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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...

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

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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IFT 2016 part two: Ingredients and trends to watch

By Elaine Watson

In part two of our IFT 2016 highlights gallery, we explore trends from the showfloor and the education sessions, spanning sprouted grains, stevia blends and natural antioxidants, colors and flavors, to novel sources of protein.

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FMI Connect

Tomato manufacturers engage consumers with sophisticated packaging

By Elizabeth Crawford

Produce manufacturers are taking a page from CPG companies’ playbook by using increasingly sophisticated packaging to create brand awareness in a category where previously little was done to distinguish specific products offered by different companies.

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FMI Connect

7 flavor trends emerging in beverage

By Elizabeth Crawford

Botanicals, floral notes and savory, sour and bitter ingredients are increasingly popular flavor profiles in beverages, according to The Coca-Cola Co. and Food IQ, which teamed at FMI Connect in Chicago in June to showcase ways to make cutting-edge flavors...

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Bourbon & whiskey shine in foods as well as cocktails

By Elizabeth Crawford

America’s long love-affair with whiskey and bourbon in classic cocktails made popular again by Mad Men and the craft-movement is now spilling over into food, with products across categories featuring the spirit as a primary ingredient at the Summer Fancy...

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Manufacturers use quinoa for added nutrition, texture, color and function

By Elizabeth Crawford

Manufacturers have long-embraced quinoa for its many nutritional benefits, but at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City in late June it became apparent that increasingly they also are incorporating the ingredient into their products for other reasons,...

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Coffee breaks free from mugs to enter new categories in new formats

By Elizabeth Crawford

While many Americans consider coffee a must have beverage in the morning, innovators showcasing products at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City in late July demonstrated that coffee is not restricted to mugs.

10 things food marketers should know about Millennials

10 things food marketers should know about Millennials

By Elaine Watson

Millennials - people born between 1980 and 2000 - are as diverse and hard to pin down as any group of consumers. But they do have certain things in common when it comes to food shopping, according to market researchers...

Euromonitor International supplied DairyReporter with the top 10 ice cream brands in each region throughout the world. It's a mix of household names and regionally specialized brands that make up the top 10 sellers in 2015. Photo: iStock-korinoxe

Region by Region: What are the top 10 selling ice creams in the world?

By Jim Cornall

Magnum, Cornetto, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s… the ice-cream and frozen dessert market is full of well-known brands, but who takes the top spots in worldwide sales? Using data from Euromonitor International, we take a look at the top 10 brands from...

Friday taste test: Ripple plant-based ‘milk’

Friday taste test: Ripple plant-based ‘milk’

By Elaine Watson

Ripple is a new plant-based ‘milk’ made with yellow pea protein that promises to blow dairy milk and current milk alternatives out of the water in the taste, nutrition and sustainability stakes. But did it impress members of Carpe Diem, a Santa Barbara-based...

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