treatment to prevention is dramatically impacting how they view food – with many people looking to the ancient past for guidance on how and what to eat in the future.

New culture developed to enhance the quality of reduced-fat cheese

Chr. Hansen has launched a new cheese ripening culture, Delight TM, to help improve the texture, taste and flavor of reduced-fat cheeses.

Americans with allergies have low microbiota diversity: NIH Study

The gut microbiota of American adults with allergies is markedly different from people without allergies, particularly for nut and seasonal pollen allergies, says a new study from scientists at the NIH.

FDA denies GMO labeling petition: What matters is the characteristics of the food itself, not the process by which it was made

The FDA has rejected a citizen’s petition calling for mandatory labeling of foods from genetically engineered crops, arguing that labels are not warranted unless there is a material difference in the safety or nutritional profile of the foods in question.

Union Kitchen: Inside a food and beverage incubator

5 strategies to drive initial trial, create a new category from startup Element [Shrub]

Transparent advertising is essential for reaching modern consumers, but as the maker of Element [Shrub] discovered – knowing which facts to emphasize first is key to driving initial trial. 

Union Kitchen: Inside a food and beverage incubator

The Sweet Farm taps into the rise of fermentation and food waste reduction to expand it is portfolio

Fermented foods and beverages are growing in popularity as consumers learn more about their health benefits – in turn opening the door for entrepreneurs like The Sweet Farm, which sells fresh sauerkraut and is developing a line of cultured sodas and probiotic tonics. 

Avoid alienating consumers when going non-GMO by maintaining price & taste, says San-J

Becoming non-GMO certified can help brands attract new consumers and boost sales, but it also could alienate existing shoppers if manufacturers are not careful, cautions Asian sauce maker San-J.

MycoTech brings in another $9 million based in part on promise of mushroom platform to smooth stevia's taste

MycoTechnology, a company that uses mushrooms to alter taste profiles in foods and beverages, has announced a major stevia product launch and the close of a second round of funding.

Kite Hill rolls out cultured nut milk yogurts at Whole Foods nationwide

Kite Hill - the plant-based brand on a mission to disrupt the dairy case - has moved beyond cheese with the launch of a cultured almond milk yogurt at Whole Foods stores nationwide, which will be followed by single-serve cheesecakes and a seasonal pumpkin tart.

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