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FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS: ‘At the heart of all successful brands over the last 4-5 years is the idea of simplicity…’

FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS

From why Facebook is a great way to garner consumer insights on a budget, to why inviting chefs to your focus group could help invigorate and speed up your innovation process, FoodNavigator-USA’s Food Innovation Forum covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights from the 60-minute webinar.

Published: 26-Jul-2017

Emerging ice cream trends reveal sophistication, portion control and allergy-friendly

Ice cream trends reveal sophistication, portion control, allergy-free

As the summer days heat up, so is the market for frozen desserts, including dairy- and nut-free options, high-protein ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, ice pops and indulgent flavors specially designed for adults – all of which showcased at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Published: 18-Jul-2017

IFT 2017 part three: Plant-based formulation challenges, and where next for stevia?

IFT 2017: Gums, stabilizers, advantame, and stevia

In the third and final part of our trendwatching tour of the IFT 2017 expo floor, we discovered how the growth in plant-based foods and high protein beverages is creating new opportunities for ingredients suppliers, and caught up with a couple of key stevia producers to find out where the market might be going next...

Published: 13-Jul-2017

Nut butters raise the ante with innovative packaging and sophisticated flavors

Nut butters raise bar with innovative packaging sophisticated flavors

Fueled in part by consumer demand for plant-based protein and a nostalgic familiarity, nut and seed butters showcased at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City will capture shoppers’ attention with functional ingredients, bold, new flavors and innovative on-the-go packaging.

Published: 11-Jul-2017

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

IFT 2017: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental additives, pesticide residues, and animal feed; as well as processing methods, ethics, and sustainability, said exhibitors at the IFT show in Las Vegas.

Published: 07-Jul-2017

IFT 2017 part one: From clean meat and clean label, to green jackfruit and banana flour

IFT 2017 Clean meat, clean label, jackfruit, green banana flour

This year, edible bugs competed with clean (aka cultured) meat, green banana flour and jackfruit for the spotlight, while many fibers remain in limbo as the FDA mulls over definitions. Meanwhile, the clean label trend continues to gather pace, along with the ‘heat and sweet’ flavor trend. Check out part one of our gallery of highlights from the world's biggest food science symposium.

Published: 29-Jun-2017

US grocery shopping habits, from GMOs to QR codes: Are you up to speed?

2017 US Grocery Shopper Trends report FMI, Hartman Group

What foods and beverages do Millennials like to buy online? Why do shoppers buy locally-grown foods, and why don’t more consumers scan QR codes? Here are 10 things that caught our eye in the 2017 US Grocery Shopper Trends report from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Hartman Group. 

Published: 19-Jun-2017

Your guide to IFT 2017: From clean meat and cannabis edibles to space farming

Your guide to IFT 2017: From clean meat to cannabis edibles

What does 'processed' food mean? And how much is too much? Will consumers embrace 'clean' meat? And what can we grow in space? Check out FoodNavigator-USA's guide to the hottest topics at the Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas on June 25-28.

Published: 15-Jun-2017

Taste Test Friday: Consumers’ love the simple taste of Bobo, but not its simplistic packaging

Taste Test Friday: Bobo Bars

In the highly-saturated bar category, Bobo’s nut butter filled oat bars stand out for balancing decadence and better-for-you ingredients for an easy to eat and satiating snack, but in our taste test they lost points for packaging elements. 

Published: 02-Jun-2017

Trendspotting at SIAL Canada reveals quinoa, meat snacks and premium chocolate

Trendspotting at SIAL Canada reveals quinoa, meat snacks and chocolate

Quinoa-based foods, bean-to-bar chocolate, innovative meat-snacks and plant-based convenience foods continue to emerge as on-trend products that consumers want as illustrated by exhibitors showcasing new packaged foods at SIAL Canada in Toronto May 2-4.

Published: 08-May-2017

Taste Test Friday: The Little Kernel has consumers wanting more

Taste Test Friday: The Little Kernel has consumers wanting more

The founders of The Little Kernel argue that smaller is better when it comes to ready-to-eat popcorn because they say it is sweeter, crunchier and easier to eat than regular sized popcorn – but will consumers in the US, where bigger is often perceived as better, agree?

Published: 05-May-2017

NEW HIRES GALLERY: Conagra hires innovation chief, Klock stops at Sparkling ICE, new blood at RUNA

New hires at Sparkling ICE, RUNA, Conagra, Coca-Cola

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Coca-Cola, Hershey, Conagra Brands, Mondelez, RUNA, D's Naturals, Hippeas, Teton Waters Ranch and JUST Goods in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires in food and beverage.

Published: 01-May-2017

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From compostable coffee pods to turmeric tea drops

NEW PRODUCTS, from compostable coffee pods to turmeric tea drops

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from plant-based proteins, grain free granola, and grass fed dairy, to turmeric tea drops and compostable coffee pods.

Published: 24-Apr-2017

GALLERY: Trendspotting at CHFA West, from barley couscous to seaweed pesto

Trendspotting at CHFA West, from barley couscous to seaweed pesto

From turmeric paste, barley couscous and konjac rice to cashew nut spreads, coffee leaf tea and adaptogen-laced juice drinks, CHFA West - Western Canada’s largest natural health and organics trade event (hosted by the Canadian Health Food Association) - is a great place to go trendspotting. FoodNavigator-USA headed to Vancouver to find out more...

Published: 12-Apr-2017

START-UP NATION: Israeli food innovation in action... from micro algae and grasshoppers to chickpea protein

Start-up nation: Israeli food innovation in action

It's got a population of just 8.2 million, but in the innovation stakes, Israel punches well above its weight, if you take the authors of best-selling tome Start Up Nation at their word. But are Israel's most promising start-ups just focused on tech, or is food getting their entreprenurial juices flowing? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson headed to Tel Aviv to find out...

Published: 11-Apr-2017

Easter chocolate NPD 2017: Hershey, Cadbury, M&M’s and Godiva

Easter chocolate NPD 2017: Hershey, Cadbury, M&M’s and Godiva

ConfectioneryNews highlights new items from Hershey, Cadbury, Mars and Godiva for Easter, a major contributor to overall US candy sales. 

Published: 30-Mar-2017

Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings, to vitamin infused teas, and nutritious meal pots, check out our gallery of some of the top picks from IFE.

Published: 24-Mar-2017

New twists and techniques energize coffee & tea categories

New twists and techniques energize coffee & tea categories

New ways to make and enjoy coffee and tea continue to flood the market with companies at Natural Products Expo West offering twists on pour over, cold brew and iced coffee, nitro-infused tea and coffee and plant-based creamers. There were even options for eating instead of drinking tea and coffee. 

Published: 23-Mar-2017

GALLERY: Trendspotting at Expo West 2017: From plant protein to probiotics

Trendspotting Expo West 2017: From plant protein to probiotics

It's impossible to distill a show this size into a handful of slides, but we did see some consistent themes from a macronutrient perspective (protein is hot, sugar is not and fats are back), while digestive health was also a big trend. Checkout our gallery of highlights from Natural Products Expo West 2017, the world's biggest natural products show.

Published: 17-Mar-2017

EXPO WEST 2017: The state of the natural products industry

Expo West 2017 natural products data and trends

If the proliferation of booths at Expo West is anything to go by, the natural, organic and specialty products industry is in rude health, while investors are now competing with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio for a slice of the action. But how fast is it growing and what are the key growth drivers?  

Published: 14-Mar-2017

Taste test Friday: Consumers embrace New Pop’s nostalgia but are unsure of high sugar content

Taste test Friday: New Pop skinless popcorn

New Pop seeks to set itself apart in the highly popular but also crowded ready-to-eat popcorn category by offering a “skinless” option that is sweet and free from the snack’s traditional trappings of oil, butter and salt. But will consumers view these changes to the iconic snack as a plus or minus?

Published: 10-Mar-2017

Union Kitchen spotlights global flavors, functional beverages & upscale classics

Union Kitchen spotlights global flavors, functional beverages & upscale classics

Food and beverage entrepreneurs make global flavors approachable for hesitant Americans, offer functional beverages and put modern, unique twists on classic favorites at the Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen’s Meet The Makers event March 4. 

Published: 07-Mar-2017

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: Fat is back, protein is (still) hot and sugar is out…

NEW PRODUCTS: Fat is back, protein is hot and sugar is out

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, where we see plant-based protein creeping into everything from hot cereal to shakes, bars, chips and bites; coupled with ongoing interest in whole milk.

Published: 21-Feb-2017

IN PICTURES: Trendspotting at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

Trendspotting at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

Matcha, seaweed (paired with chocolate and coconut), veggie snacks, grass-fed meat and dairy, coconuts, hemp, and pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils) featured heavily at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show, where trend-spotters also got to taste Brazilian cheese bread, microwaveable cauliflower rice, beetroot ketchup, 'hydrogen-infused' water and cultured egg white beverages.

Published: 25-Jan-2017

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From American Ostrich Farms to Primal Kitchen

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch, American Ostrich, Beetnik

FoodNavigator-USA's latest set of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market is flogging everything from ostrich meat to māmaki tea, mung bean snacks, personalized nutrition services and grass-fed dairy products.

Published: 23-Jan-2017

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