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Startup Spotlight

Bobabam built a devoted fan base with customizable at-home boba tea kits

By Deniz Ataman

Capitalizing on the boba tea boom during the pandemic, coupled with their love of the Taiwanese drink, Bobabam co-founders, Brian Khoddam, Ron Escopete and Bob Yau, leveraged their expertise in supply chain, foodservice, and data analysis to quickly launch...

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Sweets & Snacks Expo

Smart Sweets unveils new formula across portfolio at Sweets & Snacks

By Deniz Ataman

Better-for-you gummy maker, Smart Sweets, launched its new and improved formula across its portfolio, including five new SKUs, catering to consumers seeking healthier candy for nearly any type of occasion, Katrina Hahn, Smart Sweets’ co-CEO, told FoodNavigator-USA...

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Summer Fancy Food Show

Cooking up diverse flavors and textures in the pasta category

By Deniz Ataman

Pasta is evolving to fit consumer preferences for convenient and accessible cooking at home, while creating improved taste, texture and packaging, according to category players showcasing at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City last month.

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Unpacking US caviar business models at Summer Fancy Food Show

By Deniz Ataman

Despite a shared commitment to domestic aquaculture, non-profit North Star Caviar carves a unique niche with its focus on sustainable paddlefish caviar, contrasting with Marky's sturgeon farm’s dedication to producing the US's only beluga and...

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Equitea on addressing the ‘relatability’ factor in RTD tea

By Deniz Ataman

Equitea, maker of cold brewed USDA organic teas, wants to destigmatize mental health and improve access to wellness products, the company’s co-founder and CEO Quentin Vennie told FoodNavigator-USA during BevNet Live in New York earlier this month.

Who wants to eat cockatoos? Exploring alt-protein’s future beyond the analogues

Future Food-Tech Alternative Proteins Summit

Who wants to eat cockatoos? Exploring alt-protein’s future beyond the analogues

By Ryan Daily

Alt-protein startups have unlocked the potential to create a range of novel meat products — from cell-cultivated mammoth meatballs to tiger meat — with the help of biotech processes. However, companies should think carefully when developing products too...

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Purely Elizabeth debuts ad campaign, reflects YoY sales growth

By Deniz Ataman

Granola and breakfast brand Purely Elizabeth premiered its large-scale advertising campaign around wholesome nutrition last month following a 56% sales growth rate YoY during its first quarter, the company’s CEO and Founder, Elizabeth Stein, told FoodNavigator-USA.

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Startup Spotlight

From DIY to nationwide: How Bandit built its vegan cheese business

By Deniz Ataman

In this episode of Startup Spotlight, Bandit’s Founder Bo Babaki discusses how his passion project making vegan cheese eventually landed him a distribution deal with Lancaster Farm Fresh in 2020 and secured a $1.5 million investment from VC firm Prime...

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