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Frito-Lay files patent for shelf-stable probiotic yogurt chips

Frito-Lay has developed a method to make chips containing high amounts of yogurt and live probiotics that can be sold in the shelf-stable snacks aisle.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Gluten free movement spawns divergent grain-free vs ancient grain trends

As the tenacious gluten-free trend continues to grow and mature into a market behemoth in the US, it is paving the way for the emergence of two trends that both...

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...

Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Food Innovation Forum in partnership with FOOD VISION USA 2017

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products (and can 'Big Food' still innovate)?

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products? Hard data and insight… or intuition and stardust?  And can ‘Big Food’ still create winners, or should it throw in...

Sweet Green Fields expands stevia production in Zhenjiang province

Stevia producer Sweet Green Fields (SGF) will significantly increase its production capacity this year via a new facility in China’s Zhenjiang province expected to come online by the third quarter....

Dean Foods buys Uncle Matt's: 'It further underscores our commitment to the organic space'

Dean Foods – best-known for dairy brands such as Dean’s, Dairy Pure and Land O Lakes -  has acquired organic juice maker Uncle Matt’s Organic for an undisclosed sum as...

Ben Weiss leaves Bai Brands; Lain Hancock to take over: 'This is the culmination of an amazing journey'

Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss has left the company he created in his basement in Princeton, New Jersey in 2009, five months after selling it to Dr Pepper Snapple Group...

Whole30 certification helps brands boost exposure, sales and shelf space

Certifying a product as approved by the popular Whole30 diet is a “pretty intensive” process, according to the diet’s co-creator, but for the few and proud that make the cut,...

Green banana flour... the most versatile new ingredient in the clean label toolkit?

‘Functional fruit flours’ from starchy unripe bananas – which are low in sugar and in some cases high in RS2 resistant starch – could open new doors for formulators looking...

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.

Dietary supplement industry promotes self-regulation, need for increased access on Capitol Hill

More than 75 members of the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the American Herbal Products Association will “fly-in” to Capitol Hill today to meet with members of Congress and their...

Brooklyn-based Green Mustache thinks up fun ways to snack on greens

Brooklyn-based VanTrang Manges founded Green Mustache as a way to introduce more greens to her daughter.

Castles made of bubble gum: PepsiCo JV hopes to bring edible sand to the US

PepsiCo's Mexican confectionery joint venture PISSA is looking for distributors to bring edible sand that becomes bubble gum to the US.

Gobble founder: 'We are one of the most lean, capital efficient companies in the meal kit market today'

While barely a week goes by without the launch of a new meal kit company, there is room in the market for “many multi-billion dollar players,” provided they carve out...

Cargill Salt to open new potassium chloride facility in NY later this year

Cargill Salt will open a new "multi-million dollar" facility to produce popular salt replacer potassium chloride in Watkin’s Glen, New York, in late 2017.

Nestlé USA invests in online meal delivery firm Freshly: 'Consumers are responding to a growing universe of direct-to-consumer options'

As big CPG firms continue to dip their toes in the burgeoning direct to consumer meal kit and meal delivery space, Nestlé USA has acquired a minority interest in Freshly, which supplies...

SmashMallow approaching run rate of $25m in 6-12 months, predicts CEO: 'It’s growing exponentially faster than KRAVE'

The SmashMallow snackable marshmallow brand – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – is “charging towards a very visible $25m dollar run rate in...

'Lidvolution' gives Sunwarrior competitive edge in crowded protein powder category

Three years after Sunwarrior set its protein powder apart from the competition by switching to a smaller, easier to grab and store square tub, it continues to lead the category...

Vega Coffee creates a 'more equitable coffee experience' with seed to cup subscription model

Startup Vega Coffee wants to create a “more equitable coffee experience” by empowering small-holder farmers to roast and sell their own beans directly to consumers through a subscription at a...

Bernstein: ‘By acquiring Whole Foods, the 365 brand becomes instantly available as part of Amazon’s online offering’

Aside from giving Amazon a network of bricks & mortar stores from which to expand Amazon Fresh and other services, acquiring Whole Foods gives the ecommerce giant access to the...

Canada-based HPP baby food start-up Keen Bean exceeds Kickstarter goal

Winnipeg-based Johnny and Jennifer Kien went through the hassle of making fresh baby food from scratch when their firstborn came along. The hard work inspired them to start a brand...

Palm oil sector moves to save orangutans and put child rights into RSPO standards

Three major new initiatives have been launched to tackle human rights, wildlife conservation and concessions’ data across the palm oil supply chain.

Salt of the Earth lowers sodium in trending meat alternative products

With the growing popularity of plant-based meat alternatives, Israel-based Salt of the Earth tested its sodium reduction ingredient to add umami to such products.

Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods adds 'locally relevant face to the Amazon machine'

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn will enhance the beverage shopping experience, which depends on a multichannel approach to succeed, according to Charlie Cain executive partner of Building...

US grocery shopping habits, from GMOs to QR codes: Are you up to speed?

What foods and beverages do Millennials like to buy online? Why do shoppers buy locally-grown foods, and why don’t more consumers scan QR codes? Here are 10 things that caught...

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