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Herbal infusion Wanku offers functional benefits for consumers and producers

The Andean herbal infused beverage Wanku combines the functional health benefits of kombucha with the refreshing flavor of the increasingly popular plant-based waters and none of the downsides of the...

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Amazon's US grocery sales surged 50% to $420m in Q2; perishables up 110%

As a percentage of the overall grocery retail market, Amazon’s $420m in Q2 grocery sales in the US is pretty small fry. But its 50% year-on-year growth is making the...

Was the $1.7bn price tag Dr Pepper paid for Bai justified?

"Early signs suggest Dr Pepper Snapple Group's acquisition of Bai may not generate sufficient returns to justify its rich [$1.7bn] price tag," says Wells Fargo in a note published ahead of...

FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS: ‘At the heart of all successful brands over the last 4-5 years is the idea of simplicity…’

From why Facebook is a great way to garner consumer insights on a budget, to why inviting chefs to your focus group could help invigorate and speed up your innovation...

Is Lidl infringing Kroger’s trademarks? Attorneys weigh in…

Is Lidl’s ‘Preferred Selection’ private label “confusingly similar” to Kroger’s ‘Private Selection’?  Or is Kroger’s recent trademark infringement lawsuit against Lidl merely an opportunistic bid to derail a rival’s US...

Protein2o raises $4m, attracts ex-Gatorade execs to support ‘explosive’ growth

Protein2o – a rapidly-growing brand of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of whey protein – has completed a $4m capital raise and attracted two high-profile ex-Gatorade executives as...

Lidl’s US business model will evolve, says Bernstein: ‘Aldi prices with Harris Teeter service and quality is not sustainable’

“Lidl will be a very real threat for small scale grocers that lack differentiation or operational efficiencies," predict analysts at Bernstein. However, its success in the US “is by no...

As soda sales fall, kombucha rises

Tumbling soda sales have opened the door to the mainstream market for a variety of functional beverages that were previously relegated to the natural channel, including kombuncha sales of which,...

Should soda with non-caloric sweeteners be taxed too? In Philadelphia and Cook County, that’s the case

Proponents of sin taxes say that putting a levy on sugar-sweetened drinks may play a pivotal role in fighting obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. But two of the eight US...

Guiding Stars could give retailers competitive edge as more shoppers look for healthy options

Using a novel nutrition rating system, such as Guiding Stars, could give retailers and food service chains a competitive edge by creating the perception they offer more of the healthy,...

Growth in low pH beverages creates opportunity for pectin

As palates in North America change and acidified foods become more acceptable, space is created, too, for additives such as pectin that can handle specific pH regimes.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The business case for kosher certification

Ethical claims on food and beverages sold in the US are almost as ubiquitous as the Nutrition Facts panel and while they are not legally mandated by FDA like nutritional...

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Koia ‘positioned to become category leader’ in plant-based beverages with $7.5m investment

Koia, a refrigerated RTD plant-based protein beverage company, has secured a $7.5m funding round led by private investment firm KarpReilly and existing investor AccelFoods.

Coca-Cola enters meal kit market with Chef’d partnership: ‘Beverages are an integral part of the meal occasion’

As consumers continue to seek new flavors and experiences, Coca-Cola is exploring the booming US meal kit market in a new partnership with Chef’d that offers co-branded meal kits with...

Bonafide Provisions expands the reach and appeal of bone broth with Drinkable Veggies

As recently as two years ago, bone broth was virtually unheard of by the masses, but now it is seemingly everywhere with newcomers crowding the category and pushing early players...

Break The Cup coffee breaks the mold by creating a new animal-free fermentation process

The thought of fermenting coffee beans by feeding them to small cat-like civits or large elephants only to collect them again at the other end of the digestive process sounded...

Brands risk becoming ‘invisible’ in the grocerant boom, warns supermarket guru

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands have a tough road ahead with the boom in grocerants, but they can survive with some clever collaboration and product re-thinks, says 'supermarket guru' Phil...

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

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Sweetech flavor enhancers can help firms slash sugar by up to 50%

Sweetech, a new family of flavor enhancers from Bell Flavors and Fragrances, can help food and beverage manufacturers achieve significant (20-50%) reductions in sugar and retain a clean label, claims...

GUEST ARTICLE: GMO labeling... What we know and what may happen next

One of the hottest topics in the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries, for both producers and advertisers, remains the disclosure of genetically modified organisms, or ‘GMOs,’ in these products.  ...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How hemp is overcoming hurdles to become the next superfood star

Nutrition-packed, environmentally sustainable and already notoriously well-known – although partly for the wrong reasons – hemp is well positioned to become one of the next big superfood superstars in the US.

Huel jets across the Atlantic to take on Soylent, offering ‘complete nutrition’ and convenience

Food is fun. But not everyone has the time or energy to prepare three nutritionally-balanced meals every day, and brands that do all the hard work for you have big...

IFT 2017 part three: Plant-based formulation challenges, and where next for stevia?

In the third and final part of our trendwatching tour of the IFT 2017 expo floor, we discovered how the growth in plant-based foods and high protein beverages is creating...

YoFiit adds functional benefits to non-dairy beverage & nutrition bar segments

Despite recent innovations and strong sales in the plant-based milk category, many products are low in desirable nutrients and high in unwanted “superfluous ingredients,” such as gums and starches, which...

Green Chef CEO: ‘The Amazon Whole Foods deal has absolutely rattled food retailing and CPG markets’

The Amazon/Whole Foods deal has “absolutely rattled food retailing and CPG markets in a way I have never seen in my life,” says the founder of organic meal-kit company Green Chef,...

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