Entrepreneurs to watch

Matthew Sade: 'I’m very familiar with early stage food & beverage companies and let’s just say that we’re on a growth trajectory that is very uncommon.'

Kite Hill CEO: We want to change the entire dairy landscape

By Elaine Watson

If current trends continue, almondmilk will account for an astonishing 19% (dollar share) of the US retail dairy and dairy alternative beverages market in 2019, predicts Packaged Facts. However, plant-based products still only account for a tiny fraction...

Just Mayo is made from canola oil, yellow pea protein and other ingredients... but no egg

Letter shows FDA is serious about enforcing standards of identity, says lawyer

FDA warning letter to Hampton Creek could trigger new wave of lawsuits, predict attorneys

By Elaine Watson

While Unilever dropped a false advertising lawsuit over egg-free spread Just Mayo last year amid an avalanche of bad PR, the FDA has picked up where Unilever left off with a warning letter advising brand owner Hampton Creek it is playing fast and loose...

Co-founders Shannan Swanson and Liane Weintraub

Making Tasty a household name in kids’ snacks

By Maggie Hennessy

Tasty Brand co-founders Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson originally had their sights set on an organic frozen baby food line, but the 2008 economic crash saw the market for premium baby food drying up. So they shifted gears to more seriously pursue...

Energizing Zest Tea charts high-octane growth

Energizing Zest Tea charts high-octane growth

By Maggie Hennessy

Many a tea lover has settled for coffee or an energy drink when desperate for an energy fix. But Zest Tea hopes to change that with its high-caffeine brewed teas. 

Picture: Istockphoto: Daniela Mangiuca

Space... the final frontier for food science at Food Vision USA

By Elaine Watson

To boldly go... where no food conference has gone before? Space food is on the menu at Food Vision USA (we've lined up NASA on day three), but we're just as concerned about what we're eating here on earth, and whether food retailers are...

Dave Lefkow (right): 'You’d be amazed how many people are obsessed with bacon...'

Dave Lefkow: 'You’d be amazed how many people are obsessed with bacon...'

J&D's Foods builds a food empire: ‘Making everything taste like bacon since 2007’

By Elaine Watson

The Eureka moment came on a business trip in 2007 when Dave Lefkow’s co-worker Justin Esch casually observed that bacon flavored salt might taste pretty good. The cash to make it happen came from Lefkow’s three-year old son, who propelled a baseball into...

Lights, camera, action! Edible insects in focus at IFT 2015

By Elaine Watson

No self-respecting food conference would be complete these days without a session on edible insects. But are they a gimmick or a serious source of alternative protein? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson headed to the 2015 IFT show in Chicago to find...

New formats help make broccoli more snackable

Summer Fancy Food Show

New formats help make broccoli more snackable

By Elizabeth Crawford

Broccoli is one of the stereo-typically most hated vegetables from childhood, but now it is emerging as one of the hottest trends in snacking with new formats that promise to be kid- and adult-friendly.

Brothers Winston Lee, CEO (left) and Henry Hoang, COO (right)

Winston Lee: 'We're caramelizing milk and sugar together and then culturing it'

Tarte Asian Yogurt CEO: 'Greek has 47% of the market; we’re going after the other 53%'

By Elaine Watson

When Winston Lee started pitching Tarte Asian Yogurt to retailers three years ago, the market had already hit peak Greek, he says: “Buyers were already looking at what's next after Greek. If you weren't already a brand on the shelf, you had...

Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky (right) with her brother and CFO Edward Smolyansky

'We have retained a cult-like following even as we have gone mass market'

Lifeway Foods CEO: ‘We want to be to kefir what Hershey's is to chocolate'

By Elaine Watson

When Julie Smolyansky became president and CEO of kefir market leader Lifeway Foods in 2002 after the sudden death of her father (its founder), the stock went into freefall as investors feared the 27-year old wasn’t ready to run a public company. They...

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