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Plant-based foods and beverages

Plant-based foods and beverages

Plant-based foods and beverages, from almondmilk and pea-protein-based 'meat' to cashew-based cheeses and flax-based yogurts, are gaining shelf space and publicity. But they are also generating controversy over labeling. Stay up to date here...

Nellson exec: Demand for plant-based product development up by around 140%

Plant-based formulations for bars, beverages, and powders made up about 60% of all orders to California-based manufacturer Nellson in 2016, compared to just 25% last year, and a negligible amount...

As organic gains prominence, shoppers increasingly seek lower cost and higher value

Rising sales and household penetration of organic is a double-edged sword for the industry in the US as more Americans have started looking for lower prices, bulk packaging and easier...

Hampton Creek CEO: ‘We’re growing, and not by an insignificant amount’

In the early days, the news about Hampton Creek was almost universally positive. A man on a mission to disrupt the food system, founder Josh Tetrick emerged victorious from spats...

$16.8 million in government grants aim to encourage SNAP spending on more produce

After efforts earlier this year to use a stick to discourage SNAP beneficiaries from buying unhealthy products was met with resistance and doubt, the government is trying another approach –...

HPP hummus pioneer Hope Foods raises $7.4m via factory sale and leaseback

Hope Foods has raised $7.4m by selling the 59,000sq ft industrial building in the Colorado Technology Center in Louisville, Colorado, where it manufactures its organic hummus and dips, to California-based...

Veggie Noodle Co. will expand production, distribution with support from Encore Consumer Capital

A minority equity investment from Encore Consumer Capital could help fast-growing Veggie Noodle Co. spring to new levels by funding the startup's expansion into a larger facility in East Austin...

Consumers want more purple in their diets, but are hard pressed to find it, Welch’s research shows

Consumers seeking more functional benefit from their foods and beverages are increasingly turning to the color purple, but according to recent research from Welch Foods, Inc. only 18% of Americans...

NuturMe CEO shares what it takes to secure accounts with ‘top tier’ retailers

After years of knocking on the doors of top tier retailers and hearing no, baby and toddler food company NuturMe is finally hearing yes from major players including Target, Kroger...

Hampton Creek explores the potential of mung bean protein isolate

Mung bean protein has potential applications in everything from egg substitutes to pasta and ice cream, says Hampton Creek, which has just received a 'no questions' letter from the FDA...

Ancient grain freekeh offers solutions to modern day consumer problems

With its “chameleon-like” versatility, nutrient-density and strong structural integrity, the ancient grain freekeh is a triple threat to many modern day eating woes that plague time-crunched consumers seeking something healthy...

Nonprofit pressures Aramark to speed-up its efforts to improve the nutrition of the meals it serves

Despite Aramark’s ambitious five-year plan to improve the health of Americans 20% by 2020, the public health non-profit Balanced wants the food service giant to do more to improve the...

Zola aims to expand the energy drink category with a product that offers hydration, natural flavors

Consumers who begrudgingly endure the medicinal taste and multisyllabic, chemical-sounding ingredients in some energy drinks in exchange for the boost the beverages provide no longer need to make that trade...

FOOD VISION USA 2017: What does the Amazon/Whole Foods deal mean for everyone else?

Much of the punditry immediately following the Amazon/Whole Foods announcement focused on how the tie up might impact Whole Foods stores. Will they become test beds for Amazon Go-style technology...

Veggie Go’s brings “healthy innovation” to the fruit snack aisle with launch of Bites

New parents who remember enjoying classic fruit snacks growing up but who struggle to justify giving them to their children in the current era of clean eating and better-for-you foods...

An attractive produce section can give retailers a competitive edge, FMI study suggests

Looks may not be everything, but they matter a lot – especially in the produce section, which can be a pivotal driver for foot traffic and subsequent sales throughout the...

Impossible Foods' total funding hits $257m: 'We can satisfy the world's voracious demand for meat, without destroying the environment'

Impossible Foods – a Bay-area-based start-up on a mission to precisely replicate the taste and texture of meat – has closed a $75m financing round,* bringing its total investment to...

Good Food Institute, NMPF, to FDA: Give the industry some clarity on plant ‘milk’ labeling

The FDA – which has continued to maintain radio silence over plant-based ‘milk’ labeling despite mounting frustration from stakeholders – should clarify its position in the face of increasing commercial,...

Daiya Foods CEO on selling to Otsuka: ‘The entire senior leadership team is staying on… our job is just beginning’

Daiya Foods has carved out an enviable slice of the fast-growing plant-based foods market since its 2008 launch, but did not attract the valuation it was looking for when it...

UrthBox shopping spree continues consolidation in subscription snack segment

With the acquisition of three competitors, healthy snack subscription box company UrthBox hopes to better shine a light on organic and natural brands that otherwise may be caught in the...

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...

Emerging ice cream trends reveal sophistication, portion control and allergy-friendly

As the summer days heat up, so is the market for frozen desserts, including dairy- and nut-free options, high-protein ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, ice pops and indulgent flavors specially...

thinkThin continues double-digit growth, prepares to unveil ‘breakthrough protein snack’

Household penetration of protein bars has continued to increase as more retailers have moved them from the OTC/supplement aisles to the main snack bar fixtures, prompting shoppers to ‘trade up’...

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.

Lebby Snacks introduces a softer, sweeter chickpea snack to US market

Competition in the roasted chickpea snack segment is heating up as more players enter the field, including newcomer Lebby Snacks, which stands apart from the others by offering a soft...

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