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Snack sales boom in Chile sparks calls for investment

By Oliver Nieburg

Chile has achieved record snack sales in 2010 leading a pro-Chile group and a market analyst to say there could be potential for food manufacturers to tap into high domestic demand for functional foods.

‘Inflationary pressures have reached their worst’: USDA economist

Special edition: Dealing with higher commodity costs

‘Inflationary pressures have reached their worst’: USDA economist

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

“I think it’s safe to say that inflationary pressures have reached their worst,” claims research economist Ricky Volpe of the USDA’s Economic Research Service, in an interview with FoodNavigator-USA.

Local and organic logos influence women more than men, study suggests

Local and organic logos influence women more than men, study suggests

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Local and organic certification labels may increase the likelihood that women will purchase a product, as well as their willingness to pay a premium – but men are less likely to be influenced by logos, according to a study published in HortScience.

Flavor firms take on the ultimate reformulation challenge: Lower cost, same taste

Special edition: Dealing with higher commodity costs

Flavor firms take on the ultimate reformulation challenge: Lower cost, same taste

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

In the midst of volatile commodity costs, it’s not just big grain prices that have put manufacturers under pressure: Sugar, nuts, black pepper, mint and cocoa are also among top concerns – and flavor firms are providing cost-cutting strategies.

US tree nut prices to remain high, says Rabobank

US tree nut prices to remain high, says Rabobank

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

US tree nut prices are likely to remain high over the next five years on the back of strong demand, both domestically and from export markets, particularly China, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Ginseng: Too bitter and earthy for US functional food success?

Ginseng: Too bitter and earthy for US functional food success?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Formulators looking to incorporate ginseng into functional food products should minimize the ingredient’s bitter and earthy flavors in order to succeed on the US market, suggests new research published in the Journal of Sensory Studies.

All aboard the artisanal food bandwagon

All aboard the artisanal food bandwagon

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Many consumers are rejecting processed food and reconnecting with their food supply – and major food manufacturers are getting on board with a new wave of products dubbed ‘artisanal'.

Weight Management 2011: Diet is out, zero is in …

Weight Management 2011: Diet is out, zero is in …

By Elaine Watson

The number of new products launched in the US market featuring the term ‘diet’ in the brand or product name has plummeted in the last five years as weight conscious shoppers seek out more positive messages, according to market researchers.

Are weight management claims properly regulated? Find out on Wednesday...

Which weight management ingredients really work?

By Elaine Watson

Is the weight management supplements market properly regulated? Was satiety a flash in the pan? Where does the truth really lie on hoodia? Which hunger-busting ingredients really work?

Cal Poly opens new pasture-to-plate meat processing center

Cal Poly opens new pasture-to-plate meat processing center

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Cal Poly has opened a new meat processing center that involves students and industry in the entire production chain, from animal care and nutrition, to making, marketing and packaging innovative ready-to-eat meat products.

Hershey is king of the swingers in c-store segment

Hershey is king of the swingers in c-store segment

By Elaine Watson

The king-size candy bar has emerged as the fastest growing pack type in convenience stores this year and was a key driver of sales for Hershey in the third quarter, bosses have revealed.

Not great for the waistline... but it's 'all-natural'...

Poll: Do we need a clearer definition of ‘natural’?

By Elaine Watson

In the world of food marketing, perception is everything. Consumers want foods that sound wholesome, friendly, and above all “natural” – although they are rarely able to articulate what this means.

Food price inflation rises again: USDA

Food price inflation rises again: USDA

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has raised its forecast for food price inflation in 2011, citing the influence of higher food commodity and energy prices, and stronger global food demand.

Evolving Canadian habits reflect Asian influence

Evolving Canadian habits reflect Asian influence

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A growing Asian population in Canada is having a strong influence on Canadian eating patterns, according to a new report from market research organization The NPD Group.

Front-of-pack nutrition labeling schemes are designed to give consumers 'at a glance' information to help them make more informed choices

Which front-of-pack labeling scheme is the most effective?

By Elaine Watson

Results of a high-profile study into front-of-pack (FOP) food labeling schemes conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will be published on Thursday (Oct 20), three weeks after food manufacturers announced the national rollout of an industry-driven...

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