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From Bakkwa to Cabernayzyns: A video tour of the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

Top trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show, from bakkwa to bone broth

From Cabernayzyns (dried Cabernet grapes) to bakkwa, a meat snack sold in street markets in Singapore and Malaysia that's just hit the West Coast of the US, the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco was jam-packed with unusual new products. FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson hit the show floor to chat to the entrepreneurs trying to bring these innovations to market...

Published: 22-Jan-2016

EPIC Provisions co-founder: Why not start your day with bone broth instead of coffee?

EPIC co-founder on bone broth & General Mills at the fancy food show

Does bone broth have mass market appeal, and if so, what’s the best format to package it in, and where is the best place to put it in store? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with EPIC Provisions co-founder Taylor Collins to get his take on this emerging category (and to ask why he tied the knot with General Mills).

Published: 21-Jan-2016

KRAVE founder on his incubation plans: 'The hardest million to make is the first million'

KRAVE founder unveils plans for Sonoma Brands at the fancy food show

KRAVE Jerky founder Jon Sebastiani - who sold his business to Hershey last year – has already identified some entrepreneurs he hopes to mentor – and fund – as part of his new incubator, Sonoma Brands.

Published: 20-Jan-2016

Race to use only cage-free eggs could create supply challenge, predicts exec from the happy egg co.

Race to use only cage-free eggs could create supply challenge

As the race for manufacturers and restaurants to switch to 100% cage-free eggs in the US gains momentum, the speed of the transition could create short-term supply challenges for manufacturers and long-term opportunities for existing specialty egg providers, predicts a top executive at the happy egg co., which sells “true free range” eggs. 

Published: 23-Dec-2015

FOOD VISION USA: The highlights!

FOOD VISION USA: The highlights!

If you didn't make it to Chicago in October for FoodNavigator-USA's 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. Here's a glimpse of what you missed!

Published: 23-Dec-2015

Back to Nature Foods Co. repositions SnackWell’s as a “free-from” line

Back to Nature Foods Co. repositions SnackWell’s as a “free-from” line

Back to Nature Foods Co.’s revitalization of the recently acquired iconic SnackWell’s brand is an example of how established companies can refresh aging brands that are struggling to better compete with new products from disruptive startups.

Published: 17-Dec-2015

The 4 biggest mistakes in healthy marketing

The 4 biggest mistakes in healthy marketing

The Healthy Marketing Team tells us what NOT to do when marketing a healthy food product, based on work by their colleagues at New Nutrition Business.   

Published: 14-Dec-2015

5 strategies to drive initial trial, create a new category from startup Element [Shrub]

5 strategies to drive initial trial from startup Element [Shrub]

Transparent advertising is essential for reaching modern consumers, but as the maker of Element [Shrub] discovered – knowing which facts to emphasize first is key to driving initial trial. 

Published: 20-Nov-2015

Continual evolution is key to survival in competitive food market, Momme Meals exec says

Evolution key to survival in food market, Momme Meals exec says

To make it in the highly competitive food and beverage segment, startups need to listen to consumers and evolve to meet changing demands – even if that means letting go of their “baby,” says the founder of Momme Meals. 

Published: 18-Nov-2015

Whipstitch Capital: All of the large CPG companies are trying to figure out how to run venture and incubation programs

Whipstitch Capital talks food investment at Food Vision USA

General Mills coughed up a cool $820m to buy Annie’s last year. But it has also signaled its intention to invest in brands at an earlier stage in their development via its 301 Inc venturing arm and a recent tie up with equity crowdfunding site CircleUp. So will other big CPG brands follow its lead?

Published: 17-Nov-2015

Union Kitchen offers more than a shared kitchen, it offers community & outreach

Union Kitchen offers more than a kitchen it offers community, outreach

Launching a new food or beverage company requires a lot of passion, but it also requires a business plan, regulatory knowledge, access to equipment, distribution and exposure – which is a lot for any startup to fully grasp out of the gate. 

Published: 17-Nov-2015

Promotional blues: Why is trade spending becoming less and less effective?

Why is trade spending becoming less and less effective?

With volumes flat or declining in many CPG categories, and dollar growth coming primarily from price increases, manufacturers are increasingly relying on promotions to drive engagement, but find they are becoming less and less effective, according to a new report* from Chicago-based market researcher IRI.

Published: 16-Nov-2015

On- and offline retail channels offer startups different paths to success, NatureBox CEO says

On & offline retail channels offer startups different paths to success

Online retail of food and beverage may be small now, but it is slowly gaining traction in the US – providing start-ups struggling to get their foot in the door another option for reaching consumers, according to the CEO of online subscription snack service NatureBox.

Published: 13-Nov-2015

New products from Ready Pac tap into four macro trends influencing shoppers

New products from Ready Pac tap four macro trends influencing shoppers

Americans increasingly want fresh, healthy food, but they don’t always have the extra time it takes to plan and prepare those ingredients – creating a white space in the market for enterprising manufacturers. 

Published: 03-Nov-2015

Protein could give products for endurance athletes an extra edge, says Arla Foods Ingredients

Protein could give endurance athletes an extra edge, says Arla Foods

A new fast absorbing protein from Arla Foods Ingredients could help crack open the endurance sports sector, which has significant potential for growth but until now has been largely dominated by sports drinks with only carbohydrates and electrolytes. 

Published: 23-Oct-2015

Extent of confusion about “natural” continues as trade group works to define the term

Confusion over natural continues as trade group tries to define term

The term “natural” is an extremely effective marketing claim that taps into one of the hottest current trends in food and beverage, but because it is not defined, it leaves consumers confused and companies vulnerable to false claims allegations. 

Published: 22-Oct-2015

Sugar alternatives evolve but some consumers still want the real thing

Sugar alternatives evolve but some consumers still want the real thing

In recent years, sugar has replaced fat and sodium as public enemy No. 1 in the nation’s fight against obesity and diabetes – prompting consumers to shun the ingredient and manufacturers to seek alternative sweeteners.

Published: 21-Oct-2015

Cost stability, blending capabilities bode well for pea protein, supplier says

Cost stability, blending capabilities bode well for pea protein, supplier says

Blending is the way forward for plant based proteins in sports nutrition and their price stability can help manufacturers, says World Food Processing president Tyler Lorenzen.

Published: 19-Oct-2015

GOED exec on national campaigns, health claims, and El Niño

GOED exec on national campaigns, health claims, and El Niño

A positive decision from the FDA on a qualified health claim for omega-3s and blood pressure would be “further justification that EPA and DHA are good for your heart”, says Adam Ismail, Executive Director of GOED.

Published: 19-Oct-2015

IPA chief: "Regulators are starting to turn the corner on probiotics"

IPA chief: "Regulators are starting to turn the corner on probiotics"

A new-look International Probiotics Association is creating dialogue with key regulators around the world, and the regulators are starting to turn the corner on how they regulate the friendly bugs, says the association’s executive director.

Published: 16-Oct-2015

Transparency only way to communicate EverSweet's benefits, Cargill says

Transparency only way to communicate EverSweet's benefits, Cargill says

Cargill conquered the technical challenges of bringing a fermented Reb D/Reb M stevia ingredient to market. Clearing the consumer acceptance hurdle was best handled by being as transparent as possible about the ingredient, a company executive said.

Published: 16-Oct-2015

Dutch supplier unveils egg protein with pre-diabetic positioning

Dutch supplier unveils egg protein with pre-diabetic positioning

Dutch company Newtricious is bringing a new egg protein hydrosolate ingredient market with data backing its cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits.

Published: 14-Oct-2015

Uncle Matt’s Organic seeks to restore orange juice’s status with functional ingredients

Uncle Matt’s Organic restore OJ’s status with functional ingredients

Once a breakfast staple in most American homes, orange juice has fallen out of favor in recent years as consumers try to cut carbs, calories and sugar. But premium juice maker Uncle Matt’s Organic is hoping to return the beverage to its former glory with innovative blends that have value-added ingredients that boost benefits and help cut calories and sugar. 

Published: 02-Oct-2015

Mediterra expands its savory bar portfolio, welcomes competitors to the nascent category

Mediterra expands its savory bar portfolio, welcomes competitors

For years the nutrition bar category was mostly limited to sweet flavors, but now that is changing, thanks in part to Mediterra – a pioneer in making savory snack bars. 

Published: 01-Oct-2015

Increased innovation needed to further drive tea sales in the US

Increased innovation needed to further drive tea sales in the US

Sales of tea in the US are booming, but the industry still faces tough competition and must continue to innovate to capture a larger “share of throat,” according to Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Council of the USA. 

Published: 30-Sep-2015

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