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11 meal kit delivery companies carving out space in booming category

11 meal kit delivery companies carving out space in booming category

Sales of meal kits delivered to consumers' doors surged to more than $1 billion last year, and with only 8% household penetration the category promises significant growth potential, according to Technomic Inc. But with 170 players already operating in the space globally -- differentiation is a key component to success.

Published: 29-Jan-2016

IN PICTURES: Snacks trendwatching at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

Snacks trendwatching at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

From seaweed snacks to toasted hemp seeds, beet chips and bars, onion chips (that are actually made out of onions), grass-fed jerky, and fruit bars with a hint of spice, snacking is getting a lot more sophisticated, FoodNavigator-USA discovered at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

Published: 22-Jan-2016

IN PICTURES: Beverage trendspotting at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

Trendspotting at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

From bone broth, birch water and yaupon tea to macadamia milk, the Winter Fancy Food Show is a great place to go beverage trendspotting. FoodNavigator-USA hit the showfloor at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where we also spotted a lot of chai spice flavors, matcha, hemp, and turmeric ...

Published: 21-Jan-2016

Gallery: Kellogg Canada winter NPD brings new Special K and Pringles lines

Kellogg Canada winter NPD includes Special K and Pringles lines

Kellogg Canada has been inspired by consumer demand for natural products with recognizable, ingredients in its latest innovations.

Published: 14-Jan-2016

New hires: Beyond Meat builds its leadership team, all-change at True Drinks and Coca-Cola

New hires at Beyond Meat, True Drinks, Hershey, Coca-Cola

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Whitewave Foods, True Drinks, Coca-Cola, Smucker, Beyond Meat, Hershey, Smithfield and McCormick in FoodNavigator-USA’s New Year round-up of new hires in food and beverage.

Published: 14-Jan-2016

General Mills unveils key snacking and cereals lines for winter 2016

General Mills unveils key snacking and cereals lines for winter 2016

General Mills is tapping key consumer trends – including simpler ingredient lists and sweet & spicy flavors – with a raft of upcoming and recently launched products. Here we round up a selection of the manufacturer’s key snacking and breakfast cereal products for winter 2016

Published: 06-Jan-2016

FOOD VISION USA VOX POP: Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch (PART 2)

FOOD VISION USA VOX POP: Food entrepreneurs to watch (PART 2)

As part of our Food Vision USA program, FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs on the trends they are tracking, plus what keeps them awake at night, from fundraising to recruitment. Here's part 2! (Best viewed on your desktop.)

Published: 24-Dec-2015

FOOD VISION USA VOX POP: Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch (PART 1)

FOOD VISION USA VOX POP: Food entrepreneurs to watch (PART 1)

As part of our Food Vision USA program, FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs on the trends they wll be tracking in 2016, plus what keeps them awake at night, from fundraising to recruitment. (Best viewed on your desktop.)

Published: 24-Dec-2015

FOOD VISION USA CEO vox pop: What is 'natural?'

FOOD VISION USA CEO vox pop: What is 'natural?'

The FDA has just cranked open Pandora’s box with its surprise bid to explore a working definition of ‘natural’ on food labels. As part of our Food Vision USA program, FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage CEOs to find out what they think it means, and whether the FDA has bitten off more than it can chew… (Best viewed on your desktop.)

Published: 17-Dec-2015

LEGAL VOX POP: Will 2016 be a bumper year for class action lawsuits? Top attorneys weigh in

VOX POP: Will 2016 be a bumper year for class action lawsuits?

Will 2016 be another bumper year for food-labeling class action lawsuits, or has the FDA’s surprise decision to weigh into the ‘natural’ debate put a spanner in the works for plaintiff’s attorneys? We quizzed leading food law attorneys to find out (gallery best viewed on your desktop).

Published: 15-Dec-2015

Beverage entrepreneurs and trends to watch: From bone broth to pecan milk

Beverage trends at BevNET Live from ashwagandha tea to pecan milk

From veggie juice and bone broth combinations to pecan milk, teas brewed with wild-crafted chaga (a nutrient-packed fungus that grows on birch trees), bamboo leaves and the 'superherb' of the moment ashwagandha, the beverage aisle is a hotbed of innovation. FoodNavigator-USA headed to BevNET Live in Santa Monica to meet the new wave of beverage entrepreneurs...

Published: 11-Dec-2015

Incubator Union Kitchen's tasting event doubles as coming out party for companies, products

Union Kitchen tasting doubles as coming out for brands, companies

Spicy hot sauces, cozy hot chocolate, premium tea, seasonal sweets and stocking-stuffer sized treats were on display just in time for the holiday season at Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen's tasting event Dec. 1. The event doubled as a coming out party for several new companies and products, and highlighted the different services incubators offer entrepreneurs. 

Published: 02-Dec-2015

New products gallery: Ruby Rockets launches snack tubes, algae inspires the VeganEgg, and Kellogg serves up breakfast-to-go

New products, Ruby Rockets, vegan eggs, Kellogg’s breakfast-to-go mix

From plant-based ‘snack tubes’; to the VeganEgg, snackable breakfast options, and kale & potato chips; check out FoodNavigator-USA’s gallery of new products hitting US shelves this fall/winter.

Published: 25-Nov-2015

Beverage trendwatching gallery: Smartwater sparkles, Mtn Dew heads to the dark side & Tio Gazpacho gets fruity

Beverage trends, Sparkling Smartwater, Mtn Dew black label

From vinegar-based sodas to caffeinated yogurt drinks, high-protein nut milks and yet more alkaline waters, check out FoodNavigator-USA's gallery of new beverage launches hitting US shelves this fall/winter.

Published: 25-Nov-2015

Seasonal items catch consumers’ attention when they're primed to buy

Seasonal items catch consumers’ attention when they're primed to buy

Seasonal flavors and limited edition offerings can generate consumer excitement and help focus their attention during the holidays when they often are inundated with indulgences and pulled in multiple directions.  Here is a sampling of products offering innovative holiday flavors as well as twists on the classics.

Published: 25-Nov-2015

Union Kitchen Grocery revamps corner store, drives local product sales

Union Kitchen Grocery revamps corner store, drives local product sales

Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen expanded its toolbox for driving sales of member companies’ products with the May 2015 opening of Union Kitchen Grocery – an upscale corner store aimed at redefining what local means and how healthy a corner store can be.

Published: 17-Nov-2015

GALLERY: Is fat really back (and if so, what kind)?

GALLERY: Is fat really back (and if so, what kind)?

Protein is hot, sugar is public enemy #1, and fat is back (so the trend-watchers say). But when it comes to good, bad and ugly fats, does everyone agree on which are which? Check out our gallery of insights from consumers, industry stakeholders, and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Published: 16-Nov-2015

Star Wars helps CPG food & beverages in battle for consumer attention

Star Wars helps CPG food & beverages in battle for consumer attention

As opening night of the latest installment of the Star Wars movies nears, grocery store shelves are becoming crowded with packaged foods and drinks decorated with the iconic characters in an attempt to capture consumers’ attention and drive sales. Here is a small sampling of the products available and a glimpse at how different firms take advantage of all the licensing has to offer. 

Published: 10-Nov-2015

FOOD VISION USA, the highlights: From DNA diets and mass customization via 3D printing, to 'old school' deal tactics

FOOD VISION USA highlights, DNA diets, Chobani, 3D printing, insects

 If you didn't make it to Chicago last week for the inaugural Food Vision USA event, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from our nutritional needs on a manned mission to Mars to the challenges facing small food brands trying to raise capital. Delegates also heard that Chobani has "screwed up" from time to time, but has learned from its mistakes to build a business generating more than $1.5bn in less than a decade. Here are the highlights...

Published: 03-Nov-2015

New hires: Enjoy Life Foods boosts sales & marketing team; new CEOs for Harmless Harvest, Walkers Shortbread Inc

New hires at Enjoy Life Foods, Harmless Harvest, Walkers, Walmart

Check out who is moving onwards and upwards at Enjoy Life Foods, ConAgra Foods, Smithfield Foods, Harmless Harvest, Hain Celestial and Walmart, in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires in food and beverage. 

Published: 12-Oct-2015

Snack spotting at Expo East turns up paleo muffins, veggie treats, on-the-go nut butter & more

Snack spotting Expo East turns up muffins, veggie treats, nut butter

With snacking replacing more meals in the US, manufacturers are responding with a variety of fast, on-the-go options that are packed with nutrients, protein, fiber and energy.

Published: 02-Oct-2015

Six disruptive brands in health & wellness... and what they can teach us

Hartman Group on six disruptive brands in health & wellness

The tortoise - rather than the hare – is often the winner in the retail food and beverage industry, says Hartman Group’s SVP James Richardson, PhD, who says we can all learn lessons from six disruptive brands in health & wellness, from Hint Water to Guayaki yerba mate tea.

Published: 02-Oct-2015

Distinctions in yogurt, kefir abound at Expo East

Distinctions in yogurt, kefir abound at Expo East

The yogurt category continues to evolve and expand with more refined varieties, including yogurt from sheep, goats and grass fed animals, as well as lactose free options. The kefir category also is expanding in tandem, as demonstrated by the array of products showcased at Expo East. 

Published: 30-Sep-2015

Versatile probiotic GanedenBC30 adds value to a variety of products showcased at Expo East

GanedenBC30 adds value to a variety of products showcased at Expo East

Ganeden BC30 probiotic is a hot ingredient right now, as demonstrated by a slew of diverse products featuring it at Expo East. The probiotic is in demand in part because it can help packaged goods stand out from competitors and gain entrance to the much sought after immunity and digestive segments, according to Katy Kinsella, director of sales at Ganeden.

Published: 25-Sep-2015

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

Hoping to build on the momentum driving up sales of tea in the US, manufacturers are offering new flavors and delivery platforms that keep consumers engaged. At Expo East, companies showcased innovated tea bags, ready-to-drink options and even a tea consumers eat instead of drink.

Published: 24-Sep-2015

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