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Concession stands could help better-for-you snacks reach young consumers

Often dominated by candy, soft pretzels, nachos and highly processed meats, concession stands at school events could be fertile ground for better-for-you snack and beverage manufacturers to boost sales and...

Giving ugly a chance: New potato chip brand Uglies uses cosmetically-rejected potatoes

Potato chip maker Dieffenbach’s bets on ‘ugly’ potatoes with the launch of its new brand Uglies, which uses potatoes that have been rejected by farmers, potato brokers, or other chip...

Barnana raises $5.3m, prepares to unveil new line of banana-fueled snacks in March

A $5.3m injection of capital will help Barnana support a new line of organic snacks debuting in March, move into more retail channels, and ramp up its marketing, according to...

Storytelling and personalization online can boost ecommerce sales, Episerver says

Two-thirds of shoppers plan to buy products online more in 2017 than last year, but this uptick may not materialize for companies that fail to offer strong web content beyond...

Rhythm Superfoods closes $6m financing round led by General Mills 301 INC

Snackfood firm Rhythm Superfoods has closed a $6m Series D financing round filled through the CircleUp platform, with 301 INC - General Mills' new business development and venturing unit - as...

Miyoko’s Kitchen CEO weighs into plant-based dairy labeling debate: It’s time to ditch ‘outdated and arcane’ standards of identity

Consumers have moved on since dairy standards of identity first hit the statute books, says Miyoko's Kitchen founder and CEO Miyoko Schinner, and it's time regulators did too.

Former USDA Sec. Vilsack will take the reins of US Dairy Export Council next month

The rumors are true: Former USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack will take the helm of the US Dairy Export Council Feb. 1 after serving the Obama Administration as one of the...

USDA calls for comment on organic check-off proposal as demand for organic outstrips supply

The US Department of Agriculture’s call today for public comment on the Organic Trade Association’s application to create an organic check-off program comes at a time when sales of organic...

‘Striking’ rise in consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners stokes debate about their health impact

A “striking” increase in the consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners over 13 years combined with conflicting data on their connection to obesity, diabetes and other health issues escalates the...

$2.5M from Aqua-Spark will help Love The Wild transition to 100% aquaculture farmed fish

With an investment of $2.5 million from Aqua-Spark, startup seafood meal kit maker Love The Wild hopes to change the way Americans eat fish and perceive aquaculture farming, which has...

Beans, chickpeas, lentils, key to next-generation of plant-based dairy

Fava bean yogurt? General Mills patents process to create range of dairy-alternatives from legumes

A patent application from General Mills shows it is experimenting with legumes such as chickpeas, adzuki beans, fava beans and lentils to create non-dairy ‘milks;' eggless mayonnaise and dips; and...

Chobani notched up double-digit US growth in 2016, has ‘no plan’ to head back to Europe right now

While growth in the US yogurt category fell into negative territory in 2016, Chobani's US operation notched up double-digit sales and volume growth last year, driven by a strong performances...

Get ready for bespoke snacking experiences on a mass scale, says Mondelez chocolate innovator

Snacking is about to get personal with food manufacturers using technologies such as visual and 3D printing to scale up bespoke eating experiences, according to Gil Horsky, global innovation leader at...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to select and best use food influencers to market products

While Americans are becoming more adventurous in what they eat, they often still need a lot of convincing to try something new – especially if they haven’t heard of it...

'The process that we had for process discovery before was quite clunky and manual'

Ahold USA SVP: We’re not risk averse when it comes to product discovery

Easy-to-use online tools that enable busy category managers to rapidly identify and compare new products from smaller suppliers will gain traction as retailers try to stay ahead of the curve...

Reducing sodium intake could save more lives, money than treating related disease, study finds

Ambitious sodium reduction targets for the next two and 10 years laid out by FDA in draft voluntary guidance released last summer not only could save lives, but they could...

Is HPP baby food going mainstream? PureSpoon heads to Walmart, Kroger, Hy-Vee

If retailers were originally querying whether to stock refrigerated baby food, the more progressive players are now more focused on how and where to merchandise it, says Pure Spoon CEO...

Where next for snacks? Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Innovation Summit

If 50% of eating occasions are now snacks,* do we have to rethink what a snack is? An occasional treat or an everyday healthy indulgence? A fresh mini-meal? A quick...

Kellogg's eighteen94 leads $4.25m funding round in moringa superfood start-up Kuli Kuli

Kellogg Company’s venture capital fund eighteen94’s inaugural investment and lead position in a $4.25 million raise for the fast-growing startup Kuli Kuli will help the moringa superfood supplier and manufacturer...

News in brief

Sunrise Strategic Partners invests in Pure Growth Organic: 'We want to make affordable organic snacks mainstream'

Sunrise Strategic Partners  - a Colorado-based accelerator of emerging brands co-founded by Steve Hughes and Trilantic North America - has made a minority investment in organic snack maker Pure Growth Organic....

Grass-fed is greener, says Maple Hill Creamery: ‘We need to have a more nuanced conversation about dairy and sustainability’

Dairy can get a bad rap in debates on animal welfare and sustainability, but it’s time the conversation became more nuanced, says 100% grass-fed, organic and “unapologetically full-fat” dairy brand...

USDA will encourage farmers to go organic by harmonizing standards for transitional certification

Farmers transitioning to organic soon could more easily sell their products at a premium even during the transition period before they are fully certified thanks to a new USDA program...

Sourcing slower-growing chickens pits animal welfare, environmental concerns against each other

Manufacturers and retailers soon could find themselves between a rock and a hard place as the trend to source slower growing broiler chickens gains momentum with retailers and restaurants.  

Ahold USA teams up with RangeMe: 'We want to develop partnerships with small and diverse suppliers'

Ahold USA has joined a growing number of high-profile retailers – from Whole Foods to Target – that have signed up with online platform RangeMe to help streamline their product...

EverSweet fermented stevia to launch in 2018… if we can reach the right deal with Cargill, says Evolva

Partners Evolva and Cargill have made “solid progress” on EverSweet - their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – but it will not launch until 2018, two years...

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