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Zuvii gluten-free baking range taps into new 'superfood' trend: unripe green bananas

Unripe green bananas are at the core of a new range of organic gluten-free brownie, pancake, cake and waffle mixes under the Zuvii brand.

Tea sales climb steadily on product development, emergence of tea houses & innovative marketing

Ongoing development of ready-to-drink tea and growing awareness of the health benefits and cultural importance of tea continue to drive sales of the beverage in the US, but future growth...

Demand for CBD still outstrips supply despite production expansion, hemp grower says

The supply of industrial hemp is ramping up quickly, as a company formed by growers in Kentucky reported $2 million in payments to farmers for the 2016 crop. But demand...

From functional foods to CRISPR, IFIC forecasts hot food topics in 2017

Consumers are increasingly interested in functional foods, and enthusiasm for protein won’t trail off anytime this year, predicts the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Global cuisine will rise in 2017 along with complex nutrition claims

Despite a rising nationalism in the US born out of the contentious presidential election cycle, Americans remain open to global cuisine and as such, in 2017, international flavors and cultures...

Based on search term popularity, Instacart predicts 2017 will see more ‘delicious ways to ditch dairy’

Ice cream cravings among shoppers on the online service Instacart are strong—the brand topped Instacart’s trending brands of 2016 list, with a 919% increase of searches year-over-year ending December 2016.

Sustainability concerns will color consumers’ food selections in 2017

A growing awareness of the environmental impact of food production and a desire to shop sustainably will heavily influence how consumers plan, shop for and prepare meals in the coming...

SoBakeable blends subscription- and meal-kit marketing model for sustained engagement

By blurring the line between subscription boxes and home delivery meal kits, industry newcomer SoBakeable  takes the best parts of each category to create a unique business model that promises...

Meal kits creep into foodservice sector: Boston Burger Co. tests the water with its BurgaBox of the Month Club

Boston Burger Co. is an institution for Beantown residents, especially for the city’s many university students and tourists who learned about the joint from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives...

Study connecting meat to asthma 'reckless,' NAMI says

New research suggesting a connection between consuming cured and processed meat and worsening asthma symptoms is "reckless" and "flies in the face of real clinical medical knowledge," according to the North American Meat Institute. ...

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What were the 10 fastest growing categories in grocery in 2016?

New data from Nielsen outlining the fastest-growing categories in grocery in 2016 reveals rapid growth in deli items and meal solutions, pre-prepared fruits and veggies, and ready-to-drink tea and coffee.

Tio Gazpacho gears up for significant expansion in 2017

Drinkable organic soup brand Tio Gazpacho is gearing up for a significant expansion in 2017 as it starts to reap the benefits of partnerships with General Mills and Michelin-Starred Chef...

Ancient Nutrition makes bone broth more convenient as a protein powder

Ancient Nutrition takes the burgeoning bone broth category in a new direction by bringing it into the well established and wildly successful protein powder segment with the creation of a...

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Four emerging trends to watch in snacks in 2017

From sour and heat combinations to charred flavors and California garlic, Sensient Natural Ingredients outlines key flavor/ingredient trends to watch in the snacks category in 2017.

General Mills Q2: ‘Our five largest categories fell short of expectations’

General Mills experienced another lackluster quarter in Q2 2017, with a 9% decline in net sales in US retail, although operating profit in the division was up due to margin expansion initiatives.

American shoppers buy less ‘ethical label’ chocolate than Europeans, says Euromonitor

Chocolate sales peak around holiday season, and while Euromonitor analysts in Western Europe notice an increasing trend in ‘ethical label’ chocolate sales, the same can’t be said for its American...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From chilled Mac & Cheese kits to high protein crackers and Lifewtr

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves. It's a mixed bag here, with everything from chocolate novelties to chilled mac & cheese kits, but protein remains...

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IRI, Turner: Excessive promotional spending has brands locked into 'cycle of commoditization'

Shifting 10% of promotional spending to media advertising would boost firms’ ROI on marketing spend by 10-25%, according to Chicago-based market research firm IRI and global media company Turner.

By 2020, packaged and RTD coffee in the US will hit $18bn in sales

The US market for packaged and ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee sold at retail was up 10% from the year before to an estimated $13.6bn in 2015, says a new Packaged Facts...

What are the toughest challenges facing ‘big food’ in 2017? Nielsen weighs in

What keeps food & beverage industry CEOs awake at night? Declining returns on promotional spending? Lackluster topline growth? An uninspiring innovation pipeline? Anxiety about how to tap into the e-commerce...

Morning Consult survey: Will consumers embrace Amazon Go’s checkout- and line-free grocery stores?

Amazon’s looming retail presence may soon include domination in the brick-and-mortar space if its checkout-free Amazon Go concept kicks off.

Farmer’s Pantry offers a new kind of snack for America’s new approach to eating

As snacking continues to encroach on mealtime in the US, industry newcomer Farmer’s Pantry wants to ensure that the grab-and-go options consumers reach for are well-balanced, sufficiently filling and worthy...

Deflationary blues: What will food prices do in 2017?

Thought food deflation was finally easing? Apparently not, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reveal that while protein deflation eased off very slightly, the...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The cultivation and rise of vegan cheese alternatives

There is no denying that vegan is on the rise with consumers looking for more plant-based options, and manufacturers eager to meet that demand with a wide variety of new...

FoodNavigator-USA’s 15 food & beverage trends to watch in 2017

From customizable granola and meals based on your DNA and blood markers, to seamless new shopping experiences and kitchen robots, and shifting definitions of 'healthy' and 'natural,' we’ve highlighted 15...

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