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The best smoothie you never made? Daily Harvest smoothie delivery service now available in 32 states

Want to start the day with a nutritious smoothie but got nothing in the fridge except some soggy greens and a couple of bananas? Or perhaps you’d really like one,...

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US,” analyst says

Once considered boring by many Americans, water is becoming a go-to beverage of choice thanks to innovative manufacturers that are adding to it carbonation, fruit flavors and functional ingredients that...

'People in the UK think ‘syrup’ when they hear ‘maple’': America’s DRINKmaple on European expansion

US maple water brand DRINKmaple says UK consumers show the same thirst for sustainable, organic, single-ingredient products as those in the US; but there is work to be done in...

Banana water is 'lighter and fresher than coconut water,' says Steuben Foods

Banana water from Elmhurst Naturals – which combines water, banana juice concentrate and natural banana flavor (70 cals per 12oz bottle) – is now available in HEB, Jewel, Sprouts, Albertsons,...

New products gallery: From oat-packed chocolate drinks to chlorophyll water, brassica coffee & customized granola

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves this spring/summer, from probiotic-laced nut butter from Naturally More to customized granola from bear naked, Whitewave’s first foray into...

Marketing to Millennials

To keep stores and products relevant, retailers need to be change agents

During a recent webinar hosted by The Food Institute, food experts said that retailers need not only to embrace changes in retailing mediums, but be agents of that change themselves.

Nestlé backs Blumenthal and Pingree bill for federal expiry date standard

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have sponsored a bicameral bill that they argue will help Americans “save money on their grocery bills and prevent perfectly safe food...

Organic brands Dave’s Killer Bread and Alpine bring growth to Flowers in Q1

Recent acquisitions Dave's Killer Bread and Alpine Valley Bread have prevented a year on year dip in sales at US bread giant Flowers Foods in the first quarter of 2016.

US organic food & beverage sales rose 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, says OTA

US sales of organic food and drink surged 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, significantly ahead of the 3% growth in the overall food market, with some segments up more than...

US specialty and natural cheese market booming, hitting $17.4bn in 2015

A report by Packaged Facts estimates the total US retail sales of the natural and specialty cheese market at $17.4bn, growing at CAGR of 4.1% since 2011, largely driven by...

Industry Voices - Ewa Hudson, Head of Health and Wellness at Euromonitor International

Emerging markets: Where is the growth in fortified and functional confectionery?

Global business intelligence provider Euromonitor International casts an eye over the global market for fortified and functional confectionery.

Four lessons from animals and nature that helped propel EPIC Provisions’ rapid rise

The inclination for most when they see a storm brewing on the horizon is to run the other way and take shelter – but not bison, and not the co-founders...

Hormel buys Justin's Nut Butter for $286m: 'It attracts a younger, more health conscious on-the-go millennial consumer'

Hormel Foods – which owns the Skippy peanut butter brand – has struck a deal to buy Boulder-based nut butter brand Justin’s in a $286m deal that will help Hormel attract...

Nielsen: Salad kits are driving the growth in packaged salads, with sales up 31% YoY

US retail sales of packaged salads rose 8% to $3.7bn in the year to April 2, 2016, with a weak performance from the biggest segment, salad blends (-1%) offset by...

Campbell’s discontinues soup in a K-cup amid disappointing sales

From a remedy to busy schedules to a guilt-free (but satiating) afternoon snack, many trends pointed to the potential success of Keurig-machine brewed soup. But consumers weren’t buying it (literally),...

Trendspotting at the Healthy & Natural Show: From cold-pressed babyfood to banana water

Missed the inaugural Healthy & Natural Show at Chicago's Navy Pier? Check out our trendwatching gallery from the show, which provided a platform for a range of innovative brands, from...

Enjoy Life Foods: Dedicated allergy-friendly sets in the natural aisle are the best way to merchandise free-from foods

With one in 13 children diagnosed with a food allergy in the US*, ‘allergy-friendly’ foods are now infiltrating every category in grocery. But right now, it still makes sense for...

LA Superior Court approves preliminary “natural claim” settlement in flax beverage case

As many courts are putting “natural claim” class action lawsuits on ice as the FDA probes what the term “natural” means, some companies are settling to avoid the expense and...

Hemp food and personal care US retail sales estimated at $283 million

According toThe Hemp Industries Association (HIA), total retail sales of hemp food, supplements, and body care products in the US in 2015 approached $283 million. With auto parts, building materials...

Paleo: A fad, a trend, or the start of a new food movement?

Is Paleo a trend or a fad? And are 'plant-based foods' just a sexier term for meat & dairy alternatives, or the start of a new food movement? FoodNavigator-USA caught up...

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the...

Retail evolution: how US salty snacks market can tap the opportunities

Convenience stores and drug stores have a big opportunity to further grow their share of the salty snacks market as US shopping habits change, according to analysts.

MELT Organic finds white space in the sluggish spreads category

Partially hydrogenated oils are being phased out by many margarine and spreads brands, but many shoppers still see them as ‘highly processed’ and less 'natural' than butter, and sales are...

Improve organic product assortment, integration in stores to reach beyond core natural shoppers

Natural and organic are gaining momentum and driving sales across retail channels, but to capitalize fully on their potential stores and manufactures must work together to improve product assortment and...