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Vegan is going mainstream, trend data suggests

The appeal and potential for vegan products is expanding beyond the small group of people who avoid animal products for ethical reasons to include the much larger base of consumers...

Partnering with socially-conscious organizations can raise brand awareness

Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen’s partnership with the No Kid Hungry campaign  is helping to end childhood hunger in the U.S., while also expanding the organic children’s food brands’ consumer base and relationship...

Bread is back! Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

While retail sales of packaged bread have been pretty sluggish in recent years, one company that’s bucking the trend is Oregon-based Dave’s Killer Bread.

Beyond Meat: ‘We want to provide a solution for dinner every night of the week…’

Beyond Meat - the California-based firm that claims to have unlocked the secret to making ‘near-perfect’ replicas of meat from plants – says its latest innovation, the ‘Beast Burger’, has...

Lights, camera, action! a2 Milk outlines its US game plan at Expo West

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy (which can be severe) or intolerance to lactose (milk sugars). But what if both of these have been...

IN PICTURES: From WTRMLN WTR to Temple Turmeric, beverage trendwatching at Expo West

From watermelon juice with a dash of lemon; to artichoke water with ginger; maple water; coconut smoothies; caffeine water; protein-packed dairy and non-dairy beverages; and a new wave of turmeric-laced...

Post Holdings’ layoffs are part of larger food industry trend

Post Holdings becomes the latest in a long line of food companies to lay off workers and shutter manufacturing facilities. 

Pesticide residues ‘clearly exceed’ legal limits in 1.5% of European foods

Pesticide residues in raw and processed foods clearly exceeded legal limits in 1.5% of European foods in 2013, according to a new assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Plant waters take center stage at Expo West, but can they emulate coconut water's meteoric success?

FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson talked to three players in the emerging 'plant waters' category at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West trade show to find out whether they have what...

Bolstr helps firms raise funds fast

Need money fast to buy new equipment, secure supply for quick expansion or open a new location, but don’t want to give up equity? Funding website Bolstr may be the...

Bolthouse Farms’ new line up makes fruits & veggies easier to consume

Known for its baby carrots and premium juices, Bolthouse Farms is making healthy snacks more fun for children and easier for parents with creative packaging and flavor combinations. 

IN PICTURES: From bugs and beets to meat, a snacking odyssey at Expo West

While cricket flour is still something of a novelty, it’s creeping (and crawling) into more snacks as awareness – and the infrastructure to support its commercial-scale production – ramps up....

Meet Fruigees, KRAVE, Barnana, Health Warrior, H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Markets

Have you signed up for the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Trends Forum?

What’s a suitable portion-size? And will healthy vending become the norm?  To find out, FoodNavigator-USA has gathered together a panel of entrepreneurs to discuss the hottest new trends in the...

Ferrero plans first factory in ‘strategic’ Chinese market

Ferrero plans to manufacture in China to heap further pressure on chocolate market leader Mars.

Mark Rampolla: ‘The best time to raise money is when you don’t need it’

ZICO coconut water founder: ‘The first nine years were absolutely brutal…’

What are investors really looking for when they assess a food and beverage business? When it comes to gross margins, is there a magic number? And can you really be...

Latin America

Aloe companies expanding production in Mexico to meet rising demand

Worldwide demand for aloe means acreage for this important botanical continues to expand in Mexico, one of the main sources of the ingredient. And that demand has been driven largely...

Disrupt or die: Big Food is at a crossroads, says Hartman Strategy

While ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are laser focused on price, promotion and placement, no amount of financial clout or merchandising wizardry can mask the fact that smaller, sexier, more...

Savory flavors gain traction in nutrition bars

Savory flavors are gaining momentum in the traditionally sugar-saturated nutrition bar category with the entrance of two more companies. 

SERIAL PROTEIN FORTIFICATION RISKS COMMODIFYING CATEGORY, ANALYST WARNS

What happens after protein? Canadean suggests we may need a new 'super ingredient'

Protein fortification is here to stay, says Canadean - but analyst Kirsty Nolan warns that brands should resist the impulse to simply add it to everything and commoditize the ingredient.

'I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question that we could be a public company'

Zevia CEO: ‘One of the things that has been a key contributor to our success is our independence’

Multinationals are snapping up smaller, more entrepreneurial brands in the natural or organic food and beverage space faster than you can say ‘because that’s where the growth is’. So will Zevia...

DGAC 2015 report “demonizes” sugar, meat and potatoes, former committee members say

Sugar, meat and potatoes – common staples in the American diet – are “demonized” by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, according to several former committee members. 

8 factors that could predict “the next big thing” in the food & beverage industry

Pressure to launch new products that meet consumers’ rapidly shifting interest in natural and organic foods and beverages from conventional products is reducing the time manufacturers have to distinguish between...

'Simple Truth has been our most successful brand launch ever'

Simple Truth generated sales of $1.2bn in 2014, says Kroger: ‘Natural foods are becoming more and more mainstream for many people’

Kroger’s natural and organics brand Simple Truth notched up sales of $1.2bn in 2014, and continues to generate double digit growth, said CEO and chairman Rodney McMullen at the company’s...

Reinventing US breakfast: Nutritional & cereal bars an ‘efficient platform’ for food engineers

US breakfast habits are changing, with Americans moving from breakfast cereals towards nutritional and cereal bars offering food engineers an ‘efficient platform’, says Packaged Facts.

Sales growth from lower-calorie products inspires companies to promote healthier options

Research showing that 99% of sales growth from packaged food from 2008 to 2012 came from lower calorie foods is inspiring major manufacturers to more aggressively promote and launch healthier...