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Taste Test Friday: Banza chickpea pasta with One Hop Kitchen Bolognese offers a twist on a classic

Taste Test Friday: Banza chickpea pasta with One Hop Kitchen Bolognese

On the menu for this edition of Taste Test Friday is a blind sampling of a classic American-Italian meal: pasta with Bolognese sauce – but with a twist. 

Published: 17-Jun-2016

Kids, claims and variety – the key opportunities for snacks growth

Kids, claims and variety – the key opportunities for snacks growth

Families, ingredient claims, and variety in packaging and flavors have been flagged up as key drivers of growth in the US snacking market.

Published: 15-Jun-2016

Probiotics in sports nutrition? Lallemand’s Lafti L10 studied for immune support in athletes

Lallemand’s Lafti L10 may aid URTI symptoms in elite athletes

A double-blind, placebo controlled study on elite athletes found that the dairy-derived Lactobacillus helveticus Lafti L10 by Lallemand Health Soultions can be a beneficial supplement for the reduction of upper respiratory tract infections.

Published: 14-Jun-2016

Green Sheep Water taps into demand for sustainability as a bottled water with a green conscience

Green Sheep Water positioned as bottled water with a green conscience

Sustainability and environmentally-friendly claims are becoming increasingly influential among consumers with recent research from The Hartman Group finding almost a third of consumers always buy products based on social well-being and environmental concerns. 

Published: 31-May-2016

Packaged cold brew coffee is gaining traction, & still has plenty of room for additional players

Packaged cold brew coffee gains traction, has room for more players

Cold brew coffee is creating quiet the buzz in the US with new brands streaming into the market and retail sales growing exponentially in the past five years. 

Published: 27-May-2016

Mars Food teams with Partnership for a Healthier America to improve nutrition, transparency in 5 years

Mars Food teams with Partnership for a Healthier America

To help fight the good fight against the ongoing obesity epidemic in America, Mars Food is teaming with the Partnership for a Healthier America to offer more nutritious foods and increase access to dietary information as part of its aptly named global Health & Wellbeing Ambition. 

Published: 27-May-2016

Vox Pop: The truth about Millennials, revealed by Millennials

Vox Pop: The truth about Millennials, revealed by Millennials

Serial snackers, addicted to new products and ‘emotionally connected’ to coffee? Marketers are obsessed with Millennials—generally defined as adults between the age of 18 to 34—so we thought it would be fun to head into the streets of Chicago and find out what real-life Millennials think about food.

Published: 26-May-2016

Dannon grows as it fulfills promise to improve its products’ nutrition, fund healthy eating research

Dannon grows as it fulfills promise to improve its products’ nutrition, fund healthy eating research

As The Dannon Company nears the finish line for fulfilling its promise to improve the nutrition of its products that it made three years ago to the Partnership for a Healthier America, the company also is demonstrating that what is good for Americans’ health is also good for business. 

Published: 25-May-2016

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US,” analyst says

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US”

Once considered boring by many Americans, water is becoming a go-to beverage of choice thanks to innovative manufacturers that are adding to it carbonation, fruit flavors and functional ingredients that consumers want, according to market research.

Published: 23-May-2016

Banana water is 'lighter and fresher than coconut water,' says Steuben Foods

Banana water tastes better than coconut water,' Steuben Foods

Banana water from Elmhurst Naturals – which combines water, banana juice concentrate and natural banana flavor (70 cals per 12oz bottle) – is now available in HEB, Jewel, Sprouts, Albertsons, Amazon and other big name grocers, and hits Kroger in the fall.

Published: 23-May-2016

Enjoy Life Foods: Dedicated allergy-friendly sets in the natural aisle are the best way to merchandise free-from foods

Enjoy Life Foods asks how best to merchandise free-from foods

With one in 13 children diagnosed with a food allergy in the US*, ‘allergy-friendly’ foods are now infiltrating every category in grocery. But right now, it still makes sense for most retailers to merchandise them in a dedicated set rather than spreading them around the store, unless you have very clear signage, says Enjoy Life Foods.

Published: 17-May-2016

Paleo: A fad, a trend, or the start of a new food movement?

Paleo: A fad, a trend, or the start of a new food movement?

Is Paleo a trend or a fad? And are 'plant-based foods' just a sexier term for meat & dairy alternatives, or the start of a new food movement? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Blake Mitchell, president of food packaging and branding design agency Interact Boulder, at the Healthy & Natural Show to get his take.

Published: 13-May-2016

Clean ingredient lists & functional benefits drive high-end juice category, Bolthouse Farms VP says

Clean ingredients, functional benefits drive high-end juice category

Consumer demand for high-protein products and high-end juices seem insatiable, and to help meet this demand Bolthouse Farms is launching several new products that also tap into consumers’ desire for bold flavors and clean ingredients. 

Published: 13-May-2016

Bakery on Main benefits from gluten-free enthusiasm

Bakery on Main benefits from gluten-free enthusiasm

Well recognized in the celiac community, mainstream enthusiasm for gluten-free fuels Bakery-on-Main's product expansion.

Published: 12-May-2016

MELT Organic finds white space in the sluggish spreads category

MELT Organic finds white space in the spreads category

Partially hydrogenated oils are being phased out by many margarine and spreads brands, but many shoppers still see them as ‘highly processed’ and less 'natural' than butter, and sales are going backwards. MELT Organic, by contrast, is still growing at a triple-digit pace five years after launch. So what’s its secret? 

Published: 12-May-2016

Chicago-based RXBAR differentiates itself with egg whites

Chicago-based RXBAR differentiates itself with egg whites

Entering a crowded category, Chicago-based RXBAR is confident that its flavour and ingredient combinations, intentionally different from most bars out there, can win spots on more shelves.

Published: 12-May-2016

Improve organic product assortment, integration in stores to reach beyond core natural shoppers

Improve organic product assortment, integration in stores to reach beyond core natural shoppers

Natural and organic are gaining momentum and driving sales across retail channels, but to capitalize fully on their potential stores and manufactures must work together to improve product assortment and integration throughout the store, according to an organic industry strategic advisor.  

Published: 12-May-2016

The baby food category is ripe for reinvention, says OrgaNums

The babyfood category is ripe for reinvention, says OrgaNums

Refrigerated babyfood presents merchandising challenges for retailers, but has the potential to create a new super-premium subsegment in a category in need of fresh thinking, says Ashley Rossi, founder of organic baby food brand OrgaNums, which debuted at the Healthy & Natural Show in Chicago.  

Published: 12-May-2016

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas that are engaging Millennials and driving sales

Turmeric, matcha & mushroom among specialty teas driving sales

Sales of tea in the US continue to climb steadily, thanks in part to a big push from interest in specialty tea – especially by millennials, according to the Tea Association of America. 

Published: 11-May-2016

Fungi-based protein can give soy and pea a run for their money, says Quorn

Why do people buy meat-alternatives?

Marketers of meat-alternatives like to talk a lot about sustainable protein, and how we’re going to feed the world in 2050. But are these things really primary purchase drivers today? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Quorn Foods at the Healthy & Natural Show in Chicago to find out…

Published: 11-May-2016

FDA’s new dietary supplement office should focus on tainted products, GMPs & NDIs, industry leaders say

FDA should focus on tainted products, GMPs, NDIs

With the recent elevation of dietary supplement oversight from a division to its own office at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the agency should renew its focus on reducing tainted supplements, improving compliance with good manufacturing practices and publishing revised new dietary ingredient guidance, industry leaders argue. 

Published: 10-May-2016

Target trials coolers in the baby aisle as HPP babyfood gains traction

Target trials coolers in the baby aisle as HPP babyfood gains traction

Target is trialing endcap coolers in the baby food aisle in 65 stores in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Dallas in partnership with new brand Once Upon a Farm to test consumer demand for refrigerated, HPP (high pressure processed) babyfood.

Published: 09-May-2016

How should mainstream retailers merchandise 'natural' foods?

How should mainstream retailers merchandise 'natural' foods?

How best to merchandise 'natural' foods? For some mainstream food retailers, a store within a store is the best option, says David Winter, director of sales operations and sales strategy at SPINS. For others, it makes more sense to integrate them but segment them within each category, with clear signage. 

Published: 06-May-2016

BrightFarms helps retailers provide fresh, local & safe produce year around

Bright Farms helps retailers provide fresh, local produce year around

For shoppers today, buying groceries is all about fresh and local – which can be a tall order for retailers in urban areas or with limited access to nearby farms. 

Published: 31-Mar-2016

Granola and healthy children’s products are bright spots in cereal category, Barbara’s says

Granola and healthy children’s products bright spots in cereal

It is no secret that the cereal aisle is struggling with Euromonitor estimating a 19% drop in sales in 2015 compared to 10 years earlier and a projection to lose another $1 billion in sales in the next 10 years. 

Published: 30-Mar-2016

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