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'Not about tree-hugging': Sustainability is simply good for business

'Not about tree-hugging': Sustainability is simply good for business

Sara Pax

President - Bluehorse Associates

Companies should be concerned about their environmental sustainability - but it has more to do with ensuring profitability than it does with saving the planet, according to president of Bluehorse Associates Sara Pax.

Published: 15-Dec-2011

Is dairy ready to steal some of the stevia limelight from beverage?

Is dairy ready to steal some of the stevia limelight from beverage?

Cargill is looking beyond beverage to dairy as it flags up pending product launches for Truvia in both table-top and as an ingredient on the EU market next year.

Published: 02-Dec-2011

‘Inflationary pressures have reached their worst’: USDA economist

‘Inflationary pressures have reached their worst’: USDA economist

Ricky Volpe

Research economist - US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service

“I think it’s safe to say that inflationary pressures have reached their worst,” claims research economist Ricky Volpe of the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in an interview with FoodNavigator-USA.

Published: 28-Nov-2011

Customer demand, CSR goals and financial gains spark solar power projects at Campbell's

Customer demand, CSR goals and financial gains spark solar power projects at Campbell's

Bob Shober

VP infrastructure engineering and environmental programs - Campbell Soup Company

Retailer and consumer demand for more sustainable practices is one factor driving Campbell Soup Company's development of major solar power generation projects in California and Ohio, according to the company's vice president of infrastructure engineering and environmental programs.

Published: 04-Nov-2011

Industry innovation on show: Sodium reduction at IFT

Industry innovation on show: Sodium reduction at IFT

Food manufacturers continue to seek ways to cut sodium without sacrificing flavor - and ingredients companies continue to find innovative solutions. Caroline Scott-Thomas tracked down some interesting offerings at IFT.

Published: 11-Jul-2011

Stevia is still the answer to America's health problems, says SweetLeaf CEO

Stevia is still the answer to America's health problems, says SweetLeaf CEO

Jim May

President and CEO - SweetLeaf

The stevia industry has not yet lived up to expectations - but it will, as more companies and consumers look to the sweetener as the answer to many American health problems, claims president and CEO of SweetLeaf Jim May.

Published: 05-Jul-2011

Lab grown burger could provide sustainable source of meat

Lab grown burger could provide sustainable source of meat

Mark Post

professor of physiology - Maastricht University

Researchers developing new meat products grown from stem cells say that the first products, which should be ready within the next year, could begin a movement to more sustainable meat production.

Published: 30-Jun-2011

General Mills on open innovation, product failure and trust

General Mills on open innovation, product failure and trust

Kamel Chida

Associate director - General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network

General Mills is throwing more and more resources behind an ‘intellectual outsourcing’ project that has significantly reduced its product fail rate. But gaining the trust of start-ups has not been easy, says Kamel Chida, associate director of its Worldwide Innovation Network.

Published: 27-Jun-2011

Think sodium not salt to achieve success in product reformulation: Cargill

Think sodium not salt to achieve success in product reformulation: Cargill

Janice Johnson, PhD

Applications leader, Salt - Cargill

The food industry is equipped to achieve realistic sodium reduction goals, but formulators must think about sodium not salt to have a greater likelihood of success, says Cargill’s salt application leader.

Published: 20-Jun-2011

Greek yogurt: Beyond the dairy aisle

Sharon Gerdes

Senior account manager - US Dairy Export Council

There are numerous ways for food manufacturers to take advantage of trendy Greek yogurt, says Sharon Gerdes, a senior account manager at the US Dairy Export Council.

Published: 16-Jun-2011

Egg replacement is on the rise, says Ingredia Group

Harmony Villemin

Project manager - Ingredia Group

Egg replacement is an up and coming trend for food manufacturers – for food safety and improved functionality – as well as to cut costs, according to Harmony Villemin, a project manager with Ingredia Group.

Published: 14-Jun-2011

PMMI upbeat as opportunity knocks for US firms at Interpack

Jorge Izquierdo

Vice president marketing - PMMI

The Interpack trade show currently being held in the German city of Dusseldorf is a truly global event that has attracted around 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries.

Published: 16-May-2011

Where are the multinationals in free-from foods?

Where are the multinationals in free-from foods?

Lynn Dornblaser

Analyst - Mintel

'Free from' foods are still a niche sector, but strong growth means multinationals will inevitably get in on the game, says Mintel's Lynn Dornblaser.

Published: 12-May-2011

What makes a successful functional food product?

What makes a successful functional food product?

Why do so many ‘functional’ foods fail? Sometimes, it’s just bad luck or bad timing, but in most cases, manufacturers only have themselves to blame, product development guru Mark Crowell tells Elaine Watson at SupplySide East.

Published: 10-May-2011

Building consumer awareness about GM foods

Building consumer awareness about GM foods

Maria Emmer Aanes, director of marketing, Nature's Path

Missy Kampling, associate product manager, Organic Valley - Trevor Blyth, CEO, Kamut International

The non-GMO symbol is a useful reference point for consumers, many of whom still have gaps in their knowledge of genetically modified (GM) foods, according to natural and organic food companies.

Published: 06-May-2011

Food makers build in health ‘from the ground up’

David Horrocks

Research chef - International Flavors and Fragrances

Reformulation is not the only route to healthier foods and beverages, as manufacturers increasingly are seeking to build healthy products from the ground up, according to a research chef at IFF.

Published: 04-Apr-2011

Bridging the gap between health and indulgence

Bridging the gap between health and indulgence

Ramona Cappello, CEO and president, Corazonas Foods

Trisha Layton, marketing coordinator, ProBar

Is it possible for a food to be healthy and indulgent at the same time? FoodNavigator-USA asked exhibitors at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California.

Published: 25-Mar-2011

Rethinking the way Americans consume protein

Teresa Polli

Marketing Coordinator - Fonterra USA

Americans need to shift the way they think about protein and consume it in small amounts throughout the day rather than in one large meal, says marketing coordinator for Fonterra USA Teresa Polli.

Published: 22-Mar-2011

Opportunities in rising US tea consumption

George Jage

President and founder - World Tea Media

Tea is the most popular beverage worldwide after water but only ranks seventh in the United States, presenting a huge opportunity for beverage manufacturers, according to founder and president of World Tea Media George Jage.

Published: 16-Mar-2011

New Kraft water could trigger domino effect, Mintel

New Kraft water could trigger domino effect, Mintel

Garima Goel Lal

Senior Beverage Analyst - Mintel

The recent launch of MiO, a new water flavouring product from Kraft will influence other companies to launch similar brands, according to Mintel.

Published: 15-Mar-2011

Different generations seek similar functions from functional foods

Jeff Hilton

President and co-founder - Integrated Marketing Group

Younger and older consumer groups may be interested in gaining similar benefits from functional food ingredients but products should address them in different ways, says president and co-founder of Integrated Marketing Group, Jeff Hilton.

Published: 15-Mar-2011

Corn Products looks to mid-calorie stevia formulations

Adriana Rached

Director of marketing and consumer solutions - Corn Product

Corn Products International is probably best known for its corn sweeteners, but its approach to stevia has altered significantly over the past few years.

Published: 14-Mar-2011

Americans expand Latin American flavor exploration

Joe Scott

Product development chef - Symrise

Latin food trends are beginning to expand into geographies that have only featured marginally in the United States in the past, with Venezuelan, Colombian and Peruvian flavors coming to the fore, according to Joe Scott at Symrise.

Published: 11-Mar-2011

Industry's role in addressing American dietary inadequacies

Dr. Deshanie Rai

senior scientific leader - DSM

Communication between industry, government and health organizations, and consumer nutritional education are crucial to ensuring that all Americans get adequate nutrition, according to Dr. Deshanie Rai, senior scientific leader at DSM.

Published: 10-Mar-2011

Consumers not as adventurous as developers think, says flavor firm

Kim Holman

director of marketing - Wixon

Consumers are not as adventurous when it comes to flavors as most food product developers would like to think, according to Kim Holman, director of marketing at Wixon.

Published: 09-Mar-2011

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