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Entrepreneurs to watch

Entrepreneurs to watch

Breaking into the cut-throat world of consumer packaged goods takes blood, sweat, tears... and enough cash to sustain some momentum after the initial excitement of seeing your product hit its first shelves wears off. We follow the entrepreneurs to watch in food and beverage, spanning everything from coffee leaf tea to nut butters with a twist...

Big Tree Farms unveils golden coconut sugar to compete with refined white sugar: 'This is going to be a truly disruptive sweetener’

Big Tree Farms has developed a paler, finer ‘golden’ organic Fair trade coconut sugar that can replace refined white sugar in applications where coarser, darker coconut sugars aren’t ideal, says...

Natural Products Expo West

New twists and techniques energize coffee & tea categories

New ways to make and enjoy coffee and tea continue to flood the market with companies at Natural Products Expo West offering twists on pour over, cold brew and iced...

Impossible Foods moves to commercial scale production of plant-based burgers

Impossible Foods – which claims to have created a plant-based burger that precisely replicates the taste and texture of meat - will be able to produce one million pounds of...

Natural Products Expo West

CPG accelerator SKU blends mentorship & networking to help startups succeed

Starting and growing a company is hard – especially in the highly competitive food and beverage industry, but Austin, Texas-based accelerator SKU is tipping the odds of success in favor...

Natural Products Expo West

Hip Chick Farms expands its portfolio of clean, simple poultry & other frozen foods

McDonalds, Panera and other high profile food service companies took notable steps last year to introduce “healthier” chicken products, but frozen poultry product producer Hip Chick Farms thinks more can...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The rising opportunity for mushrooms in food and beverage

Growing awareness of the powerful health benefits of mushrooms as well as increasing demand for their rich umami flavor, is quickly elevating the ingredient from the lowly status of the...

Video dispatches from Expo West 2017

Barnana CMO: 'We tested banana brittle for eight months before we took it to market'

Barnana carved out virgin territory in the healthy snacks segment with its chewy banana bites, but will its new banana brittle prove equally groundbreaking? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chief marketing...

Natural Products Expo West

‘Don’t turn off your cell phone,’ and 6 other tips for success from Chobani CEO Ulukaya

Many successful entrepreneurs extol the value of work-life balance when they talk about getting a business off the ground, but at the recent graduation of Chobani Food Incubator’s first class...

VIDEO dispatches from Expo West 2017

Kite Hill weighs into plant ‘milk’ debate: ‘Do electric cars not get to call themselves cars because they don’t have a combustion engine?’

An electric vehicle uses a very different propulsion system to the internal combustion engine, but it also has four wheels, and gets you from A to B, which to most...

Memphis Meats unveils poultry meat (without raising animals): ‘An unprecedented milestone for clean meat'

‘Clean’ (a.k.a. cultured/lab-grown) meat pioneer Memphis Meats has unveiled its latest innovation – chicken and duck produced from poultry cells without raising animals – in what it describes as an...

VIDEO dispatches from Expo West 2017

EPIC Provisions co-founder: 'Regenerative agriculture is the next big movement in food'

Meat and dairy often get a bad rap on the sustainability front, but not all animal production systems have the same impact on the planet, says EPIC Provisions co-founder Taylor...

The Soulfull Project seeks to ease food insecurity and equalize access to nutrients

Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but hot cereal can fill it, and those who are food insecure, at least if it comes from The Soulfull Project –...

PRE Brands CEO: ‘We’re a consumer-based platform focused on perishables’

The Chicago-based brand may have eight varieties of packaged grass-fed beef products, but CEO Lenny Lebovich asserts his company is not a meat company. “We don’t view ourselves as a...

Taste test Friday: Consumers embrace New Pop’s nostalgia but are unsure of high sugar content

New Pop seeks to set itself apart in the highly popular but also crowded ready-to-eat popcorn category by offering a “skinless” option that is sweet and free from the snack’s...

Aloha rebrands, expands portfolio to support shift from online-only to brick-and-mortar stores

To better support its transition from online-only sales to distribution at brick and mortar stores, wellness brand Aloha is unveiling at Expo West a massive rebranding along with new, reformulated...

Snacklins plant-based pork rinds marry popular vegan and meat snack trends

Snacklins started out as “a joke gone too far,” according to a co-founder, but the growth of the plant-based take on pork rinds is nothing to laugh at – thanks...

Farmhouse Culture raises $6.5m in financing round led by Gen Mills 301 INC, unveils new sparkling probiotic line

A $6.5m funding round led by General Mills’ 301 INC arm will help Farmhouse Culture - which specializes in fresh organic sauerkraut, sauerkraut chips and fermented 'gut shots' – expand...

Wild Kombucha targets mainstream shoppers with familiar bottle, lighter taste profile

Baltimore-based Mobtown Fermentation wants to make kombucha – known for its sharp flavor profile and inconsistent texture – “more approachable to the general consumer,” starting with a more familiar shaped...

Raw organic juice at the touch of a button with no prep and no mess... Juicero heads to Whole Foods

Mess-free countertop juicer brand Juicero has seen a five-fold increase in consumer adoption after dropping its price tag from $699 to $399, and is now working on a second iteration...

Union Kitchen spotlights global flavors, functional beverages & upscale classics

Food and beverage entrepreneurs make global flavors approachable for hesitant Americans, offer functional beverages and put modern, unique twists on classic favorites at the Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen’s Meet...

News in brief

Barnana unveils its latest innovation: banana brittle

Banana-fueled brand Barnana has broken new ground in the snack category for a second time with the launch of organic Banana Brittle, a new snack made from ‘upcycled’ bananas (that...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: A closer look at protein’s rise to popularity and where it is headed

Americans’ love affair with protein shows no signs of cooling in the coming years with a compound annual growth rate projected at a steady 5.6% for the next three years,...

FoodFutureCo unveils 2017 cohort: 'It isn’t enough to have a great concept; consumers, retailers and investors are looking for companies with a higher purpose'

FoodFutureCo - a food business accelerator program targeting mission-driven companies in scale-up mode – has unveiled its second cohort, spanning spring water, local produce, kids’ snacks and fermented foods. 

BOBO's raises $8m, expects revenues to double in 2017

Baked oat bar brand BOBO’s could double revenues in 2017 (vs 2016) if it continues on its current growth trajectory, says the CEO of the Boulder-based brand, which has just...

Sonoma Brands hails 'explosive' growth trajectory at SmashMallow

It’s early days, but SmashMallow snackable marshmallows – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – are already in 2,000 stores and growing at an...

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