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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.

Dairy Innovation Forum highlights: Hip cottage cheese, gut-friendly milk, tarte asian yogurt and why fat is back

From the challenges of sourcing organic milk, to the threat 'alternatives' milks pose to the dairy sector and the 'scary' promotional dynamics of the yogurt category, the FoodNavigator-USA Dairy Innovation...

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The new 365 store format is going to have 'very, very competitive prices’, says Whole Foods

The new 365 by Whole Foods Market smaller format stores will have "very, very competitive prices" and “open up a whole new set of customers who, so far, have for various reasons,...

Local food movement spawns new advocacy group

Wresting local control of the food supply is an idea that continues to spawn advocacy groups.  The latest, called Local Food Shift, has cropped up in Colorado with the goal...

JULY 2015 NEWS QUIZ: From GMO labeling to added sugars, are you up to speed?

Do you know what the FDA thinks the daily value (DV) for added sugar should be… and which major food manufacturer thinks the FDA is on the right track? And...

Meet the people behind a2 milk, Yasso, Smári Organics, Tarte Foods, and good culture

The FoodNavigator-USA Dairy Innovation Forum is now available on demand!

Missed our Dairy Innovation Forum? No problem, it's now available on demand to registered delegates for the next three months.

We haven't hit peak Greek yet, says Dannon as Evolution Fresh yogurts hit grocery stores nationwide

While some commentators believe we have reached ‘peak Greek’ in the yogurt aisle, Dannon remains bullish about the growth potential of Greek yogurt as new Evolution Fresh fruit-on-the-bottom Greek nonfat...

Supermarkets have an unbelievable opportunity to build on the semi-homemade category, says guru

The growing semi-homemade category offers an ‘unbelievable opportunity’ for retailers, as Millennials want to feel like they’re making dishes themselves.

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Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.

'There’s going to be little tweaks in the direction of better-for-you because it isn’t just a niche group like granola people, it’s everybody'

Trendy snacks: Will seaweed, hummus and cassava spell the death of the potato chip?

The alternative chip craze has exploded with a flurry of root veg and plant products on shelf, but can they compete with or even kill off the infamous potato chip?

US consumers are pretty clueless about gluten, reveals new survey from NSF

While celiacs – by necessity – are pretty clued up about gluten, most Americans are less well-informed, with a sizable number erroneously believing rice and potatoes contain gluten, according to a...

The woman behind Element Snacks shares how to make it as an entrepreneur in “a man’s world”

Fundraising is a major challenge for entrepreneurs regardless of their gender, but women face unique hurdles that they must proactively address early or else risk not raising sufficient money to...

What to do about Diet: How Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper are tackling diet drink declines

Diet drinks have been in decline for some time now: so what are the big brands doing to improve the category's fortunes?

Consumers found algae oil to have a 'cleaner taste than other cooking oils’

Solazyme makes algae oil to order: ‘We take a normal crop cycle and compress that into three days’

There are lots of pretty cool things about algae oil, from its clean flavor and stability to its striking nutritional profile (unprecedented levels of healthy monounsaturated fat, low saturates and...

Herbalife files action against Twitter seeking ID of user who sent allegedly defamatory tweets

A court action filed by network marketing giant Herbalife against the online messaging firm Twitter points out the risks posed to brands by social media, said an expert on the...

Coffee pods’ days as a category leader could be numbered, Euromonitor analysts say

The dramatic rise of coffee pod sales in the U.S. has been a rare bright spot for the retail category in the past few years, but the platform’s days at...

Lights, camera, action! Edible insects in focus at IFT 2015

No self-respecting food conference would be complete these days without a session on edible insects. But are they a gimmick or a serious source of alternative protein? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine...

UNPA report shows organic and natural products sales surging in Arizona despite state's sizable couch potato segment

Arizona is emerging as a hotbed for sales of organic and natural foods and beverages, dietary supplements and other natural products, according to a new analysis by the United Natural...

Arla Foods Ingredients’ Nutrilac helps turn acid whey from waste to value-added ingredient

Arla Foods Ingredients’ Nutrilac whey protein can help dairy manufacturers turn acid whey, a by-product of Greek yogurt and cream cheese production, from a hard-to-handle waste to a raw ingredient...

Replacing sugary drinks with artificially sweetened ones unlikely to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, study says

Nearly two million people in the U.S. will develop type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years if the current consumption of sugar sweetened beverages remains constant, predict a team...

A&P decline a cautionary tale, says CPG expert: 'It was the largest account nobody cared about'

The steady decline of grocery retailer A&P “speaks to the lack of permanence of a corporate entity - no matter how large it gets - when it fails to innovate,...

Summer Fancy Food Show

How to determine the best channel for a product launch

Where a product launches heavily influences its success, making understanding each channel’s unique rules and protocols essential to determine the best outlet for a new product, Ian Kelleher, director of...

NightFood spearheads creation of a healthy late-night snack subcategory

The makers of NightFood nutrition bars want to create a new subcategory of food that will help late-night snackers choose healthier options that could help them sleep better. 

Summer Fancy Food Show

NonGMO verification opens retailers’ doors for I Heart Keenwah’s puffs and cluster snacks

Earning the NonGMO Project verification for every product in the I Heart Keenwah line was a “frustrating” and “taxing” year-long process, but it was worth it, said the company’s president...

What lessons can be learned from France's price war?

Indiscriminate and widespread price wars do not make sense – but manufacturers must be proactive if they are to survive them, says an IRI report.

Animal welfare will be ‘decisive criterion’ for lab-grown meat

Most people accept that animals have been slaughtered for meat because they have no choice – but lab-grown meat could change that, says Professor Mark Post.

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