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thinkThin continues double-digit growth, prepares to unveil ‘breakthrough protein snack’

Household penetration of protein bars has continued to increase as more retailers have moved them from the OTC/supplement aisles to the main snack bar fixtures, prompting shoppers to ‘trade up’ from sugary cereal bars to higher protein, lower sugar nutrition bars, says the CEO of thinkThin. 

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Sweetech flavor enhancers can help firms slash sugar by up to 50%

Sweetech, a new family of flavor enhancers from Bell Flavors and Fragrances, can help food and beverage manufacturers achieve significant (20-50%) reductions in sugar and retain a clean label, claims the Illinois-based company.

Huel jets across the Atlantic to take on Soylent, offering ‘complete nutrition’ and convenience

Food is fun. But not everyone has the time or energy to prepare three nutritionally-balanced meals every day, and brands that do all the hard work for you have big growth potential, claims UK-based Huel, which is making its US debut this summer with “perfectly balanced and nutritionally complete vegan meals you can prepare in less than two minutes.”

IFT 2017 part three: Plant-based formulation challenges, and where next for stevia?

In the third and final part of our trendwatching tour of the IFT 2017 expo floor, we discovered how the growth in plant-based foods and high protein beverages is creating new opportunities for ingredients suppliers, and caught up with a couple of key stevia producers to find out where the market might be going next...

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental additives, pesticide residues, and animal feed; as well as processing methods, ethics, and sustainability, said exhibitors at the IFT show in Las Vegas.

Glyphosate joins Prop 65 list, but what does this mean for packaged food manufacturers?

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp) will be added to California's Prop 65 list on July 7, 2017, meaning warning labels will be required from July 2018. But what, if anything, does this mean for packaged foods that might contain trace levels of pesticide residue?  

How will added sugar labeling change the market? At IFT, companies weigh in

The controversial requirement to list added sugar on the nutrition facts panel has divided the industry. Though different parties may disagree on whether or not the move is good or bad for the industry, many agree that it will certainly change the landscape.

VIDEO: Cargill R&D VP talks ‘processed’ food: ‘All food is made of chemicals’

To many consumers, ‘processed food’ is just another term for ‘junk food.’ It’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it (Twinkies). But do we know a ‘highly processed’ ingredient when we see it, and how much processing is too much? Elaine Watson caught up with Cargill’s VP R&D Dr Chris Mallett at the IFT Show to get his take.

Odwalla under fire: Is it safe to make 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products?

Can you make 'no added sugar' claims on 100% juice products? It all depends on how you interpret a line in the FDA regulations, says a California court, which has denied attempts by Odwalla to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of misleading consumers with this claim.

Nearly half of US consumers are trying to reduce the sugar they eat, according to survey

Nearly half of US consumers (48%) said they are trying to eat less sugar, according to a survey by Leatherhead Food Research.

IFT 2017 part one: From clean meat and clean label, to green jackfruit and banana flour

This year, edible bugs competed with clean (aka cultured) meat, green banana flour and jackfruit for the spotlight, while many fibers remain in limbo as the FDA mulls over definitions. Meanwhile, the clean label trend continues to gather pace, along with the ‘heat and sweet’ flavor trend. Check out part one of our gallery of highlights from the world's biggest food science symposium.

COO: 'We’re in a stable financial position both from an operating point of view and a capital point of view'

Chobani moves beyond Greek with Smooth launch: 'We're a yogurt company, not a Greek yogurt company'

Chobani – which disrupted the US dairy category a decade ago with its Greek yogurt – is now aiming to do the same in the non-Greek segment with the launch of Chobani Smooth, a low fat, mild-tasting blended fruit yogurt with twice the protein, 25% less sugar and a cleaner label than other leading brands.

Viva Las Vegas! What's happening at #IFT?

Food industry top brass, scientists and formulators have descended upon Las Vegas for this year's Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Catch up on the best bits with our Twitter feed.

Castles made of bubble gum: PepsiCo JV hopes to bring edible sand to the US

PepsiCo's Mexican confectionery joint venture PISSA is looking for distributors to bring edible sand that becomes bubble gum to the US.

Your guide to IFT 2017: From clean meat and cannabis edibles to space farming

What does 'processed' food mean? And how much is too much? Will consumers embrace 'clean' meat? And what can we grow in space? Check out FoodNavigator-USA's guide to the hottest topics at the Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas on June 25-28.

Attorney: ‘Slapping another undefined term on packages that could be attacked legally’ is risky

'GoCleanLabel certified' scheme rolls out, but what does it mean?

A new 'clean label' certification scheme has been launched in the US market as the concept of ‘clean’ eating continues to gain traction. But will CPG brands embrace the ‘Go Clean Label Certified’ logo, and are there risks to using a term that lacks a clear legal definition on food packaging?

Steviana Bioscience aims to make a splash at IFT with next generation stevia sweeteners

A new player in the stevia market - Steviana Bioscience - is looking to carve a niche in the market for next generation stevia sweeteners, which utilize some of the minor glycosides in the stevia leaf, notably Reb D.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Russell Stover launches first sugar-free chocolate line sweetened with stevia extract

Russell Stover has unveiled a sugar-free chocolate line at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

Seattle City Council passes soda tax

Seattle City Council has voted to levy a tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, joining other US cities such as Philadelphia and Berkeley.

FDA guidance continues to be used as a 'roadmap for class action lawsuits'

A tale of two evaporated cane juice lawsuits: Steaz prevails thanks to website disclosure but Late July case will proceed

Very different outcomes in two near-identical lawsuits over evaporated cane juice labeling serve as a reminder that when it comes to food labeling, your website is every bit as important as your packaging label from a legal perspective. They also serve as a reminder that regardless of its non-binding legal status, FDA guidance continues to be used as a "roadmap for class action lawsuits," says one legal expert. 

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