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DISPATCHES FROM FOOD VISION 2016

An ‘ode’ to eating: Stimulating appetite among dependent older people

Manufacturers and suppliers have a role to play in helping elderly people enjoy a sensory connection with food, says the co-founder of Ode, a device which stimulates appetite through the...

Kolé functional drink promises cognitive performance improvement

A brain scientist was challenged by his wife to create a functional drink that benefits the brain. Fast forward two years, the scientist is ready to launch his Kolé Food...

Love The Wild makes preparing fish easier, more sustainable for Americans

Boulder, Colo.-based startup Love The Wild wants to revolutionize how Americans approach eating fish by making it easier to cook at home and more environmentally sustainable to raise. 

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

Start-ups are inventing the future & big business needs to partner now: Unilever Foundry creator

Start-ups are changing the food industry from trailblazing new ideas to providing new growth models, and both big businesses and small start-ups need to collaborate to innovate. The benefits are...

Study out of Purdue estimates environmental toll of eliminating GMOs

Calculations by researchers at Purdue estimate 102,000 hectares of US forest and pasture would have to be converted to cropland if GMOs were eliminated, but anti-GMO organizations argued that the...

Introduce allergic-inducing foods to infants to build up tolerance, study believes

Introducing a broader range of foods at an early age may help infants that were breast-fed to build up tolerance to common food allergens such as peanut or egg, a...

Exo secures $4m in financing round led by AccelFoods, plans move beyond cricket bars

It remains to be seen whether edible insects can move from the niche to the mainstream of US food culture, but a $4m cash injection into cricket protein bar brand...

High coffee consumption linked to reduced risk of MS, study finds

Reaching for a fourth, fifth or even sixth cup of coffee per day could provide more than an energy boost – it also could help protect against developing multiple sclerosis,...

Americans’ demand for protein is evolving towards plant-based options, Packaged Facts finds

American’s demand for protein shows no sign of slowing in 2016, but it is evolving to focus more on plant-based options, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. 

Sports nutrition position paper backs off on big protein doses, boosts use of some supplement ingredients

A new position paper on sports nutrition takes no sides in the debate about which carbs are best but does take a step toward more focused recommendations for protein amounts...

Nutrigenomics nudge closer to the mainstream ‘but we are not there yet’

As gene-based nutrition research builds and apps launch utilising said research, nutrigenomics appears to be morphing from concept to reality, but more research is required says a leading professor in...

Bandar Foods raises $2 million to increase distribution of its modern takes on traditional Indian foods

An infusion of $2 million in Series Seed capital will help Bandar Foods bring increasingly popular Indian flavors to mainstream Americans’ everyday life through modern food technology and platforms, the...

Sleep loss activates ‘pleasure’ part of brain to seek out snacks, says study

A lack of sleep may cause an individual to seek out pleasurable foods that are high in fat and sugar contributing to the increased risk of obesity, a study has...

Stand-up pouches help frozen foods standout on shelves, SWAP founder says

Standup, reclosable pouches are the way to go in the frozen food aisle, which currently is filled with bags that lay flat or boxes with bags inside that don’t reclose,...

King Arthur increases transparency, traceability with Identity-Preserved Flour from certified seeds

Responding to consumers’ desire to know more about where their food comes from and how it is made, King Arthur Flour is launching a flour made from certified seeds that...

News in brief

Ex Boulder Brands boss Steve Hughes partners with PE firm to create food incubator

Boulder Brands co-founder Steve Hughes - who resigned from the firm last summer - has teamed up with private equity firm Trilantic North America to form Sunrise Strategic Partners, which will provide growth...

“The future of snacking is portion control,” says Think Jerky founder

Think Jerky is bringing the 100-calorie pack to the hugely popular jerky category as a way to make the snack even more portable and to help consumers better reflect on...

There continues to be growth for convenience meats, NAMI report says

A survey on the habits of Americans when shopping for meat reveals continued growth in the segment across all sectors.

Top pizza trends place pepperoni on top, thin crust on the bottom and a beer on the side

Vegetarian diets may be gaining traction in general in the US, but when it comes to pizza meat toppings still reign supreme, according to a Harris Poll released Feb. 23.

Dieting is out, health & wellness is in: Weight management and the changing American consumer

Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese, but sales of 'diet' foods have dropped in recent years, even if the pounds haven’t. So is 'dieting' now a dirty...

Weight Management 2020

Teff shines in new skinnypasta products as high-protein, low-carb alternative to traditional noodles

Between the rise of low- and no-carb diets in the early 2000s and the more recent explosive growth of the gluten-free movement, pasta-lovers and sales have suffered in the last...

Parents’ anxiety, depression correlates with fussy eating in kids, study finds

Putting on a happy face could help children have happy plates, suggests new research that links parents’ anxiety and depression with an increased risk of children becoming “fussy eaters.”

Bite-sized snacks offer added convenience, portion control over bars, E&C Snacks CEO says

The nutrition bar category has thrived in part by offering consumers convenience and portion-control, but a new generation of bar-like “bites” entering the market suggests on-the-go snacking could be even...

Nestle’s nutrition profiling system helps target reformulations

Carefully balancing consumers’ age-specific nutritional needs with how and when they eat different foods helped Nestle successfully reduce sodium, sugar and fat significantly in some of its most frequently consumed...

Deloitte study finds factors beyond taste and price increasingly drive purchase choice

Taste, price, and convenience aren’t the only deciding factors for buying food. A study by Deloitte and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) found a slew of other influences increasingly becoming...