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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...

Soylent ticks ‘health, nutrition, sustainability and disruptive innovation’ boxes, says new president Bryan Crowley

Former KeVita exec Bryan Crowley has joined Los Angeles-based Soylent as president as the firm seeks to grow its bricks & mortar retail footprint, develop new products and expand overseas...

Conagra Brands appoints new CIO, remains silent over Pinnacle Foods rumors

Conagra Brands has promoted Mindy Simon, VP of global business services (GBS), to the role of chief information officer, effective June 1.

Chef’d CEO: ‘Our customer acquisition costs are about a tenth of what the competitive set is paying’

Thanks to its unique partnership model, wider selection, and no subscription fees, customer acquisition costs at meal-delivery firm Chef’d are significantly lower than rivals,’ claims founder and CEO Kyle Ransford,...

‘Unprecedented traction’ of Hippeas attracts Leonardo DiCaprio, Strand Equity Partners

Leonardo DiCaprio – who has already shown quite an interest in the food and beverage sector via investments in guayusa-fueled tea brand RUNA and seafood company Love the Wild –...

Designers weigh in on Hampton Creek’s new look: ‘It's anti-branding, it's simply food’

Hampton Creek has unveiled a colorful new look for its plant-based brand. But what do branding experts think of the redesign? 

McBurney: ‘Nutrition status measurements will enter the era of home pregnancy testing’

We should ‘shift from measuring food intake to measuring nutritional status,’ argues expert

“It is time to change the nutrition dialogue from an obsession about what foods we put into our body to objective measures of nutritional status,” according to one nutrition thought...

News in brief

Jeff Harmening to take the helm at General Mills on June 1: 'He is not afraid to challenge the status quo'

General Mills president and COO Jeffrey L. Harmening will become CEO on June 1, 2017, succeeding Ken Powell, who will continue to serve as chairman for a transition period until...

Spindrift raises $10m in funding round led by VMG Partners

Sparkling water brand Spindrift has raised $10 million in a funding round led by VMG Partners and supported by Prolog Ventures, Karp Reilly, and other existing investors. 

Farmer’s Fridge CEO: ‘We won't stop until it’s easier to get a salad than a candy bar’

Can you make money supplying fresh prepared food via vending machines? Not everyone was convinced when Luke Saunders launched Farmer’s Fridge in October 2013, but the fact he's just persuaded...

NEW HIRES GALLERY: Conagra hires innovation chief, Klock stops at Sparkling ICE, new blood at RUNA

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Coca-Cola, Hershey, Conagra Brands, Mondelez, RUNA, D's Naturals, Hippeas, Teton Waters Ranch and JUST Goods in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires...

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