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Who buys organic and where is evolving

Organic & Non-GMO Trends

Who buys organic and where they buy it is evolving

By Elizabeth Crawford

The face of the organic shopper is changing slowly to reflect more accurately the American population thanks in part to increased distribution, according to a new study by the Organic Trade Association. 

Green tea's not just about health; it's a beauty ingredient, too, Taiyo says

Special edition: beauty from within

Green tea's not just about health; it's a beauty ingredient, too, Taiyo says

By Hank Schultz

The beauty-from-within market is one of those that is perennially not quite ready for prime time, at least in North America. But officials at Taiyo International believe that’s about to change, and the company stands ready to benefit with a green tea...

Source: Acosta Sales & Marketing The Evolution of Eating Insights into Americans' Changing Habits

Shrinking household sizes are changing how Americans eat, buy food

By Elizabeth Crawford

A whopping nine out of 10 consumers prefer to eat at home, but the size and make-up of those households are changing and so are consumers’ needs from food and beverage companies, according to research firm Acosta Sales & Marketing. 

Aloe companies expanding production in Mexico to meet rising demand

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Aloe companies expanding production in Mexico to meet rising demand

By Hank Schultz

Worldwide demand for aloe means acreage for this important botanical continues to expand in Mexico, one of the main sources of the ingredient. And that demand has been driven largely by products sold through network marketing companies, an expert says.

Big Food is at a crossroads, says Hartman Strategy

Disrupt or die: Big Food is at a crossroads, says Hartman Strategy

By Elaine Watson

While ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are laser focused on price, promotion and placement, no amount of financial clout or merchandising wizardry can mask the fact that smaller, sexier, more disruptive, brands are outpacing them. But are CPG’s biggest...

While plant-based foods are hot right now, high-protein meat-snacks such as jerky are also gaining momentum

Vegan, paleo, grass-fed, pasture-raised, ancient grains, and allergen friendly claims are gaining

From grass-fed to Paleo: What are the hottest trends in the natural food and beverages market?

By Elaine Watson

According to Chicago-based market research firm SPINS, US retail (dollar) sales of foods & beverages rose 1.7% in 2014, while unit sales declined by 0.4%. By contrast, sales of natural and organic brands grew nearly 12%. But where are the opportunities...

The previous status quo allowed crops to be grown anywhere in Europe following EU approval, although only one GM crop, Monsanto maize variety MON810, is grown commercially in the EU.

Member states back national bans for GM crops

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will be written into law.

Banana flour: The next big thing in the gluten-free toolkit?

Banana flour is gluten-free, grain-free and rich in potassium and resistant starch

Banana flour: The next big thing in the gluten-free toolkit?

By Elaine Watson

Banana flour –dried unripe banana milled into powder – is still a novel concept for American consumers, but the Utah-based entrepreneur behind WEDO (which claims to be the only banana flour company in the US) reckons 2015 could be the year it hits the...

What’s for breakfast? Almonds, says Blue Diamond...

60-second interview: Jeff Smith, Director of Marketing, Blue Diamond Almonds Global Ingredients Division

What’s for breakfast? Nuts! (And preferably almonds, says Blue Diamond.)

For many Americans, breakfast has switched from being one of three square meals a day to just another snacking occasion – or something to skip altogether.  But this brings opportunities as well as challenges, says Blue Diamond’s Jeff Smith, who we caught...

DGAC: Diets that are higher in plant-based foods and lower in red and processed meats are better for you and the planet

DGAC: Public and private sectors must work together to achieve a population-wide culture of health

Dietary Guidelines for Americans should factor in sustainability, says DGAC report

By Elaine Watson

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) – an panel of experts tasked with developing recommendations about what Americans should eat – has submitted its report to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA),...

Consumers prefer homemade breakfast to RTE packaged goods

What's for breakfast? Reinventing the first meal of the day

Consumers prefer homemade breakfast to ready-to-eat packaged goods, Datassential found

By Elizabeth Crawford

When it comes to breakfast, the vast majority of Americans want something quick and easy at home, but surprisingly most people prefer to make their first meal of the day “from scratch” instead of consuming a ready-to-eat or heat-and-serve consumer packaged...

Yogurt industry must move beyond Greek to continue growing

Yogurt industry must move beyond Greek to continue growing

By Elizabeth Crawford

As U.S. sales growth of yogurt slows, marketers need to shift their focus to potential category drivers beyond protein-dense Greek yogurt, such as new consumer segments and packaging innovation, according to market analysis from Packaged Facts. 

FoodNavigator-USA editorial calendar in 2015, 2016

What's on the FoodNavigator-USA editorial calendar in 2015/16?

By Elaine Watson

From the GMO labeling debate and food litigation trends to new strategies to revitalize the Greek yogurt category, FoodNavigator-USA’s 2015/16 editorial calendar of special editions (once a month), online forums/events (once every two months) and face-to-face...

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