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Who are the entrepreneurs that are driving innovation in the food and beverage industry? Who's moving onwards and upwards in the food industry? And who are the names and faces behind huge companies such as PepsiCo and Kellogg? Check out this section of FoodNavigator-USA to see the personalities behind brands from Chobani to Justin's nut butters.

Hampton Creek CEO: ‘We’re growing, and not by an insignificant amount’

In the early days, the news about Hampton Creek was almost universally positive. A man on a mission to disrupt the food system, founder Josh Tetrick emerged victorious from spats...

How do you get honest feedback from target consumers without breaking the bank?

As any entrepreneur that has conducted instore demos will tell you, says TrySome founder Rune Knudsen, asking someone face to face what they think of your product may not be...

The Chaat Company, Hargol FoodTech, Funny Farm to take center stage at FOOD VISION USA as our 2017 trailblazers

From turmeric paste and green banana flour to sprouted mung bean snacks and cauliflower wraps and pizza bases, the entries to our 2017 trailblazers challenge are at the cutting edge...

Jin+Ja projects revenues of $4.5m in 2017, unveils new Super Greens powder

Canada Enterprises LLC - the company behind spicy ginger beverage Jin + Ja - is on course to more than double revenues in 2017 to approach $4.5m as it explores...

Screw business as usual? RUNA co-founder on clean energy, social innovation, and staying focused

It’s hard to think of a company where mission and brand are more intertwined than RUNA, which was forged around an ingredient - guayusa - that created a powerful point...

Hydroponics in focus at FOOD VISION USA 2017: Can water give soil a run for its money?

Counter-intuitively, growing lettuce and other leafy greens in water uses considerably less water than growing them in soil, but will hydroponic forms of agriculture remain a niche part of the...

Chobani's Peter McGuinness explains the new org chart: ‘To me, having a separate sales department is archaic’

Bringing sales, marketing, insights, product innovation and commercial finance under one new ‘demand’ department will help break down silos and make Chobani even more responsive to customers and consumers, the...

NEW HIRES GALLERY: Foraker to exit Annie’s, Dr Pepper waves Bai to Ben Weiss; all-change at PepsiCo, Mondelez

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at General Mills/Annie’s, PepsiCo, Bai Brands, JM Smucker, Mondelez, Campbell Soup, Beanfields Snacks and Tyson Foods in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires...

Campbell Soup joins the lineup at FOOD VISION USA 2017: 'We're restless, future focused and consumer-centric...'

While it's probably still best known for its iconic condensed soup, Campbell Soup has been quietly re-engineering its portfolio in recent years via a series of strategic acquisitions and investments...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs! Want a FREE place at FOOD VISION USA 2017?

Want to get feedback on your new product/business from our expert panel in front of a live audience in Chicago?  Show us why you're an innovation trailblazer and win a FREE place at...

FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS: ‘At the heart of all successful brands over the last 4-5 years is the idea of simplicity…’

From why Facebook is a great way to garner consumer insights on a budget, to why inviting chefs to your focus group could help invigorate and speed up your innovation...

Protein2o raises $4m, attracts ex-Gatorade execs to support ‘explosive’ growth

Protein2o – a rapidly-growing brand of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of whey protein – has completed a $4m capital raise and attracted two high-profile ex-Gatorade executives as...

The future of grocerants? Deliveries, humanoids and a good dose of life-hacking, says supermarket guru

Amazon's increased penetration into the grocery sphere will mean computer wizards, molecular biologists and sustainability experts will be developing ultra-intelligent grocerants of the future, predicts 'supermarket guru' Phil Lempert.

Brands risk becoming ‘invisible’ in the grocerant boom, warns supermarket guru

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands have a tough road ahead with the boom in grocerants, but they can survive with some clever collaboration and product re-thinks, says 'supermarket guru' Phil...

Food industry veteran Paul Smucker Wagstaff takes Eagle Foods to next phase with acquisition of snack brands

In the food and beverage industry, 100-year-old companies are adapting with the times. Eagle Foods’ acquisition of ready-to-eat popcorn brand G.H. Cretors is one prime example.

thinkThin continues double-digit growth, prepares to unveil ‘breakthrough protein snack’

Household penetration of protein bars has continued to increase as more retailers have moved them from the OTC/supplement aisles to the main snack bar fixtures, prompting shoppers to ‘trade up’...

LIFEWTR on track to generate $200m in retail sales on annualized basis

PepsiCo CEO navigates brave new retailing world: ‘The lines are blurring between channels’

As the lines between channels continue to blur and sales increasingly shift to untracked channels, CPG companies will have to think about growth opportunities in a more holistic manner, the...

Former Zico founder steps up to lead Beanfields Snacks with an ambitious social mission

As the new CEO of Beanfields Snacks, industry veteran Mark Rampolla hopes to do for the better-for-you snack company what he did for the better-for-you beverage industry when he founded...

COO: 'We’re in a stable financial position both from an operating point of view and a capital point of view'

Chobani moves beyond Greek with Smooth launch: 'We're a yogurt company, not a Greek yogurt company'

Chobani – which disrupted the US dairy category a decade ago with its Greek yogurt – is now aiming to do the same in the non-Greek segment with the launch...

Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Food Innovation Forum in partnership with FOOD VISION USA 2017

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products (and can 'Big Food' still innovate)?

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products? Hard data and insight… or intuition and stardust?  And can ‘Big Food’ still create winners, or should it throw in...

Dean Foods buys Uncle Matt's: 'It further underscores our commitment to the organic space'

Dean Foods – best-known for dairy brands such as Dean’s, Dairy Pure and Land O Lakes -  has acquired organic juice maker Uncle Matt’s Organic for an undisclosed sum as...

Ben Weiss leaves Bai Brands; Lain Hancock to take over: 'This is the culmination of an amazing journey'

Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss has left the company he created in his basement in Princeton, New Jersey in 2009, five months after selling it to Dr Pepper Snapple Group...

Gobble founder: 'We are one of the most lean, capital efficient companies in the meal kit market today'

While barely a week goes by without the launch of a new meal kit company, there is room in the market for “many multi-billion dollar players,” provided they carve out...

SmashMallow approaching run rate of $25m in 6-12 months, predicts CEO: 'It’s growing exponentially faster than KRAVE'

The SmashMallow snackable marshmallow brand – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – is “charging towards a very visible $25m dollar run rate in...

Grainful closes $3.3m financing round as Americans embrace savory oats

Savory oats pioneer Grainful has already convinced a growing number of consumers on the east and west coasts that steel-cut oats aren’t just for breakfast, and has now persuaded investors...

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