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FOOD VISION USA CEO vox pop: What is 'natural?'

FOOD VISION USA CEO vox pop: What is 'natural?'

By Elaine Watson

The FDA has just cranked open Pandora’s box with its surprise bid to explore a working definition of ‘natural’ on food labels. As part of our Food Vision USA program, FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage CEOs to find out what they think it means,...

Seasonal items catch consumers’ attention when they're primed to buy

Seasonal items catch consumers’ attention when they're primed to buy

By Elizabeth Crawford

Seasonal flavors and limited edition offerings can generate consumer excitement and help focus their attention during the holidays when they often are inundated with indulgences and pulled in multiple directions.  Here is a sampling of products offering...

Outside Union Kitchen Grocery, a corner store run by Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen.

Union Kitchen: Inside a food and beverage incubator

Union Kitchen Grocery revamps corner store, drives local product sales

By Elizabeth Crawford

Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen expanded its toolbox for driving sales of member companies’ products with the May 2015 opening of Union Kitchen Grocery – an upscale corner store aimed at redefining what local means and how healthy a corner...

GALLERY: Is fat really back (and if so, what kind)?

GALLERY: Is fat really back (and if so, what kind)?

By Elaine Watson

Protein is hot, sugar is public enemy #1, and fat is back (so the trend-watchers say). But when it comes to good, bad and ugly fats, does everyone agree on which are which? Check out our gallery of insights from consumers, industry stakeholders, and the...

Star Wars helps CPG food & beverages in battle for consumer attention

Star Wars helps CPG food & beverages in battle for consumer attention

By Elizabeth Crawford

As opening night of the latest installment of the Star Wars movies nears, grocery store shelves are becoming crowded with packaged foods and drinks decorated with the iconic characters in an attempt to capture consumers’ attention and drive sales. Here...

Distinctions in yogurt, kefir abound at Expo East

Expo East in review

Distinctions in yogurt, kefir abound at Expo East

By Elizabeth Crawford

The yogurt category continues to evolve and expand with more refined varieties, including yogurt from sheep, goats and grass fed animals, as well as lactose free options. The kefir category also is expanding in tandem, as demonstrated by the array of...

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

By Elizabeth Crawford

Hoping to build on the momentum driving up sales of tea in the US, manufacturers are offering new flavors and delivery platforms that keep consumers engaged. At Expo East, companies showcased innovated tea bags, ready-to-drink options and even a tea consumers...

How can food and drink companies effectively sell their products in multicultural societies?

Marketing in a multicultural world

By Niamh Michail

Europe is more ethnically diverse than ever and this trend is set to continue - but with different multicultural marketing strategies, how can a company pick the right one for its product?

Innovative formulations could make insects more palatable

IFT Annual Conference

Innovative formulations could make insects more palatable

By Elizabeth Crawford

The next generation of food scientists is developing palatable and scalable products made with insect protein to help meet the growing global population’s increasing demand for protein.

New ICL ingredients make Taco Tuesday healthier, fresher

New ICL ingredients make Taco Tuesday healthier, fresher

By Elizabeth Crawford

ICL showcased several new ingredients that can reduce sodium, improve moisture and clean cheese labels in a pairing of “Picasso Tacos” and “Masterpiece Margaritas” at the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting in Chicago July 11-14.

How to determine the best channel for a product launch

Summer Fancy Food Show

How to determine the best channel for a product launch

By Elizabeth Crawford

Where a product launches heavily influences its success, making understanding each channel’s unique rules and protocols essential to determine the best outlet for a new product, Ian Kelleher, director of strategic channels at Peeled Snacks told attendees...

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

Summer Fancy Food Show

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

By Elizabeth Crawford

As craft cocktails grow in popularity, so too are bars’ and consumers’ shopping lists to include a laundry list of necessary specialty ingredients. To help simplify professional and home mixologists’ experience and minimize shopping costs, high-end mixers...

Whole grains 101: Highlights from the 2015 Whole Grain Summit

Whole grains 101: Highlights from the 2015 Whole Grain Summit

By Elaine Watson

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say half of our grains should be whole. So how are we doing? FoodNavigator-USA headed to Portland, Oregon, for the 2015 Whole Grain Summit  - organized by Oregon State University and the Grains for Health Foundation...

New takes on sriracha offer enhanced sauces and snacks

Summer Fancy Food Show

New takes on sriracha offer enhanced sauces and snacks

By Elizabeth Crawford

Sriracha, the garlicky, hot chili sauce made popular by Huy Fong Foods, Inc., no longer is confined to the green-lidded bottle with a distinctive rooster on the front. Several companies are tweaking the ubiquitous condiment and its packaging to make healthier...

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

By Elizabeth Crawford

Consumer demand for high protein, on-the-go food is helping drive sales of jerky, which climbed 12.8% last year, and other dried meat snacks, which increased 14.3% last year, according to data analysis by IRI Worldwide. Meat snack manufacturers hoping...

Source: Softer Than Brittle

Five modern twists on brittle

By Elizabeth Crawford

Five startups showcasing at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago hope to rekindle Americans’ love affair with the iconic sugar candy brittle by updating the old fashioned confection with bold new flavors and textures that will appeal to a broader audience.

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