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Trendspotter

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.

Alternative proteins

Algae protein’s limited interaction with other ingredients a ‘key competitive advantage,' says TerraVia

It's still a new player in the burgeoning 'alternative protein' category, but algae could give rivals a run for their money as formulators learn about its unique properties that enable fortification in...

PLMA quizzes 1,839 Millennials aged 20-29 on food and shopping habits

12 things you need to know about the eating and shopping habits of Millennials

How do Millennials think about food, cooking, shopping and eating out? To find out, the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) commissioned Surveylab to conduct a nationwide online survey of 1,839...

Hippeas organic chickpea puffs explode out of the blocks as founder predicts revenues could go from zero to $35m by the end of 2018

Most new food & beverage brands quietly disappear after their creators run out of cash or patience; while those that do make it often slog away for years before the...

Six “fresh” food trends driving innovation at retail & restaurants

The maturing farm to table movement is giving way to “fresh” as the most important value among nearly three-quarters of consumers – edging out natural and low price which slightly...

From grain-free to grass-fed: What is driving growth in natural, organic and specialty foods?

With Expo East around the corner, food investment specialists Whipstitch Capital and Silverwood Partners have both released reports exploring the growth drivers in natural, organic and specialty foods. Checkout our...

Innovation hot spot lies at overlap of 'natural,' science and sustainability, expert says

The drive toward shorter, cleaner labels and the oft-mentioned dearth of innovation in the supplement sphere are both factors of the maturation of the dietary supplement  and functional foods industries,...

Three trends driving sales of 100% juice even as sugar debate rages

Rather than viewing the ongoing demonization of sugar as a potential threat to sales of 100% juice, manufacturers in this space could spin the trend as a growth opportunity even...

How to overcome 4 major hurdles to use more renewable resources

Using renewable resources to make and package food and beverages is good for more than just the environment – it also is good for business, as long as companies can...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The evolution of local food to do-it-yourself options

Consumer demand for local food and beverages is no longer a niche market – rather it is fully mainstream. But an outgrowth of this trend that is just starting to...

Elevation Brands CEO: Gluten-free bakery is saturated, but there’s a ton of white space in other allergy-friendly categories

The world will probably keep turning without another gluten-free cookie or cracker, but there is a ton of white space for allergy-friendly foods in other parts of the store, and...

Dreaming Cow: ‘We were using grass-fed whole milk way before it was cool!’

‘Grass-fed’ is a hot trend in the dairy aisle these days, but back when Dreaming Cow started in 2009, it wasn’t something co-founder and CEO Kyle Wehner even thought about...

Direct Eats founder: We could be a $1bn business within five years

If you want to compete in the cut-throat world of online grocery retailing, you’ve got to find an incredible niche, or think very, very big. And David Hack, the serial...

Having a ball: Can a move to fresh bakery help Eat the Ball crack the US grocery market?

It burst onto the scene six years ago in Europe, but can Eat the Ball crack the US market? It’s still early days, but with the right merchandising strategy, the...

Cultured coffee… the beginning of a new fermented foods revolution?

Some fermented foods (beer and sauerkraut), have been around for years, while others (flavors, sweeteners, ‘animal-free’ dairy proteins) are pretty new. But what if you could use microbes to transform...

Vana Life Foods CEO: We will make green chickpeas the next big superfood

Vana Life Foods is set on making green chickpeas America’s next superfood and is determined not to sell out to ‘the sharks’, its founder and CEO says.

Miyoko’s Kitchen expands production: ‘Demand has exceeded our wildest expectations’

Artisanal vegan cheese maker Miyoko’s Kitchen is moving into a new production facility in Petaluma, CA, more than five times the size of its original site in Fairfax, CA, to...

TSG Consumer Partners: Many of the big CPG companies are effectively outsourcing innovation

While buying or investing in a flurry of smaller, sexier brands may not have a meaningful impact on their P&L for 5-10 years, it's the only way many big food...

Are you an innovation trailblazer? Then take center stage at FOOD VISION USA 2016

We’re searching for trailblazing, entrepreneurial start-ups to present their red hot food and nutrition innovations at Food Vision USA in Chicago on November 9, 2016. 

What does health & wellness mean to consumers? Nielsen conducts global survey

US consumers increasingly see non-GMO, natural, organic and clean label claims as a proxy for ‘healthy’ or ‘healthier,’ says Nielsen in a new report* examining how consumers around the globe...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From EPIC pork rinds and Caveman Bites to Quest’s ketogenic meals

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves. Trends to watch include protein, healthy fats, whole milk, organics, apple cider vinegar, portable oats and - inevitably -...

5 trends changing how consumers grocery shop & tips for retailers to adapt

After changing little in the past 80 years, supermarkets need to lean into megatrends that are reshaping how consumers buy groceries or else risk losing shoppers to other emerging channels,...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast:The rise & future potential of grass fed claims

Grass-fed claims on products are a beacon for consumers who are health-conscious, want minimally processed food and care about animal welfare, and as such manufacturers increasingly are using them on...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From animal-free milk and gelatin to treenut cheese, paleo pancakes and beany brownies

FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market features a clutch of firms spanning everything from animal-free milk and gelatin to cashew nut ‘cheese,’...

Harris Poll reveals what groceries Americans buy online and why

When it comes to online shopping, consumers may say that they want products with a long shelf-life, but a recent Harris Poll found that they are just as likely to...

Bhakti CEO: 'I think consumers get fair trade and organic, but I wish they knew more about what it means to be a B-corp'

Boulder-based spicy chai tea brand Bhakti has recruited CPG industry veteran Sarah Bird as its new CEO as it seeks to build its footprint in the conventional channel and take...

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