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Target to provide more ‘locally relevant’ food & beverage brands

A key part of Target’s strategy to ‘reinvent’ its food offering will involve offering more local products, from specialty foods to craft beer, chairman and CEO Brian Cornell told analysts...

Hormel Foods’ balanced business model helps it overcome hit from avian flu

Hormel Foods “balanced business model” allowed it to raise its profit outlook by taking advantage of lower pork prices to offset sales losses in its turkey operation related to the...

Jerky is the ultimate high protein, low fat, low carb, healthy snack, says Oberto

Most Americans eat meat. But only a small percentage eats meat snacks. So does this disconnect simply reflect the fact that beef doesn’t pair too well with a mid-morning mocha-latte,...

New products gallery (breakfast, dinner, dairy): From oat-based savory sides to smoked basmati rice

From savory sides made with steel-cut oats from Grainful; to hip cottage cheese from good culture; sweet potato cereal from Kashi; and smoked basmati rice from Amira; check out FoodNavigator-USA’s...

“Channel agnostic” strategy helps Hain Celestial’s sales grow double-digits

Natural and organic food manufacturer Hain Celestial Group continued its five year streak of earning double-digit quarterly sales growth thanks in part to a “channel agnostic go-to-market strategy,” according to...

FDA warning letter reminds industry whole stevia leaf is not GRAS or an approved food additive

A recent FDA warning letter reminds food and beverage manufacturers that whole stevia leaf is not generally recognized as safe for conventional foods, even though many extracts of the plant...

0.7% of shoppers drive 80% of volumes of new food & beverage products, reveals Catalina study

We’ve all heard of the 80:20 rule, but new research* from digital marketing expert Catalina shows that just 0.7% of shoppers are driving 80% of the volumes of new food...

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Starbucks is “widely outpacing” the competition in the US coffee pods market, says Wells Fargo

Starbucks is “widely outpacing” the competition in the US coffee pods market, delivering “robust unit growth and ongoing pod share gains”, while market leader Keurig Green Mountain’s share continues to...

New beverages gallery: From Soylent 2.0 to Bai Antiwater, FATwater, and tea lattes

From caffeine-free energy drinks and 'coffeehouse style' tea lattes to chia and greens drinks and ready-to-drink Soylent, check out FoodNavigator-USA's gallery of new beverage launches hitting US shelves this summer....

‘Omega-3s: Always a Good Idea’ posts positive results but did not fully return the market to growth

An integrated marketing campaign to change the conversation on omega-3s and reverse declining sales has contributed to a 3% improvement in year-over-year monthly unit sales in the food/drug/mass channel, says GOED....

Flavor Trends

Consumers are demanding more sophisticated blends of hot spice and flavor, Kalsec study finds

As consumer demand for spicy food increases, it also is evolving beyond that for just eye-watering and mouth-burning heat to include a desire for more complex blends of pungent flavors,...

New snacks gallery: From buffalo jerky and salad bites to superfood pouches and bean chips

From grass-fed Buffalo jerky from Patagonia Provisions; and fruit, veggie and chia-packed squeezy pouches from Happy Valley; to bean chips from General Mills; check out FoodNavigator-USA's gallery of new snacks hitting...

Bolthouse Farms expands juice offering under new leadership

Bolthouse Farms is advancing its on-trend mission to make fresh products more available by expanding its fresh juice and salad dressing offerings under a new president and general manager. 

Oldways Whole Grains Council begins crafting standards for sprouted grains

Oldways Whole Grains Council is spearheading an effort to set standards for increasingly popular sprouted grains, which are popping up exponentially in more products as manufacturers try to catch consumers’...

Flowers Foods to acquire Dave's Killer Bread in $275m deal

Georgia-based Flowers Foods has struck a deal to acquire Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread - the largest organic bread company in North America – for $275m.  

Investor blasts Omega Protein's human nutrition diversification plans, calls for breakup, sale of company

Omega Protein Corporation has received a harsh critique of its diversification strategy from a major investor.  Wynnefield Partners filed a Form 13D with the Securities and Exchange Commission calling for...

87% of consumers globally think non-GMO is ‘healthier’. But where’s the evidence?

A large consumer study* from market researcher Health Focus International spanning 16 major consumer markets includes this pretty jaw-dropping statistic: 87% of consumers globally think non-GMO foods are ‘somewhat’, or...

Which new food and beverage products had the highest purchase intent scores in July?

Snacks dominate the July edition of Instantly's shelf score ranking of new products, with Reese's snack mix, Jif peanut butter & chocolate bars, and Clif's Berry Pomegranate Chia energy bars all notching...

Snacks now comprise 50% of all eating occasions

Eating alone, continuous snacking and the slow death of the primary shopper: 10 things you need to know about the changing American consumer

American households - and eating habits - are changing, and food marketers need to catch up, says the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in its 2015 US Grocery Shopper Trends report....

Alternative proteins, delivery tech dominate M&A activity; supplements trail off

The Nutrition Capital Network reports that mergers and acquisitions activity in branded natural and organic food & beverage companies is on a record-setting pace for 2015. In addition, NCN reports...

IRI research gives insight into how to market to Millennials, characterized as world's first 'digital natives'

Millennials are the first generation that has been switched on since birth. So while that means they are more sophisticated digitally, they are also more opinionated, too, something that marketers...

In-store promotions help retailers, brands retain sales when desired products are out-of-stock

Proactive marketing strategies, such as cross-promotions and strategic shelving, by food manufacturers and retailers can reduce the risk of lost sales when consumers are faced with an out-of-stock product on...

WhiteWave expands in competitive U.S. yogurt category with Wallaby acquisition

Undeterred by the ongoing “fistfight” in the U.S. yogurt category, WhiteWave Foods Co. expands its presences in the segment with the $125 million cash acquisition of California organic yogurt maker Wallaby...

Food brands, non profits offered chance to engage with hundreds of bloggers at upcoming event

An event in late September will bring natural and organic food brands and thought leaders together with hundreds of bloggers.  It’s the first such event of its kind, organizers said....

Sprouts shakes up leadership, lowers guidance

Natural retail chain Sprouts Farmers Market shook up its long-established leadership at the same time it announced during its second quarter earnings call Aug. 6 that it is lowering its...

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