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Why do some people with a genetic predisposition to celiac disease develop it and some people don't? Are saturated fats really as bad as we have been led to believe? Does labeling calories on menus really change consumer behavior? And how much sodium is too much? Stay up to date with all the latest food and beverage research in this section of FoodNavigator-USA.

Healthy snacks growth outpaces overall food and beverage market

“Free from” claims and private-label sales are driving growth in the healthy-ingredient snacks market, and granola and breakfast bars are rising stars in the stagnant breakfast category, says a new report...

Summer Fancy Food Show

Mocktails Beverages debuts single-serve bottles, new packaging to expand product appeal, use

Mocktails Beverages now offers its all-natural, ready-to-drink, non-alcoholic cocktails in individual sized bottles to better serve millennials who the company’s president, Bill Gamelli, says are changing their approach to alcohol. ...

SuperMeat is working on cultured chicken liver meat, minced meat and chicken breast meat

SuperMeat founder: ‘The first company that gets to market with cultured meat that is cost effective is going to change the world’

Cultured meat may be a novelty today, but it could be a food staple in the future, predicts Israeli start-up SuperMeat, which claims to have developed a process enabling cells...

Garlic consumption affects breast milk, says study

Eating garlic can lead to a garlic smell and the presence of garlic-derived compounds in breast milk, but transmission is more complex than previously thought, according to a new study.

IFT 2016 part one: Bad science, correlation vs causation, and what consumers think clean label means

What's on trend at IFT 2016? Protein remains hot, non-GMO is even hotter, and the pressure to 'clean up' food labels is stronger than ever. Edible insects are still a...

What's the size of the 'plant-based' food and beverage prize?

US retail sales of plant-based foods & beverages grew 3.4% to $4.9bn in the year to June 12, 2016, with particularly strong growth in cheese alternatives and refrigerated nut milks,...

By targeting tailgaters, manufacturers can extend the grilling season and their sales

While backyard barbeques and picnics are hallmarks of prime grilling season, which is in full swing now, marketers can extend grilling’s appeal and their sales beyond the end of summer...

Study shows 3-carotenoid formula boosts visual performance for non-impaired subjects

Researchers in Ireland have concluded via a long term trial that supplementation with three carotenoids—lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin—can improve the visual performance of subjects who had normal vision to start....

NutriBlade offers wheatgrass in a convenient ready-to-drink format that ‘actually tastes good’

Athletes and health conscious consumers who for years have endured the strong taste and off-putting texture of wheatgrass and the mess that comes with juicing it as a tradeoff for...

IFT Preview

HorizonScan helps spot food safety risks before they affect consumers, Global ID exec says

Food safety incidents, including contamination of food-borne illnesses, mold and adulteration, increased double-digits in several major food categories in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year, according...

Your guide to IFT 2016: From eBeam processing to brainfood, plant-based proteins & genomics

Are all these 'alternative proteins' as sustainable as we think? Is there real money to be made from acid whey? And will electron beam processing be as disruptive as high...

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Dow launches Wellence Fat Free at IFT to help meet returning demand for low-fat claims

Low-fat and fat-reduction claims may be on the upswing again soon as consumer confusion mounts around whether fat really is back and their desire for healthier options increases, according to...

Dow a step closer to commercializing canola oil with meaningful levels of DHA omega-3

Dow AgroSciences is a step closer to commercializing oil from canola plants bred to produce meaningful amounts of the coveted long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA (3.7%) and EPA (0.7%), which...

FOOD VISION USA: Are CPG’s biggest guns flogging dead donkeys or can their brands be salvaged?

While big ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are laser focused on price, promotion and placement, no amount of financial or merchandising wizardry can mask the fact that smaller, sexier, more...

Summer Fancy Food Show

Lotito Foods’ Folios could revolutionize how consumers use cheese

Consumers walking down the dairy aisle at a typical grocery store see a wide variety of cheese formats – from blocks to bricks to strings to shakers – but now...

Dow launches recyclable stand-up pouch suitable for cereals and snacks

Dow Chemical Company is aiming to tap growing demand for stand-up pouches with a flexible, recyclable version using its RecycleReady technology.

Phantom fullness: It’s not the calories that count, it’s consistency

A thick, low-calorie milkshake will leave you feeling fuller than one that is high in calories but thin – a finding that could have the potential to help people lower...

Vita Ice is a ‘blatant and deceptive knock-off of Sparkling Ice,’ claims Talking Rain

Vita Ice – a sparkling flavored water brand that first hit stores in 2013 – is a “blatant and deceptive knock-off” of Sparkling Ice, claims Sparkling Ice brand owner Talking...

More consumers understand prebiotics, survey shows

Prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics—what do consumers understand about these concepts? Preliminary results from a new survey indicate the word is starting to get out, at least among habitual supplement users.

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Flour milling company Ardent Mills opens new research center

The Colorado-based company’s innovation center will host research in wheat quality and include a culinary test kitchen and chef demonstration area.

Nestlé renews successful salt reduction collaboration with Chromocell

Nestlé has renewed its collaboration with US-based life sciences firm Chromocell to cut salt levels in its global portfolio, after investing nearly €12 million in 2012.

Beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas: The hottest ingredients in the snack developer's toolbox?

North American pulse growers still export a lot of their wares, but domestic demand has ramped up significantly in recent years as beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils have started to...

Brownies made with 40% chickpeas? That's Pure Genius...

Pure Genius brownies are moist, indulgent and satisfying. They also happen to contain 40% chickpeas (garbanzo beans are the #1 ingredient), flaxseed and oats, and half the calories of a...

Aspartame-sweetened Diet Pepsi to return as 'classic' sub-brand

Old Diet Pepsi recipe to return in the fall as 'classic' sub-brand: A savvy move or is Pepsi rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic?

Aspartame, said PepsiCo in April 2015, “is the #1 reason why US consumers say they are drinking less diet cola, so we’re confident that with this change [to sucralose], consumers will come...

What makes food brands ‘authentic’? Survey asks Millennials to weigh in

Both consumers and marketers often use the buzzword 'authentic,' but what exactly does it mean? A new consumer report zoomed in on today’s favorite demographic—millennials—to find out what a brand...

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