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Truth Bar balances convenience, function and flavor

Expo West 2018

Truth Bar balances convenience, function and flavor

By Elizabeth Crawford

Americans are snacking more than ever, but not just any bag of chips or candy bar will do. Rather, they want products that are both convenient and nutritious – two boxes that the makers of Truth Bar check with their line of functional nutrition bars.

Bare Snacks CEO: Consumers want simple ingredients, clean labels and no added sugar

Bare Snacks unveils new carrot, beet, and sweet potato veggie chips

Bare Snacks CEO: Consumers want simple ingredients, clean labels and no added sugar

By Elaine Watson

Bare Snacks – best known for its apple, banana and coconut chips – has expanded into the veggie snacking arena with a new line of carrot, beet, and sweet potato chips. FoodNavigator-USA caught up with CEO Santosh Padiki at the Natural Products Expo West...

EXPO WEST 2018: The state of the natural products industry

EXPO WEST 2018: The state of the natural products industry

By Elaine Watson

While growth has slowed a little in 2017 vs 2016, the natural and organic products industry remains in rude health. But what’s driving the growth and where does ecommerce fit in? Checkout our gallery of highlights from some education sessions at Natural...

EXPO WEST 2018: PepsiCo to take Quaker to the store perimeter

'This year will be the most transformational year for Quaker in its history'

EXPO WEST 2018: PepsiCo to take Quaker to the store perimeter

By Elaine Watson

The Quaker brand – best known for its hot and cold cereals and snack bars – is planning its first foray into the chiller, as brand owner PepsiCo seeks to tap into consumer demand for more convenient nutrition, says Seth Kaufman, head of the company’s...

Cheetos 2.0: Crunch-a-mame prepares for Expo West debut

Cheetos 2.0: Crunch-a-mame edamame puffs prepare for Expo West debut

By Elaine Watson

The salty snacks category is notoriously competitive, but as Hippeas has proved, you can cut through the noise if you have a distinct proposition coupled with bold, fun and impactful packaging, says Greenwave Foods president and CEO Raymond Chung, who...

Dr David Katz: “Saturated fat has never been exonerated.

Is saturated fat really 'back?' In short, no, argue experts at ICVN 2018

By Elaine Watson

“So the ketogenic diet, sure, it will cause you to lose weight in the short term. So would cholera, or a cocaine binge, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea,” observed Dr David Katz at the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN) this...

SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘Who shops at ALDI? You, me, anyone who eats food…’

'No one wants to pay more than they have to for groceries...'

SPECIAL FEATURE: ‘Who shops at ALDI? You, me, anyone who eats food…’

By Elaine Watson

Consumers are tired of cavernous stores with “90 different jars of pasta sauce,” said Tom Cindel, director of operations at ALDI’s Moreno Valley, CA, division, pointing to a shelf at the recently opened store in Monrovia, CA. “We just buy this one, it’s...

Significant percentage of consumers buy plant-based dairy alternatives because they think they are healthier, reveals Comax study

Significant percentage of consumers buy plant-based dairy alternatives because they think they are healthier, reveals Comax study

Why do consumers buy plant-based dairy alternatives? And what do they think formulators need to work on?

By Elaine Watson

While flavor is still the most important attribute, consumer research from Comax Flavors reveals that a significant percentage of shoppers (36%) regularly consuming plant-based dairy alternatives cite health benefits as a key purchase driver, results...

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2018?

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What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2018?

By Elaine Watson

Could cold brew tea be as big as cold brew coffee? Is there a legal definition of kombucha… and a ‘correct’ way to manufacture it? Are consumers paying attention to the debate over the nutritional merits of plant-based versus dairy milks?

Barnana heads to the salty snacks aisle with organic ridged plantain chips

VIDEO: WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW 2018

Barnana enters the salty snacks category with organic ridged plantain chips

By Elaine Watson

Ridged plantain chips – Barnana’s first foray into the large, but notoriously competitive salty snacks aisle – are a logical adjacency for the banana-obsessed brand that will take it further into the snacking mainstream, says CMO and co-founder Nik Ingersöll.

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