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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains

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Want to stay up to speed with the latest developments in sustainable palm oil, natural sweeteners, ancient grains, plant-based proteins, gluten-free ingredient trends, probiotics, prebiotics and omega-3s? Keen to stay on top of clean-label and natural trends, the challenges around replacing partially hydrogenated oils, BVO and Azodicarbonamide? Bookmark this section to see what the big names in ingredients supply are up to from Cargill and ADM to Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

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J. Tech Sales now exclusive distributor for Novozymes’ enzymes sold into the juice, wine, and olive oil industries in US and Canada

J. Tech Sales has struck a deal to become the exclusive distributor for Novozymes’ enzymes sold into the juice, wine, and olive oil industries in the US and Canada.

As organic gains prominence, shoppers increasingly seek lower cost and higher value

Rising sales and household penetration of organic is a double-edged sword for the industry in the US as more Americans have started looking for lower prices, bulk packaging and easier...

Soup-to-Nuts podcast: The opportunities & challenges of consumers' return to home kitchens

Despite continued pressure from the on-the-go lifestyles that dominate today’s culture and have fueled the rise of convenience foods, packaged snacks and quick service restaurants, new research shows many consumers...

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Potential cocoa substitute: Jackfruit seeds create chocolate aroma, say researchers

Jackfruit seeds are a waste product that can be fermented, roasted and converted to flour imparting a chocolate aroma, according to research.

$16.8 million in government grants aim to encourage SNAP spending on more produce

After efforts earlier this year to use a stick to discourage SNAP beneficiaries from buying unhealthy products was met with resistance and doubt, the government is trying another approach –...

Amazon Instant Pickup and Aldi’s partnership with Instacart illustrate gains of online grocery shopping

The launch of Amazon Instant Pickup and Aldi’s new partnership with Instacart, both announced this week, propel forward online grocery shopping, which according to industry analysts is quickly gaining momentum...

FDA allows use of ultrafiltered milk in cheese to ease fallout from new Canadian pricing scheme

FDA’s decision late last week to allow manufacturers in some cases to use ultrafiltered milk and ultrafiltered nonfat milk to make cheese could help ease the negative impact on US...

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Blue Diamond increases almond flour production to meet record demand

With demand for almond flour at an “all time high,” Blue Diamond Growers is increasing its production capacity for the on-trend ingredient via a new processing line at its Salida...

Consumers want more purple in their diets, but are hard pressed to find it, Welch’s research shows

Consumers seeking more functional benefit from their foods and beverages are increasingly turning to the color purple, but according to recent research from Welch Foods, Inc. only 18% of Americans...

ConnectFood helps small businesses comply with FSMA ahead of fast-approaching deadline

Small size food manufacturers have only five weeks left before the deadline hits to develop food safety plans under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food –...

USDA teams with SCORE to match young farmers with mentors

When starting a business, it helps to have someone who has been there before to help avoid pitfalls and secure success, but finding a trusted expert to fill this role...

Ancient grain freekeh offers solutions to modern day consumer problems

With its “chameleon-like” versatility, nutrient-density and strong structural integrity, the ancient grain freekeh is a triple threat to many modern day eating woes that plague time-crunched consumers seeking something healthy...

PepsiCo seeks to patent ‘biological method for preparing Reb M’

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a technique of producing the sugary-tasting steviol glycoside Reb M via an enzymatic method that delivers "higher purity at a lower cost.” 

Farmers’ markets gaining traction in US offer opportunities and challenges

Sales at farmers’ markets currently may be only a small fraction compared to conventional grocery stores, but the channel is gaining traction – especially among millennials – and offers a...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: What does it take to win a pitch slam?

For time-strapped entrepreneurs who are brave enough to take the stage, competing in pitch-slams is a good way to secure funding, meet potential business partners and weave a network of...

Aspire Food Group unveils world’s first automated cricket farm

When it comes to edible insects, there is still something of a disconnect between the rhetoric (insects can help us feed the world) and the reality, in the US., at...

The Chaat Co lands more than money with Jain Farm Fresh investment

For US-based Indian street snack maker The Chaat Co, $1 million in seed funding including investment from India’s Jain Farm Fresh Foods is about more than just the money --...

TerraVia files for Chapter 11 and enters into competitive bidding process

After almost 15 years in business without generating a profit, algae ingredients pioneer TerraVia has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 and subjected itself to a competitive bidding process,...

An attractive produce section can give retailers a competitive edge, FMI study suggests

Looks may not be everything, but they matter a lot – especially in the produce section, which can be a pivotal driver for foot traffic and subsequent sales throughout the...

Ethical Naturals uses extraction expertise on new monk fruit sweetener

Seeing a looming opportunity, dietary ingredients supplier Ethical Naturals has brought a new monk fruit sweetener ingredient to market that it says uses the same technology that it applies to...

Plant-based beverages need to offer more than a “milk alternative” to get ahead, newcomer Oatly says

To make it in the crowded plant-based beverage category, new products need to be more than just a passable alternative to dairy – they also need to be nutritious, delicious...

Avocado oil specialist Chosen Foods explores move into refrigerated plant-based proteins

San Diego-based Chosen Foods – best known for its avocado oils and mayo – is considering a move into refrigerated plant-based protein foods and high-protein snacks as it sits down...

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market could help push more shoppers to ecommerce

Only 9% of US consumers currently buy groceries online, but the Amazon/Whole Foods deal already is generating incremental interest in buying egroceries, according to a new consumer survey.

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Fruit d'Or gets 'health maintenance' claim in Canada for cranberry seed oil

Fruit d’ Or has announced approval by Health Canada for the omega-3 and omega-6 content of its multifunctional cranberry seed oil ingredient.  The approved claim wording includes “for the maintenance of...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Can duck become the dark horse of animal proteins?

When it comes to eating meat in the US, chicken, without a doubt, is the main attraction with Americans consuming an average of 91 pounds last year – that is...

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