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Special edition: Oils & Fats

Progress on PHOs and why saturated fat is still bad: Bunge

The packaged food industry has removed roughly three-quarters of the 8 billion pounds of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) that abounded in the marketplace at the heyday of trans fats in...

Stevia First CEO: Game-changing enzymatic enhancement process could transform economics of stevia production

A novel ‘enzymatic enhancement’ process that can convert low grade stevia extracts into high purity Reb A could transform the economics of stevia production and help California-based Stevia First stand...

Are food marketers missing a trick? (Hint: over 65s like yogurt and protein bars too)

The number of Americans aged 65+ will double in the next 25 years. But manufacturers of products that could have strong appeal to this demographic (Greek yogurt, protein bars) are...

Non-GMO not necessarily organic, and other GMO myths busted: OTA

With all the attention GMOs have received in recent months—good and bad—confusion in the marketplace has inevitably followed, as consumers scramble to make sense of the pro- and anti-camps’ arguments...

Macho yogurt, nuts & eco-eating: why there’s still growth in protein

Growing consumer interest in positive nutrition, demographic shifts, new eating patterns, recent scientific findings, and the recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans all point to a bright future...

Dannon launches first new brand since Oikos with Dannon Creamery indulgent dessert range

Dannon is looking to drive incremental growth to the dairy category with the launch of a new indulgent dessert brand called Dannon Creamery that targets a day-part US yogurt marketers...

Trendspotting from Innova Market Insights

Protein, sugar and hybrid products: Innova teases IFT agenda

Can anything top protein? What’s a “silver consumer” and why should we care? Would salty caramel work in a soft drink? Innova Market Insights teased a very full agenda of...

Grocery shopping in 2014: diversified and fragmented, says FMI

Not only are today's consumers less likely to rely on a primary store for food shopping, but they're sharing shopping duties and planning for specific meals rather than stocking up...

Insights from the BASF 2014 Media Summit

Connecting the dots from ag to food

Is the farm-to-table movement all it’s cracked up to be? Is a healthy dialogue about GMOs even possible? Can we fix growing income disparities in the developed world? A group...

Functional foods forum participant says the move toward organic is an unstoppable groundswell

Natural and organic is the future of functional food and food in general, according to MetaBrandCEO Eric Schnell.  Schnell is a panelist in an upcoming NutraIngredients-USA online forum title "Trends...

Insights ahead of IFT 2014

Innovative hydration and sugar reduction to propel healthy beverage, DSM says

Ahead of the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in the Big Easy next week, representatives from DSM Nutritional Products, which will be among the...

India

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

The US and EU have called on the World Trade Organisation to make the provision of full information on India’s food subsidy programme a precondition before they can begin negotiations...

Tony's Fine Foods acquisition solidifies UNFI against increasing competition, CEO says

United Natural Foods Inc. the dominant force in organic and natural food distribution in North America, says its acquisiton of Tony’s Fine Foods will help it stave off competition in...

Asia-Pacific

ADM announces major Apac business restructure

American agriculture major Archer Daniels Midland will embark on a plan to restructure its Asia-Pacific operations to take into account changes in the region as incomes grow and diets evolve.

‘Dairy junk foods’ under fire in report highlighting dramatic shift in dairy consumption patterns

US dairy consumption patterns “have shifted away from plain fluid milk to highly processed forms of dairy that are little more than vessels for salt, sugar, and fat”, while cash from...

News in brief

6% of US food & beverage launches made protein claims in year to March 31, says Innova

Nearly 3% of global food and beverage launches and 6% of US food/bev launches were marketed on a ‘high-protein’ or ‘source-of-protein’ positioning in the year ending March 31, 2014, according...

News in brief

Diamond Foods bets big on ready-to-eat popcorn as category tops $600m

The US ready-to-eat popcorn category has been “growing in the double-digits for the past 3-4 years” and is now worth “north of $600m in annual [retail] sales”, according to Diamond...

What can the US learn from Europe? Clean label and subtle nutrition, says Mintel

US bakery, snack and cereal manufacturers should look to Europe for lessons on clean label and better-for-you products that don’t scream health, says Mintel’s innovation head.

Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive...

'I stepped out the restaurant and called my attorney!' Eureka moment behind snacking phenomenon Pasta Chips

Jerry Bello - the founder of Veggie straws maker Sensible Portions (sold to Hain Celestial in a multimillion dollar deal in 2010) - remembers the exact moment when he stumbled...

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Meat bars: The next beef jerky?

Meat snack bars take beef jerky to a new level, appealing to busy and health-conscious Americans, says a Datamonitor researcher.

The power of the 0.9%

Although fewer than one in 100 (0.9%) of US consumers is afflicted with a peanut or treenut allergy, the purchasing power of that group extends far beyond those with allergies,...

Freezer aisle revival?

The frozen food aisle has historically suffered from a bit of an image problem, given consumers’ long association with frozen TV dinners and freezer-burned commodity vegetable bags. But the growing...

News in brief

Non-GMO, beets, lentils, bee-free ‘honey’ & drinkable grains: What are the top 10 natural and organic food trends inspiring the mainstream?

From drinkable grains to Non-GMO verified, Sterling-Rice Group has identified 10 natural and organic food trends that are starting to influence the mainstream grocery market. Are you up to speed?