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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains


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 WILD, Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

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5 tips for a successful Kickstarter campaign from grass fed meat delivery startup Butcher Box

One key to a successful Kickstarter campaign is to create “stretch goals” that incentivize existing backers to find more investors to help unlock additional rewards, advises Michael Salguero, founder of...

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Next generation Reb D + M to debut at Supply Side West: 'It performs exceptionally well in diet soda'

Cargill and Evolva will introduce their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – produced via fermentation rather than from the stevia leaf – at the Supply Side West...

Part 2: One-on-one with The Tea Council of the USA on Emerging Trends

Increased innovation needed to further drive tea sales in the US

Sales of tea in the US are booming, but the industry still faces tough competition and must continue to innovate to capture a larger “share of throat,” according to Peter...

Expo East in review

Distinctions in yogurt, kefir abound at Expo East

The yogurt category continues to evolve and expand with more refined varieties, including yogurt from sheep, goats and grass fed animals, as well as lactose free options. The kefir category...

As seaweed snacks gain popularity, they present a chance to get in at ground level, expert says

Seaweed snacks are riding a rising tide in the U.S. with sales swelling between $250 million and $500 million in 2014, according to an industry trends expert.

Part 1: One-on-one with the Tea Council of the USA on emerging trends

More Americans are reaching for green tea, consumer survey reveals

America may be a nation of black tea drinkers, but increasingly they are reaching for green tea for its health benefits, rich cultural experience and diverse flavor profile, according to...

Ancient, yet modern? Sacha inchi and hemp give formulators new options in plant-based proteins

Hemp and sacha inchi – two ‘ancient yet modern’ sources of protein from seeds – are gaining traction in the burgeoning plant-based protein set, although their premium price tag means...

Expo East in review

Flapjacked meets demand for more protein with easy-to-make pancake and muffin mixes

High protein, easy-to-eat foods are no longer limited to bars and shakes – now they can also be found in familiar baked goods that appeal to carb-loving consumers, thanks to...

Expo East in review

Enjoy Life Foods elevates baking mixes with in-demand, functional ingredients

Retailers that initially warned Enjoy Life Foods not to enter the baking mix segment are now clamoring to stock the manufacturer’s new line of five ready-to-use mixes in large part...

Expo East in review

Versatile probiotic GanedenBC30 adds value to a variety of products showcased at Expo East

Ganeden BC30 probiotic is a hot ingredient right now, as demonstrated by a slew of diverse products featuring it at Expo East. The probiotic is in demand in part because it...

Expo East in review

OTA aims to align supply, demand and farming profitability of organic by 2030

Sales of organic are skyrocketing in the U.S. with demand often outstripping supply, but the Organic Trade Association has a plan to bring into balance by 2030 the market growth,...

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

Hoping to build on the momentum driving up sales of tea in the US, manufacturers are offering new flavors and delivery platforms that keep consumers engaged. At Expo East, companies...

ADM to open first facility built under aegis of new WILD business unit

Archer Daniels Midland is set to open first facility built under the aegis of its new WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit.  The new facility in Cranbury, NJ, will...

Animal and plant proteins have equal benefits for diabetic blood sugar control

High protein diets, from both animal and plant sources, improve blood sugar control in diabetic patients, according to new research.

News in brief

New FEMA GRAS flavor ingredient library demonstrates commitment to transparency, says FEMA

Food and beverage manufacturers, researchers, journalists and consumers seeking information about flavor ingredients can now access a publicly available database of flavor ingredients with FEMA GRAS (Generally Recognized as safe)...

60-second interview: Vicky Fligel, business development manager, Glanbia Nutritionals

Protein is hot, but customers are getting more discerning about the source and quality, says Glanbia Nutritionals

Glanbia Nutritionals has expanded beyond its dairy roots to add pea, chia and flax protein concentrates to its portfolio to meet growing demand for vegan protein, says business development manager...

Protein trends

Blending soy and dairy proteins adds benefits for consumers, manufacturers, DuPont says

Two sources of protein in a finished product are better than one when it comes to blending soy and dairy, according to DuPont Nutrition and Health.

News in brief

Zerose erythritol is FEMA GRAS and can be used in soft drinks as ‘natural flavor’, says Cargill

Cargill’s Zerose erythritol has been deemed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as a flavor in non-alcoholic beverages by the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA),...

Ingredion petitions FDA for diabetes risk reduction health claim

Ingredion has submitted a health claim petition to the FDA for its Hi-Maize high-amylose corn resistant starch and reduction of risk for type 2 diabetes.

GLG: We will be able to breed stevia plants with commercially viable quantities of Reb D and Reb M

All eyes are now on Cargill and Evolva as they prepare for the 2016 launch of fermentation-derived steviol glycosides Reb D+M. However, Vancouver-based GLG Life Tech Corporation says it is...

Grilling season is not limited to Summer, Acosta survey reveals

The unofficial end of summer may have come and gone, but grilling season is far from over, according to sales and market research agency Acosta. 

News in brief

Givaudan donates $1m to support UCR citrus variety collection

Givaudan – the world’s leading manufacturer of flavors and fragrances - has donated $1m for the endowment of a chair position at the University of California, Riverside, to support its...

Earth’s first superfood? Solazyme’s whole algae protein gains traction as formulators seek more vegan options

New sources of protein from edible insects to hemp are being incorporated into a growing number of products from bars to beverages. But does microalgae have what it takes to...

Kent Precision Foods acquires Sqwincher hydration line with unique 'professional' distribution footprint

Kent Corporation, a family owned food and feed company based in Iowa, has acquired privately held Sqwincher, a manufacturer of a line of hydration products that feature a unique distribution...

Pompeo bill would ‘create a competing Non-GMO label with drastically lower standards’, says Non-GMO Project

While supporters of Rep. Mike Pompeo’s Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR1599) welcome its proposal to create a national standard for non-GMO claims, the Non-GMO Project says this would...

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