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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The rise of ‘ethical claims’ and their marketing potential across categories

The rise of ‘ethical claims’ and their marketing potential

Consumer demand for products and companies that “do good” – such as donate a percentage of sales to a non-profit, follow environmentally friendly practices or meet religious needs – continues to rise and in doing so illustrates that doing good is not only good for the community and company moral, but it also is good for business. 

Published: 22-Jul-2016

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How is consumer interest in health reshaping how they choose chocolate?

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Consumers' evolving taste for chocolate

Consumers’ increasing demand for healthier options is reshaping the competitive landscape across categories – including indulgent ones such as chocolate, where they increasingly want darker chocolate, nutritious inclusions, and new formats that help them control their portions, according to an industry expert.

Published: 15-Jul-2016

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Five trends spotted at Summer Fancy Food Show

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Five trends spotted at Summer Fancy Food Show

With thousands of startups, innovators and established brands packed into one convention center, the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City is a hotbed for spotting emerging and maturing trends in the food and beverage space.

Published: 08-Jul-2016

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: What are GMOs and how do they impact the health of humans and Earth?

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: What GMOs are & how they impact health & Earth

With the effective date for Vermont’s GMO labeling law officially here and the debate surrounding whether and how to identify genetically engineered ingredients in food and beverage continuing to amplify, a recent CivicScience poll uncovered a startling fact: Almost half of Americans still don’t know what GMOs are and are undecided whether they harm human health.

Published: 01-Jul-2016

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Quinoa’s rise to superfood superstar status and the challenges it must address

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Quinoa’s rise & the challenges it must address

Quinoa was one of the first superfoods to take America by storm more than a decade ago, and one of the few such stars to sustain its reign long enough to push past being a fad food to become a staple on restaurant menus and households across the country, but the popular grain faces challenges as it become commoditized. 

Published: 24-Jun-2016

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: How can stakeholders overcome challenges facing plant-based innovation?

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Overcoming challenges in plant-based innovation

Sales of plant-based alternatives to animal products may be growing fast, but the road ahead for the industry is far from smooth with several substantial hurdles threatening to hold back the industry, according to key stakeholders. 

Published: 17-Jun-2016

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Strategies for growing sales of plant-based products

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Growing sales of plant-based products

When many mainstream consumers think of plant-based alternatives to animal products they think of non-dairy milks – and for good reason: it is one of the fastest growing sub-categories and a key driver in the growth of the overall plant-based segment.

Published: 10-Jun-2016

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: What is driving the booming sales growth of plant-based products?

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: What is driving the booming sales growth of plant-based products?

Sales of plant-based alternatives to animal products are booming, thanks in large part to improved sensory qualities, expanded availability and increased consumer access to information about their health and environmental impacts, according to category stakeholders who participated in FoodNavigator-USA’s inaugural Soup-to-Nuts Podcast.

Published: 03-Jun-2016

PODCAST: What makes Millennials tick?

Hartman Group, MSL Group, talk Millennials and food

While many Millennials feel that their vote won't make much difference, they are far more likely than older generations to feel that their purchasing decisions can change society for the better, and that has big implications for the food and beverage industry, according to Hartman Group CEO Laurie Demeritt and MSL Group food & beverage director Steve Bryant.

Published: 27-May-2016

Candyman returns: Jelly bean innovator back in business via crowdfunding

Candyman David Klein plots jelly bean comeback with Kickstarter

David Klein

Founder - Candyman Kitchens

Cult personality David Klein speaks to ConfectioneryNews about his new jelly bean business that is seeking online funding through a Kickstarter campaign.

Published: 28-Jan-2016

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Saturated fat guidelines out, food guidelines in?

Benoit Lamarche

Saturated fat researcher - Laval University

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

Published: 26-Sep-2014

'It's business as usual': Davisco Foods on Agropur takeover

'It's business as usual': Davisco Foods on Agropur takeover

Polly Olson

Vice President of Business Development - Davisco Foods International

It's "business as usual" at Minnesota-based cheese and whey ingredients manufacturer Davisco Foods following its recent takeover by Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur.

Published: 11-Sep-2014

Euromonitor: Popcorn and thins epitomize ‘indulgence without the guilt’

Snack trends 2014: Euromonitor says popcorn and thins

Popcorn has exploded and thins have sliced into action in snacking – both riding on the wave of being indulgent with a healthy slant, according to Euromonitor International.

Published: 22-May-2014

InHarvest: Legumes, pulses steal spotlight from animal protein

At the 2014 Research Chefs Association Conference & Culinology Expo, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chef Michael Holleman, director of culinary development at artisan grain and legume supplier InHarvest, for a podcast Q&A on trends in pulses, lentils and legumes for our March special edition. As is so often the case, the trend toward increased use of beans and legumes began in restaurants, Holleman said.

Published: 25-Mar-2014

SFA head: ‘A little term called class action suits’ is prompting GMO removal

SFA head: ‘A little term called class action suits’ is prompting GMO removal

Genetically modified organisms are safe and there is a need and place for them in the market, but manufacturers are removing them for fear of class actions, says the CEO of the Snack Food Association.

Published: 13-Mar-2014

Could oats be the next gluten-free star?

Could oats be the next gluten-free star?

Oats, when the supply chain ensures no cross-contamination, are a gluten-free cereal grain. So why haven’t we seen a flurry of oat-based gluten-free options in the global bakery sector? Are they a missed golden opportunity for gluten-free bakery?

Published: 26-Feb-2014

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Mike Greene

Former CEO and owner - HIM!

Food manufacturers, retailers and other food industry players are failing to connect with consumers who are tuning out of mainstream messaging and infesting their own comms channels, says angel investor, business mentor and philanthropist, Mike Greene.

Published: 20-Feb-2014

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid body of nutrition science in the form of commercial claims. It’s time to get personal…

Published: 23-Jan-2014

GMO-free Cheerios: Did General Mills buckle to consumer pressure? Will the move backfire?

GMO-free Cheerios: Did General Mills buckle to consumer pressure? Will the move backfire?

General Mills’ move to go GMO-free on its flagship Cheerios brand has caused quite a stir. But what motivated this reformulation? And how will it play out?

Published: 10-Jan-2014

Irish firm offers (cheaper) heat resistant probiotics for infant formula

Irish firm offers (cheaper) heat resistant probiotics for infant formula

Sinéad Doherty, PhD

Founder - AnaBio Technologies

Irish biotech start-up AnaBio Technologies is in advanced negotiations with major infant formula makers interested in its encapsulation technologies that can blend probiotics and minerals into heat treated products at cost-effective prices.

Published: 20-Nov-2013

Conservative North American dairy more 'open to innovation': Chr Hansen

Conservative North American dairy more 'open to innovation': Chr Hansen

Roy Riley

Marketing Director Cultures and Enzymes - Chr Hansen

The typically “conservative” North American dairy industry is becoming increasingly "open to innovation", natural ingredients supplier, Chr Hansen, has claimed following the launch of its cheese color, WhiteWhey.

Published: 12-Nov-2013

Unilever joins with Solidaridad to tackle sustainable sugar cane challenge

Unilever joins with Solidaridad to tackle sustainable sugar cane challenge

Dirk Jan de With

VP Procurement Ingredients & Sustainability - Unilever

Food manufacturing giant Unilever will work with international non-profit Solidaridad to drive the sustainable development of the sugar cane industry in Central America.

Published: 15-Oct-2013

Royal Crown launches ‘world's best’ stevia-sweetened cola with 50% less sugar

Royal Crown launches ‘world's best’ stevia-sweetened cola with 50% less sugar

Moshy Cohen from RCCI promises that the firm’s mid-calorie Neo cola with stevia - which took three years to develop - is the ‘best solution’ for regular cola drinkers.

Published: 07-Oct-2013

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

Unilever: Healthier food choices must be ‘doable’

Hans Zevenbergen

Cross-category nutrition and health director - Unilever

The food industry came under attack last week at the International Congress of Nutrition (#ICN20) for not doing enough to improve the healthiness of its portfolios…unfairly, says Unilever.

Published: 24-Sep-2013

Counterintuitive? Healthy snack reformulation claims are decreasing, Mintel

Counterintuitive? Healthy snack reformulation claims are decreasing, Mintel

David Jago

Director of Innovation and Insights - Mintel

Claims like low sodium, low fat and low calorie on snacks are decreasing which seems counterintuitive given action is being taken by manufacturers, said the director of innovation and insights at Mintel.

Published: 14-Jun-2013

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