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Is ‘glyphosate-free’ certification necessary? Heavenly Organics thinks so

The effect of glyphosate on human health—and more recently, on the bee population—has been a hotly contested topic.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Separating fact from fiction when formulating with probiotics

Once restricted to a handful of products, such as yogurt, probiotics are enjoying unprecedented popularity and are popping up in unexpected places with many bold health claims, but not everything...


Cauli-Rice unveils low-carb, preservative-free, shelf-stable alternative to pasta, rice: ‘It took us three years to get it right’

Cauliflower rice is now available in the frozen and chilled sections of some retailers, but British brand Cauli-Rice is hoping to carve out new territory in the emerging category with...

Experts hit back at ‘inaccurate headlines’ after review questions curcumin

A recent review paper that called into question the potential benefits of curcumin has been misinterpreted to create inaccurate headlines, experts tell NutraIngredients-USA.


Dahlicious moves into new territory with almond milk yogurt and kefir

Dahlicious – a brand best-known for its cultured dairy product, lassi – is moving into new territory this year with the launch of almondmilk-based yogurt and kefir.

Imperfect foods to ‘post-truth,’ Mattson maps out 5 macro trends for 2017

While many trend reports try to pinpoint the next kale or quinoa, Mattson’s 2017 predictions focused on “Macro Trends that are going to have an enormous impact on the overall...

Label Insight’s new Open Data Initiative grants access to academic researchers for free

The Chicago-based data company is providing academic researchers complimentary access to its data set in consumer packaged goods.


Could molecular hydrogen infused water carve a niche in the functional beverages category?

In regular water, hydrogen is bound to oxygen (H2O) making it "difficult for our bodies to enjoy the [antioxidant/anti-inflammatory] benefits of hydrogen," claims the company behind Hfactor, which contends that dissolving hydrogen...

Dairy innovations will take butter to ‘new flavor places,’ Packaged Facts predicts

Taking advantage of butter’s current, albeit controversial, status as “back,” chefs and manufacturers are taking the ingredient to new levels with innovative flavors and formats.

Packaging and sweeteners have most room for innovation, says Imbibe beverage expert

Of the many novel beverages that launched in the past year, La Colombe’s Draft Latte, a nitrous-oxide infused ready-to-drink coffee, stands out to Laura Dembitzer, marketing director of beverage innovation...

Could Hershey's fictitious retailer Medley revive 'uninspiring' confectionery category?

The Hershey Lab has envisioned a “reinvented” shopping experience with a fictitious grocery chain, called Medley, as the line between digital and physical shopping is blurring.

BASF unveils brilliant orange beta carotene color with superior stability, dispersing characteristics

BASF has launched a new nature identical brilliant orange colorant targeting formulators looking to replace Azo dyes yellow 5 and 6 in beverages, soups, confectionery, and nutrition products.

Atkins’s new campaign breathes life into low-carb diet by linking it to current sugar demonization

Atkins Nutritionals Inc. might be best known for making low-carb foods and beverages for weight management, but a new marketing campaign that explains how carbs can lead to weight gain...

News in brief

Oprah teams up with Kraft Heinz to create Mealtime Stories

Kraft Heinz has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey to form Mealtime Stories LLC, a joint venture that will debut with ready-to-eat refrigerated products across multiple categories.

New formats, varieties and packaging of nut- and seed-based products gain traction in 2017

Consumers’ growing familiarity with the health benefits of nuts and seeds paired with their versatility is inspiring manufacturers to seek new varieties, uses and packaging for the ingredient – propelling...

IN PICTURES: Trendspotting at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

Matcha, seaweed (paired with chocolate and coconut), veggie snacks, grass-fed meat and dairy, coconuts, hemp, and pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils) featured heavily at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show,...

Multicultural Millennials drive 47% of US GDP, according to new Nielsen report

Out of the 75 million Millennials (ages 18-34) living in the US, 42% are of African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic heritage—and according to Nielsen, trends and consumer groups once considered niche...

New validated test method for phytosterols will bolster uptake of cholesterol-fighting ingredients, Cargill says

Cargill and FDA have jointly announced a new validated method for measuring the levels of plant sterols and stanols in foods and dietary supplements.  The method, developed over a number...

Less than half of Americans think their diets are healthy, according to Mintel

Less than half (42%) of Americans consider their diet to be healthy, according to new research from Mintel.

FDA & USDA push forward plan to update how genetically modified organisms are regulated

FDA and USDA push forward a strategy to modernize how genetically modified organisms are regulated that was created in part with the Executive Office of the President under the Obama...

Chocolate’s ‘plight does not look set to improve’ in the US, says Euromonitor

The US chocolate confectionery market is set for a 1% volume decline between 2016 and 2021 as Americans’ GDP per capita is set to fall while the category is caught...

Marine greens and curry culture: Here are some trends spotted in Campbell Soup's Culinary Trendscape 2017 report

According to the culinary trend experts at Campbell Soup, 2017 will see more adoption of food as medicine, modern middle eastern cuisine, and a plethora of new condiments.

A new approach to innovation

Bolthouse Farms’ MAIO is the newest product from C-Fresh’s new innovation model

MAIO, an indulgent tasting yet better-for-you alternative to conventional mayonnaise, is the latest test product to come out of C-Fresh's innovation team and its unique approach to incubating products on...

Concession stands could help better-for-you snacks reach young consumers

Often dominated by candy, soft pretzels, nachos and highly processed meats, concession stands at school events could be fertile ground for better-for-you snack and beverage manufacturers to boost sales and...

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...

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