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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.

Can peanut milk be as big as almond milk? Elmhurst ‘milked peanuts’ to hit stores in early 2018 with no gums or stabilizers

Elmhurst Milked is hoping to make a splash in the burgeoning plant-based dairy arena with ‘milked peanut’ beverages that offer more protein, less sugar, a creamier mouthfeel and a noticeably...

We're only scratching the surface when it comes to unlocking the potential of plant-based meat, says GFI

Plant-based meats account for less than a quarter of 1% of meat sales in the US, while plant-based milks have gobbled up almost 10% of the fluid milk market, says...

IKEA backs Flying SpArk’s bet that fruit flies are the protein source of the future

Compared to crickets, grasshoppers and even meal worms, the fruit fly is minuscule, but according to the co-founders of Flying SpArk this tiniest of insects could prove to be a...

More Canadians content with direction food system is taking, new survey finds

A growing number of Canadians – 43% in 2017 compared with 30% in 2016 – believe that Canada’s food system is ‘headed in the right direction,’ according to a survey...

RDBA provides dietitians tools to select, display products & track social media influence

New tools from the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance are helping registered dietitians gain professional prominence in grocery stores and sales outlets while also expanding their influence over product selection, displays...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From chocolate peanut butter Cheerios to HPP meals and milked peanuts

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from chocolate peanut butter Cheerios to ‘milked peanuts’ and pea- and cashew-fueled protein fueled beverages, to meat...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How brands can defend their shelf-space against encroaching private label

The Great Recession of 2008 may be long over, but the penny-pinching it inspired in consumers and their subsequent shift to store brands is not – prompting national brand marketers...

Terra's Kitchen CEO: Strategics are eyeing up meal kit players now...

Plated teams up with Albertsons in bid to become 'the first omnichannel meal kit offering with national scale'

As shockwaves from the Amazon/Whole Foods deal continue to reverberate throughout the food industry, Albertsons has struck while the iron is hot via a deal to acquire Plated – one...

Quorn moves into the refrigerated aisles with its fungi-based proteins

Meat-free brand Quorn – which has a big presence in the UK chilled food market, but has historically focused on the frozen segment in the US – has developed a...

Clean labels & unique flavor combinations helps Abby’s Better Nut Butter cut through the competition

What began as a hobby for a 15-year-old girl, now is blooming into a bustling family business as Abby’s Better Nut Butter rapidly gains sales and distribution thanks in part...

Tasty, better-for-you breakfast solutions needed for time-crunched students

Eating on-the-go seems like an obvious solution to the problem of time-crunched children skipping breakfast in order to get out the door and to school on time, but survey results...

Google search data reveals 3 beverage trends that promise sustained growth

Consumers are notoriously fickle, but their ongoing demand for beverages that are healthy and natural is paving the way for several sustained sub-trends that not only show immediate growth potential...

It’s juice, Jim, but not as we know it… Harvest Soul Organic tells a fiber story

If you can’t always eat whole fruits and veggies, then 100% juice is the next best thing, right? Wrong, says Harvest Soul Organic, which is on a mission to disrupt...

IRI insights on Gen Z shopping suggest marketers need a new approach

Unlike cost-conscious generations that came before, Generation Z cares more about convenience than price – a dramatic reversal that will change not only how brands and retailers catch their attention...

Revive Kombucha finds ‘evergreen path’ to growth with Peet’s Coffee partnership, $7.5M financing

Seeking an “evergreen path” to growth while still protecting its mission, Revive Kombucha gave a seat on its board of directors to a top executive at Peet’s Coffee, which also...

Animal-based protein tops consumer choice, but plant-based options are rising fast, Nielsen finds

When it comes to meeting consumers’ growing demand for protein, animal-based products continue to reign supreme in the US and Canada for now – but plant-based options are gaining traction...

I need chocolate, Alexa... sweets, snacks, and the Amazon effect

Candy and snacks sales on Amazon are growing at 42% year-on-year,* according to new report from ecommerce data firm One Click Retail, which says category sales have already hit $215m...

New produce coalition stands against potential anti-dumping revisions in NAFTA

A new coalition of US and Canadian produce companies hopes to protect the North American Free Trade Agreement from potentially “traumatic” revisions based on “protectionism and a very narrow view...

Find products. Earn money… makeena helps shoppers earn cashback on healthy, eco-friendly brands

The entrepreneurs behind an app enabling shoppers to earn cash back after purchasing natural, organic and healthy lifestyle products, say they can give brands participating on the platform “unprecedented insight...

FDA delays some safety requirements for produce under FSMA to make them less complicated, costly

FDA is pushing back the compliance dates for most agricultural water testing standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule to “simplify our approach to make compliance...

MycoTech raises $35m to fuel vegan mushroom protein ambitions, strikes strategic partnership

Boulder-based MycoTechnology has raised $35m in a series B financing round from a flurry of high profile investors* from Kellogg’s Eighteen94 Capital to Bunge Ventures and inked a strategic partnership...

Organic sales projected to rise as more millennials have children and seek clean options for kids

New research published by the Organic Trade Association connecting parenting to increased organic purchases suggests sales of organic could see a significant boost in the coming years as more millennials,...

US plant-based food market up 8.1% in year to August 12, 2017, Nielsen data

US retail sales of plant-based foods and beverages rose 8.1% to $3.1bn in the 52 weeks to August 12, according to Nielsen data compiled for the Plant Based Foods Association...

OTA sues USDA to implement final rule raising animal welfare standards for organic

The Organic Trade Association is suing the US Department of Agriculture for repeatedly and allegedly illegally delaying and threatening to potentially suspend indefinitely the widely popular Organic Livestock and Poultry...

Green, clean and ready for the mainstream? Seaweed could drive a significant new platform in the broth category, predicts Ocean’s Halo

New Frontier Foods has spent four years building a presence in the rapidly-growing seaweed snacks market with its Ocean’s Halo brand, but reckons its latest innovation – organic seaweed-based broths...

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