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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting & food expo is the biggest gathering of food science professionals on the planet. Find out what the FoodNavigator-USA team found out at the latest show here.

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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...

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...

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental...

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 -...

VIDEO: Will we need a new regulatory framework for clean (cultured) meat?

Producing ‘clean’ meat by culturing cells – instead of raising or slaughtering animals - is a new frontier in food production, but will it require a new regulatory framework, and...

VIDEO: ‘Green banana flour has the functionality of a starch and the label of a fruit…’

One product that generated quite a buzz at the IFT show this year was NuBana green banana flour from International Agriculture Group (IAG). Elaine Watson caught up with VP marketing...

IFT 2017 part one: From clean meat and clean label, to green jackfruit and banana flour

This year, edible bugs competed with clean (aka cultured) meat, green banana flour and jackfruit for the spotlight, while many fibers remain in limbo as the FDA mulls over definitions....

Green banana flour... the most versatile new ingredient in the clean label toolkit?

‘Functional fruit flours’ from starchy unripe bananas – which are low in sugar and in some cases high in RS2 resistant starch – could open new doors for formulators looking...

Your guide to IFT 2017: From clean meat and cannabis edibles to space farming

What does 'processed' food mean? And how much is too much? Will consumers embrace 'clean' meat? And what can we grow in space? Check out FoodNavigator-USA's guide to the hottest...

Asenzya to tackle seasoning challenges at IFT as US consumers' flavor preferences shift

The gradual increase in demand for spicier foods, more interesting flavors, and simpler ingredients lists has proven to be a curve ball for many manufacturers. Asenzya has done its research...

IFT 2017 Preview

Arjuna Natural Extracts expands US operation, launches 'clean label' preservatives line in US

Maker of essential oils and oleoresins Arjuna Natural Extracts is ramping up its US operations and opened a new sales office in Dallas earlier this month, making its line of...

IFT 2017 Preview

Ingredion’s new rice flour to launch at IFT17, marketed as ‘clean label’ texture ingredient

Ingredion’s new rice flour ingredient—designed to meet consumer demand for smooth, silky, gluten-free products—will premiere at this year’s IFT show in Las Vegas.

IFT in review

Gluten-free products are evolving to be more nutritious, flavorful, Firebird Artisan Mills says

The gluten free market in the US remains hot, but as the category becomes more crowded, manufacturers must offer products with added appeal to stay competitive – such as a...

More than just beans: Finalists from all corners of the world share their pulse innovations at IFT

An energy bar, jam, and even gelato—these aren’t food items often associated with pulses and legumes. But undergraduates, graduates, and professionals showcased that pulses are capable of far much more...

IFT 2016 In Review

Fiber rises on ability to cut sugar & calories while preserving taste, satiety and clean label

While fiber hasn’t quite reached the same superstar status as protein, consumer interest in the ingredient is rising rapidly as they look for ways to manage their weight while still...

TerraVia CEO: Thrive culinary algae oil could be a sizeable consumer brand

TerraVia – formerly known as Solazyme – has been telling reporters (and investors) that algae is the next big thing in food for years. But when will it really start...

Sloan Trends: 'The move away from fortification is very troubling'

Manufacturers have been ‘cleaning up’ food labels for years, but the pressure to oust 'unpronounceable' ingredients has now become so great that important vitamins and minerals (which often have chemical-sounding...

IFT 2016 in review

Dairy Permeate cuts manufacturing costs and sodium while boosting nutrition, USDEC says

Most Americans consume more than 1.5 times the daily recommended cap for sodium – a staggering figure that prompted FDA to draft voluntary guidance earlier this summer for the food...

IFT 2016 In Review

Sethness meets clean label needs with expanded non-GMO and Class 1 caramel colors

After two years of tracking down documents, updating its supply chain and tweaking its formulas, Sethness Products Company claims “first-mover’s advantage” in the race to provide manufacturers with “cleaner” ingredients...

IFT 2016 in review

Meeting consumer demand for ‘simple’ isn’t as simple as it appears, but it is possible, Mintel says

Consumers increasingly are seeking products that they are simple, with ingredients that they can pronounce, benefits that thy understand and minimal processing, but as a leading Mintel analyst noted at...

Will the edible insects market move beyond whole cricket powder?

Milled whole cricket powder is probably the best known bug-derived food ingredient aside from red food color carmine. But what other delights might edible insects yield for food formulators? Elaine...

IFT 2016 in review

Trend toward snacking blurs when consumers want specific flavors & foods

The evolution of snacking in America is breaking down barriers that formerly restricted what foods and beverages could be enjoyed at certain times of day, and in doing so is...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How can manufacturers meet sodium, sugar & calorie reduction demands?

Finding solutions to reduce sodium, sugar and calories in finished products is essential as regulators and consumers demand healthier products – but the increasing desire for “clean labels” adds a...

Is food marketing awash with bad science? If so, who is to blame?

Dr Ben Goldacre: ‘Does this food cause or prevent cancer? Honestly, there's no need for any more stories like that, they have almost no value’

There was plenty of handwringing at the IFT show this year about the lack of scientific literacy characterizing the debate around food and farming, backed up by scores of press...

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