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Dairy Innovation Forum highlights: Hip cottage cheese, gut-friendly milk, tarte asian yogurt and why fat is back

The FoodNavigator-USA Dairy Innovation Forum highlights

From the challenges of sourcing organic milk, to the threat 'alternatives' milks pose to the dairy sector and the 'scary' promotional dynamics of the yogurt category, the FoodNavigator-USA Dairy Innovation Forum covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights from the 60-minute session, which is now available on demand.

Published: 31-Jul-2015

What were the hottest - and weirdest - ingredient trends at IFT? From fermented stevia & mushroom mycelium to the world’s smallest vegetable…

Synbio sweeteners, pulses, rare sugars, wholegrain corn flour at IFT

Can the world’s smallest vegetable give other sources of plant protein a run for their money? Will consumers accept ‘synbio’ ingredients, and will the rare sugar allulose be a hit? FoodNavigator-USA hit the show floor at IFT to find out what’s hot, what’s not and what’s next in food formulation.

Published: 23-Jul-2015

New ICL ingredients make Taco Tuesday healthier, fresher

New ICL ingredients make Taco Tuesday healthier, fresher

ICL showcased several new ingredients that can reduce sodium, improve moisture and clean cheese labels in a pairing of “Picasso Tacos” and “Masterpiece Margaritas” at the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting in Chicago July 11-14.

Published: 21-Jul-2015

How to determine the best channel for a product launch

How to determine the best channel for a product launch

Where a product launches heavily influences its success, making understanding each channel’s unique rules and protocols essential to determine the best outlet for a new product, Ian Kelleher, director of strategic channels at Peeled Snacks told attendees at the Summer Fancy Food Show. 

Published: 20-Jul-2015

Trendwatching at IFT 2015: From on-trend botanicals, tiger nuts, and matcha to non-GMO claims

Trendwatching at IFT 2015: Botanicals, tiger nuts, matcha, non-GMO

Market researchers Innova Market Insights and Mintel shared new data on what’s hot and what’s not in food & beverages at the IFT show this year, exploring everything from dairy-free claims to why consumers buy organic foods.

Published: 17-Jul-2015

IFT 2015 highlights: 3D printing...the killer app; lab burgers... for less than $300k, and meals with meal worms

IFT highlights: 3D printing, burgers (minus the beef), edible insects

Check out our gallery of highlights from the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting & expo in Chicago, spanning 3D printing, edible insects and cultured meat, to the future of food (when we'll be "editing living organisms like software" to make dinner...)

Published: 16-Jul-2015

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

As craft cocktails grow in popularity, so too are bars’ and consumers’ shopping lists to include a laundry list of necessary specialty ingredients. To help simplify professional and home mixologists’ experience and minimize shopping costs, high-end mixers with unique flavor profiles increasingly are coming to market and were showcased at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. 

Published: 15-Jul-2015

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From YumButter and Dang Foods to Evo Hemp

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From YumButter to Dang Foods

From the purveyors of toasted coconut chips to hemp bars, high-protein gelato, cricket powder, chickpea snacks and portable nut butter, here's FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market.

Published: 14-Jul-2015

The RTE brownie category is getting crowded with recent launches showcased at the Fancy Food Show

The RTE brownie category is getting crowded with recent launches

Consumers no longer need to choose between the soft decadence of a cake-like brownie and the crispy crunch of a cookie thanks to several manufacturers that are combining the two to create an easy-to-eat hybrid treat. 

Published: 08-Jul-2015

Whole grains 101: Highlights from the 2015 Whole Grain Summit

Whole grains 101: Highlights from the 2015 Whole Grain Summit

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say half of our grains should be whole. So how are we doing? FoodNavigator-USA headed to Portland, Oregon, for the 2015 Whole Grain Summit  - organized by Oregon State University and the Grains for Health Foundation - to find out...

Published: 07-Jul-2015

Lavender emerges as popular ingredient across categories at Summer Fancy Food Show

Lavender emerges as popular ingredient across categories

Lavender, a polarizing and difficult to use ingredient, emerged as a popular flavor in products across food and beverage categories at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City June 28-30.

Published: 06-Jul-2015

New takes on sriracha offer enhanced sauces and snacks

New takes on sriracha offer enhanced sauces and snacks

Sriracha, the garlicky, hot chili sauce made popular by Huy Fong Foods, Inc., no longer is confined to the green-lidded bottle with a distinctive rooster on the front. Several companies are tweaking the ubiquitous condiment and its packaging to make healthier products. At the same time, the flavor is appearing on snacks ranging from chips to croutons to seaweed. 

Published: 02-Jul-2015

Snacks with dried fruit & veggies multiply as category revenues reach $4 billion

Snacks with dried fruit & veggies multiply as revenues reach $4B

Sales of snacks with dried fruit and vegetables climbed 1.7% annually over the last five years and is predicted to reach revenues of $4 billion in 2015, thanks largely to shifting consumer demands for healthier snacks and a recovering economy that enables shoppers to pay the higher prices dried produce demands, according to market research by IBISWorld. Expecting this trend to continue and hoping to get in on the action, many snack makers are launching a wide variety of snacks featuring an ever growing spectrum of dried fruits and veggies.

Published: 26-Jun-2015

Egg replacement ingredients help manufacturers reformulate in avian flu wake

Egg replacement ingredients help manufacturers reformulate in flu wake

The spread of avian flu among hens in the U.S. may be slowing, but the resulting egg shortage could take up to two years to rebound – prompting some worried manufacturers to permanently reformulate their products with egg replacement ingredients, industry stakeholders report. In response, ingredient suppliers are stepping up to the plate and offering a variety of solutions that can replace anywhere from 25% to 100% of eggs in products ranging from baked goods to sauces to noodles. Some companies even offer egg replacement options for creamy pumpkin pies so that when the holidays roll around, consumers nationwide can still celebrate. 

Published: 19-Jun-2015

New hires: Brendan Foley moves up ladder at McCormick, Unilever unveils new CFO, Runa co-founder seeks pastures new

New hires at McCormick, Unilever, Hershey,IFF, and Runa

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Unilever, Campbell Soup, McCormick, Runa, Barry Callebaut, IFF and ADM in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires in food and beverage. 

Published: 19-Jun-2015

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

Consumer demand for high protein, on-the-go food is helping drive sales of jerky, which climbed 12.8% last year, and other dried meat snacks, which increased 14.3% last year, according to data analysis by IRI Worldwide. Meat snack manufacturers hoping to tap into this growth and set themselves apart from the increasing competition showcased new flavors, novel formats and updated packaging at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago May 18-21.

Published: 29-May-2015

Five modern twists on brittle

Five modern twists on brittle

Five startups showcasing at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago hope to rekindle Americans’ love affair with the iconic sugar candy brittle by updating the old fashioned confection with bold new flavors and textures that will appeal to a broader audience.

Published: 28-May-2015

Nine most innovative products: Sweets & Snacks 2015 award winners

Nine most innovative products: Sweets & Snacks 2015 award winners

Retailers have voted for the new U.S candy items that have the best go-to-market potential at the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Published: 20-May-2015

TEA TIME! Highlights from the World Tea Expo 2015, from coffee leaf tea to ‘teablets’

Highlights from the World Tea Expo 2015

From teablets (tablets of compressed tea leaves you drop in your mug, minus the bag) to tea made from coffee leaves, the tea market is a hotbed of innovation. FoodNavigator-USA headed to the World Tea Expo in Long Beach, CA to bring you some highlights…

Published: 15-May-2015

Nuts 101: From green machines to nutritional dynamos, 10 surprising facts about peanuts

Green machines, nutritional dynamos, 10 surprising peanut facts

30 years ago, nuts were perceived as the nutritional equivalent of candy. Today, they are widely recognized as a nutrient powerhouse. But why are peanuts – which have unique health and sustainability credentials – still perceived by some consumers as not quite as healthy, or at least as hip, as higher-priced rivals such as almonds or walnuts? FoodNavigator-USA spent three days with the Peanut Institute to find out…

Published: 14-May-2015

New hires: Paul Norman takes the hotseat at Kellogg North America; new blood at Vita Coco and KeVita

New hires at Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Jelly Belly, Vita Coco, KeVita

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Jelly Belly, Smithfield Foods, Nestlé, Mondelez, Hershey, Vita Coco, Campbell Soup and KeVita in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires in food and beverage.

Published: 07-May-2015

Coca-Cola in 2015: Which countries are strong – and where are there struggles?

Coca-Cola markets in 2015

The Coca-Cola Company has declared 2015 as a ‘transition’ year, with an ongoing $3bn cost-cutting drive and challenges such as macroeconomic volatility and political unrest to tackle.

Published: 23-Apr-2015

New products gallery: Califia Farms unveils almond milk Horchatas, Yoplait to launch Plenti, and Daiya Foods introduces dairy free cheesecake

New products from Califia Farms, Yoplait, Daiya, Evolution Fresh

From dairy-free cheesecakes from Daiya Foods to almond milk horchatas from Califia Farms, more cold-pressed innovation from Evolution Fresh and fresh breath chews from Hershey, this month’s gallery is packed with innovative new food and beverage products.

Published: 21-Apr-2015

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