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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

New year, new leadership at Hershey, Coca-Cola, Tyson, Hormel and Starbucks

New hires at Hershey, Coca-Cola, Tyson, Hormel and Starbucks

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Hershey, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Hormel Foods, Tyson, General Mills, Hain Celestial and Campbell Soup in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of new hires in food and beverage.

Published: 23-Dec-2016

VOX POP: What keeps food & beverage CEOs awake at night?

FoodNavigator-USA CEO VOX POP: What keeps you awake at night?

Donald Trump? GMO labeling? Raising money? FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs and CEOs to find out what is keeping them awake at night as they head into the New Year…

Published: 22-Dec-2016

VOX POP: What emerging trends are food & beverage CEOs tracking?

CEO VOX POP:  What food & beverage trends are you tracking?

Personalized nutrition? Plant-based foods? Paleo diets?  FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs and CEOs to find out what trends they will be monitoring in 2017 and why…

Published: 22-Dec-2016

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From chilled Mac & Cheese kits to high protein crackers and Lifewtr

NEW PRODUCTS: From granola bark and sorghum pretzels to Lifewtr

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves. It's a mixed bag here, with everything from chocolate novelties to chilled mac & cheese kits, but protein remains a key theme, from pea protein-fueled crackers and chia bars to Japanese onigiri, coffee and (milk) protein combos, and Kaňiwa (protein-packed baby quinoa).

Published: 21-Dec-2016

FoodNavigator-USA’s 15 food & beverage trends to watch in 2017

FoodNavigator-USA’s 15 food & beverage trends to watch in 2017

From customizable granola and meals based on your DNA and blood markers, to seamless new shopping experiences and kitchen robots, and shifting definitions of 'healthy' and 'natural,' we’ve highlighted 15 trends to watch in 2017. 

Published: 16-Dec-2016

Beverage spotting at SOHO Expo: From brewed figs to on-the-go aloe

Beverage spotting at SOHO Expo: From brewed figs to on-the-go aloe

From mix-and-go powders to shots to meals in bottles, the beverages showcased at SOHO Expo illustrate the wide variety of choices consumers have today and the many different ways they use beverages beyond mere hydration. 

Published: 15-Dec-2016

Beverage trendwatching at BevNET Live.. from personalization to probiotics

Beverage trends at BevNET Live, personalization to probiotics

From fruit- and herb-infused apple cider vinegar to bitter melon & green tea combos, and collagen-laced waters, new beverage concepts are hitting the market every week. But which emerging trends have real staying power and what really interests VCs and strategic investors? FoodNavigator-USA headed to BevNet Live in Santa Monica to find out…

Published: 06-Dec-2016

Lab meat heads for the market: A look at the history and future of in-vitro meat

Lab meat heads for the market: A look at the history and future of in-vitro meat

With rapidly increasing research, falling production prices and greater publicity for lab-grown meat, 'in-vitro' technology looks set to come onto the market in the next few years.Researchers and developers are...

Published: 28-Nov-2016

FOOD VISION USA 2016, the highlights: ’Selfies from the inside,’ oats for dinner and feeding the digital natives

FOOD VISION USA highlights, personalized nutrition to oats for dinner

If you didn't make it to Chicago last week for Food Vision USA 2016, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from personalized nutrition, savory oats and plant-based foods to the existential angst of big food brands struggling to stay relevant. Here are the highlights...

Published: 16-Nov-2016

Friday taste test: DRINKmelon watermelon water

Friday taste test: DRINKmelon watermelon water

DRINKmelon - the latest innovation from maple water brand DRINKmaple - is a new 100% juice made from one ingredient: organic watermelons. But did it impress members of Carpe Diem, an award-winning Santa Barbara-based a cappella singing group?

Published: 04-Nov-2016

The big guns fight back: Five legacy brands that have turned things around

Hartman, Rabobank on legacy brand turnaround stories

Many ‘legacy’ food brands are being outpaced by their smaller, hipper, counterparts. But should brand managers admit defeat and embark on a strategy of managed decline, or can they turn things around? Here are five brands that have defied expectations and done just that, based on new reports from Hartman Group and Rabobank.

Published: 01-Nov-2016

Food allergy 101: Are you up to speed?

Food allergy 101: Are you up to speed?

Food allergy is on the rise in many countries, but how many people are impacted in the US? We've collected some facts and figures from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research; the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); and NIAID, the lead institute at the National Institutes of Health conducting research on food allergy.

Published: 27-Oct-2016

Taste Test Friday: DIY hummus, bright balsamic, luscious marinara & four fast salads

Taste Test Friday: hummus, balsamic, marinara & four fast salads

Before the chill of fall settles in, a group of DC urbanites – some foodies and others not – gathered to sample and critique four variations of kitchen staples designed to engage consumers while also easing the burden of cooking from scratch, including Hummustir, Barengo balsamic vinegar, Hoboken Farm’s marinara sauce and organic chopped salad kits from Ready Pac. 

Published: 21-Oct-2016

Trendspotting at FNCE: Watermelon, peanut butter, dried fruit & veggie bowls grab attention

Trendspotting FNCE: Watermelon peanut butter dried fruit veggie bowls

At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston this week, emerging and maturing trends showcased on the show floor included more watermelon-based products, variations on peanut butter and lots of fruit- and vegetable-forward convenience foods.

Published: 20-Oct-2016

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From kefir cups and fruity birch water to jerky (minus the meat)

NEW PRODUCTS: From kefir cups & birch water to Smart jerky

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves. Trends to watch include meat snacks (and plant-based alternatives), more pulse-based innovations from extruded snacks to spaghetti, spoonable kefir and cheese, drinking vinegar, and a new beverage for consumers following a low FODMAP diet.

Published: 18-Oct-2016

5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

The coconut water category in the US may be crowded, but it still has room to grow with sales projected to reach $1.97 billion in 2019 -- up from $778 million in 2015, according to Statista. Much of this growth likely will come from innovative twists on the beverages, such as from these five companies that showcased new options at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. 

Published: 03-Oct-2016

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