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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

Cargill's Viatech platform deconstructs stevia leaf to identify better blends

Cargill's Viatech platform deconstructs stevia leaf to identify better blends

Cargill is “all in on stevia,” according to Scott Fabro, global business development director.  At the forefront of this commitment is the company’s Viatech stevia technology, which analyzes the various stevia components separately and reassembles them in higher performing blends.

Published: 17-Mar-2015

Beyond Meat: ‘We want to provide a solution for dinner every night of the week…’

Beyond Meat, a meat-free solution for dinner every night of the week

Beyond Meat - the California-based firm that claims to have unlocked the secret to making ‘near-perfect’ replicas of meat from plants – says its latest innovation, the ‘Beast Burger’, has been a hit straight out of the blocks.

Published: 17-Mar-2015

Lights, camera, action! a2 Milk outlines its US game plan at Expo West

a2 Milk outlines its US game plan in Expo West video

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy (which can be severe) or intolerance to lactose (milk sugars). But what if both of these have been ruled out and you are still experiencing mild digestive discomfort? 

Published: 16-Mar-2015

Plant waters take center stage at Expo West, but can they emulate coconut water's meteoric success?

Plant waters at Expo West, from maple water to artichoke water

FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson talked to three players in the emerging 'plant waters' category at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West trade show to find out whether they have what it takes to claw back some shelf space from coconut water in the chiller.

Published: 12-Mar-2015

What are consumers looking for from their snacks today?

What are consumers looking for from their snacks today?

What's hot in snacks? Insects? Chia? Chickpeas? And how difficult is it to get a new snack to market?

Published: 18-Feb-2015

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

Published: 23-Jan-2015

Caught on camera! Highlights from the Winter Fancy Food Show

Video highlights from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2015

With buyers from Whole Foods, Kroger, KeHE, Compass Group, Dean & DeLuca and hundreds of other retailers and foodservice chains walking the floor looking for innovative new products, the Winter Fancy Food Show has helped to launch scores of high-profile food & beverage brands from Pop Chips to Honest Tea. FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson chewed the fat with some visitors and exhibitors.

Published: 19-Jan-2015

Lights, camera, action! Snacking trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show

Snacking trends video at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2015

What are the hottest trends in snacks? Sprouted grains? Baked popcorn? Gourmet jerky? Join Elaine Watson from FoodNavigator-USA on a snacking odyssey at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco to find out more about...

Published: 16-Jan-2015

Is low GI too complicated for consumers?

Is low GI too complicated for consumers?

As pressure on the food industry to reduce sugar in products increases, is the science behind that reduction getting lost?

Published: 22-Dec-2014

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

William Reed Business Media Holiday video

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!

Published: 18-Dec-2014

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

Ingredient supplier Compound Solutions has introduced a nature identical version of theacrine branded as TeaCrine. The ingredient offers benefits over caffeine, the mainstay of energy formulations, the company says.

Published: 17-Oct-2014

Cargill highlights cavity-fighting effect of Zerose erythritol at SupplySide West trade show

Cargill highlights cavity-fighting effect of Zerose erythritol at SupplySide West trade show

Research by Cargill shows its Zerose brand erythritol does more than just cut calories;  it can help prevent cavities, too.

Published: 16-Oct-2014

Bamboo fiber, protein beverages, and gummies: Hydrocolloid expert talks innovative delivery systems

Bamboo fiber, protein beverages, and gummies: Hydrocolloid expert talks innovative delivery systems

Beverages continue to be one of the hot beds for innovation when it comes to nutrient fortification, with insoluble fiber, nutritional oils, and (of course) protein all catching the eye.

Published: 15-Oct-2014