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Boomer retirees present continued huge opportunity, report says

Baby Boomers, who have driven the growth of the natural products and dietary supplements space in recent decades aren’t done yet. A recent report from the Natural Marketing Institute says...

IRI: Portable nutrition, other ‘targeted’ innovation driving F&B brands, product launches

Top brands and new product launches are reaching increasingly segmented consumer groups through targeted, measured innovation, according to market research firm IRI Inc., which released its “New Product Pacesetters” and...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut’s use as an ingredient

Pistachios – most associated with snacking in the consumer’s mind – could be finding their way into many a food product as an ingredient over the next few years, says...

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

Diet soda sales remain in a funk according to the latest Nielsen data, with dollar sales in the four weeks to March 15 plunging 7.3%. Regular soda fared somewhat better...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses & legumes

Roasted and salted? Peanuts can be so much more, NPB says

Sometimes it’s hard to think inventively about the ingredient that comprises half the ubiquitous peanut butter and jelly sandwich or is passed to us in small pouches on most airplane...

SNACKING ON IDEAS WITH SALLY LYONS WYATT: PART II

IRI on snacks 2014: ‘Consider this your transition year’

Snack firms should brace for a transition year shaped by new competition but brimming with opportunities in digital brand building and expansion, says a leading sector analyst.

Special edition: Nuts, pulses & legumes

InHarvest: Legumes, pulses steal spotlight from animal protein

At the 2014 Research Chefs Association Conference & Culinology Expo, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chef Michael Holleman, director of culinary development at artisan grain and legume supplier InHarvest, for a...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Almonds are on fire, says Blue Diamond CEO as meteoric growth rates continue

Sales of Blue Diamond Grower’s retail products -  from Almond Breeze to Almond Nut Thins - have surged dramatically over the past five years and now account for nearly $500m...

What are the top five trends shaping the US grocery retailing landscape?

American eating - and shopping - habits are changing. But are retailers adapting to accommodate this new reality?

Animal feed industry gets a new website

A new website has been launched to supply breaking news for the global animal feed industry – a sector that was valued at $500 billion last year.

US retailers pressed to remove candy from checkout zones

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has hit out at US retailers for stocking confectionery at checkout counters.

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US organic retail sales worth $35bn in 2013, says USDA

US retail sales of organic products were worth $35bn in 2013, according to new data from USDA, which says it helped an additional 763 producers become certified organic in 2013,...

GMO Answers: Biotech's big guns seek to claw back initiative in GM debate

While die-hard opponents of GM crops probably won’t undergo a damascene conversion after checking out the latest updates on ag-biotech-funded website GMO Answers , they are not the target audience, say...

Base strategy on ‘candy champions’ for big sales gains: NCA and DunnhumbyUSA

Confectioners should focus on the hard-core candy consumers that make up the bulk of sales, according to the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA) and DunnhumbyUSA.

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60% of nut-related snack food launches in US in 2013 were on a health platform

If you asked most people where nuts belonged on a food pyramid 20 years ago, they would probably say in the candy (eat occasionally) section. Today nuts are widely regarded...

Interview with High Brew founder David Smith

High Brew boss: ‘We’re the antithesis of RTD coffee drinks’

The manufacturer of a ready-to-drink coffee beverage line looks to snag some market share from category-leading Starbucks with a cold brewed line that’s more about the flavor of coffee than...

Ambulance chasing, product innovation & fresh shucked oysters: RCA Conference snapshots

FoodNavigator-USA correspondent Maggie Hennessy headed to the great food city of Portland, OR, last week for the Research Chefs Association's 2014 Conference & Culinology Expo. Here's a snapshot of who...

Spherical snacks, upscale nuggets, and healthfulness: Snacking category broadens as consumers consume more

A consumer’s definition of ‘snack’ is broadening to encompass beverages and foodservice items, and snacking at least twice a day is up, according to new research from foodservice research and...

Expo West highlights: ‘Unless you've literally pulled it out of the ground yourself and stuck it in a box, don't call it all-natural’

If it’s in the natural channel today, it could be in food, drug and mass merchandise stores tomorrow, so food and beverage trend-spotters were out in force at the Natural...

Global ID: 'I wouldn't say the writing is on the wall for GM crops, but big brands are listening to the signals in the marketplace'

If big food brands start to lose the GMO argument at the checkout and in the court of public opinion, they will feel compelled to respond, whether they are in...

Non-GMO factor gives Omega-9 canola a boost in battle of next generation healthy oils

Production of omega-9 canola oils from Dow AgroSciences' patented Nexera seeds has surged 250% since 2011 as food manufacturers  continue to seek healthier alternatives to oils high in trans- and...

Snacking on ideas with Sally Lyons Wyatt: Part I

IRI executive: Snacks faced a competitive shark tank last year

Snack makers survived a difficult 2013 with increased competition forming a much larger battleground that included quick-serve, online and even airlines, says a leading sector analyst.

Bakers blast 'flawed' FDA trans-fat crackdown: 'It's unlawful, unnecessary and will have unintended consequences'

Revoking the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to crack down on artificial trans fats is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, says the...

Herbalife confirms FTC investigation

Network marketing giant Herbalife has confirmed that is the subject of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.  Trading in shares of the company were briefly halted on the New...

Insights from Expo West 2014

From ancient wisdom to the new transparency: Trend spotting at Expo West

The natural products market continues to grow and achieve scale, reaching $150 billion last year and projected to hit $226 billion by 2018—with 68% of that coming from food and...

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