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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?

Negative press has simply boosted US energy drink sales, analyst

Negative press has simply boosted US energy drink sales, analyst

By Ben Bouckley

Negative publicity concerning the possible adverse effects of energy drinks has only encouraged US energy drink growth in recent years, with consumers attracted by ‘edgy’ product positioning, but another formula is needed to boost growth.

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