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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.

Memphis Meats: We'll have ‘clean meat’ products in grocery stores by 2021

‘Clean’ (a.k.a. cultured/lab-grown) meat pioneer Memphis Meats says it aims to have products in grocery stores by 2021, and says it is confident it will be able to mass produce...

Transparent labeling could boost sales, consumer loyalty, Label Insight survey finds

Providing transparent, accurate information about products that go beyond what is legally required can boost sales, market share and consumer loyalty, suggests new research by Label Insight.

Hummus a valuable snack for Americans who aren’t eating the recommended amount of legumes, says Sabra-funded study

A new analysis of American food consumption patterns based on NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys) dietary intake data reveals that Americans who regularly consume hummus are more likely to...

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Nestlé develops natural method to cut sugar in chocolate by 40%

Nestlé plans to introduce a faster-dissolving sugar across some of its confectionery range from 2018.

Elevate and expand deli options to drive foot traffic, sales storewide, FMI study says

While the freshly prepared deli category already generates a whopping $24 billion annually, it currently is achieving a fraction of its potential, suggests new research from the Food Marketing Institute.

Four flavor trends for 2017 speak to complexity and comfort, Comax predicts

Change, whether good or bad,can be disquieting and push people toward the familiar, as likely will be the case for food and flavors in American in 2017 as a new...

Malted milk helps startup root cookies in nostalgia & be on cutting edge of current trends

The founders of startup Malt Shop Cookies are hoping to jumpstart their new ecommerce business by launching on Cyber Monday the online sale of their line of malted milk cookies...

Another study associating saturated fat with heart disease prompts calls for healthier dietary patterns

The question of whether butter, as a stand-in for saturated fat, “is back” and safe to eat in large amounts or not is a false and distracting dichotomy in the...

Lab meat heads for the market: A look at the history and future of in-vitro meat

With rapidly increasing research, falling production prices and greater publicity for lab-grown meat, 'in-vitro' technology looks set to come onto the market in the next...

Consumers seek ‘low-sugar’ claims, but remain confused & distrustful of nutrition labeling

Too much sugar remains a top consumer concern, but confusion about how to read product labels and general distrust of their accuracy means many Americans are at a loss as...

Six culinary and cultural trends changing the shape of Thanksgiving in 2016

Aside from the inevitable topic of 2016 US politics, what else can we expect at dining tables this Thanksgiving? From meal kit dishes to non-traditional Thanksgiving fare, we’ve collected some...

PureCircle launches new stevia ingredient Sigma-Beverage

Global stevia company PureCircle says it has refined the sweetener specifically for clear beverage use with a new release called Sigma-Beverage.

NOSB votes to keep ‘GMO 2.0’ techniques out of organic

To protect organic crops and products form the “incursion” of rapidly developing genetic engineering, the National Organic Standards Board voted last week to recommend USDA expand and strengthen the definitions...

Consumers feel more connected to retailers that reflect their communities, C Space survey finds

Offering a small selection of locally produced food and beverages is no longer enough to set retailers apart -- now the entire store needs to reflect the community it serves...

Americans' desire for international food remains strong despite rising nationalism

A renewed nationalism by a vocal portion of the US population, fueled by Trump’s presidential campaign and victory, likely will not dampen consumers’ desire for international flavors and dishes, according...

New study by Symrise explores what the ideal refreshing beverage for US Millennials looks like

The ideal refreshing drink to Millennial consumers? Lightly sparkling, light-colored, citrusy, and creates a sound when the bottle or can is opened, the study found.

NOSB’s vote to delist carrageenan viewed as ‘dangerous precedent,’ restrictive

The National Organic Review Board’s decision Thursday to remove carrageenan from the list of allowable non-organic ingredients in organic products will limit consumers’ organic options, result in inferior products and...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Expanding cranberries’ appeal beyond the holidays & to a new generation

For most Americans cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but it isn’t the dish everyone clamors for -- which the fruit’s industry stakeholders hope to change with aggressive marketing campaigns,...

Vegetarian diet doesn’t compromise athletic performance: Study

Vegetarian diets do not compromise athletic performance and may even help aerobic capacity, according to a study comparing elite vegetarian and omnivore athletes.

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

Advocates for and against allowing organic products to continue using the non-organic thickener carrageenan argued their cases in front of the National Organic Standards Board Wednesday ahead of the advisory...

FOOD VISION USA 2016, the highlights: ’Selfies from the inside,’ oats for dinner and feeding the digital natives

If you didn't make it to Chicago last week for Food Vision USA 2016, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from personalized nutrition, savory oats...

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board...

Bitter political climate could curb consumers' sense of food adventure in 2017

The acrimonious political climate has many consumers looking for comfort rather than adventure in their food and beverage choices, and as such in 2017 they likely will reach for products...

Freeze-drying fruit is top technique for retaining nutrients: Study

Freeze-drying fruit retains almost all of its nutritional value and can help keep ingredient lists clean, according to a study funded by ingredient supplier Chaucer.

What if you could enjoy a mind-blowing meal without eating a thing? Virtual reality heads to the kitchen

Eating involves smell, taste, touch, sound, and sight, which presents obvious challenges for anyone trying to simulate it in virtual reality. But what if you could enjoy a mind-blowing meal...

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