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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...

Industry players outline their wish lists for ‘NAFTA 2.0’ and express anxiety about renegotiation

While most agricultural industry leaders gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday urged lawmakers and the current administration to tread lightly when it comes to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement,...

What does Blue Apron’s roller-coaster stock price mean for the meal kit category’s future?

In an about-face, Blue Apron’s stock is surging on the strength of positive investor ratings published earlier this week, but the meal kit company’s initial rocky start in public trading...

New qualified health claim for macadamia nuts shows FDA’s evolving stance on dietary fat

FDA’s decision to greenlight a qualified health claim connecting macadamia nuts to the reduced risk of heart disease despite the ingredient’s saturated fat content suggests the agency may give manufacturers...

Social aspects of grilling create year-round marketing opportunities for brands, retailers, Acosta finds

For many Americans grilling is more than a means to put dinner on the table – it is a way to celebrate special occasions and everyday joys with friends, family...

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.

Poultry producer Perdue Farms modifies its animal welfare policy

Increasing the number of chicken houses with windows, providing chickens with more space, and raising and studying slower-growing chickens are among priorities Perdue Farms emphasized in its new animal welfare...

Another personalized nutrition testing firm attracts investment capital

Investment capital continues to flow into the personalized nutrition space with the announcement of another infusion of cash into Orig3n, a company that offers genetic testing kits.

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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...

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.

Gums, hydrocolloids, clean labels and the GMO factor: In conversation with CP Kelco

The rapid growth in protein-fueled beverages – especially the plant-based variety - has created new growth opportunities for hydrocolloids, although suppliers are having to help customers navigate complex questions around...

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...

Microbial fermentation could offer cost effective production method for anthocyanins, say researchers

Microbes can convert sugar into the red anthocyanin pigments found in fruits via a fermentation process that – when perfected – could prove to be much more efficient than extracting...

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Blue California launches fruity, peachy flavor ingredient derived from fermentation

Ingredient company Blue California has launched a new flavor ingredient gamma-decalactone—an aromatic compound found in many fruits that gives peaches and ripening fruit their distinctive flavor.

VIDEO: Should we define dietary fiber on the basis of what it is or what it does?

Which ingredients should be classified as dietary fibers and why? Elaine Watson caught up with Dr Dennis Gordon from North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the IFT show in Las...

Glyphosate joins Prop 65 list, but what does this mean for packaged food manufacturers?

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp) will be added to California's Prop 65 list on July 7, 2017, meaning warning labels will be required from July 2018. But what,...

How will added sugar labeling change the market? At IFT, companies weigh in

The controversial requirement to list added sugar on the nutrition facts panel has divided the industry. Though different parties may disagree on whether or not the move is good or...

Corbion's trans fat-free emulsifiers allow manufacturers to 're-engineer' cakes

"The conversion away from partially hydrogenated oils is really an opportunity to re-engineer cakes themselves," says Corbion as it launches SweetPro, a new line of trans fat-free emulsifiers that allow manufacturers to...

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...

Entomo Farms: 'We’re one of the most recognized [edible insect] brands across the world now'

Canadian bug powder supplier Entomo Farms is still doing most of its business with snack food companies, but VP Darren Goldin – chatting with FoodNavigator-USA at the IFT show -...

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