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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.

Tech solutions to show health effects in real time seen as new hope in supplement investment picture

Having the right team to execute on an idea is the key to attracting investment capital, experts say. But finding the right idea, that’s a bit more of a stretch...

OTA pushes for strengthened organic seed sourcing as a next step in creating seed purity standard

USDA should strengthen organic seed sourcing practices as part of a multifaceted approach to prevent unintentional contamination of organic crops with genetically modified organisms, the Organic Trade Association argues in...

Region by Region: What are the top 10 selling ice creams in the world?

Magnum, Cornetto, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s… the ice-cream and frozen dessert market is full of well-known brands, but who takes the top spots in worldwide sales? Using data from Euromonitor...

SkinnyPop owner Amplify acquires Oatmega producer Boundless Nutrition

Amplify Snack Brands – producer of SkinnyPop popcorn and Paqui tortilla chips – has acquired fellow Texas business Boundless Nutrition.

Enjoy Life Foods: The US gluten-free market is still growing in excess of 25% year-on-year

Growth rates in the US gluten-free market are slowing, but the category is still generating significant double-digit growth, says allergy-friendly brand Enjoy Life Foods. 

Beyonce invests in WTRMLN WTR: 'People are looking for alternatives to high sugar juices'

A day after Leonardo DiCaprio invested in ‘clean energy’ brand Runa, Beyonce has added some stardust to cold pressed watermelon juice brand WTRMLN WTR, investing an undisclosed sum to take...

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market: ‘Food retail is in a state of flux'

While some people plan a grocery shopping trip like a military campaign, many others are not thinking much beyond what’s for dinner tonight, says Mike Savage, VP Non Perishables at...

The top picks from the education sessions at the Healthy & Natural Show

The inaugural Healthy & Natural Show kicks off on Thursday, May 5 with a top quality education program. In this special gallery we trawl through the program and give you...

5 food trends revealed by top Google searches

After suffering scorn for years from carb-counters, wheat-haters and consumers embracing a gluten-free diet, pasta is coming back in style with a vengeance, suggests analysis of Google searches. 

High Brew Coffee sees ‘hyper-growth’ of cold-brew drinks helped by $4m investment

High Brew Coffee, a ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee manufacturer, is set to expand its distribution to several major markets including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, and Houston, thanks to a...

Online snack company NatureBox expands to brick-and-mortar with Target launch

Online subscription snack service NatureBox crosses over to the physical realm with the launch of eight products in 900 Target stores nationwide this week with the hope of reaching consumers...

Sophie’s Kitchen sees opportunity in plant-based seafood alternatives

The global market for plant-based meat alternatives is growing fast, but most players in the space are focused on replacing land animals – leaving the potential for seafood alternatives wide...

The Chaat Co.’s savory yogurts expand the dairy category to new eating occasions

Tapping into America’s growing obsession with snacking, sugar reduction and desire for global flavors, New York startup The Chaat Co.’s new line of savory yogurts with spicy mix-ins aims to...

Addition of peanut flour to some Kellogg’s snacks “outrages” consumers, prompts petition

Kellogg’s efforts to appease consumers who asked it not to add peanut flour to several previously allergy-safe snacks has backfired on the manufacturer – further aggravating parents of children who...

Mondelēz needs strategy rethink as Q1 revenues decline, suggest analysts

Mondelēz International must be careful not to saturate the Cadbury and Milka and Oreo brands with excessive SKUs and be wary cost-cutting measures don't harm revenues further, say analysts. ...

Analyst: ‘It may be too early to say Pepsi True is a flop, but it’s definitely not a success’

The 2014 launch of Pepsi True was a low-key affair, so the complete radio silence from the brand ever since could just reflect a desire to keep things that way....

Dannon to transition to non-GMO feed for milk in flagship brands over three years

Dannon says it will begin to use non-GMO ingredients in some of its products within three 3 flagship brands - Dannon, Oikos and Danimals - beginning summer 2016 (when Vermont's...

New York startup helps cooks bridge desire for Asian food & limited access to ingredients, techniques

Consumer demand for healthier foods that don’t sacrifice taste has led to a spike in interest in Asian cuisine, but so far home cooks have not embraced this trend fully...

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What Millennials want: From customization to continuous snacking

Whether it’s choosing a car, or deciding what to wear, Millennials display a “pronounced proclivity for bold and confident individualism,” according to Packaged Facts. But how does this impact their...

Hershey acquires barkTHINS: It ‘essentially created a new form of chocolate snacking’

Ripple Brand Collective - the New York based company behind barkTHINS, a snacking chocolate brand that has ‘taken off like a rocket ship’ since its 2013 launch - has been...

Millennials chose coffee based on emotional, “elevated needs,” survey finds

For most millennials, selecting coffee is an emotional decision that goes beyond meeting basic needs such as freshness and affordability to include the social and environmental impact of how it...

Icons communicate claims faster to on-the-go shoppers than words, Vermont Smoke & Cure exec says

Few shoppers in today’s on-the-go culture have time to read lengthy descriptions or claims on packages, which is one reason why Vermont Smoke & Cure recently switched to recognizable icons...

Nearly three-quarters of families make an effort to buy organic food, OTA survey reveals

Buying organic is a top priority for many American parents, especially when it comes to the food they feed their children, according to new research form the Organic Trade Association. ...

Innovate or die: Navigate the evolving food retail landscape at the Healthy & Natural Show

Whether it’s a new ingredient, novel technology, or different way of looking at established categories, disruptive food & beverage companies are always thinking outside the box. But are retailers adapting...

US specialty food sales topped $120bn in 2015, now account for 14.1% of total food sales

US specialty food sales* topped $120bn in 2015, are growing four times faster than the rest of the food market, and now account for 14.1% of all food sales (retail...

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