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 Latest consumer trends & market trends, from gluten-free to single-serve coffee


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.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How ugly produce can help companies cut costs & generate sales

Most Americans are trained from a very young age to believe that beautiful is better – even when it comes to food – but as most people also know, this...

Taste Test Friday

Taste Test Friday: DIY hummus, bright balsamic, luscious marinara & four fast salads

Before the chill of fall settles in, a group of DC urbanites – some foodies and others not – gathered to sample and critique four variations of kitchen staples designed...

Trendspotting at FNCE: Watermelon, peanut butter, dried fruit & veggie bowls grab attention

At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston this week, emerging and maturing trends showcased on the show floor included more watermelon-based products, variations on peanut butter and...

Where is the best place to position confections to boost sales?

Long-coveted as a premium place for impulse purchases, the checkout aisle may not actually be the best place for encouraging candy consumption, according to Packaged Facts research. 

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Nestlé lowers full-year sales outlook

Nestlé has lowered its full year outlook from 4.2% to 3.5% as it feels the effect of a deflationary market.

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WILD on trend with vegan protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings

WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), part of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), is tapping into the vegan market with its protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings.

Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate

Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.

Do you eat meat? What about animals? Scientists slice open a carnivore's paradox

The way meat is prepared, advertised and labelled has led to a disconnect between animals and meat and fuelled consumption, according to new research.

Cocoa flavanols offer ‘modest but significant’ benefits for heart disease risk factors

If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a serving of cocoa could help avoid the need for medicine in the first place – at least when it...

PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

Expo East

Spindrift finds cans better distinguish sparkling water from soda

Small changes in how Spindrift approached the fast-growing sparkling water category added up to a big opportunity for the brand, sales of which have grown 16 times since 2009, according...

RangeMe streamlines product discovery process for Whole Foods, Petco, Sprouts

RangeMe, an online platform that streamlines the product discovery process for retailers, has struck deals with a string of high-profile brands in its first year of business in the US,...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to better reach Hispanic shoppers

With a collective spending power of $1.5 trillion, the Hispanic and Latino population in the US is a highly coveted group of shoppers who represent a significant growth opportunity for...

We've just got into 1,700 Walmart stores with paleo, organic and gluten free meals

Beetnik CEO: ‘I’m a chef. If someone doesn’t like my product, I take it super-personally’

Most successful entrepreneurs combine limitless self-belief and a thick skin, says Beetnik Foods founder David Perkins, but they’re also human: “As a chef, I know everyone’s tastes differ, but this...

Expo East

Zevia expands beyond soda with cocktail mixers, sparkling water & energy drinks

With the launch of a new line of cocktail mixers, Zevia continues its transformation from a leader specializing in only diet, all-natural soda to a multi-service platform that offers beverages...

'Americana mania': Hershey enters UK biscuits market with Reese's Rounds

Hershey has introduced its first biscuit brand in the UK, produced under license by Lightbody Ventures, as Brits covet American brands.

Authenticity, emotional connection sell brands better than free-from claims, Foodmix survey finds

The highly popular, and arguably over-used strategy of placing free-from claims front and center in food and beverage marketing to woo today’s more health-conscious shopper may not be as effective...

Pumpkin gum and Butterfinger skulls: Halloween candy sales set to hit record high in 2016

Halloween candy sales in the US may reach record levels despite an expected drop in trick-or-treating as more Americans shop for candy online and celebrate over the weekend.

Soybeans with super nitrogen-fixing capabilities produce higher yield with less fertilizer

A “breakthrough” discovery that increases how much nitrogen soybeans can pull from the atmosphere and how efficiently they use it could help feed the world’s rapidly growing population by significantly...

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Evolution Fresh blends coconut milk with juice to reduce sugar in new Organic Superfoods line

Cold-pressed, HPP juice-maker Evolution Fresh’s upcoming spring launch of Organic Superfood Juices promises to “support a wide range of consumers in their wellness goals,” including cutting back on sugar, which...

Brazil’s drive-thru bakery chain Pão to Go ready for simultaneous debut in Europe and US

Brazil’s first drive-thru bakery chain Pão to Go (Bread to Go) is set to expand to Europe and the US to capitalize on its concept of express bakery services for...

SPECIAL FEATURE: 10 reasons to set up shop in Wales (and will Brexit throw a wrench in the works?)

The birthplace of Dylan Thomas, Richard Burton and Robert Owen, Wales is also home to food industry giants from Kellogg to Glanbia. But can it attract the next generation of...

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Tyson Foods takes 5% stake in Beyond Meat: 'It meets our desire to offer consumers choices'

Tyson Foods - one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef, and pork - has taken a 5% stake in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat.

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Tickle Water expands the reach of sparkling water’s popularity to the children’s market

The growing popularity of sparkling water among health-conscious adults who want an alternative to soda and sugar-laden beverages now is bubbling over into the children’s beverage segment with the launch...

Garden Fresh Gourmet expands portfolio into the rapidly-growing refrigerated soup segment

Garden Fresh Gourmet is seizing the promising sales opportunity presented by the still-small but rapidly-growing refrigerated soup category by expanding the segment with four familiar, yet modern flavors.

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