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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.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast:The rise & future potential of grass fed claims

Grass-fed claims on products are a beacon for consumers who are health-conscious, want minimally processed food and care about animal welfare, and as such manufacturers increasingly are using them on...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From animal-free milk and gelatin to treenut cheese, paleo pancakes and beany brownies

FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market features a clutch of firms spanning everything from animal-free milk and gelatin to cashew nut ‘cheese,’...

New research tackles carrageenan safety concerns

New research attempts to set the record straight on the safety of carrageenan – a controversial but widely used stabilizer and thickening ingredient that has been called into question as...

New name would 'improve consumer understanding and promote clear food labeling' says Unilever

Unilever, CSPI support NuTek potassium salt petition, but the Salt Institute urges FDA to reject it ‘in the strongest terms’

Unilever and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have both voiced their support for a citizen’s petition asking the FDA to permit ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate...

Special edition: Algae

Expert says algae's promise still huge despite disappointments in ingredient development

Algae companies have a habit of over promising and under delivering. According to one longtime expert in the field, that’s almost by default, resulting from the organisms’ almost unlimited potential...

News in brief

Doing business with Millennials: 5 tips for dealing with the next generation of B2B customers

For boomers at ingredients suppliers seeking to engage with a new generation of Millennials within their customer base, b2b ad and marketing communications agency Anderson Partners Food Ingredient Marketing has...

Try The World: ‘You won’t need to go grocery shopping anymore except for your fresh ingredients’

Co-founder of Try The World David Foult was surprised about how well his company’s product, a subscription box and online marketplace with goods from all around the world, is doing...

Gelzen seeks to disrupt the gelatin market with potentially game-changing animal-free alternative

If you think producing gelatin from a genetically engineered micro-organism in fermentation tanks doesn’t sound like something Grandma would do; hydrolyzing collagen from animal skin, bones and connective tissues on...

Senator slams FDA final rule on GRAS: ‘a self-graded take home exam that industry doesn’t even have to hand in’

New FDA rules clarifying the process by which ingredients are deemed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) have been welcomed by some stakeholders, but harshly criticized by others, who say any...

SunOpta Q2 results: Counting the cost of sunflower kernel recall

Ingredients supplier SunOpta has recorded a $16m half-year loss from a sunflower kernel recall that affected dozens of snacking products - but expects to claim most of this back through...

Natural colors will see 'upsurge' in sales and market share in 2016, Future Marketing Insights predicts

Lingering consumer health concerns about artificial dyes combined with a more general demand for “clean labels” is contributing to an “upsurge” in the natural colors market that has ingredient suppliers...

Grocers explore options to defend against growing meal kit category

While the financial threat to traditional grocery stores posed by the burgeoning meal kit delivery category may be manageable for now, it is growing as more players enter the space...

More is better when it comes to adding fruit & veggies to shelf-stable products

For years a super fruit could give a finished product near superstar status, but as acai, pomegranate, cranberry and other nutritional powerhouses have gone mainstream, manufacturers looking for the same...

IFT in review

Gluten-free products are evolving to be more nutritious, flavorful, Firebird Artisan Mills says

The gluten free market in the US remains hot, but as the category becomes more crowded, manufacturers must offer products with added appeal to stay competitive – such as a...

More than just beans: Finalists from all corners of the world share their pulse innovations at IFT

An energy bar, jam, and even gelato—these aren’t food items often associated with pulses and legumes. But undergraduates, graduates, and professionals showcased that pulses are capable of far much more...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts podcast: What is old is new again

Trends may come and go, but they often don't stay gone forever -- rather most eventually cycle back in vogue, as is the case with the current focus on “ancient wisdom,” and time-tested,...

IFT 2016 In Review

Fiber rises on ability to cut sugar & calories while preserving taste, satiety and clean label

While fiber hasn’t quite reached the same superstar status as protein, consumer interest in the ingredient is rising rapidly as they look for ways to manage their weight while still...

TerraVia CEO: Thrive culinary algae oil could be a sizeable consumer brand

TerraVia – formerly known as Solazyme – has been telling reporters (and investors) that algae is the next big thing in food for years. But when will it really start...

IFT 2016 in review

Dairy Permeate cuts manufacturing costs and sodium while boosting nutrition, USDEC says

Most Americans consume more than 1.5 times the daily recommended cap for sodium – a staggering figure that prompted FDA to draft voluntary guidance earlier this summer for the food...

IFT 2016 In Review

Sethness meets clean label needs with expanded non-GMO and Class 1 caramel colors

After two years of tracking down documents, updating its supply chain and tweaking its formulas, Sethness Products Company claims “first-mover’s advantage” in the race to provide manufacturers with “cleaner” ingredients...

New NGS DNA testing methods will replace PCR, predicts Clear Labs

Are ‘GMO-free’ (as opposed to ‘non-GMO’) claims legally defensible?

As the Non-GMO Project states on its website, ‘GMO-free’ claims are “not legally or scientifically defensible due to limitations of testing methodology" coupled with cross-contamination risks. In future, however, that could...

IFT 2016 in review

Meeting consumer demand for ‘simple’ isn’t as simple as it appears, but it is possible, Mintel says

Consumers increasingly are seeking products that they are simple, with ingredients that they can pronounce, benefits that thy understand and minimal processing, but as a leading Mintel analyst noted at...

Will the edible insects market move beyond whole cricket powder?

Milled whole cricket powder is probably the best known bug-derived food ingredient aside from red food color carmine. But what other delights might edible insects yield for food formulators? Elaine...

Allulose – the hottest rare sugar on the block gaining interest in the US

‘Rare sugars’ are becoming a buzz phrase in Japan, but interest in the US is currently limited to industry insiders, with allulose increasingly an ingredient of interest, say representatives from...

IFT 2016 in review

Trend toward snacking blurs when consumers want specific flavors & foods

The evolution of snacking in America is breaking down barriers that formerly restricted what foods and beverages could be enjoyed at certain times of day, and in doing so is...

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