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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.

AQUAhydrate targets 'everyday warriors' as premium pH segment continues to grow

Celebrity-backed AQUAhydrate has doubled its distribution over the past 18 months from around 30,000 to 60,000 outlets by appealing to a broad set of ‘everyday warriors’ it claims are seeking...

Meal kit co Sun Basket raises $15m in Series C financing round

Sun Basket raises $15m: 'Our goal is become America's favorite way to make healthy organic meals'

San Francisco-based Sun Basket, one of the fastest-growing players in the burgeoning meal kit delivery market, has raised $15m in a Series C funding round that will enable it to...

Snacking Innovation Summit trend-watching: Mini-meals, tapas-style eating, and hero SKUs

The trend towards continuous grazing throughout the day will create new ‘multi-temperature’ snacking opportunities for manufacturers as a ‘tapas-style’ approach to eating gains momentum, predicted panelists at the FoodNavigator-USA/BakeryandSnacks snacking...

Bone broth sales more than tripled in 2016, albeit off a very small base

The bone broth category (shelf-stable and refrigerated) is pretty small in the scheme of things, but it’s growing rapidly, with US retail sales more than tripling to $19.7m in the...

Kevin Klock: ‘Now we have created a real brand identity’

Sparkling ICE unveils $37m ad campaign, queries soda tax inconsistencies: 'It's a mess'

Talking Rain Beverage Co has unveiled a $37m national ad campaign that president Kevin Klock says will give Sparkling ICE a stronger brand identity – something it has historically lacked,...

Say vegan cheese! Miyoko’s Kitchen raises $6m in series B financing round

Artisanal vegan cheese maker Miyoko’s Kitchen has completed a $6m series B financing round led by JMK Consumer Growth Partners and supported by Obvious Ventures, Stray Dog Capital, and CircleUp’s...

Pasta Chips, Bow Ties, on course to generate revenues of $15m in 2017

From edgy to mainstream: Finding the sweet spot in the snacks market

Snack brands that want to break through the $2-3m revenue barrier have to appeal to mainstream shoppers as well as trend-setters in New York or L.A. says serial snacking entrepreneur...

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KRAVE Jerky general manager: It’s our flavors that differentiate us

When KRAVE burst onto the scene in 2010, its all-natural credentials, premium packaging and gourmet flavors gave it a unique point of difference in the sluggish meat snacks market. Since...

The FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Innovation Summit: Have you registered yet?

If 50% of eating occasions are now snacks,* do we have to rethink what a snack is? An occasional treat or an everyday healthy indulgence? A fresh mini-meal? A quick...

'Is your packaging visible, visceral, and memorable? If not, you don’t have a brand'

What's the secret to good packaging design?

Whether you’re an established brand hiring a top agency to revamp your packaging, or a penniless entrepreneur with a blank canvas and a Photoshop license, you should always ask yourself...

Can't find a co-packer? There's an app for that, says PartnerSlate

You’ve got a great product, you’re bursting with entrepreneurial zeal, you’ve outgrown the space you’re renting in a commercial kitchen and you’re ready to look for a contract manufacturer/co-packer. Well...

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Beet it: The Foraging Fox offers a new twist on ketchup

Beets are making their way into everything from sports nutrition products to snacks, salads and juices, but do they belong in ketchup?

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Cauli-Rice unveils low-carb, preservative-free, shelf-stable alternative to pasta, rice: ‘It took us three years to get it right’

Cauliflower rice is now available in the frozen and chilled sections of some retailers, but British brand Cauli-Rice is hoping to carve out new territory in the emerging category with...

Lithic Nutrition: We want to prove that cricket can be a viable, heavy-hitting protein alternative

If the novelty factor surrounding edible insects has worn off somewhat, consumer interest in protein – particularly where there is a sustainability story to tell – continues to grow, says...

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That’s It CEO: Our veggie bars could be just as big, if not bigger, than our fruit bars

That’s It fruit bars were an immediate hit, but will the brand’s new veggie bars – which combine black beans with veggies such as peas, carrots, kale, and corn –...

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Dahlicious moves into new territory with almond milk yogurt and kefir

Dahlicious – a brand best-known for its cultured dairy product, lassi – is moving into new territory this year with the launch of almondmilk-based yogurt and kefir.

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Could molecular hydrogen infused water carve a niche in the functional beverages category?

In regular water, hydrogen is bound to oxygen (H2O) making it "difficult for our bodies to enjoy the [antioxidant/anti-inflammatory] benefits of hydrogen," claims the company behind Hfactor, which contends that dissolving hydrogen...

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Rhythm Superfoods CEO: 'Our new products will be nutrient dense, shelf-stable and delicious...'

Rhythm Superfoods has just closed a $6m financing round led by Gen Mills' 301 INC arm. But what will it spend the money on? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson caught up...

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Dang Foods: The next generation of whole food snacks belongs in the produce aisle

The next generation of fruit- and vegetable-based whole food snacks belongs in the produce aisle, not the salty snacks aisle, says Dang Foods. 

nutpods CEO: 'For an 18-month old company to be in the top-30 highest selling SKUs in all grocery on Amazon, it's remarkable'

When nutpods burst onto the scene in 2015 with its almond and coconut non-dairy creamers, it pretty much had the market to itself. Within months, however, a phalanx of better-known -...

LuckyVitamin focuses community involvement through new LuckyKids initiative

Supplements and health food retailer LuckyVitamin is donating 1% annually of its private label sales to its new charitable arm, LuckyKids.

Regulatory freeze could change or delay implementation aspects of FSMA, Nutrition Facts rule

The Trump Administration’s regulatory freeze announced last week could significantly impact how the Nutrition Facts Label final rule and regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act are interpreted and...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From American Ostrich Farms to Primal Kitchen

FoodNavigator-USA's latest set of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market is flogging everything from ostrich meat to māmaki tea, mung bean snacks, personalized nutrition services and grass-fed...

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts podcast: How doing good can also be good for business

In today’s highly competitive landscape, many food and beverage manufacturers try to set their brands apart by tapping into consumers’ desire for products that not only are better for them...

Meteoric sales growth at Primal Kitchen: 'Things just exploded as soon as we launched'

“We did everything you’re not supposed to do,” observes the COO of Primal Kitchen, which exploded out of the blocks with a sugar-free avocado oil-based mayo in February 2015, notched...

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