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Back to the Roots raises $2 million to develop new RTE products & growing kits

Back to the Roots want to go beyond providing consumers with packaged food that has a simple ingredient list – it wants to give them the exact recipe so they...

Jolt Energy Gum relaunches as category experiences sales resurgence

Sales of chewing gum are climbing again after several years of stagnation, likely due to evolving tastes and eating patterns, in addition to new product launches, according to IRI Worldwide.

FOOD VISION USA: Which food & beverage companies are really driving innovation?

According to Nielsen data, 85% of new consumer packaged goods fail within two years, and big firms are no better - and often far worse - at picking winners than...

Hemp is ready for prime time, says Evo Hemp co-founder: We’re growing at 300% year over year

It may not have hit prime time yet, but it’s only a matter of time before hemp is as big as chia in the US food and beverage market, predicts...

5 emerging multicultural ingredients with cross-generational appeal

Multicultural wellness ingredients are emerging as a tie that binds the diverse desires of multiple generations together, according to the latest Packaged Facts’ Culinary Trend Tracking Series report . 

The Cookie Department aims to help children fight obesity with a healthy cookie alternative

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the founder of The Cookie Department says he wants to “fight the good fight for anti-obesity” by marketing a vegan cookie to children and their...

NurturMe angles for pole-position in quinoa-based baby food category

A $1.5 million investment from EcoEnterprises Fund will enable NurturMe to expand its line of quinoa-based children's food as well as its social mission as a B-Corporation to improve sustainable...

Online meal delivery services are “next big wave of food companies,” Veestro CMO says

California startup Veestro  is bringing to consumers’ doors healthy, plant-based frozen meals and with them the next evolution in the burgeoning direct-to-consumer meal kit and grocery delivery movement.

Americans believe ‘preservatives / chemicals’ are significantly more harmful than added sugar, saturated fat and sodium, says new poll

A poll* of more than 4,200 US consumers conducted in April 2015 by CivicScience shows Americans believe that ‘preservatives / chemicals’ are significantly more harmful to their heath than added...

Chobani refreshes Simply 100 Greek yogurt range; appeals to ‘thoughtful weight managers’

Dollar sales of Chobani’s Simply 100 Greek yogurts have grown 25% in the first five months of 2015 vs the same period last year, while unit sales are up 28%,...

From hemp and turmeric to artisan dairy-free ‘cheese’: Nine natural food trends for 2015

From veggie powders to sprinkle on your food to artisan dairy-free ‘cheeses’ made from nuts, Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) selects nine natural food trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and...

The future of tofu: pressed, baked and vacuum-packed

Vitasoy USA Inc., the maker of Nasoya products, hopes its new vacuum-packed and ready-to-eat baked tofu products will bring new consumers into the category by making tofu easier to prepare...

KeVita proposes 'Verified Non Alcoholic' logo to reassure shoppers kombucha is below legal alcohol limit

Tens of thousands of kombucha bottles were pulled from US shelves in 2010 after it emerged they exceeded the 0.5% legal alcohol limit, so you’d assume products on shelf today...

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

Consumer demand for high protein, on-the-go food is helping drive sales of jerky, which climbed 12.8% last year, and other dried meat snacks, which increased 14.3% last year, according to...

News in brief

Heinz clashes with Boulder Brands over ‘Smart Balance’ trademark on frozen foods

Heinz is urging a Pennsylvania court to reverse a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) allowing Boulder Brands to register ‘Smart Balance’ as a trademark for frozen...

MAY 2015 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know what Panera plans to oust from its menus, or which food & beverage giants just snapped up Blake's and Applegate? And what do we know about Millennials...

Avian flu prompting strategic rethink at US food companies, claims Hampton Creek boss: 'It's not just about price'

The latest outbreak of avian flu has, predictably, prompted a surge in demand for egg replacers. But some industrial egg users are now considering making permanent changes to recipes and...

New data reveals winners in the US snacks aisle: RTE popcorn, bean chips & dried meat snacks

Potato chips, tortilla chips and cheese snacks are performing strongly in the US retail market, despite growing demand for healthier snacking options. However, the big winners in the snacks aisle...

Walmart challenges suppliers over animal welfare and antibiotic use

Walmart is asking meat and poultry suppliers to stop using antibiotics and antimicrobials for non-therapeutic purposes (eg. to promote growth and boost feed efficiency rather than exclusively for treating sick...

Culinary trend spotting

Millennials are driving snack sales growth & reshaping how Americans eat, Euromonitor says

Sales of snacks account for a whopping 40% of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow 2% annually through 2019, thanks in large part to...

Millennials and food shopping: Are you up to speed?

Compared to previous generations Millennials are far more likely to make spur-of-the-moment food decisions and have less well-stocked pantries, say market researchers. But many food retailers are not geared up...

Meet execs from Sparkling ICE, Chobani, Tio Gazpacho, NASA

Innovate or die: Introducing Food Vision USA... from 3D printing to personalized nutrition

Imagine a place where you can meet the entrepreneurs behind new food & beverage categories and retail channels; pioneers in the field of nutrigenomics, edible insects, and 3D printing; food...

Algae oil: The next big healthy cooking oil? Products have a cleaner taste than other cooking oils, report consumers

Consumer feedback on Solazyme’s new high-oleic algae oil reveals high acceptance levels, with 98% of healthy oil purchasers sent samples for at-home testing reporting it had a ‘pleasant or no...

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market...

Consumer concerns about chemicals in food rise while their trust in food safety sinks, survey finds

Concern about “chemicals” in the food supply is growing among Americans, many of whom are changing how they buy food as a result, according to a recent survey.