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What’s hot and what's not? Traditional fruits? Thai cuisine? New varieties of chili? Plant proteins? Smoke flavors? Find out what trends are making their way from the swankiest restaurants to the shelves at your local grocery store in this new section of FoodNavigator-USA designed to keep you up to date on everything from the rise of Greek yogurt to purple food.

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...

Kidfresh co-founder: We're bringing Millennials to the frozen aisles

Cynics might argue that junk food is junk food, whether it comes in green-hued packaging and eschews artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, or not. Kidfresh co-founder and CEO Matt Cohen...

The Chaat Company, Hargol FoodTech, Funny Farm to take center stage at FOOD VISION USA as our 2017 trailblazers

From turmeric paste and green banana flour to sprouted mung bean snacks and cauliflower wraps and pizza bases, the entries to our 2017 trailblazers challenge are at the cutting edge...

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...

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Lab-grown meat firm in talks to license tech

Hampton Creek has confirmed the Silicon Valley start-up is in talks to license its lab-grown meat technology to some of the world’s biggest meat companies.

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...

Aspire Food Group unveils world’s first automated cricket farm

When it comes to edible insects, there is still something of a disconnect between the rhetoric (insects can help us feed the world) and the reality, in the US., at...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: Fat roars back in the yogurt aisle, switchel adds bubbles ...

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from whole milk launches in the yogurt aisle to kombucha with adaptogens, lightly carbonated apple cider vinegar...

Country Archer Jerky Co eyes the conventional & convenience channels following second capital raise

With another infusion of investor funds, Country Archer Jerky Co. is set to make the leap from the natural channel where it is thriving into the conventional and convenience channels,...

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...

FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS: ‘At the heart of all successful brands over the last 4-5 years is the idea of simplicity…’

From why Facebook is a great way to garner consumer insights on a budget, to why inviting chefs to your focus group could help invigorate and speed up your innovation...

Protein2o raises $4m, attracts ex-Gatorade execs to support ‘explosive’ growth

Protein2o – a rapidly-growing brand of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of whey protein – has completed a $4m capital raise and attracted two high-profile ex-Gatorade executives as...

The ready meal category is ripe for growth and likely will pull consumers from meal kits and frozen

The ready meal category in the US is set to explode in part as a natural evolution of the meal kit craze that taught consumers how to cook healthy, fresh...

Bonafide Provisions expands the reach and appeal of bone broth with Drinkable Veggies

As recently as two years ago, bone broth was virtually unheard of by the masses, but now it is seemingly everywhere with newcomers crowding the category and pushing early players...

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...

What's the size of the Paleo foods prize? Mintel and IRI weigh in

Paleo themed product sales could soar to $4bn in the US in the next three years if enough manufacturers invest, according to IRI, although Mintel says we're not looking at...

SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL: ‘Big CPG brands are changing their mindset’

With unemployment rates approaching 14% after two years of recession, Brazil’s economy is projected to grow by less than 0.5% in 2017, while the president has become embroiled in a...

Suja Juice CEO: The fermented beverages segment is on fire

Suja is still considering a move into the kombucha category but will only do so if it can produce the product in a way that controls the alcohol and sugar...

How is the food and beverage innovation process changing?

What new tools are brands using to get products to market more quickly, and build consumer insights into the process at every stage? Are traditional focus groups becoming passé?

US chilled prepared food market is about to take off, says Bakkavor USA as it unveils the Yaas! brand

The UK fresh prepared food market – in which Bakkavor is a leading player - is dominated by private label products, but there is a clear opportunity for national brands...

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...

Competition among retailers heats up as consumers seek more diverse, ethnic products

Consumer demand for products that are authentic and ethnic is not only prompting brand manufacturers to innovate it is also raising the competitive bar at retailers, according to industry experts.

More consumers weigh companies’ social responsibility when making purchase decisions

Acting responsibly and creating a positive social impact is no longer optional for companies – it is now a basic requirement for success based on the increasing weight consumers place...

Mercato founder and CEO: 'Nobody has made it easy for the independent grocer'

Part delivery service, part online storefront, by working exclusively with independent retailers, Mercato founder Bobby Brannigan is confident he has carved out a space where his company can thrive in...

Fresh Bellies brings bold seasoning to refrigerated HPP baby food category

In the refrigerated, HPP baby food space, cold-pressed ingredients dominate. Fresh Bellies is differentiating itself by cooking vegetables to release flavor, and not blending them with fruits.

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