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Nielsen: Salad kits are driving the growth in packaged salads, with sales up 31% YoY

US retail sales of packaged salads rose 8% to $3.7bn in the year to April 2, 2016, with a weak performance from the biggest segment, salad blends (-1%) offset by...

Campbell’s discontinues soup in a K-cup amid disappointing sales

From a remedy to busy schedules to a guilt-free (but satiating) afternoon snack, many trends pointed to the potential success of Keurig-machine brewed soup. But consumers weren’t buying it (literally),...

Trendspotting at the Healthy & Natural Show: From cold-pressed babyfood to banana water

Missed the inaugural Healthy & Natural Show at Chicago's Navy Pier? Check out our trendwatching gallery from the show, which provided a platform for a range of innovative brands, from...

Enjoy Life Foods: Dedicated allergy-friendly sets in the natural aisle are the best way to merchandise free-from foods

With one in 13 children diagnosed with a food allergy in the US*, ‘allergy-friendly’ foods are now infiltrating every category in grocery. But right now, it still makes sense for...

LA Superior Court approves preliminary “natural claim” settlement in flax beverage case

As many courts are putting “natural claim” class action lawsuits on ice as the FDA probes what the term “natural” means, some companies are settling to avoid the expense and...

Hemp food and personal care US retail sales estimated at $283 million

According toThe Hemp Industries Association (HIA), total retail sales of hemp food, supplements, and body care products in the US in 2015 approached $283 million. With auto parts, building materials...

Paleo: A fad, a trend, or the start of a new food movement?

Is Paleo a trend or a fad? And are 'plant-based foods' just a sexier term for meat & dairy alternatives, or the start of a new food movement? FoodNavigator-USA caught up...

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the...

Retail evolution: how US salty snacks market can tap the opportunities

Convenience stores and drug stores have a big opportunity to further grow their share of the salty snacks market as US shopping habits change, according to analysts.

MELT Organic finds white space in the sluggish spreads category

Partially hydrogenated oils are being phased out by many margarine and spreads brands, but many shoppers still see them as ‘highly processed’ and less 'natural' than butter, and sales are...

Improve organic product assortment, integration in stores to reach beyond core natural shoppers

Natural and organic are gaining momentum and driving sales across retail channels, but to capitalize fully on their potential stores and manufactures must work together to improve product assortment and...

$5 million investment will help meal kit service Purple Carrot better extol virtues of plant-based diet

An infusion of $5 million will help vegan meal kit delivery service Purple Carrot refine its branding and expand consumer awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet, according to...

Summer promises new frozen desserts with function, bold flavors and admirable missions

Summer is around the corner, which means retailers are stocking up on the latest innovations in frozen desserts to help shoppers stay cool. Here is a selection of new flavors...

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas that are engaging Millennials and driving sales

Sales of tea in the US continue to climb steadily, thanks in part to a big push from interest in specialty tea – especially by millennials, according to the Tea...

Fungi-based protein can give soy and pea a run for their money, says Quorn

Marketers of meat-alternatives like to talk a lot about sustainable protein, and how we’re going to feed the world in 2050. But are these things really primary purchase drivers today?...

Whole Foods COO: 'We've been a very inefficient customer to deal with for a lot of suppliers'

Centralizing the purchasing of non-perishables will ultimately make Whole Foods a lot easier to deal with, said chief operating officer AC Gallo during the retailer’s second quarter earnings call last...

Target trials coolers in the baby aisle as HPP babyfood gains traction

Target is trialing endcap coolers in the baby food aisle in 65 stores in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Dallas in partnership with new brand Once Upon a Farm to test...

News in brief

FDA submits final rules on Nutrition Facts panel and serving sizes to OMB

The FDA has submitted final rules for updating the Nutrition Facts panel and serving sizes to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget...

Waiting for Superfoods: Mintel data reveals a 202% increase in global 'super' product launches

The numbers suggest that more consumers are demanding food with nutrient-dense ingredients. Under the spotlight are currently chia, turmeric, moringa, and ancient grains.

Talking Rain CEO outlines strategy for US brand Sparkling Ice in UK and Ireland

Sparkling Ice launches in UK and Ireland: ‘We have bold ambitions for the brand in these markets’

Sparkling Ice - the flavored sparkling water brand which has seen success in its native US market with more than $659m in retail sales last year - is launching this...

The rise of Gen Z brings new marketing challenges compared to millennials, CivicScience data suggests

Millennials may be the generation with the most spending power for now, but Gen Z is catching up fast and how they engage with brands and respond to marketing is...

Canadian marketing guru's research drills down to the very words that motivate consumers

Words are powerful, and finding out what words consumers use to describe natural and organic products is one of the insights provided by Canadian marketing guru Ryan Benn on Thursday.

Online product discovery platform RangeMe raises $4m to support US expansion

RangeMe, an online marketplace that connects retailers with products and suppliers and streamlines the product discovery process, has raised $4m in a funding round led by Simon Equity Partners, Freestyle Capital and...

Hands-on, point-by-point approach helps marketing maven identify trends

Marketing maven Blake Mitchell uses a hands-on—or perhaps better put, ‘palate-on’—approach to finding out what will be the next hot food trends.