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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...

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...

Researchers call for more leniency for SNAP benefits for higher ed students

Being a poor college student unable to afford books or a night out is one thing, but being a poor college student who also is unable to afford groceries or...

Kwik Trip illustrates how c-stores are an emerging go-to channel for better-for-you products

Manufacturers of healthy and better-for-you snacks looking to enter the convenience store channel might find an in with Kwik Trip, which, according to the Partnership for a Healthier America, is...

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Potential cocoa substitute: Jackfruit seeds create chocolate aroma, say researchers

Jackfruit seeds are a waste product that can be fermented, roasted and converted to flour imparting a chocolate aroma, according to research.

Barnana rolls out to 8,000 Starbucks stores

Banana-fueled snack Barnana is rolling out to 8,000 Starbucks stores nationwide in chocolate, and chocolate and peanut butter flavors in single serve bags with customized brown and gold packaging.

Study on choline intakes suggests eggs or supplements are only way to get enough

A study published this month using NHANES data reinforces that choline is an underconsumed nutrient, and concludes that it is very difficult to get enough in the diet without eating...

RXBAR extends minimalist philosophy to school lunchboxes with new kids line

Chicago-based RXBAR’s new kid’s line is now available in 3,000 stores nationwide, providing a smaller version of the fastest growing bar by dollar growth in the natural and conventional channels,...

$16.8 million in government grants aim to encourage SNAP spending on more produce

After efforts earlier this year to use a stick to discourage SNAP beneficiaries from buying unhealthy products was met with resistance and doubt, the government is trying another approach –...

Door to Door Organics CEO: Amazon/Whole Foods deal a ‘huge wake-up call’

Americans buy everything online, from books to vacations. But when it comes to groceries, bricks, not clicks, still rule. That was until Amazon struck a deal to buy Whole Foods,...

Amazon Instant Pickup and Aldi’s partnership with Instacart illustrate gains of online grocery shopping

The launch of Amazon Instant Pickup and Aldi’s new partnership with Instacart, both announced this week, propel forward online grocery shopping, which according to industry analysts is quickly gaining momentum...

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Blue Diamond increases almond flour production to meet record demand

With demand for almond flour at an “all time high,” Blue Diamond Growers is increasing its production capacity for the on-trend ingredient via a new processing line at its Salida...

Jin+Ja projects revenues of $4.5m in 2017, unveils new Super Greens powder

Canada Enterprises LLC - the company behind spicy ginger beverage Jin + Ja - is on course to more than double revenues in 2017 to approach $4.5m as it explores...

Almonds backed for cholesterol management and heart health

Eating almonds could help boost levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol while also improving the way it helps remove ‘bad’ cholesterol from the body, say researchers.

HPP hummus pioneer Hope Foods raises $7.4m via factory sale and leaseback

Hope Foods has raised $7.4m by selling the 59,000sq ft industrial building in the Colorado Technology Center in Louisville, Colorado, where it manufactures its organic hummus and dips, to California-based...

Veggie Noodle Co. will expand production, distribution with support from Encore Consumer Capital

A minority equity investment from Encore Consumer Capital could help fast-growing Veggie Noodle Co. spring to new levels by funding the startup's expansion into a larger facility in East Austin...

FDA allows use of ultrafiltered milk in cheese to ease fallout from new Canadian pricing scheme

FDA’s decision late last week to allow manufacturers in some cases to use ultrafiltered milk and ultrafiltered nonfat milk to make cheese could help ease the negative impact on US...

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...

Screw business as usual? RUNA co-founder on clean energy, social innovation, and staying focused

It’s hard to think of a company where mission and brand are more intertwined than RUNA, which was forged around an ingredient - guayusa - that created a powerful point...

Hydroponics in focus at FOOD VISION USA 2017: Can water give soil a run for its money?

Counter-intuitively, growing lettuce and other leafy greens in water uses considerably less water than growing them in soil, but will hydroponic forms of agriculture remain a niche part of the...

ConnectFood helps small businesses comply with FSMA ahead of fast-approaching deadline

Small size food manufacturers have only five weeks left before the deadline hits to develop food safety plans under the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food –...

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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.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Key strategies for innovation & renovation from Kraft Heinz

A commonly held perception of the ongoing renaissance in the food and beverage industry is that only small, nimble startups are innovating to meet consumers’ evolving needs, and that large,...

Chosen Foods products get ‘Glyphosate Residue Free’ certification from The Detox Project

San Diego-based Chosen Foods' flagship products—100% Pure Avocado Oil, Chosen Blend Oil, and four Avocado Oil Mayo flavors—have been certified ‘Glyphosate Residue Free’ from The Detox Project.

Food trade associations press OMB on GMO labeling timetable in a bid to avoid 'extended regulatory uncertainty'

Trade associations including the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association have warned the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that failing to implement federal GMO labeling legislation in...

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