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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...

Meal kit co Sun Basket raises $15m in Series C financing round

Sun Basket raises $15m: 'Our goal is become America's favorite way to make healthy organic meals'

San Francisco-based Sun Basket, one of the fastest-growing players in the burgeoning meal kit delivery market, has raised $15m in a Series C funding round that will enable it to...

Snacking Innovation Summit trend-watching: Mini-meals, tapas-style eating, and hero SKUs

The trend towards continuous grazing throughout the day will create new ‘multi-temperature’ snacking opportunities for manufacturers as a ‘tapas-style’ approach to eating gains momentum, predicted panelists at the FoodNavigator-USA/BakeryandSnacks snacking...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Paid influencers make big impact with small budget in hot sauce category

From restaurants’ fixation with ghost peppers to the presence of sriracha on dining tables across the country and chili pepper in everything from snack chips to hot chocolate, it is...

Bone broth sales more than tripled in 2016, albeit off a very small base

The bone broth category (shelf-stable and refrigerated) is pretty small in the scheme of things, but it’s growing rapidly, with US retail sales more than tripling to $19.7m in the...

Yogurt makers cut sugar but add fat and convenience to meet consumer demands

Yogurt manufacturers continue to expand and evolve their portfolios with healthier and more convenient options that meet consumers’ growing demand for products that are lower in sugar, high in flavor...

‘Chewy’ ice cream from Lezzetli stretches Americans’ imaginations and palates

Typically considered smooth and creamy, the idea for most Americans that ice cream also could be chewy might seem like a stretch – and it is. Literally. 

Say vegan cheese! Miyoko’s Kitchen raises $6m in series B financing round

Artisanal vegan cheese maker Miyoko’s Kitchen has completed a $6m series B financing round led by JMK Consumer Growth Partners and supported by Obvious Ventures, Stray Dog Capital, and CircleUp’s...

Pasta Chips, Bow Ties, on course to generate revenues of $15m in 2017

From edgy to mainstream: Finding the sweet spot in the snacks market

Snack brands that want to break through the $2-3m revenue barrier have to appeal to mainstream shoppers as well as trend-setters in New York or L.A. says serial snacking entrepreneur...

New dressings from Bolthouse Farms target underserved overlap between organic and better-for-you

Bolthouse Farms expands its footprint in the crowded dressing category with the launch of a new premium line that fills the whitespace in the unexpectedly bare overlap between organic and...

The FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Innovation Summit: Have you registered yet?

If 50% of eating occasions are now snacks,* do we have to rethink what a snack is? An occasional treat or an everyday healthy indulgence? A fresh mini-meal? A quick...

Can't find a co-packer? There's an app for that, says PartnerSlate

You’ve got a great product, you’re bursting with entrepreneurial zeal, you’ve outgrown the space you’re renting in a commercial kitchen and you’re ready to look for a contract manufacturer/co-packer. Well...

CAUGHT ON CAMERA AT THE 2017 WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW

Beet it: The Foraging Fox offers a new twist on ketchup

Beets are making their way into everything from sports nutrition products to snacks, salads and juices, but do they belong in ketchup?

Lithic Nutrition: We want to prove that cricket can be a viable, heavy-hitting protein alternative

If the novelty factor surrounding edible insects has worn off somewhat, consumer interest in protein – particularly where there is a sustainability story to tell – continues to grow, says...

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That’s It CEO: Our veggie bars could be just as big, if not bigger, than our fruit bars

That’s It fruit bars were an immediate hit, but will the brand’s new veggie bars – which combine black beans with veggies such as peas, carrots, kale, and corn –...

CAUGHT ON CAMERA AT THE 2017 WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW

Dahlicious moves into new territory with almond milk yogurt and kefir

Dahlicious – a brand best-known for its cultured dairy product, lassi – is moving into new territory this year with the launch of almondmilk-based yogurt and kefir.

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Could molecular hydrogen infused water carve a niche in the functional beverages category?

In regular water, hydrogen is bound to oxygen (H2O) making it "difficult for our bodies to enjoy the [antioxidant/anti-inflammatory] benefits of hydrogen," claims the company behind Hfactor, which contends that dissolving hydrogen...

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Rhythm Superfoods CEO: 'Our new products will be nutrient dense, shelf-stable and delicious...'

Rhythm Superfoods has just closed a $6m financing round led by Gen Mills' 301 INC arm. But what will it spend the money on? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson caught up...

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Dang Foods: The next generation of whole food snacks belongs in the produce aisle

The next generation of fruit- and vegetable-based whole food snacks belongs in the produce aisle, not the salty snacks aisle, says Dang Foods. 

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Are Americans warming to cold soup? It's all about (more) fiber and (less) sugar, says ZÜPA NOMA

Cold soup in a bottle is still a novelty for many Americans, but the concept of ‘souping’ (as opposed to ‘juicing’) is gaining traction, particularly for consumers watching their sugar...

Social Nature’s online micro-influencer marketing model offers updated twist on in-store demos

Billed as a “product sampling community” and influencer marketing company, Social Nature wants to take the time-honored and go-to strategy of in-store demonstrations into the digital age for a “better,...

New formats, varieties and packaging of nut- and seed-based products gain traction in 2017

Consumers’ growing familiarity with the health benefits of nuts and seeds paired with their versatility is inspiring manufacturers to seek new varieties, uses and packaging for the ingredient – propelling...

IN PICTURES: Trendspotting at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

Matcha, seaweed (paired with chocolate and coconut), veggie snacks, grass-fed meat and dairy, coconuts, hemp, and pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils) featured heavily at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show,...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From American Ostrich Farms to Primal Kitchen

FoodNavigator-USA's latest set of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market is flogging everything from ostrich meat to māmaki tea, mung bean snacks, personalized nutrition services and grass-fed...

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts podcast: How doing good can also be good for business

In today’s highly competitive landscape, many food and beverage manufacturers try to set their brands apart by tapping into consumers’ desire for products that not only are better for them...

Meteoric sales growth at Primal Kitchen: 'Things just exploded as soon as we launched'

“We did everything you’re not supposed to do,” observes the COO of Primal Kitchen, which exploded out of the blocks with a sugar-free avocado oil-based mayo in February 2015, notched...

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