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The Soulfull Project seeks to ease food insecurity and equalize access to nutrients

Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but hot cereal can fill it, and those who are food insecure, at least if it comes from The Soulfull Project –...

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IRI and Experian collaborate to expand database, personalize advertising

Market research company IRI has partnered with financial data firm Experian to add more dimension to IRI ProScores, a database of household purchase data that predicts the likelihood of consumers...

Natural Products Expo West

Nature’s Bakery overhauls branding, launches new SKUs to become the ‘Little Debbie of the natural snack industry’

With a goal to become “the Little Debbie of the natural snacks industry,” Nature’s Bakery is expanding its portfolio beyond its flagship Fig Bar line, and overhauling its branding to...

EXPO WEST 2017: The state of the natural products industry

If the proliferation of booths at Expo West is anything to go by, the natural, organic and specialty products industry is in rude health, while investors are now competing with...

LonoLife embarks on mission to 'bring bone broth to the masses'

LonoLife – the first brand to put bone broth in a recyclable K-Cup, and a fast-growing player in the burgeoning bone broth stick-pack market – has rolled out to 2,500...

Natural Products Expo West

KIND Snacks wants to ‘change the script’ in the fruit snacks segment with new Fruit Bites

KIND Snacks expands into the children’s food segment for the first time with a riff on fruit snacks that directly tackles many parents’ complaints about the category. 

Taste test Friday: Consumers embrace New Pop’s nostalgia but are unsure of high sugar content

New Pop seeks to set itself apart in the highly popular but also crowded ready-to-eat popcorn category by offering a “skinless” option that is sweet and free from the snack’s...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Certified Transitional helps conventional farms make the switch to organic

Despite organic’s strong appeal with double-digit year-over-year growth since the early 1990s, and the promise of a significant premium price over that of its conventional counterparts, many American farmers are...

Bolthouse Farms showcases pea-based plant protein milk at Expo West ahead of summer launch

Pea based ‘milks’ represent a significant incremental growth opportunity in the plant-based beverage market as consumers look for allergy-friendly options with more protein, says the chief marketing and innovation officer...

Aloha rebrands, expands portfolio to support shift from online-only to brick-and-mortar stores

To better support its transition from online-only sales to distribution at brick and mortar stores, wellness brand Aloha is unveiling at Expo West a massive rebranding along with new, reformulated...

Snacklins plant-based pork rinds marry popular vegan and meat snack trends

Snacklins started out as “a joke gone too far,” according to a co-founder, but the growth of the plant-based take on pork rinds is nothing to laugh at – thanks...

Wild Kombucha targets mainstream shoppers with familiar bottle, lighter taste profile

Baltimore-based Mobtown Fermentation wants to make kombucha – known for its sharp flavor profile and inconsistent texture – “more approachable to the general consumer,” starting with a more familiar shaped...

Union Kitchen spotlights global flavors, functional beverages & upscale classics

Food and beverage entrepreneurs make global flavors approachable for hesitant Americans, offer functional beverages and put modern, unique twists on classic favorites at the Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen’s Meet...

In the grocery sector, bricks meet clicks as retailers experiment with omnichannel

Even as commerce continues to digitize, consumer patronage keeps brick-and-mortar grocery stores alive. ‘Grocery is a key stronghold for brick-and-mortar because of the sensory habitual nature of food buying,’ one...

Food retail in flux: From deflationary blues to the e-commerce challenge

What keeps US food & beverage retailers awake at night? Amazon? Deflation? Competition from new channels? The prospect of a border adjustment tax? We quizzed retail experts to get their...

Lidl US to open first stores this summer: What we know so far

The German grocery chain’s first US stores will open this summer instead of at the end of the year as originally announced.

Sustainability rating company HowGood raises $4.2m series A financing

HowGood wants to streamline the plethora of labels and certifications that clutter the packages of food and beverage products throughout the grocery store. The best part is, no package redesign...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: A closer look at protein’s rise to popularity and where it is headed

Americans’ love affair with protein shows no signs of cooling in the coming years with a compound annual growth rate projected at a steady 5.6% for the next three years,...

FoodFutureCo unveils 2017 cohort: 'It isn’t enough to have a great concept; consumers, retailers and investors are looking for companies with a higher purpose'

FoodFutureCo - a food business accelerator program targeting mission-driven companies in scale-up mode – has unveiled its second cohort, spanning spring water, local produce, kids’ snacks and fermented foods. 

Campbell Soup Co.’s GMO disclosure could serve as model for national label

Drawing on extensive consumer research, The Campbell Soup Co.’s GMO disclosure labels on packs and online could serve as a model for USDA in crafting the mandatory national bioengineering label...

BOBO's raises $8m, expects revenues to double in 2017

Baked oat bar brand BOBO’s could double revenues in 2017 (vs 2016) if it continues on its current growth trajectory, says the CEO of the Boulder-based brand, which has just...

One farmer adds balance to the public discussion about GMOs by sharing their sustainability benefits

Contrary to what some may believe, farmers who grow genetically modified crops are “not the devil with horns,” and do have the planet’s and consumers’ health and best interests in...

Target’s food proposition remains ‘confusing’ says analyst, as chain posts lackluster Q4

Is Target a destination store for fresh food, or a place you visit with another shopping mission in mind, and end up picking up some groceries? Right now, says one...

Interactive Shopping: Baldor Forager and Whole Foods connect curious consumers to exotic produce

Not many US grocery stores stock mangosteens or passion fruit, but Baldor Specialty Foods, a produce wholesaler deeply rooted in New York City’s culinary scene, is catering to the increasingly...

Draft guidance on using juice as color additives reopened for comments after transparency complaints

FDA is reopening the comment period for its draft guidance on the use of fruit and vegetable juice as color additives after several industry stakeholders complained about a lack of...

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