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Trendspotter

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.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: What snacks are hot and where consumers are buying them is evolving

US consumers are snacking more than ever, according to IRI data, but an analyst for the market research firm warns that CPG companies shouldn’t take this upward trend for granted...

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Confections hold steady in face of the war on sugar

Despite significant headwinds generated by the escalating war on sugar and increasing consumer preferences for healthy products, the confectionery industry is holding its own with sales climbing 1.2% in the...

Sports Nutrition Special Edition

Vox Pop: 'Protein, and that's pretty much it actually'

Sports nutrition is a booming industry, with Euromonitor estimating a value of $7.4bn in the US. When we went to the streets and asked a few gym-goers what they buy,...

Trendspotting at SIAL Canada reveals quinoa, meat snacks and premium chocolate

Quinoa-based foods, bean-to-bar chocolate, innovative meat-snacks and plant-based convenience foods continue to emerge as on-trend products that consumers want as illustrated by exhibitors showcasing new packaged foods at SIAL Canada...

PepsiCo seeks novel protein sources with 'easy to pronounce' names and 'a good sustainability story'

PepsiCo is seeking “new and novel protein sources for snacks and beverages," while Mondelēz International is looking for new technologies to improve the freshness and texture of fruits and veggies in Philadelphia cream...

Farmer’s Fridge CEO: ‘We won't stop until it’s easier to get a salad than a candy bar’

Can you make money supplying fresh prepared food via vending machines? Not everyone was convinced when Luke Saunders launched Farmer’s Fridge in October 2013, but the fact he's just persuaded...

Think clean label just means no artificial ingredients? Think again

CLEAN LABEL 2.0: Natural flavors and preservatives, pesticide residues, and Non-GMO in the spotlight

Think 'clean label' just means ditching ‘artificial’ ingredients and avoiding anything attracting negative press (warranted or otherwise)? Think again. Today, brands are also questioning whether ‘natural’ flavors, preservatives and sweeteners...

SPECIAL REPORT: Consumers and ‘clean’ food: Where is the clean label trend going next?

To the casual observer, ‘cleaning up’ our food sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do. But where is the clean label trend going, and is ditching every ingredient you can’t...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Will Moringa knock kale out of the top superfood spot?

For years kale has reigned supreme as the go-to superfood for many Americans thanks in part to its relatively low cost, nutrient density, broad accessibility and the plethora of ways...

Nutriati’s chickpea protein is white, odorless, and neutral-tasting

Chickpea protein in the spotlight as high-profile investors pump $8m into Nutriati

Commercial quantities of highly functional, neutral-tasting chickpea protein concentrates and a high-protein chickpea ‘flour’ will be available by the end of the year, says Richmond-based Nutriati, which has just closed...

The FoodNavigator-USA reader survey results: ‘We’re in the 3G era... where cost cutting is valued over growth’

The results of the 2017 FoodNavigator-USA reader survey are in… and not surprisingly, given the breadth of our readership, they’re pretty mixed, with many readers excited about their company’s prospects...

Mark Rampolla: Beanfields could be a $20-30m snack business before you even think about brand extensions

 “So why does the world need another [insert your product here]?” is a question entrepreneurs are well-advised to prep for before hitting the stage at any pitch slam judged by ZICO...

Muuna hits 4,000 stores, urges US consumers to rethink cottage cheese

Cottage cheese brand Muuna has rolled out to 4,000 retail locations nine months after its US launch, and is supporting its rapid growth with a multimedia marketing campaign and influencer...

GALLERY: Trendspotting at CHFA West, from barley couscous to seaweed pesto

From turmeric paste, barley couscous and konjac rice to cashew nut spreads, coffee leaf tea and adaptogen-laced juice drinks, CHFA West - Western Canada’s largest natural health and organics trade event...

Crickets aren't the only game in town when it comes to edible insects, says Hargol FoodTech

While crickets currently lead the edible insect pack, the grasshopper – which has a whopping 72% protein by dry weight with all the essential amino acids – has just as...

Community supported agriculture gains momentum to capture larger share of “fresh” market

As demand for local, fresh and healthy food increases community supported agricultural models are evolving to capture a larger share of consumer spend and could become a threat to more...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Emerging class action litigation targets

The number of class action cases filed against food and beverage companies continues to surge with the number of cases brought last year alone reaching a staggering 170, compared to...

Bone broth category offers ‘massive opportunity’ for early movers like Kettle & Fire

Virtually unheard of by many consumers as recently as just last spring, the bone broth category is “heating up” and there is “massive opportunity” for early movers in the space...

Cissé Cocoa Co. leverages purchasing power for social good

For Cissé Cocoa Co. selling baking mixes, hot chocolate and crunchy bites of super thin brownies is about more than just helping consumers satisfy their chocolate cravings, it is about making...

Kitchen Crafted carves new space for savory spreads

The Florida-based small brand Kitchen Crafted recently launched a line of two savory spreads, called SPRD, flavored Marinara Mia and Creole Mayo Spread. It just struck a deal with its...

Natural Products Expo West

Hip Chick Farms expands its portfolio of clean, simple poultry & other frozen foods

McDonalds, Panera and other high profile food service companies took notable steps last year to introduce “healthier” chicken products, but frozen poultry product producer Hip Chick Farms thinks more can...

ProYo high protein ice cream rolls out nationwide as retailers expand better-for-you pint set

With frozen yogurt sales still “tanking,” retailers are increasingly turning their attention to ice cream products that offer similar benefits (more protein, less sugar and fat), but truly deliver on...

Video dispatches from Expo West 2017

Barnana CMO: 'We tested banana brittle for eight months before we took it to market'

Barnana carved out virgin territory in the healthy snacks segment with its chewy banana bites, but will its new banana brittle prove equally groundbreaking? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chief marketing...

Memphis Meats unveils poultry meat (without raising animals): ‘An unprecedented milestone for clean meat'

‘Clean’ (a.k.a. cultured/lab-grown) meat pioneer Memphis Meats has unveiled its latest innovation – chicken and duck produced from poultry cells without raising animals – in what it describes as an...

Natural Products Expo West

Animal welfare movement ‘parallels’ the opportunities and challenges of the organic movement

There is a “tremendous parallel” between the emerging consumer demand for improved animal welfare in the US and the organic food movement, including notable business opportunities and significant challenges, according...

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