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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

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

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

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

‘We think the campaign will definitely have an effect’: GOED on ‘positive messaging’ to change omega-3 conversation

‘We think the campaign will definitely have an effect’: GOED on ‘positive messaging’ to change omega-3 conversation

Adam Ismail

Executive Director - GOED

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s’ campaign to promote positive messages about omega-3s has finally launched, but more funds needs to be raised to allow a national roll-out, said GOED’s Adam Ismail.

Published: 15-Oct-2014

The big opportunity over the next decade? Offering a multi-pronged approach to take consumers to a greater level of optimal health

The big opportunity over the next decade? Offering a multi-pronged approach to take consumers to a greater level of optimal health

Jeff Hilton

Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer - BrandHive

Consumers are looking for individual and integrated strategies to optimize their health and wellness, but no company has yet put all the pieces together, says BrandHive’s Jeff Hilton.

Published: 14-Oct-2014

Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

Faith Son

vice president of global marketing and innovation - PureCircle

Obviously taste rules when it comes to any food or beverage. But many consumers are also looking for indications that what they’re eating has been minimally “messed with”—hence the growing incidence of “all natural” and related terms on product labels. 

Published: 17-Jul-2014

Cargill rides publicity wave with Trehalose functional ingredient

Cargill rides publicity wave with Trehalose functional ingredient

Cargill has weathered a potential media storm concerning its functional ingredient Trehalose.  The ingredient, a glucose dissaccharide, was one of the potentially ‘scary’ food ingredients seized upon for its use by a well known fast food chain.

Published: 14-Jul-2014

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

The GRAS process as it stands in the United States is vulnerable to criticism based on possible conflicts of interest and low-quality safety work, said Claire Kruger, PhD, president of Spherix Consulting, a division of ChromaDex.

Published: 11-Jul-2014

RIBUS: consumers avoiding 'chem lab' ingredients; GMOs the biggest agro development since the tractor

RIBUS: consumers avoiding 'chem lab' ingredients; GMOs the biggest agro development since the tractor

Steve Peirce

CEO - RIBUS Inc.

During the IFT 2014 show in New Orleans, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with RIBUS Inc. CEO Steve Peirce for an update on its all-natural and organic rice-based ingredients and the sustainability of rice in a world that faces staggering levels of food waste. 

Published: 09-Jul-2014

Global ID: 'Demand for Non-GMO-Project verification doubled after Whole Foods put its GMO cards on the table...'

Global ID: 'Demand for Non-GMO-Project verification doubled after Whole Foods put its GMO cards on the table...'

The growth of the Non-GMO Project verification scheme has been nothing short of explosive over the past 18 months. But does the firm serving as its technical administrator have the resources to cope, and are competing certification schemes adopting the same standards?

Published: 08-Jul-2014

Chia and psyllium: Sterilization and adulteration show importance of choosing suppliers carefully

Chia and psyllium: Sterilization and adulteration show importance of choosing suppliers carefully

George Pontiakos

President and CEO - BI Nutraceuticals

Recent pathogen outbreaks in raw chia powder and concerns over whether some psyllium is actually food grade highlight the ongoing importance of selecting suppliers wisely, says the CEO of BI Nutraceuticals.

Published: 07-Jul-2014