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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Emerging ice cream trends reveal sophistication, portion control and allergy-friendly

As the summer days heat up, so is the market for frozen desserts, including dairy- and nut-free options, high-protein ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, ice pops and indulgent flavors specially...

Conagra VP of Innovation: There is power to doing less, and don’t forget the chef

There’s great pride that comes with seeing a product still on store shelves decades after it was once just a figment on a drawing board. But as industry veteran Barry...

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...

IFT 2017

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

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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.  ...

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...

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,...

Dewey’s Bakery launches clean label cookies and crackers that have a long shelf-life and history

When Salem, North Carolina-based bakery Dewey’s decided two years ago to create a line of clean ingredient crackers and cookies – including a soft-baked variety that also had a long...

Lidl's US stores break European mold, says Bernstein: 'This is not a copy and paste approach'

A comparison between Lidl stores in Europe and the first wave of US stores suggests the retailer is moving “away from the hard discount model as we know it in...

Mondelēz sales hit by cyberattack but outlook unchanged

Mondelēz International says a cyberattack on its systems has been contained, but may harm revenues in its second quarter.

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental...

VIDEO: Cargill R&D VP talks ‘processed’ food: ‘All food is made of chemicals’

To many consumers, ‘processed food’ is just another term for ‘junk food.’ It’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it (Twinkies). But do we know a...

SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL: ‘Big CPG brands are changing their mindset’

With unemployment rates approaching 14% after two years of recession, Brazil’s economy is projected to grow by less than 0.5% in 2017, while the president has become embroiled in a...

How is the food and beverage innovation process changing?

What new tools are brands using to get products to market more quickly, and build consumer insights into the process at every stage? Are traditional focus groups becoming passé?

NEWS IN BRIEF

Grocery stores lead way for online ice cream orders, says 1010Data

The center of the store may be where growth of online sales and orders thrive, but consumers are getting more comfortable clicking away to buy products from other aisles to....

VIDEO: ‘Green banana flour has the functionality of a starch and the label of a fruit…’

One product that generated quite a buzz at the IFT show this year was NuBana green banana flour from International Agriculture Group (IAG). Elaine Watson caught up with VP marketing...

Beekman 1802 epitomizes the American dream by helping small-batch producers reach their potential

Founded during the recession by two “ultimate underdogs” who needed to pay their mortgage to save their farm, the gourmet food and lifestyle brand Beekman 1802 epitomizes the American dream...

IFT 2017 part one: From clean meat and clean label, to green jackfruit and banana flour

This year, edible bugs competed with clean (aka cultured) meat, green banana flour and jackfruit for the spotlight, while many fibers remain in limbo as the FDA mulls over definitions....

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