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NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From compostable coffee pods to turmeric tea drops

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from plant-based proteins, grain free granola, and grass fed dairy, to turmeric tea drops and compostable coffee...

NOSB defers vote on organic certification for hydroponics amid confusion about ‘basically everything’

Hydroponic and aquaponic farms can keep their organic status – at least for now – following the National Organic Standards Board’s decision April 21 to defer a vote on whether...

Unleash your inner Viking! Saga Dairy takes its grass-fed Icelandic yogurt nationwide with Sprouts

Viking Icelandic Yogurt – which hit the market in 2015 as grass-fed products started to gain traction in the dairy case - is launching nationally with Sprouts starting April 17,...

Sir Kensington’s joins Unilever: ‘This allows us to expand distribution while holding true to our values’

Unilever has struck a deal to acquire New York-based condiment maker Sir Kensington’s, under which co-founders Mark Ramadan and Scott Norton will continue to run the business from their offices...

One in three shoppers will buy groceries online this year, says Unata report

E-grocery is no longer a differentiator—it is now a “critical method of doing business,” according to online grocery consultancy firm Unata.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Will Moringa knock kale out of the top superfood spot?

For years kale has reigned supreme as the go-to superfood for many Americans thanks in part to its relatively low cost, nutrient density, broad accessibility and the plethora of ways...

The FoodNavigator-USA reader survey results: ‘We’re in the 3G era... where cost cutting is valued over growth’

The results of the 2017 FoodNavigator-USA reader survey are in… and not surprisingly, given the breadth of our readership, they’re pretty mixed, with many readers excited about their company’s prospects...

Berkeley soda tax: Volume of SSBs sold decreased by 9.6% in first year, says study

The volume of sugar sweetened beverages sold in Berkeley declined by 9.6% in the year following implementation of a soda tax, showing the tax is ‘working as intended’, according to...

Cornell professor of agricultural economics: US took advantage of 'loophole’ in dairy trade with Canada

Multiple US dairy groups have blasted Canada recently saying that the country is blatantly violating terms of the NAFTA trade agreement and that US dairy processors are suffering due to...

OTA sets high bar for revised organic seed-purity standards

The Organic Trade Association wants to put the breaks on a proposal from the National Organic Standards Board to strengthen the requirements for use of organic seeds because “a few...

Converting native land to organic farms has ‘unintended consequences’ on biodiversity, economies

To increase supply of organic and avoid the financially challenging three-year transition period necessary to convert conventional farm land, some producers are converting native ecosystems to organic farms – a...

NOSB reconsiders the use of some non-organic substances in organic certified products

Curating the National List of non-organic substances that are allowed in products certified as organic is a core responsibility of the National Organic Standards Board, and as such stakeholders will...

Muuna hits 4,000 stores, urges US consumers to rethink cottage cheese

Cottage cheese brand Muuna has rolled out to 4,000 retail locations nine months after its US launch, and is supporting its rapid growth with a multimedia marketing campaign and influencer...

Greco has experience ‘in preparing and bringing companies to acquisition’

AquaBall maker True Drinks taps CPG veteran James Greco as CEO

Former Sbarro CEO James Greco has taken the helm at True Drinks Holdings – the firm behind kids’ flavored water brand AquaBall – while Kevin Sherman (who has been in...

Organic status of hydroponics back on the docket at NOSB semi-annual meeting this week

Organic stakeholders gathering in Denver this week for the National Organic Standards Board meeting will take another stab at defining the role of hydroponic production in organic, which documents suggest...

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has chosen Hong Kong as its first international export destination.

FDA official says agency ‘considering’ requests related to deadline for Nutrition Facts Label changes

FDA is “listening” to requests “on both ends of the spectrum” related to the upcoming deadline for changes to the Nutrition Facts Label currently slated to go into effect next July for large companies...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Could Fair Trade certification help avoid a coconut shortage?

Ever since coconut water burst on to the US market several years ago, Americans have been enthralled with all things coconut, but while manufacturers are reaping the rewards of the...

Healthy snacking and ‘scratch ingredients’ opportunity to win in Mexico, new report suggests

A new report found that preparing a meal together and sharing a meal at home is important to Mexican consumers—so what does this mean for packaged food companies?

Amazon's US grocery sales surged 30% to $350m in Q1: 'Young men are the demographic most likely to buy their groceries online'

As a percentage of the overall grocery retail market, Amazon’s $350m in Q1 grocery sales (annualized – that’s $1.4bn) is pretty small fry. But its mouthwatering 30% year-on year-growth suggests...

A year of chocolate: Mintel’s new product launches database reveals American sweet-tooth trends

Holiday celebrations call for candy, especially chocolate. But while celebratory times see peak chocolate product launches and sales, the category’s performance is quite flat year-round in developed markets.

Egg producers between rock and hard place on cage-free egg production, says United Egg Producers: ‘We are stuck right now, and I really do mean stuck’

While the nation’s biggest retailers, restaurants and food manufacturers have made commitments to use only cage-free eggs by 2025, they are not lining up to buy them right now, which...

GALLERY: Trendspotting at CHFA West, from barley couscous to seaweed pesto

From turmeric paste, barley couscous and konjac rice to cashew nut spreads, coffee leaf tea and adaptogen-laced juice drinks, CHFA West - Western Canada’s largest natural health and organics trade event...

C-store sales hit record high, partial credit goes to healthier food and beverage options

It was a record-breaking year for in-store convenience store sales, which hit $233bn in calendar year 2016, data from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2016 indicated. Among the...

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START-UP NATION: Israeli food innovation in action... from micro algae and grasshoppers to chickpea protein

It's got a population of just 8.2 million, but in the innovation stakes, Israel punches well above its weight, if you take the authors of best-selling tome Start Up Nation...

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