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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

CPG accelerator SKU blends mentorship & networking to help startups succeed

CPG accelerator SKU blends mentorship & networking to help startups succeed

Starting and growing a company is hard – especially in the highly competitive food and beverage industry, but Austin, Texas-based accelerator SKU is tipping the odds of success in favor of entrepreneurs with its “proven blend of mentorship, community,” unique programming and industry connections. 

Published: 21-Mar-2017

Three tips for selling internationally-inspired, authentic products to Americans from industry veteran

Three tips for selling internationally-inspired, authentic products to Americans from industry veteran

Americans may be becoming more adventurous in what they eat – seeking international flavors and products – but some retailers and buyers are hesitant to stock these types of new products for fear that they won’t sell once they are on store shelves. 

Published: 21-Mar-2017

Hip Chick Farms expands its portfolio of clean, simple poultry & other frozen foods

Hip Chick Farms expands its portfolio

McDonalds, Panera and other high profile food service companies took notable steps last year to introduce “healthier” chicken products, but frozen poultry product producer Hip Chick Farms thinks more can done and it is stepping up the plate to push change forward in 2017. 

Published: 20-Mar-2017

Rising animal welfare concerns push farmers & manufacturers to rethink humane agriculture

Rising animal welfare concerns push farmers & manufacturers to rethink humane agriculture

As animal welfare concerns become increasingly mainstream, farmers and manufacturers, such as the natural and organic meat brand Applegate, are optimistically rethinking the scale of and their approach to humanely raised animal agriculture.

Published: 20-Mar-2017

Synbio ingredients have vast market penetration, new list shows

Synbio ingredients have vast market penetration, new list shows

Synthetic biology, or GMO 2.0 as some are calling it, has vastly more penetration in the marketplace than was previously believed. That’s the takeaway from the assembly of the first list of such ingredients.

Published: 17-Mar-2017

Barnana CMO: 'We tested banana brittle for eight months before we took it to market'

Expo West feedback 'overwhelmingly positive' for banana brittle

Barnana carved out virgin territory in the healthy snacks segment with its chewy banana bites, but will its new banana brittle prove equally groundbreaking? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with chief marketing officer Nik Ingersoll at the Expo West show to learn more.

Published: 17-Mar-2017

Kite Hill weighs into plant ‘milk’ debate: ‘Do electric cars not get to call themselves cars because they don’t have a combustion engine?’

Kite Hill weighs into plant ‘milk’ debate at Expo West

An electric vehicle uses a very different propulsion system to the internal combustion engine, but it also has four wheels, and gets you from A to B, which to most consumers, makes it a 'car.' So isn't it time to apply the same logic to plant-based 'milk' 'cheese,' and 'yogurt'? asks the CEO of almond-fueled brand Kite Hill.

Published: 16-Mar-2017

EPIC Provisions co-founder: 'Regenerative agriculture is the next big movement in food'

Regenerative agriculture next food trend, says EPIC at Expo West

Meat and dairy often get a bad rap on the sustainability front, but not all animal production systems have the same impact on the planet, says EPIC Provisions co-founder Taylor Collins, who reckons that “the next big movement in food is coming in the form of regenerative agriculture,” which he claims is “creating a net positive return on the environment.”  

Published: 15-Mar-2017

KRAVE Jerky general manager: It’s our flavors that differentiate us

KRAVE Jerky talks meat snacks at the Fancy Food Show

When KRAVE burst onto the scene in 2010, its all-natural credentials, premium packaging and gourmet flavors gave it a unique point of difference in the sluggish meat snacks market. Since then, however, scores of new entrants have started muscling in on its territory. So how can it stay ahead of the curve?

Published: 09-Feb-2017

The Good Bean: ‘We want to make bean nutrition accessible, delicious and affordable’

The Good Bean: Our bean snacks are accessible, delicious, affordable

If pulse-based snacks (made with beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils) were seen as niche, ‘natural,’ products a few years ago, they are firmly in the mainstream in 2017, says the CEO of one firm on a mission to make beans “accessible, delicious and affordable.”

Published: 07-Feb-2017

Beet it: The Foraging Fox offers a new twist on ketchup

Foraging Fox unveils beet ketchup at fancy food show

Beets are making their way into everything from sports nutrition products to snacks, salads and juices, but do they belong in ketchup?

Published: 06-Feb-2017

Cauli-Rice unveils low-carb, preservative-free, shelf-stable alternative to pasta, rice: ‘It took us three years to get it right’

Cauli-Rice unveils low-carb shelf-stable cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice is now available in the frozen and chilled sections of some retailers, but British brand Cauli-Rice is hoping to carve out new territory in the emerging category with a shelf-stable, microwaveable product with a more ‘al dente’ texture and no preservatives.

Published: 03-Feb-2017

That’s It CEO: Our veggie bars could be just as big, if not bigger, than our fruit bars

That’s It veggie bars could be bigger than fruit bars, says CEO

That’s It fruit bars were an immediate hit, but will the brand’s new veggie bars – which combine black beans with veggies such as peas, carrots, kale, and corn – be a tougher sell? 

Published: 02-Feb-2017

Dahlicious moves into new territory with almond milk yogurt and kefir

Dahlicious expands beyond lassi to almond milk yogurt, kefir

Dahlicious – a brand best-known for its cultured dairy product, lassi – is moving into new territory this year with the launch of almondmilk-based yogurt and kefir.

Published: 02-Feb-2017

Could molecular hydrogen infused water carve a niche in the functional beverages category?

Hfactor taps into Japanese hydrogen-infused water craze

In regular water, hydrogen is bound to oxygen (H2O) making it "difficult for our bodies to enjoy the [antioxidant/anti-inflammatory] benefits of hydrogen," claims the company behind Hfactor, which contends that dissolving hydrogen gas into water via a patent-pending process enables Hfactor to deliver a variety of potential health benefits.

Published: 01-Feb-2017

Rhythm Superfoods CEO: 'Our new products will be nutrient dense, shelf-stable and delicious...'

Rhythm Superfoods talks healthy snacks at the Fancy Food Show

Rhythm Superfoods has just closed a $6m financing round led by Gen Mills' 301 INC arm. But what will it spend the money on? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson caught up with CEO Scott Jensen at the Winter Fancy Food Show to find out.   

Published: 31-Jan-2017

Dang Foods: The next generation of whole food snacks belongs in the produce aisle

Dang Foods talks placement for healthy snacks at the Fancy Food Show

The next generation of fruit- and vegetable-based whole food snacks belongs in the produce aisle, not the salty snacks aisle, says Dang Foods. 

Published: 31-Jan-2017

Are Americans warming to cold soup? It's all about (more) fiber and (less) sugar, says ZÜPA NOMA

Zupa Noma talks drinkable soup at the Fancy Food Show

Cold soup in a bottle is still a novelty for many Americans, but the concept of ‘souping’ (as opposed to ‘juicing’) is gaining traction, particularly for consumers watching their sugar intake, claims Sonoma Brands founder Jon Sebastiani.

Published: 30-Jan-2017

Califia Farms CEO weighs into plant 'milk' debate: ‘The consumer has never been confused'

Califia Farms joins plant 'milk' debate at the Fancy Food Show

Labeling conventions in plant-based ‘dairy’ are a hot topic right now, with two leading players (Almond Breeze and Silk) hit with false advertising lawsuits this week, and a Senate Bill urging the FDA to enforce standards of identity for milk, cheese and yogurt. So where does Califia Farms, one of the leading brands in the plant-based segment, stand on this issue?

Published: 27-Jan-2017

Companies, retailers must do more to make the healthy choice the easy choice, CSPI says

More must be done to make the healthy choice the easy choice CSPI says

Consumer interest in healthy eating is at an all-time high, and in many ways food and beverage manufacturers are rising to meet this demand by cutting calories from across their portfolios and offering more better-for-you options -- but the Center for Science in the Public interest says companies can do more.

Published: 13-Dec-2016

FOOD VISION USA 2016... THE TRAILBLAZERS: Hippeas carves out new territory in snacks, 'What really gives me confidence is the level of consumer engagement'

FOOD VISION USA 2016 TRAILBLAZERS: Hippeas carves out new territory

Give peas a chance? It's tough breaking into the ultra-competitive snacks market with a brand that resonates across all retail channels, but Hippeas - one of three winners in this year's trailblazers challenge at Food Vision USA - has managed to pull it off. So what is founder Livio Bisterzo doing differently?

Published: 09-Dec-2016

FOOD VISION USA 2016... THE TRAILBLAZERS: Shaka Tea puts māmaki on the map, 'We're building an authentically Hawaiian brand'

FOOD VISION USA 2016 TRAILBLAZERS: Shaka Tea

Launching a new brand in the ready-to-drink tea market is not for the faint-hearted, but Shaka Tea - one of three winners in this year's trailblazers challenge at Food Vision USA - has unique attributes that set it apart from the competition, says co-founder Bella Hughes.

Published: 09-Dec-2016

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