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IFT 2017: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

By Elaine Watson

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental additives, pesticide residues, and animal...

2017 US Grocery Shopper Trends report FMI, Hartman Group

US grocery shopping habits, from GMOs to QR codes: Are you up to speed?

By Elaine Watson

What foods and beverages do Millennials like to buy online? Why do shoppers buy locally-grown foods, and why don’t more consumers scan QR codes? Here are 10 things that caught our eye in the 2017 US Grocery Shopper Trends report from the Food Marketing...

Taste Test Friday: The Little Kernel has consumers wanting more

Taste Test Friday: The Little Kernel has consumers wanting more

By Elizabeth Crawford

The founders of The Little Kernel argue that smaller is better when it comes to ready-to-eat popcorn because they say it is sweeter, crunchier and easier to eat than regular sized popcorn – but will consumers in the US, where bigger is often perceived...

Food safety recall round-up

Food safety recall round-up 21-27 April 2017

Recalls: Arsenic, aflatoxin and allergens

By Joseph James Whitworth

Food alerts have been made by USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

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Natural Products Expo West

New twists and techniques energize coffee & tea categories

By Elizabeth Crawford

New ways to make and enjoy coffee and tea continue to flood the market with companies at Natural Products Expo West offering twists on pour over, cold brew and iced coffee, nitro-infused tea and coffee and plant-based creamers. There were even options...

Expo West 2017 natural products data and trends

EXPO WEST 2017: The state of the natural products industry

By Elaine Watson

If the proliferation of booths at Expo West is anything to go by, the natural, organic and specialty products industry is in rude health, while investors are now competing with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio for a slice of the action. But how fast is...

Trendspotting at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

IN PICTURES: Trendspotting at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

By Elaine Watson

Matcha, seaweed (paired with chocolate and coconut), veggie snacks, grass-fed meat and dairy, coconuts, hemp, and pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils) featured heavily at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show, where trend-spotters also got to taste Brazilian...

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FoodNavigator-USA’s 15 food & beverage trends to watch in 2017

By Elaine Watson

From customizable granola and meals based on your DNA and blood markers, to seamless new shopping experiences and kitchen robots, and shifting definitions of 'healthy' and 'natural,' we’ve highlighted 15 trends to watch in 2017. 

Friday taste test: DRINKmelon watermelon water

Friday taste test: DRINKmelon watermelon water

By Elaine Watson

DRINKmelon - the latest innovation from maple water brand DRINKmaple - is a new 100% juice made from one ingredient: organic watermelons. But did it impress members of Carpe Diem, an award-winning Santa Barbara-based a cappella singing group?

Food allergy 101: Are you up to speed?

Food allergy 101: Are you up to speed?

By Elaine Watson

Food allergy is on the rise in many countries, but how many people are impacted in the US? We've collected some facts and figures from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research;...

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Expo East

5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

By Elizabeth Crawford

The coconut water category in the US may be crowded, but it still has room to grow with sales projected to reach $1.97 billion in 2019 -- up from $778 million in 2015, according to Statista. Much of this growth likely will come from innovative twists...

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PLMA quizzes 1,839 Millennials aged 20-29 on food and shopping habits

12 things you need to know about the eating and shopping habits of Millennials

By Elaine Watson

How do Millennials think about food, cooking, shopping and eating out? To find out, the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) commissioned Surveylab to conduct a nationwide online survey of 1,839 Americans (931 women, 908 men) aged between 20...

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Six “fresh” food trends driving innovation at retail & restaurants

By Elizabeth Crawford

The maturing farm to table movement is giving way to “fresh” as the most important value among nearly three-quarters of consumers – edging out natural and low price which slightly more than half of shoppers listed as a top priority and local and non-GMO...

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Back-to-school launches & campaigns highlight innovation, giving-back

By Elizabeth Crawford

It is back-to-school time, which means parents nationwide will be stocking up on snacks and looking for fast solutions to fill their children’s lunchboxes. Startups and big brands alike are stepping up to help with new product launches, giving campaigns...

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