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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.

AUGUST 2015 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know what company Coca-Cola just took a minority stake in, or what revenues EPIC Provisions is forecasting to make in 2015?  And which beverage brand just got into...

Fresh-baked cookie pioneer Otis Spunkmeyer will launch retail line in early 2016

Well-known fresh cookie-maker Otis Spunkmeyer is expanding its empire beyond food service and into the retail segment for the first time with the launch of a line of sweet baked...

J.M. Smucker Co.’s coffee sales turn around on strength of 5-prong plan

J.M. Smucker Co.’s aggressive efforts to wake up its sleepy coffee segment are working, resulting in a 12% increase in the segment’s sales and a 13% increase in its profits...

Lux Research: Cost, speed & sustainability benefits of synthetic biology will make it a ‘permanent and growing aspect' of flavors market

Synthetic biology will become a “permanent and growing aspect of the flavors & fragrances landscape” predicts a new report from Lux Research, which says the approach is more sustainable than traditional...

Flavor Trends

Small, rotating flavor portfolios engage but don't overwhelm consumers, expert says

Increasingly adventurous consumers may say that they want a wide selection of flavors from which to select, but if manufacturers provide too many options they may actually deter shoppers, warns...

Flavor Trends

Fine-tuning flavors could help Moose Munch & The Popcorn Factory boost sales

Gourmet food and gift company Harry & David has an ambitious goal to make its iconic and decadent Moose Munch popcorn line a $100 million brand within the next two...

Heartland Food buys iconic low-calorie sweetener Splenda from J&J subsidiary

Heartland Food Products Group, one of the largest private label sweetener manufacturers, scores one of the most well-known brands in the category with the acquisition of Splenda from McNeil Nutritionals,...

What will we be eating and drinking in 2016? From banana water to vodka that tastes like birthday cake

Elaine Watson caught up with Anton Angelich, group VP marketing at New York-based flavor house Virginia Dare, to get the lowdown on new flavor trends and product concepts, from rooibos-based tea...

Flavor Trends

Bitter emerges as a new flavor trend that could aid sodium reduction efforts

Increasing consumer interest in bitter flavors could help manufacturers regain momentum on sodium reduction initiatives, many of which are stalled due to the common perception that less salt equals less...

Cereal’s ‘Great Depression’ erodes the center aisles, Euromonitor analyst says

Changing the consumer mindset is essential to bringing shoppers back into the center aisles, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Pizza makers should re-think marketing, formulation to appeal to health-conscious women, study finds

The cliché of pizza lovers as beer-pong playing frat boys or men sharing a slice while watching sports is all wrong – and as a result, so are many manufacturers’...

Berkeley soda sin tax isn’t serving its purpose, say economists

The first-ever US soda tax may not be going as well as expected, according to a recent study by economists.

Flavor Trends

General Mills will remove artificial colors, flavors from fruit snacks

General Mills seeks to lead the charge to remove artificial colors and flavors from artificial sources from the fruit flavored snack category, just as it is doing in the cereal...

Garlic, onion, parsley, chili... and yogurt? Sweet & heat is a hot new trend, says Sensient

Americans are tucking into hotter and spicier fare by the day, but how is the trend evolving? And will savory yogurt take off? Elaine Watson caught up with Michael Swenson,...

Smart Groceries marries elements of online shopping & meal kit delivery services, creator says

A new hybrid grocery delivery and meal solution service from food-tech start-up Handpick, Inc., claims to offer a more affordable and sustainable way for consumers to shop and cook than...

Flavor Trends

Americans are united in their love for ice cream, but divided over their favorite flavors

The dog days of summer are here and to help cool off consumers are reaching for ice cream, which a recent Yahoo Food survey found is 41% of American’s favorite...

Agua Fruit Essence seeks an in-demand, not-so-sweet spot between plain water and sugary beverages

With the launch of Fruit Essence and the rebranding of Agua Enerviva as Energy Water, the beverage company Agua is going after consumers who increasingly are rejecting sugar-sweetened sodas and...

60-second interview: Greg Kaminski executive research chef, Synergy Flavors

What are the hottest flavor trends for 2015/16? From Shishito peppers to Marcona almonds

What's hot and what's not in the world of flavors? Elaine Watson caught up with Greg Kaminski, executive research chef at Synergy Flavors, to get the lowdown on Marcona almonds,...

Flavor Trends

Protein players should think outside of the box for flavors, Wixon suggests

Players in the protein category – especially those focused on the center of the plate – are behind the curve when it comes to flavor and need to rethink their...

News in brief

Target to provide more ‘locally relevant’ food & beverage brands

A key part of Target’s strategy to ‘reinvent’ its food offering will involve offering more local products, from specialty foods to craft beer, chairman and CEO Brian Cornell told analysts...

Hormel Foods’ balanced business model helps it overcome hit from avian flu

Hormel Foods “balanced business model” allowed it to raise its profit outlook by taking advantage of lower pork prices to offset sales losses in its turkey operation related to the...

Jerky is the ultimate high protein, low fat, low carb, healthy snack, says Oberto

Most Americans eat meat. But only a small percentage eats meat snacks. So does this disconnect simply reflect the fact that beef doesn’t pair too well with a mid-morning mocha-latte,...

New products gallery (breakfast, dinner, dairy): From oat-based savory sides to smoked basmati rice

From savory sides made with steel-cut oats from Grainful; to hip cottage cheese from good culture; sweet potato cereal from Kashi; and smoked basmati rice from Amira; check out FoodNavigator-USA’s...

“Channel agnostic” strategy helps Hain Celestial’s sales grow double-digits

Natural and organic food manufacturer Hain Celestial Group continued its five year streak of earning double-digit quarterly sales growth thanks in part to a “channel agnostic go-to-market strategy,” according to...

FDA warning letter reminds industry whole stevia leaf is not GRAS or an approved food additive

A recent FDA warning letter reminds food and beverage manufacturers that whole stevia leaf is not generally recognized as safe for conventional foods, even though many extracts of the plant...

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