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Tiny plants with huge potential: Introducing two new players to the plant-based protein market

Tiny plants with huge potential: Introducing LENTEIN Plus and mankai

Two firms that generated a lot of buzz at the IFT show this year were Parabel and Hinoman, which are both selling brand new nutrient-packed ingredients from tiny aquatic plants. But do they have what it takes to give more established players in the plant-based protein category a run for their money?

Published: 03-Aug-2015

Space... the final frontier for food science at Food Vision USA

Space... the final frontier for food science at Food Vision USA

To boldly go... where no food conference has gone before? Space food is on the menu at Food Vision USA (we've lined up NASA on day three), but we're just as concerned about what we're eating here on earth, and whether food retailers are stuck in a time-warp as American consumers are changing...

Published: 31-Jul-2015

Supermarkets have an unbelievable opportunity to build on the semi-homemade category, says guru

Supermarket guru Phil Lempert explains semi-homemade

The growing semi-homemade category offers an ‘unbelievable opportunity’ for retailers, as Millennials want to feel like they’re making dishes themselves.

Published: 29-Jul-2015

Could mushroom mycelium add a new dimension to the gluten-free market?

MycoTechnology at IFT, mushrooms can remove gluten from cereal crops

Speaking to FoodNavigator-USA at the 2015 IFT show, MycoTechnology CEO Alan Hahn recalls the moment his team discovered that mushroom mycelium (roots) could virtually eliminate the gluten in wheat and other cereal crops.

Published: 28-Jul-2015

Solazyme makes algae oil to order: ‘We take a normal crop cycle and compress that into three days’

Solazyme spills the beans on its 'gamechanging' algal oil at IFT 2015

There are lots of pretty cool things about algae oil, from its clean flavor and stability to its striking nutritional profile (unprecedented levels of healthy monounsaturated fat, low saturates and zero trans-fat). But one factor that really sets it apart is the way it’s made.

Published: 27-Jul-2015

Lights, camera, action! Edible insects in focus at IFT 2015

Lights, camera, action! Edible insects in focus at IFT 2015

No self-respecting food conference would be complete these days without a session on edible insects. But are they a gimmick or a serious source of alternative protein? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson headed to the 2015 IFT show in Chicago to find out...

Published: 23-Jul-2015

Arla Foods Ingredients’ Nutrilac helps turn acid whey from waste to value-added ingredient

Arla Foods Ingredients’ Nutrilac acid whey from waste to ingredient

Arla Foods Ingredients’ Nutrilac whey protein can help dairy manufacturers turn acid whey, a by-product of Greek yogurt and cream cheese production, from a hard-to-handle waste to a raw ingredient that can add value to a range of products. 

Published: 23-Jul-2015

NASA food science: Complete nutrition, emerging technologies, and the Mission to Mars

NASA food science: Complete nutrition, emerging technologies, and the Mission to Mars

NASA is exploring all forms of cutting edge technology, from 3D printing to high pressure processing and more to be able to transition its food system from the International Space Station to a Mission to Mars, says Grace Douglas, PhD.

Published: 21-Jul-2015

More players are entering the drinkable soup category, which one says is the next big thing

More players are entering the drinkable soup category

The founder of Tio Gazpacho, a front runner in the drinkable soup segment, welcomes to the nascent category several newcomers that he hopes will help validate the new food concept and build consumer interest.

Published: 15-Jul-2015

Subscription snack boxes are a cost-effective alternative to in-store demonstrations

Subscription snack boxes cost-effective alternative to demonstrations

Subscription snack boxes can be a cost effective alternative to in-store demonstrations, which often are viewed as a golden standard for driving initial product trial and gathering consumer feedback.

Published: 13-Jul-2015

Simply Gum offers all-natural, high-end alternative to conventional products

Simply Gum offers all-natural high-end alternative to conventional gum

New York-based start-up Simply Gum offers consumers an elegant, all natural alternative to conventional chewing gums, many of which the company founder says include plastic and other synthetic ingredients.

Published: 10-Jul-2015

U.S. tea sales climb as consumers seek healthy drinks & new flavors

U.S. tea sales climb as consumers seek healthy drinks & new flavors

Sales of tea in the U.S. are growing quickly as more Americans are drawn to the beverage for its health benefits, rich history and artisanal qualities, according to industry stakeholders.

Published: 09-Jul-2015

New formats help make broccoli more snackable

New formats help make broccoli more snackable

Broccoli is one of the stereo-typically most hated vegetables from childhood, but now it is emerging as one of the hottest trends in snacking with new formats that promise to be kid- and adult-friendly.

Published: 07-Jul-2015

Selling complex carbs in a post Grain Brain world: Do grains really make us fat and sick?

Do grains really make you sick? Whole Grain Summit highlights

Grains, according to the author of best-selling book Grain Brain, are “silent killers”. Not only are they making us fat, says Dr David Perlmutter, “but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more...” But is there any truth behind these assertions, and if not, what can the grain chain do to fight back?

Published: 01-Jul-2015

Traditional foods dominate Fourth of July menus

Traditional foods dominate Fourth of July menus

Americans may increasingly seek bold new flavors and adventurous or exotic food for everyday cooking, but this Fourth of July most will turn to time-honored, traditional dishes and big name brands to help them celebrate, market research predicts. 

Published: 29-Jun-2015

FOOD VISION USA: Which food & beverage companies are really driving innovation?

FOOD VISION USA: Which food companies are driving innovation?

According to Nielsen data, 85% of new consumer packaged goods fail within two years, and big firms are no better - and often far worse - at picking winners than smaller ones, despite their deep pockets.  

Published: 05-Jun-2015

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

According to one prominent executive, for the probiotics industry, the fallout from the NYAG affair should be fairly straightforward:  Make sure you know how to do what you’re supposed to do in the first place. Identify and count, it’s as simple as that.

Published: 03-Jun-2015

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Is personalised nutrition about to go public in a big way?

Radek Sali, CEO,Swisse Wellness;

François Scheffler, head, BASF human nutrition; - Loren Israelsen, president, United Natural Products Association (UNPA); Mandy Saven, head, food, beverage and hospitality, Stylus

Nutrigenomics – the idea of optimising nutrition via individualised and/or pooled genetic data – is one that has long promised to revolutionise how we eat – not to mention keeping us healthy and out of hospitals. Are converging technologies about to deliver on its promise?

Published: 07-Apr-2015

Who is responsible for battling the big issues in food?

Who is responsible for battling the big issues in food?

From obesity to malnutrition and water scarcity, the world is facing an ever-growing number of food-related problems. But how responsible is the food industry for fighting back against these issues?

Published: 07-Apr-2015

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavour?

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavour?

Professor Charles Spence

Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory - Oxford University

Taste is much more complex than the experience of basic flavours on the tongue – it also encompasses our other senses to a larger degree than most people realise, according to Professor Charles Spence.

Published: 03-Apr-2015

Yogurt makers expand when and who eats yogurt with different product platforms

Yogurt makers expand when, who eats yogurt with new products

Yogurt manufacturers are rolling out a wide variety of new products to drive consumer interest in and consumption of the dairy product in an attempt to boost sales, which have slowed in recent years after experiencing astronomical growth for several years in a row. 

Published: 01-Apr-2015

An organic check off campaign could bring more farmers into the fold, clarify claims, OTA says

Organic check off could bring farmers into fold, clarify claims

Demand for organic in the U.S. is soaring with more than 80% of families buying some organic products, pushing sales up to an expected $40 billion last year, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Published: 27-Mar-2015

Caught on camera at Expo West: Popcorn was a mature category and it’s totally reinvented itself

Expo West video, Popcorn has totally reinvented itself

Ready-to-eat popcorn sales surged 60% to $750m between 2012 and 2014, while microwave popcorn sales dropped 8% to $830m, so what lessons can we learn from all this?    

Published: 20-Mar-2015

Enjoy Life Foods at Expo West: One out of 13 children in North America has food allergies

One out of 13 children has food allergies, Enjoy Life Foods

One out of 13 children in North America has food allergies today compared with one in 50 in 1990, and in the next couple of years, it’s going to be about one in 10, according to allergen-friendly foods brand Enjoy Life Foods.

Published: 18-Mar-2015

Bread is back! Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

While retail sales of packaged bread have been pretty sluggish in recent years, one company that’s bucking the trend is Oregon-based Dave’s Killer Bread.

Published: 17-Mar-2015

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