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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.

Storytelling and personalization online can boost ecommerce sales, Episerver says

Two-thirds of shoppers plan to buy products online more in 2017 than last year, but this uptick may not materialize for companies that fail to offer strong web content beyond...

‘Striking’ rise in consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners stokes debate about their health impact

A “striking” increase in the consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners over 13 years combined with conflicting data on their connection to obesity, diabetes and other health issues escalates the...

$2.5M from Aqua-Spark will help Love The Wild transition to 100% aquaculture farmed fish

With an investment of $2.5 million from Aqua-Spark, startup seafood meal kit maker Love The Wild hopes to change the way Americans eat fish and perceive aquaculture farming, which has...

Beans, chickpeas, lentils, key to next-generation of plant-based dairy

Fava bean yogurt? General Mills patents process to create range of dairy-alternatives from legumes

A patent application from General Mills shows it is experimenting with legumes such as chickpeas, adzuki beans, fava beans and lentils to create non-dairy ‘milks;' eggless mayonnaise and dips; and...

Are eggs ‘healthy’? Outdated FDA labeling rules don’t reflect latest science, says United Egg Producers

In recently revised guidance on ‘healthy’ label claims, the FDA changed its stance on total fat, but it should also make other changes in order to allow nutrient-dense foods such...

Get ready for bespoke snacking experiences on a mass scale, says Mondelez chocolate innovator

Snacking is about to get personal with food manufacturers using technologies such as visual and 3D printing to scale up bespoke eating experiences, according to Gil Horsky, global innovation leader at...

Reducing sodium intake could save more lives, money than treating related disease, study finds

Ambitious sodium reduction targets for the next two and 10 years laid out by FDA in draft voluntary guidance released last summer not only could save lives, but they could...

High red meat intake a risk factor for an inflamed gut: Harvard study

The consumption of red meat might be a dietary risk factor in the onset and progression of a common inflammatory bowel condition, according to Harvard researchers.

Sourcing slower-growing chickens pits animal welfare, environmental concerns against each other

Manufacturers and retailers soon could find themselves between a rock and a hard place as the trend to source slower growing broiler chickens gains momentum with retailers and restaurants.  

EverSweet fermented stevia to launch in 2018… if we can reach the right deal with Cargill, says Evolva

Partners Evolva and Cargill have made “solid progress” on EverSweet - their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – but it will not launch until 2018, two years...

Healthcare concerns redirect more QSR consumers to grocery stores, research suggests

Healthcare concerns likely are behind the steep drop in Americans’ spending at restaurants in 2016 and the uptick in consumers who say they will cook at home more in the...

Nutrition experts predict sustainability ‘most important’ trend for 2017

Sustainability wins another vote for the “most important” trend to watch in 2017, followed closely by plant-based protein, according to a small, but well-educated group of nutrition experts, surveyed by...

Tea sales climb steadily on product development, emergence of tea houses & innovative marketing

Ongoing development of ready-to-drink tea and growing awareness of the health benefits and cultural importance of tea continue to drive sales of the beverage in the US, but future growth...

Transparency is only way for GMO technology to thrive, exec says

Openness and transparency is the only way for genetic engineering technology to thrive in the supply of dietary ingredients, said an official with a company engaged in the practice.

Show consumers 'behind the scenes' as food evolves to reflect identity

For more and more consumers, buying and preparing food is no longer the chore it once was – rather, it is a means of entertainment and self-expression which brands can...

Study connecting meat to asthma 'reckless,' NAMI says

New research suggesting a connection between consuming cured and processed meat and worsening asthma symptoms is "reckless" and "flies in the face of real clinical medical knowledge," according to the North American Meat Institute. ...

The next generation of food tech? Nobel Laureates discuss future of food

The Nobel Foundation’s ‘Your plate, our planet’ event featured talks by start-ups boasting the world changing power of new food technologies like ‘food computers’ and tropical weather forecasting.

Screen time contributes to Santa-like waistlines: Study

Gifts given from the heart this Christmas may not be good for waistlines as a study identifies popular presents such smartphones, tablets and video games as contributing to obesity rates...

Food Future Co: 'Once you launch, you will nearly always encounter problems that you just didn’t anticipate'

Food Future Co - a food business accelerator program targeting ‘purpose-driven’ companies in scale-up mode (on track to grossing more than $1 million annually) – will unveil its new cohort...

Obese parents triple obese offspring risk, experts warn

EarlyNutrition, a project comprised of 36 international research institutions, has released its final report following five years of investigation. The report sends a grave warning to parents and those planning...

TerraVia CEO ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Soylent’s reaction to recall

Soylent’s rush to judgment over recall is damaging our business, claims TerraVia as it suspends supplies of all of its ingredients to Soylent

Soylent’s decision to drop TerraVia’s algal flour from its new food bar and version 1.6 of its powder was made without a rigorous investigation into whether it was actually to...

Is it legal to call plant-based beverages from nuts, seeds and legumes, ‘milk’?

Is it legal for nut or other non-dairy based beverages sold in the US to describe themselves as ‘milk’ (almondmilk, cashewmilk, soymilk) on food labels?

Farmer’s Pantry offers a new kind of snack for America’s new approach to eating

As snacking continues to encroach on mealtime in the US, industry newcomer Farmer’s Pantry wants to ensure that the grab-and-go options consumers reach for are well-balanced, sufficiently filling and worthy...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The cultivation and rise of vegan cheese alternatives

There is no denying that vegan is on the rise with consumers looking for more plant-based options, and manufacturers eager to meet that demand with a wide variety of new...

yusō founder: The next generation of snacks is fresh, satisfying and healthy

Japanese onigiri - protein-filled sticky rice balls wrapped in crunchy seaweed – are gaining traction in US restaurants. But if yusō founder Sarah Sturtevant has her way, they could also give...

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