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Sustainable sourcing

Sustainability is no longer an optional add-on for food manufacturers and their suppliers. Climate change and shrinking resources mean a responsible approach is called for – and shareholders and customers want to know what is being done to safeguard food supplies and the interests of future generations.

Target the trendsetters: Young men most likely to eat insects, finds research

Young men are likely to be the ‘trendsetters’ in adopting insects into the Western diet, according to a new European study.

Rice Bran Technologies' revenue grows despite production gaps caused by plant expansion, World Cup

Rice Bran Technologies posted strong earnings growth in its second quarter of 2014 despite having to shut down a major production plant for three weeks as part of a planned...

First half of 2014 brings record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Demand for the sustainable oil is rising faster than supply for the first time as total sales of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) reach more than 2.4 million metric tonnes (MT).

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

Five questions for Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick

Just Mayo Walmart deal just another step in 'making food better': Hampton Creek CEO

It’s been a busy summer for Hampton Creek. After just six months on the market and $30mn raised in funding from the likes of Bill Gates and Yahoo cofounder Jerry...

New trade organization forms with mission to define what 'natural' means

A new trade organization has formed with the mission to define what 'natural' means.  The nascent Organic and Natural Health Alliance (ONHA) plans to go about defining that attribute in...

The true cost of beef: Report warns of high environmental cost of beef production

The environmental cost of beef production is nearly ten times more than any other form of meat or livestock production, say researchers.

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows deforestation, rather than stopping it.

Professor: What exactly is this mythical ‘pristine’ alternative to GMOs that presents no risks?

When consumers think about GMOs, they tend to contrast them with “some hypothetical alternative food that is pristine”, when in most cases, going ‘non-GMO’ just means returning to a food...

So Delicious Dairy Free brand grew at a 30% CAGR over past five years

SO Delicious: Dairy-free is one of the biggest growth opportunities in the food market right now

While gluten-free gets all the glory, dairy-free products such as almond and coconut milk are growing at an equally explosive rate, says So Delicious Dairy Free, which has notched up...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

RIBUS: consumers avoiding 'chem lab' ingredients; GMOs the biggest agro development since the tractor

During the IFT 2014 show in New Orleans, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with RIBUS Inc. CEO Steve Peirce for an update on its all-natural and organic rice-based ingredients and the sustainability...

US specialty food prize tops $88.3bn in 2013: 'Millennials are talking about specialty stores in the same way that they talk about restaurants'

At $88.3bn in 2013, the size of the US specialty food prize is already mouthwatering, and if current trends continue (sales grew 9.6% in 2012 and 8% in 2013), it...

Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it?

Americans don’t eat a third of the food they produce. But while this shocking statistic might alarm consumers, many still don’t see themselves as part of the problem, and mistakenly...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Cricket bars founder: ‘We launched a product without a supply chain in place to scale it’

Since it was created in 2012, Chapul Inc. has been on a mission to integrate edible insects into Western diets, using its cricket energy bars as the vehicle. 

DSM Food Specialties on its fermentation-derived stevia: High purity and cost-in-use will be better

Steviol glycosides produced through fermentation will be cost-effective, high purity, and sustainable, but they are about 18 months away, says DSM Food Specialties as it announces its new sweetener platform...

Sweet success: Researchers could produce erythritol from straw with new GM fungus

German scientists have developed a technique to produce the low calorie sweetener erythritol from straw using a new genetically modified fungus.

Mars: No immediate chocolate price increases in face of cocoa deficit

Mars says it is experiencing the same pressures on the cocoa market as Nestlé, but currently has no plans to raise chocolate prices.

Insights from the BASF 2014 Media Summit

Connecting the dots from ag to food

Is the farm-to-table movement all it’s cracked up to be? Is a healthy dialogue about GMOs even possible? Can we fix growing income disparities in the developed world? A group...

Tony's Fine Foods acquisition solidifies UNFI against increasing competition, CEO says

United Natural Foods Inc. the dominant force in organic and natural food distribution in North America, says its acquisiton of Tony’s Fine Foods will help it stave off competition in...

Microwave technology core of deal to bring to market lower-cost food, beverage ingredients

Botanical ingredient supplier Gencor has teamed with Canadian company Radient Technologies to bring to market a new array of natural compounds suitable for use as functional food, beverage and dietary...

60-second interview: the day job

What do you do? Blake Waltrip, CEO of Ancient Harvest

In the latest iteration of FoodNavigator-USA’s What do you do interview series, we talk with the boss of organic ancient grain specialist Ancient Harvest about the challenges of long-distance (work)...

Move over yerba maté! Guayusa is the next big thing in ‘clean energy’, say Runa founders

It’s not as well-known as yerba maté or guarana, yet, but another natural source of caffeine - the Amazonian leaf guayusa - is about to give them both a serious...

World Environment Day - June 5 2014 - Driving action on climate change

Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

General Mills and Kellogg refute Oxfam climate change attack

General Mills and Kellogg have dismissed Oxfam’s claim that they are the ‘worst offenders’ on global greenhouse gas emissions and not doing enough to tackle climate change.

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