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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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Earth-friendly strategies help capture consumers’ attention

By Elizabeth Crawford

Environmentally friendly practices can do more than help the Earth – they can also help product sales and increase brand value as more consumers care about sustainable practices and how their food is made and transported.

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Expo West 2016

New waters continue to overflow at Expo West

By Elizabeth Crawford

Consumer demand for premium and functional waters appears insatiable based on the number of new brands jumping in the category at Natural Products Expo West earlier this month and the long-term success of early entrants also showcasing at the show. 

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Food, bev & ag startups talk sustainability at FoodBytes! Brooklyn

By Elizabeth Crawford

Rising food, beverage and agriculture start-ups joined leading retailers, investors and celebrity chefs at Rabobank North America Wholesale's FoodBytes! Brooklyn pitch-slam March 3 to discuss advancing food culture, sustainability and farming. 

IPPE hosted 1,301 exhibitors

IPPE 2016

IPPE 2016 round up in pictures

By Rod Addy

The 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta attracted an estimated 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry visitors from all over the world, according to show organisers.

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Archive article of the week

11 meal kit delivery companies carving out space in booming category

By Elizabeth Crawford

Sales of meal kits delivered to consumers' doors surged to more than $1 billion last year, and with only 8% household penetration the category promises significant growth potential, according to Technomic Inc. But with 170 players already operating...

Snacks trendwatching at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

IN PICTURES: Snacks trendwatching at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

By Elaine Watson

From seaweed snacks to toasted hemp seeds, beet chips and bars, onion chips (that are actually made out of onions), grass-fed jerky, and fruit bars with a hint of spice, snacking is getting a lot more sophisticated, FoodNavigator-USA discovered at the...

Trendspotting at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

IN PICTURES: Beverage trendspotting at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

By Elaine Watson

From bone broth, birch water and yaupon tea to macadamia milk, the Winter Fancy Food Show is a great place to go beverage trendspotting. FoodNavigator-USA hit the showfloor at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where we also spotted a lot of chai spice...

Snacks and cereals are being launched under a range of brands

General Mills unveils key snacking and cereals lines for winter 2016

By Vince Bamford

General Mills is tapping key consumer trends – including simpler ingredient lists and sweet & spicy flavors – with a raft of upcoming and recently launched products. Here we round up a selection of the manufacturer’s key snacking and breakfast cereal...

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