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Is cactus water worth the hype? Why tea company Steaz chose to use it for new infused drink

Cactus water is gaining traction in the plant-based water market, and US company Steaz has spotted an opportunity to blend cactus water with ready-to-drink tea in its new beverage line.

USDA wants to strengthen animal welfare rules under the organic standard

A proposed regulation that would strengthen and clarify organic animal welfare standards would align consumers’ expectations with production practices and improve their confidence in the organic seal, according to USDA.

New products gallery: Pepsi taps into craft soda trend, plus butter coffee blocks, veggie bacon bits and chickpea brownies

From probiotic gummies to craft soda, instant butter coffee beverages, chickpea brownies and veggie bacon bits made with pinto beans, check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US...

Islam was the fastest growing religion in America from 2000 to 2010

GUEST ARTICLE: US halal food regulations… Are you up to speed?

A growing segment of US consumers is scrutinizing animal treatment and slaughter from an Islamic lens, while halal food consumption among the nation's fast-growing Muslim population has become a ballooning...

Suji’s Korean Cuisine balances authentic with the familiar

Today’s consumers claim to want bold, authentic flavors, but many still shy away from unrecognizable foods – giving manufacturers the difficult task of presenting new products or flavors in a...

First 365 by Whole Foods Market store to open in Los Angeles on May 25, but what's inside?

The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store is set to open in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on May 25, with a second to follow in July in Lake Oswego, Oregon, a...

Heavenly Organics' shows "profits can create peace" by providing ethical jobs in conflict areas

Under cover of darkness, deep in Northern and Central India and the Himalayans, harvesters for Heavenly Organics gently brush away sleeping bees from wild hives to collect the velvety, organic...

RangeMe teams up with the Healthy & Natural Show

RangeMe, an online platform which streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers, has teamed up with FoodNavigator-USA's publisher William Reed Business Media to help facilitate new product discovery at The Healthy and...

Marketing children’s products without advertising to kids takes finesse & balancing parents’ desires

Anyone who has shopped with children knows they heavily influence grocery purchases, but with advertising directly to kids frowned upon by many adults, children’s food and beverage manufacturers must embrace...

Farewell to US mainstream chocolates’ golden age? It’s possible, says UBS

Mainstream players like Hershey may struggle to maintain grip on the US chocolate market amid rising competition and a shift to seasonal and premium products, claims an analyst at Swiss-based financial...

Entomo Farms rides the edible insects wave: ‘Things really exploded for us in 2015’

2015 was a difficult year for some in the embryonic edible insect ingredients business, with Big Cricket Farms suspending activities due to water supply problems and All Things Bugs facing...

Meat’s place in school meals debated following WHO categorizing it as a carcinogen

A frequent lightening-rod for political debates about nutrition, school meals are in the middle of another storm – this time about whether processed meat should have a place on the...

Walmart & Otis Spunkmeyer join cage-free egg movement in the US

Retail giant Walmart and baked sweets manufacturer Otis Spunkmeyer join the swelling ranks of companies switching to cage-free eggs, but both are doing so cautiously with long timelines that likely...

USDA reports 12% increase in US certified organic operations between 2014 and 2015

New data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals a 12% increase in US certified organic operations between 2014 and 2015, while the total retail market for organic products...

Caveman Foods CEO: There should be a Paleo set in every store

Though not everyone is convinced that the dietary rot set in once we stopped hunting and gathering and started to grow crops and raise animals for food, there’s no doubt...

Vegan meal delivery service Veestro will expand with $1.5 million fundraise

An infusion of $1.5 million will help vegan meal delivery startup Veestro fully take advantage of growing consumer demand for organic, plant-based food and ready-to-eat meals delivered to their doors. 

Bone broth pioneers level-up with new branding, packaging that will elevate category overall

As the nascent bone-broth category comes into its own, early pioneers in the space are rebranding with professionally polished packaging that communicates their products’ benefits and points of differentiation to...

'We want to be clear what we stand for and ‘all-natural’ is not clear'

Good Food Made Simple to transition to organic: 'We want to be clear what we stand for, and ‘all-natural’ is not clear'

Good Food Made Simple – one of a new wave of companies on a mission to revitalize the frozen food aisle - is transitioning its burritos and wraps to a...

Weight of the world: 20% of adults obese by 2025, study predicts

Around 20% of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, if policies designed to slow down and stop the worldwide increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) are not revised and...

Four strategies for overcoming diminishing returns on trade promotions

Manufacturers and retailers need to reconsider their approach to trade promotions based on new research that found the lift from the once effective strategy is at its lowest level in...

What’s New? Brands grow as consumers eye better-for-you options

As the number of health-conscious consumers increase, so do the number of brands touting a healthier alternative to what’s out there. Here’s an update from brands in this category that...

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BrightFarms helps retailers provide fresh, local & safe produce year around

For shoppers today, buying groceries is all about fresh and local – which can be a tall order for retailers in urban areas or with limited access to nearby farms. 

'Artificial' preservatives are falling out of favor, but what are the alternatives?

The percentage of new food and beverage launches (retail) making ‘no additives/preservatives’ claims rose from 12.46% in 2012 to 20.24% in 2015, according to Mintel*, while there has also been...

Hershey and Nestlé cocoa slave labor lawsuits dismissed

A district court in California has thrown out lawsuits accusing Hershey and Nestlé of misleading consumers by failing to disclose cocoa in some chocolate brands may come from slave labor.

That’s It. brings “zesty” flavors to sweet-dominated nutrition bar category

Move over sweet and savory – zesty is the latest flavor profile to enter the nutrition bar category with the launch of a new line of fruit bars from manufacturer...

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