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How big is the gluten-free market? What percentage of coffee is now sold in a K-Cup? How are food brands using social media to engage with consumers? Stay up speed with the latest consumer trends and market developments here.

FNCE 2014 highlights part one: Protein still red hot, fermentation on fire, and why self-discipline won’t defeat obesity

We’ve never had access to more information about how to get healthy. So why are two thirds of Americans still overweight or obese, and what can we do about it?...

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Sprouted grains not just about nutrition and taste, says Ardent Mills

Sprouted grains are known for nutritional punch and bold taste, but the sprouting process can also improve overall baking quality, says Ardent Mills.

FAO World Food Day 2014: Family Farming

ABA chief: Farming infrastructure critically important for wheat

Farming infrastructure in the wheat sector is critically important for bakers but there are a number issues threatening it, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.

Insights from SupplySide West

‘We think the campaign will definitely have an effect’: GOED on ‘positive messaging’ to change omega-3 conversation

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s’ campaign to promote positive messages about omega-3s has finally launched, but more funds needs to be raised to allow a national roll-out,...

From Share a Coke to Better Together: Wells Fargo ‘bullish’ about c-store growth driven by Millennials, Hispanics, and women

The average convenience-store shopper spends just three minutes in the store, says Wells Fargo in a new report arguing that there are big growth opportunities for brands that can offer...

Cocktail flavors to cognitive enhancement: Zenith’s Top 13 energy drinks trends

Zenith International includes cocktail flavors and cognitive enhancement within a list of 13 top trends it says have driven innovation in energy drinks on the basis of post-2012 product launches.

PepsiCo CEO: ‘Our innovation is becoming more durable’

If you’ve got enough money - and clout - it’s not hard to make a big splash with a new product launch in year one. The real test comes in...

Social media can help companies identify threats as well as opportunities, expert says

Social media can be a powerful tool to identify trends as well as communicate with different customer segments.  But it can also be used to identify threats, says market research...

Three-quarters of CPG promotions don’t break even, says Nielsen

It’s well-known that many CPG firms feel that they are not getting enough bang for their trade spending bucks. But a recent analysis by Nielsen reveals that most of them...

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The chocolate league tables 2014: Top 20 consuming nations

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Natural sweeteners are still in an ‘exploratory phase’, says Canadean

The use of natural sweeteners is growing rapidly – they were used in one in five new non-caloric drinks launched last year – but it is still dwarfed by other...

The Future Market: What will food shopping be like in 2065?

The IFT's FutureFood 2050 initiative has started a fascinating conversation about what we might be eating in the future. But what will food shopping be like? Will supermarkets as we know them today...

Latest trends on beverages, gluten-free, clean-label, snacks

What is coming up on FoodNavigator-USA’s online events calendar? From protein to natural claims, non-GMO and dairy innovation

From the perils of putting ‘all-natural’ on your label to what beverage execs really think about plummeting sales of diet soda, FoodNavigator-USA’s online discussion forums tackle some of the hottest...

Promote healthier products to meet dietary guidelines, says new analysis: It could decrease chronic disease risk and boost retailer profits

Small and inexpensive changes to the content of supermarket circulars have ‘great potential’ to boost healthy eating and get consumers closer to dietary guidelines, but only if the retailers are...

Dispatches: AACCI ANNUAL MEETING 2014

Panera Bread calls on bakers to stand strong against ‘bad bread’ messaging

Bakers cannot sit back and be bombarded by negative messaging around bread anymore because there’s actually a huge consumer group who wants it, says the VP of Panera Bread bakery...

Chobani and Green America to explore non-GMO feed options for dairy cows

Chobani is working with Green America (formerly Co-op America) to “discuss realistic and viable” ways to secure more milk from cows fed non-GMO animal feed.

Fundamental market shifts benefit smaller firms over larger, analyst says

The marketplace for consumer goods has fundamentally changed, and CPG companies looking for stable long term growth need to be able to solve this “frustrating puzzle,” according to a new...

'The feedback we received appears to be merely satisfactory or mixed'

Coca-Cola Life off to 'lackluster' start in the US, says analyst

Initial feedback suggests the US debut of Coca-Cola Life has been “lackluster”, with staff in some of the first stores to feature the product reporting “satisfactory” sales, but nothing to...

The cost of GMO labeling? Less than a penny a day, says Consumers Union analysis

The cost to consumers of requiring labeling of genetically modified food is $2.30 per person annually, or less than a penny a day, says new analysis commissioned by Consumers Union,...

Snacking is a huge untapped opportunity for probiotics, says Ganeden Biotech

Until relatively recently, probiotics - gut-friendly live bacteria - were largely limited to the supplement aisle or the dairy case. Today, thanks to the development of more resilient strains, they...

What will we be eating in 2050? From 3D printed snacks and lab meat to insect protein

What will we be eating in 2050? Insect bars, 3D printed food, lab meat and personalized nutrition bars? No one knows for sure. But with a growing population and a...

Equity crowd funding will transform food industry, expert says

New crowd funding platforms will transform the food industry, said an executive of a Canadian company set to go that route to raise additional capital.

Analyst: ‘I guess Pepsi Next is now Pepsi Past’… PepsiCo takes on Coca-Cola Life with stevia-sweetened Pepsi True

Just weeks after the US launch of Coca-Cola Life, PepsiCo has unveiled plans to launch its own mid-calorie soda sweetened with a combination of sugar and stevia under the Pepsi...

Natural & Clean Label forum highlights, part II:

If GMOs were involved in any way in the production of your product and you’re calling it ‘natural’, be prepared for a lawsuit

In part one of our coverage of FoodNavigator-USA’s natural & clean label panel debate we looked at whether the FDA - or industry stakeholders - should define ‘natural’. In part...

Natural & Clean Label forum highlights, part I

CSPI: ‘A ‘natural’ definition would not be perfect, but we shouldn’t let perfect be the enemy of the good’

The notion that defining ‘natural’ is just too hard - either for the FDA or for the food industry - and that we therefore shouldn’t even bother to attempt it,...

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