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Pulse Innovation Forum highlights: Introducing lupini beans, and do we need a ‘Got Milk?’ style campaign for pulses?

From terminology (do US consumers get the word ‘pulses’?), to positioning (what are the key selling points?), and how to deal with flatulence questions, the recent FoodNavigator-USA Pulse Innovation Forum...

NOSB votes to keep ‘GMO 2.0’ techniques out of organic

To protect organic crops and products form the “incursion” of rapidly developing genetic engineering, the National Organic Standards Board voted last week to recommend USDA expand and strengthen the definitions...

Kombucha and fermented beverages category grew 32% in year to October 2, says SPINS

Brew Dr Kombucha poised for growth as fermented trend gains momentum

According to SPINS data*, retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages** surged 32% to $375.4m (natural, specialty, conventional multi-outlet) in the year to October 2, but with household penetration still very low,...

Consumers feel more connected to retailers that reflect their communities, C Space survey finds

Offering a small selection of locally produced food and beverages is no longer enough to set retailers apart -- now the entire store needs to reflect the community it serves...

Americans' desire for international food remains strong despite rising nationalism

A renewed nationalism by a vocal portion of the US population, fueled by Trump’s presidential campaign and victory, likely will not dampen consumers’ desire for international flavors and dishes, according...

NOSB’s vote to delist carrageenan viewed as ‘dangerous precedent,’ restrictive

The National Organic Review Board’s decision Thursday to remove carrageenan from the list of allowable non-organic ingredients in organic products will limit consumers’ organic options, result in inferior products and...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Expanding cranberries’ appeal beyond the holidays & to a new generation

For most Americans cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but it isn’t the dish everyone clamors for -- which the fruit’s industry stakeholders hope to change with aggressive marketing campaigns,...

NAMI: ‘Failure to act on TPP will be potentially devastating’

What will Trump mean for beverages, meat, bakery? Wells Fargo, ABA and NAMI weigh in

A Trump administration could herald more business-friendly tax policies, but it could also stymie food labeling, health and nutrition-related initiatives set in motion under the Obama administration, and create uncertainty...

Future of Nutrition Facts, menu labeling & food safety are unclear under Trump, CSPI says

While President-elect Trump’s position on food policy is relatively unclear still, changes to the exhaustively researched and intensely debated Nutrition Facts label, menu labeling rule and food safety regulations could...

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

Advocates for and against allowing organic products to continue using the non-organic thickener carrageenan argued their cases in front of the National Organic Standards Board Wednesday ahead of the advisory...

FOOD VISION USA 2016, the highlights: ’Selfies from the inside,’ oats for dinner and feeding the digital natives

If you didn't make it to Chicago last week for Food Vision USA 2016, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from personalized nutrition, savory oats...

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board...

FOOD VISION USA: Dude, where's my consumer?

Many ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are losing market share because they have “lost touch with where the consumer is going,” delegates at Food Vision USA were told.

Trump: Good, bad or ugly news for the food industry? (Our survey results are in)

From ‘disastrous’ to ‘better trade deals.’ The prospect of a Trump presidency has provoked alarm and delight in equal measure. But substantial numbers of respondents to a FoodNavigator-USA survey also...

Bitter political climate could curb consumers' sense of food adventure in 2017

The acrimonious political climate has many consumers looking for comfort rather than adventure in their food and beverage choices, and as such in 2017 they likely will reach for products...

News in brief

Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Amazon’s expanding Dash Button program boosts sales for food & beverage staples

A year and a half after Amazon launched its ill-timed Dash Button to critics’ misguided ridicule and mirth, the replenishment service has proven its potential impact on the bottom line...

NACS 2016

Hershey: C-store has ‘large’ growth potential for seasonal confections

Seasonal confectionery c-store distribution is underdeveloped compared to other channels, despite the fact that the household purchase of seasonal confectionery is increasing, 

Levels adds new twist to whey protein category with grass-fed, fruit-infused options

Whey protein is a large, growing category, says Levels founder Blake Niemann. “But there’s actually been surprisingly little innovation."

Tips for courting private equity investors and ensuring the best match for long term success

The era when investors in the food and beverage industry had all the leverage and could strategically pick the “perfect cut” by meticulously searching for “matching” opportunities in the perfect...

Engaging via blogs helps meet consumers where they are, experts say

Interacting with consumers via bloggers is becoming an ever more important part of marketing plans in the dietary supplement and functional foods industries. And that includes both finished goods brands...

What legalized recreational marijuana can mean for food and beverage

Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada passed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, while in Maine it’s still too close to call.

Strategies for private label products to reclaim slipping sales and market share

Years after the dot com and housing market crashes pushed consumers in droves to switch from national to store brands to save money, private label sales are starting to sag...

US election fallout

How candy lobbying dollars were spent in election year

Discover which political candidates major confectionery firms such as Mars and Hershey backed with donations in 2016.

Social Nature harnesses social media to drive consumer engagement

How do you generate buzz around your new product without breaking the bank?

Demos are expensive and time consuming, shows and events can be hit and miss, and redemption rates for coupons handed out at events can be frustratingly low. So how can...

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