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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

FoodBytes! Boulder finalists focus on reducing food waste, increasing sustainability

FoodBytes! finalists focus on food waste, increasing sustainability

Reducing food waste and increasing sustainability so that food and beverage manufacturers can make more with less are common goals and key attributes of the 10 finalist food, agriculture and tech companies selected to present at the FoodBytes! Boulder pitch slam and networking event in October. 

Published: 27-Sep-2016

12 things you need to know about the eating and shopping habits of Millennials

PLMA unveils survey on eating, shopping habits of Millennials

How do Millennials think about food, cooking, shopping and eating out? To find out, the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) commissioned Surveylab to conduct a nationwide online survey of 1,839 Americans (931 women, 908 men) aged between 20 and 29. Here are some of the highlights...

Published: 23-Sep-2016

Six “fresh” food trends driving innovation at retail & restaurants

Six “fresh” food trends driving innovation at retail & restaurants

The maturing farm to table movement is giving way to “fresh” as the most important value among nearly three-quarters of consumers – edging out natural and low price which slightly more than half of shoppers listed as a top priority and local and non-GMO which only a third prioritized as most important, according to Packaged Facts. 

Published: 21-Sep-2016

From grain-free to grass-fed: What is driving growth in natural, organic and specialty foods?

What is driving growth in natural, organic and specialty foods?

With Expo East around the corner, food investment specialists Whipstitch Capital and Silverwood Partners have both released reports exploring the growth drivers in natural, organic and specialty foods. Checkout our gallery of highlights...

Published: 21-Sep-2016

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From EPIC pork rinds and Caveman Bites to Quest’s ketogenic meals

NEW PRODUCTS: EPIC pork rinds, Caveman Bites & Quest keto

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves. Trends to watch include protein, healthy fats, whole milk, organics, apple cider vinegar, portable oats and - inevitably - pumpkin spice, as we head into holiday season.

Published: 01-Sep-2016

Back-to-school launches & campaigns highlight innovation, giving-back

Back-to-school launches & campaigns highlight innovation, giving-back

It is back-to-school time, which means parents nationwide will be stocking up on snacks and looking for fast solutions to fill their children’s lunchboxes. Startups and big brands alike are stepping up to help with new product launches, giving campaigns and ideas for nutritious meals. 

Published: 31-Aug-2016

5 trends changing how consumers grocery shop & tips for retailers to adapt

5 trends changing how consumers grocery shop & tips for retailers

After changing little in the past 80 years, supermarkets need to lean into megatrends that are reshaping how consumers buy groceries or else risk losing shoppers to other emerging channels, including ecommerce, suggests Acosta, a full service sales and marketing agency, in a recently published report – The Revolution of Grocery Shopping.  

Published: 29-Aug-2016

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From animal-free milk and gelatin to treenut cheese, paleo pancakes and beany brownies

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch, Gelzen to Perfect Day

FoodNavigator-USA's latest pick of entrepreneurs to watch in the US food and beverage market features a clutch of firms spanning everything from animal-free milk and gelatin to cashew nut ‘cheese,’ brownies made with 40% chickpeas, paleo pancake mixes, kid-friendly meal kits, and chocolate-covered candied jalapenos…

Published: 26-Aug-2016

10 things you need to know about the changing US grocery shopping landscape

Hartman Group & FMI release 2016 US grocery shopping trends

The primary shopper – and the primary store – are becoming less relevant when it comes to grocery shopping, says the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in its 2016 US Grocery Shopping Trends report with Hartman Group. Here are 10 things that caught our eye...

Published: 11-Aug-2016

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From liquid VeganEgg to Noosa’s sweet & spicy yogurts and TigerNut clusters

NEW PRODUCTS: VeganEggs, Noosa spicy yogurts, TigerNut clusters

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves this summer. Look out for pulse-based ingredients, sweet & spicy combos, and more healthy fats (nuts, avocado).

Published: 28-Jul-2016

IFT 2016 part two: Ingredients and trends to watch

IFT 2016 part two: Ingredients and trends to watch

In part two of our IFT 2016 highlights gallery, we explore trends from the showfloor and the education sessions, spanning sprouted grains, stevia blends and natural antioxidants, colors and flavors, to novel sources of protein.

Published: 26-Jul-2016

IFT 2016 part one: Bad science, correlation vs causation, and what consumers think clean label means

IFT 2016: Bad science, correlation vs causation, consumer trends

What's on trend at IFT 2016? Protein remains hot, non-GMO is even hotter, and the pressure to 'clean up' food labels is stronger than ever. Edible insects are still a talking a point, even if the novelty has worn off a little, and beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils are gaining traction. Check out part one of our gallery of highlights from the world's biggest food science symposium.

Published: 19-Jul-2016

Tomato manufacturers engage consumers with sophisticated packaging

Tomato manufacturers engage consumers with sophisticated packaging

Produce manufacturers are taking a page from CPG companies’ playbook by using increasingly sophisticated packaging to create brand awareness in a category where previously little was done to distinguish specific products offered by different companies.

Published: 14-Jul-2016

Your guide to IFT 2016: From eBeam processing to brainfood, plant-based proteins & genomics

IFT 2016: eBeam processing, plant-based proteins, genomics

Are all these 'alternative proteins' as sustainable as we think? Is there real money to be made from acid whey? And will electron beam processing be as disruptive as high pressure processing? Check out FoodNavigator-USA's guide to the hottest topics at the Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago on July 16-19.

Published: 13-Jul-2016

7 flavor trends emerging in beverage

7 flavor trends emerging in beverage

Botanicals, floral notes and savory, sour and bitter ingredients are increasingly popular flavor profiles in beverages, according to The Coca-Cola Co. and Food IQ, which teamed at FMI Connect in Chicago in June to showcase ways to make cutting-edge flavors trends appealing to mainstream consumers. 

Published: 12-Jul-2016

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