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As soda sales fall, kombucha rises

As soda sales fall, kombucha rises

Tumbling soda sales have opened the door to the mainstream market for a variety of functional beverages that were previously relegated to the natural channel, including kombuncha sales of which, according to one entrepreneur, grew 41% to $534 million last year and are expected to reach $4 billion by 2024.

Published: 24-Jul-2017

Bonafide Provisions expands the reach and appeal of bone broth with Drinkable Veggies

Bonafide Provisions expands bone broth's appeal with Drinkable Veggies

As recently as two years ago, bone broth was virtually unheard of by the masses, but now it is seemingly everywhere with newcomers crowding the category and pushing early players such as Bonafide Provisions to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. 

Published: 19-Jul-2017

VIDEO: Should we define dietary fiber on the basis of what it is or what it does?

Defining dietary fiber at the 2017 IFT show

Which ingredients should be classified as dietary fibers and why? Elaine Watson caught up with Dr Dennis Gordon from North Dakota State University (NDSU) at the IFT show in Las Vegas as the FDA considers petitions from suppliers of everything from inulin to gum acacia.

Published: 07-Jul-2017

How will added sugar labeling change the market? At IFT, companies weigh in

Sugar Reduction: What’s next? At IFT, companies weigh in

The controversial requirement to list added sugar on the nutrition facts panel has divided the industry. Though different parties may disagree on whether or not the move is good or bad for the industry, many agree that it will certainly change the landscape.

Published: 06-Jul-2017

Corbion's trans fat-free emulsifiers allow manufacturers to 're-engineer' cakes

Corbion's trans fat-free emulsifiers allow manufacturers to 're-engineer' cakes

"The conversion away from partially hydrogenated oils is really an opportunity to re-engineer cakes themselves," says Corbion as it launches SweetPro, a new line of trans fat-free emulsifiers that allow manufacturers to swap expensive bakery blends for commodity-based ingredients.

Published: 06-Jul-2017

VIDEO: Cargill R&D VP talks ‘processed’ food: ‘All food is made of chemicals’

Cargill R&D VP talks ‘processed’ food, EverSweet, at IFT 2017

To many consumers, ‘processed food’ is just another term for ‘junk food.’ It’s hard to define, but we know it when we see it (Twinkies). But do we know a ‘highly processed’ ingredient when we see it, and how much processing is too much? Elaine Watson caught up with Cargill’s VP R&D Dr Chris Mallett at the IFT Show to get his take.

Published: 06-Jul-2017

Entomo Farms: 'We’re one of the most recognized [edible insect] brands across the world now'

Entomo Farms talks edible insects at IFT 2017

Canadian bug powder supplier Entomo Farms is still doing most of its business with snack food companies, but VP Darren Goldin – chatting with FoodNavigator-USA at the IFT show - envisions a future where frozen raw insects (as well as the roasted and milled variety) hit center stage.

Published: 06-Jul-2017

VIDEO: Will we need a new regulatory framework for clean (cultured) meat?

Clean meat labeling and regulation in focus at IFT 2017

Producing ‘clean’ meat by culturing cells – instead of raising or slaughtering animals - is a new frontier in food production, but will it require a new regulatory framework, and what should we call it? Elaine Watson caught up with one food law attorney to find out more.

Published: 30-Jun-2017

VIDEO: ‘Green banana flour has the functionality of a starch and the label of a fruit…’

IFT 2017 green banana flour in focus

One product that generated quite a buzz at the IFT show this year was NuBana green banana flour from International Agriculture Group (IAG). Elaine Watson caught up with VP marketing and business development (and resistant starch guru) Rhonda Witwer to find out more.

Published: 30-Jun-2017

Competition among retailers heats up as consumers seek more diverse, ethnic products

Retail competition heats up as consumers seek more ethnic products

Consumer demand for products that are authentic and ethnic is not only prompting brand manufacturers to innovate it is also raising the competitive bar at retailers, according to industry experts.

Published: 28-Jun-2017

Passionate paleo followers can fuel brand awareness, sales for compliant packaged products

Paleo followers fuel brand awareness, sales for compliant products

Between 1 to 3 million people in the United States follow the paleo diet, and yet relatively few packaged products comply with the regime – making it a market brimming with potential that once tapped could quickly drive brand awareness and sales, according to the co-founders of frozen dessert brand Snow Monkey.

Published: 27-Jun-2017

Baldor Specialty Foods' efforts to cut food waste are adding money

Baldor Specialty Food's efforts to cut food waste are adding money

As the issue of food waste rises in prominence in the US, industry players are stepping up to the plate to save scraps and reduce waste, including Baldor Specialty Foods, which recently undertook an ambitious food waste reduction plan called Sparcs.

Published: 08-Jun-2017

Organic industry asks legislators for funds to expand domestic production & increase oversight

Organic industry asks for funds to expand production, oversight

More than a hundred representatives for the organic industry descended on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, last Thursday to extol to legislators the benefits of their industry to the US economy and ask for additional funding and help expand organic practices as well as increase trade oversight.

Published: 30-May-2017

Standardized language for expiration dates should help reduce food waste, according to GMA

Standardized language for expiration dates will help reduce food waste

According to the nonprofit Feeding America, 126 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in America – a staggering number that prompted USDA and EPA to challenge producers, manufacturers and consumers to help reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030.

Published: 25-May-2017

Vox Pop: 'Protein, and that's pretty much it actually'

Vox Pop: In sports nutrition, 'usually just protein'

Sports nutrition is a booming industry, with Euromonitor estimating a value of $7.4bn in the US. When we went to the streets and asked a few gym-goers what they buy, to no surprise, it was all protein.

Published: 11-May-2017

Food Starter helps entrepreneurs break into the competitive food and beverage industry

Food Starter helps entrepreneurs break into food and beverage industry

Launching a food business takes more than secret family recipe – it also takes money, equipment, space and in-depth knowledge about regulations, distribution and marketing, which can be hard for some startups to coordinate by themselves. 

Published: 09-May-2017

Braskem packaging changes color if a product is unfit for consumption

Braskem packaging changes color if a product is unfit for consumption

Marcia Pires

polymer science researcher - Braskem

Thermoplastic resin producer Braskem has partnered with Clemson University in the US and Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS) in Brazil to create intelligent packaging which can change color if a product is unfit for consumption.

Published: 09-May-2017

Cellular agriculture advances mean ‘clean meat’ could be commercially available in less than 10 years

‘Clean meat’ could be commercially available in less than 10 years

The idea of eating a burger grown in a lab rather than from a cow raised on a farm and slaughtered for its meat may sound like something out of a science fiction story set far in the future, but in reality the commercialization of so-called “clean meat” could be as little as four or five years away. 

Published: 08-May-2017

Could the biotech disclosure law help shift perception of GMOs from good vs evil to simply a choice?

How to shift perception of GMOs from good vs evil to simply a choice

In many ways, the conversation about GMOs has been a debate about good versus evil, but ingredient supplier Cargill wants to shift the discussion to one simply about choice – a goal that one executive says can only be achieved if manufacturers and suppliers start talking to consumers about the benefits GMOs offer. 

Published: 04-May-2017

SmartLabel gains traction as a tool for brands to meet consumers’ mounting clean label demands

SmartLabel helps brands meet consumers’ mounting clean label demands

While SmartLabel is still in its relative infancy, manufacturers are flocking to the technology to help them provide the in-depth information that today’s consumers want as part of the clean label movement, but which might not fit on product packaging.

Published: 27-Apr-2017

The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts

Potential for Nutrition Facts label delay should not slow compliance

Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year left to overcome challenges associated with added sugar, the new definition of dietary fiber, changes to vitamins and minerals daily values and other time consuming tweaks.

Published: 25-Apr-2017

Arctic Zero’s new social media video campaign shows how ‘clean label’ is more than just ‘free-from’

Arctic Zero CEO: Clean Label not just low sugar, low calorie, low fat

With the launch of four new varieties, Arctic Zero produced a video to tell consumers the story of how the ingredients were sourced.

Published: 12-Apr-2017

Manufacturers walk tightrope between demand for natural products and greenwashing allegations

Manufacturers navigate greenwashing allegations

Today’s consumers want products that are natural, sustainable and environmentally friendly, but manufacturers hoping to appeal to these values face significant threats from lawsuits alleging greenwashing and evolving regulations and enforcement efforts by FDA and FTC.

Published: 23-Mar-2017

Crunchies targets Millennial moms as fruit & veggie snacking gathers pace

Crunchies targets Millennial moms with freeze-dried fruits

If freeze-dried fruit conjures up images of space food, or brightly colored soggy bits floating in your breakfast cereal, you should buy a bag of Crunchies, and reassess, says CEO Scott Jacobson, who says that when it comes to fruit & veggie snacks, his freeze-dried wares beat air dried and baked options hands down in the nutritional stakes.

Published: 22-Mar-2017

Annie’s president: ‘Over the last two years we’ve added four million new households each year’

Annie's sales set to reach $400m in fiscal 2017

While some commentators baulked at the $820m General Mills parted with to get its hands on Annie’s, the brand has gone from strength to strength since the deal closed in late October 2014, with sales set to reach $400m this fiscal year, and household penetration significantly increasing, says president John Foraker.

Published: 21-Mar-2017

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