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‘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...

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Runamok maple acquires maple candy operation from Bascom Maple Farms

Vermont-based Runamok Maple acquired Brattleboro, the maple candy operation of fellow Vermont company Bascom Maple Farms, one of the largest producers of pure maple syrup in North America.

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...

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...

US reignites trade battle with EU over beef imports

US trade representatives have heeded calls from the country’s meat industry to act on ‘unfair and discriminatory’ rules on US beef imports to the EU – threatening to reopen a...

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...

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.  

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...

Relief for PureCircle as Chinese stevia held at US border released

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released shipments of refined stevia from PureCircle coming in from China that had been held at the border based on allegations that they...

Healthcare concerns redirect more QSR consumers to grocery stores, research suggests

Healthcare concerns likely are behind the steep drop in Americans’ spending at restaurants in 2016 and the uptick in consumers who say they will cook at home more in the...

USDA pilot to allow Americans to buy groceries online with food stamps

The US Department of Agriculture’s recent selection of a diverse group of national and independent retailers to sell online groceries to Americans using food stamps not only potentially expands the...

Nutrition experts predict sustainability ‘most important’ trend for 2017

Sustainability wins another vote for the “most important” trend to watch in 2017, followed closely by plant-based protein, according to a small, but well-educated group of nutrition experts, surveyed by...

Zuvii gluten-free baking range taps into new 'superfood' trend: unripe green bananas

Unripe green bananas are at the core of a new range of organic gluten-free brownie, pancake, cake and waffle mixes under the Zuvii brand.

Tea sales climb steadily on product development, emergence of tea houses & innovative marketing

Ongoing development of ready-to-drink tea and growing awareness of the health benefits and cultural importance of tea continue to drive sales of the beverage in the US, but future growth...

Demand for CBD still outstrips supply despite production expansion, hemp grower says

The supply of industrial hemp is ramping up quickly, as a company formed by growers in Kentucky reported $2 million in payments to farmers for the 2016 crop. But demand...

From functional foods to CRISPR, IFIC forecasts hot food topics in 2017

Consumers are increasingly interested in functional foods, and enthusiasm for protein won’t trail off anytime this year, predicts the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Global cuisine will rise in 2017 along with complex nutrition claims

Despite a rising nationalism in the US born out of the contentious presidential election cycle, Americans remain open to global cuisine and as such, in 2017, international flavors and cultures...

Based on search term popularity, Instacart predicts 2017 will see more ‘delicious ways to ditch dairy’

Ice cream cravings among shoppers on the online service Instacart are strong—the brand topped Instacart’s trending brands of 2016 list, with a 919% increase of searches year-over-year ending December 2016.

Sustainability concerns will color consumers’ food selections in 2017

A growing awareness of the environmental impact of food production and a desire to shop sustainably will heavily influence how consumers plan, shop for and prepare meals in the coming...

SoBakeable blends subscription- and meal-kit marketing model for sustained engagement

By blurring the line between subscription boxes and home delivery meal kits, industry newcomer SoBakeable  takes the best parts of each category to create a unique business model that promises...

Meal kits creep into foodservice sector: Boston Burger Co. tests the water with its BurgaBox of the Month Club

Boston Burger Co. is an institution for Beantown residents, especially for the city’s many university students and tourists who learned about the joint from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives...

Study connecting meat to asthma 'reckless,' NAMI says

New research suggesting a connection between consuming cured and processed meat and worsening asthma symptoms is "reckless" and "flies in the face of real clinical medical knowledge," according to the North American Meat Institute. ...

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