Food tech & digital transformation

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What advances is AI making in bakery and snacks?

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

Hint: The evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) is less to do with glossy marketing campaigns and packaging visuals and more about uncovering the mystery of algorithms and getting a better handle on supply chain data.

Source: Noam Preisman

Florida, Alabama ban cultivated meat in move that is seen as political

By Deniz Ataman

Cultivate meat bans and production restrictions proposed and passed at the state level are “a reflection [of states’] political climate rather than specifically about the industry or its potential,” Daphna Heffetz, co-founder and CEO, Wanda Fish told...

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Brightseed expands microbiome discovery program

By Stephen Daniells

AI pioneers Brightseed will present its new Forager AI Benchmarks and expanded microbiome discovery programs at the upcoming IPA World Congress + Probiota America 2024 in Salt Lake City.

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Umami Bioworks, Shiok Meats merge to scale cultivated seafood production

By Deniz Ataman

Umami Bioworks and Shiok Meats merge to accelerate the development of sustainable seafood solutions to “provide consumers with mercury-free, nutritious and culturally relevant seafood alternatives, thereby contributing to the regeneration of marine ecosystems,”...

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Plant-based 3.0: Industry insiders share strategies for pushing alternative proteins forward

By Elizabeth Crawford

After a challenging few years in which falling sales and units dragged plant-based protein into the trough of disillusionment, stakeholders are finding ways up the other side of the Gartner Hype Cycle by leveraging emerging technologies, novel ingredients...

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NPD Trend Tracker: The functional beverage edition

By Flora Southey

This week’s new product development round-up is celebrating all things functionality in the beverage category. From mushrooms to adaptogens and CBD, we profile the latest drinks and ingredients promising much more than hydration.

Cargill explores cocoa and nut-free vegan confectionery

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Cargill explores cocoa and nut-free vegan confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Global cocoa and ingredients company Cargill has announced a new commercial partnership with Voyage Foods to produce alternatives to cocoa-based products and nut spreads without using cocoa, peanuts, and hazelnuts.

Source: D. Ataman

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Safe Catch sets its own heavy metal standards for packaged seafood

By Deniz Ataman

Canned seafood brand, Safe Catch, initially began as a technology company that tested and analyzed fish tissue samples for heavy metals within seconds, which was later implemented into the brand’s standard that contained metals “10 times below the FDA...

Source: D. Ataman

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Banana Water’s clean label features one ingredient

By Deniz Ataman

Bananas offer flavor and nutrition to consumers, and Banana Water is tapping into its global popularity through its RTD beverage using only the fruit, Rich Roth, operations assistant, FruitaBio, explained to FoodNavigator-USA at Natural Products Expo...

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