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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

MOM’s Organic Market’s sustainable mission drives business

MOM’s Organic Market’s sustainable mission drives business

The mid-Atlantic natural grocery chain MOM’s Organic Market dramatically cut operational costs, drove increased food traffic and reinforced its branding by incorporating sustainability into every aspect of its business. “Our purpose is to protect and restore the environment, and that drives every decision we make. This goes into operations, storage, supplies, purchasing policies” and marketing, said Charis Egland-Smith, environmental coordinator partnership manager for the 12-store and growing chain. At the Sustainability Learning Forum April 14 in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Sustainable Food Trade Association and Organic Trade Assocation, Egland-Smith walked attendees through the retailer’s decision-making process and benefits of using renewable energy, sustainable building materials, closed door refrigeration and LED lights. She also discussed how the retailer increased its customer-base by offering free recycling and electric car charging, and how it drove brand awareness through community partnership

Published: 17-Apr-2015

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From chickpea pasta and banana flour to barrel-aged tea

Food & beverage entrepreneurs, chickpea pasta to banana flour

From the purveyors of banana flour to chickpea pasta, barrel-aged tea, chilled nutrition bars, gourmet oatmeal and upmarket cottage cheese, here's FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market.

Published: 14-Apr-2015

Competition heats up as new frozen desserts launch

Competition heats up as new frozen desserts launch

With the arrival of Spring, the weather is heating up and so is the competition in the frozen dessert aisle as firms launch new ice creams, gelatos and frozen novelty treats. Here are a few of the new desserts hitting store shelves with the goal of keeping consumers cool this summer.

Published: 09-Apr-2015

Easter baskets 2015: Innovations from the top confectioners

Easter baskets 2015: Innovations from the top confectioners

R&D teams at Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Mondelēz have developed a series of new products to capitalize on Easter, the second largest season for US confectionery sales.

Published: 03-Apr-2015

Snacking Trends Forum highlights: ‘Packaged food doesn’t have to be junk food’

Snacking Trends Forum highlights, from meat snacks to cricket flour

From all-day grazing to the 20% YoY growth in meat-based snacks, the merits of cricket flour, when and how to raise capital, nutrient density and guerrilla marketing, the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Trends Forum  covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights from the 60-minute session, which is now available on demand.

Published: 19-Mar-2015

IN PICTURES: Dairy innovation at Expo West, from New American quark to Good Culture

Dairy innovation at Expo West, from American quark to Good Culture

FoodNavigator-USA headed to the 2015 Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim looking for innovation in the dairy case, and found everything from gourmet organic cottage cheese, to oats + fruit + yogurt combos, tummy-friendly milk and quark. Here are just a few brands that caught our eye… 

Published: 16-Mar-2015

IN PICTURES: From WTRMLN WTR to Temple Turmeric, beverage trendwatching at Expo West

WTRMLN WTR to Temple Turmeric, beverage trendwatching at Expo West

From watermelon juice with a dash of lemon; to artichoke water with ginger; maple water; coconut smoothies; caffeine water; protein-packed dairy and non-dairy beverages; and a new wave of turmeric-laced drinks, there was a wealth of beverage innovation on display at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim. Here are just a few brands that caught our eye… 

Published: 13-Mar-2015

IN PICTURES: From bugs and beets to meat, a snacking odyssey at Expo West

From bugs and beets to meat, a snacking odyssey at Expo West

While cricket flour is still something of a novelty, it’s creeping (and crawling) into more snacks as awareness – and the infrastructure to support its commercial-scale production – ramps up. Meanwhile, chia, fruit, peas, beans, ancient grains and protein (from meat, dairy and plants), are also hot snacking ingredients. Join us on our snacking odyssey around the showfloor at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West show…

Published: 12-Mar-2015

New products gallery: WhiteWave unveils Aussie style yogurts, Kellogg explores its Origins, Post enters breakfast biscuit category

New products at WhiteWave, Kellogg, Smucker, Nestle, Heinz, Sambazon

From Post Foods' new breakfast biscuits to Häagen-Dazs's new Artisan Collection, this month’s gallery is packed with innovative new food and beverage products, many of which are making their debut at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim this week…

Published: 04-Mar-2015