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US ice cream and frozen dessert market tops $25bn

US ice cream and frozen dessert market tops $25bn

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Sales of ice cream and frozen desserts in the United States were worth $25.1bn last year, according to a new report from Packaged Facts – representing a 2.4% rise over 2010, following two years of flat sales.

Could private label be losing its luster?

Could private label be losing its luster?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Sales of private label foods and beverages have been on the rise for more than a decade, but consumers are beginning to lose enthusiasm, suggests a new report from market research organization The NPD Group.

Mango and coconut will trump acai and pomegranate this year, predicts Sloan Trends

Special edition: FoodNavigator-USA 2012 trendspotter

By Elaine Watson

What’s on the menu for 2012? Traditional fruits, Thai and Indian cuisine, freshness, different varieties of chili, plant proteins, smoke flavors, more part-prepared foods and Asian and Latin American flavors, predict trendwatchers…

US cholesterol levels drop over past decade

US cholesterol levels drop over past decade

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The proportion of US adults with high cholesterol dropped by about five percentage points over the past decade, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even as waistlines have expanded.

Global food prices on the rise again, says World Bank

Global food prices on the rise again, says World Bank

Higher oil prices, adverse weather, and Asian demand drove global food prices up 8% in the first three months of 2012, impacting most major commodity ingredients, according to a new report from the World Bank.

Nielsen report: US Hispanic market as valuable as BRICs?

Nielsen report: US Hispanic market as valuable as BRICs?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The US Hispanic market represents significant growth opportunities for food and beverage companies within the United States, with per capita income higher than that in any BRIC economy (Brazil, Russia, India and China) according to a new report from Nielsen.

Meat and cheese driving higher retail prices, says AFBF

Meat and cheese driving higher retail prices, says AFBF

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Meat and cheese were the strongest drivers of higher retail food prices during the first quarter, according to an informal survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

Moringa oleifera seedpods (picture: Forest & Kim Starr)

Superfood alert: Could Moringa oleifera be the next baobab?

By Elaine Watson

A nutrient powerhouse to rival baobab, Moringa oleifera is starting to attract growing interest in the US dietary supplement and food industry, with a segment due to air on Dr Oz tonight predicted to prompt a surge in demand.

Fresh and convenient: Part-preparation could be the answer

Fresh and convenient: Part-preparation could be the answer

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Consumer demand for less processing, fresher ingredients and more participation in food preparation is a huge challenge for the processed food industry, but there are ways that food manufacturers can respond to this demand, according to experts at the...

Flavor trends: What's hot and what's not?

Flavor trends: What's hot and what's not?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Which flavors are we likely to see more of in the coming year? And what's on the way out? FoodNavigator-USA asked flavor and seasoning experts at the recent Research Chefs Association expo in Texas.

Tate & Lyle's re-opened sucralose plant in McIntosh, Alabama

Interview, James Blunt, senior VP, product management and marketing, Tate & Lyle

Finding the sweet spot: Sucralose in an evolving sweeteners market

By Elaine Watson

It’s not as sexy as stevia, and not as cheap as aspartame, but sucralose continues to press food formulators’ buttons, and demand is still growing – fast - says market leader Tate & Lyle.

PureCircle secures patent protection for sweetness enhancing flavor

PureCircle secures patent protection for sweetness enhancing flavor

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Stevia supplier PureCircle says it has secured a range of international patents for its natural flavor modifier NSF-02, which it claims will ensure its customers have exclusive access to the ingredient for enhancing the sweetness of stevia, sugar and...

Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud

Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud

By Nathan Gray

The first ever public database compiling reports on global food fraud and economically motivated adulteration has highlighted olive oil, milk and honey as just a few of the the most vulnerable targets. The report also claims that past issues of adulteration...

Danone threatens Chobani Greek yogurt bandwagon with legal action

Danone threatens Chobani Greek yogurt bandwagon with legal action

By Ben Bouckley

Danone has confirmed that it is taking legal action to strike down a one-year Canadian import permit allowing US Greek yogurt sensation Chobani to pay greatly reduced duty of just five per cent on products imported into the country, citing the need for "fair...

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