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Alan Hahn, CEO, MycoTechnology: 'We noticed it right away... the gluten was gone'

Alan Hahn: 'We noticed it right away... the gluten was gone'

Could mushroom mycelium add a new dimension to the gluten-free market?

By Elaine Watson

Speaking to FoodNavigator-USA at the 2015 IFT show, MycoTechnology CEO Alan Hahn recalls the moment his team discovered that mushroom mycelium (roots) could virtually eliminate the gluten in wheat and other cereal crops.

DSM debuts enzyme ingredient designed to break down residual gluten

DSM debuts enzyme ingredient designed to break down residual gluten

By Hank Schultz

Consumers who are seeking to limit their exposure to gluten have another line of defense in a new product released by DSM. Called Tolerase G, the enzyme can serve to break down residual gluten in a meal before it can cause a reaction, the company said.

Steve Hughes: 'I believe now is the right time for a leadership transition'

Boulder Brands CEO Steve Hughes quits as firm warns Q2 sales will decline

By Elaine Watson

Shares in Boulder Brands – the firm behind EVOL Foods, Udi’s Gluten Free and Smart Balance – plummeted this morning after CEO Steve Hughes resigned and the firm warned that second-quarter sales would likely be 5-7% lower than they were in Q2, 2014, chiefly...

MycoTechnology:

"We’re still only just starting to discover all the amazing things mushrooms can do.”

Myceliation: A mushroom-fueled process with game-changing food industry applications?

By Elaine Watson

From a commercial perspective, it’s still early days for myceliation, a process by which mushrooms (or rather, their filament-like roots or ‘mycelium’) can remove bitter compounds and naturally occurring toxins from some of the world’s most valuable crops...

Is ALDI the ‘most underestimated grocery retailer in the US?'

By Elaine Watson

While Trader Joe’s gets plenty of plaudits, its German parent company ALDI – which operates nearly 1,400 stores in 32 US states - is probably “the most underestimated grocery retailer” in the nation, according to a new report from market researcher Hartman...

Snack Out Loud’s pinto bean snacks: the next nut?

Snack Out Loud’s pinto bean snacks: the next nut?

By Maggie Hennessy

As many of today’s busy consumers are getting upwards of half their daily calories from snacks, they’re demanding more than ever from the category. So newcomer Snack Out Loud saw an opportunity to leverage the power of the yet untapped roasted pinto bean...

Can oatmeal save the cereal industry from slumping sales?

Fiber… Are you getting enough?

Can oatmeal save the cereal industry from slumping sales?

By Elizabeth Crawford

Manufacturers are rolling out a vast array of new oatmeal products in an effort to meet consumers’ growing demand for healthier fiber- and protein-packed breakfasts and to offset declines in cold cereal sales in the U.S.

Cooking pasta removes certain wheat allergens

Cooking pasta removes certain wheat allergens

By Niamh Michail

Certain wheat allergens are released and lost when pasta is boiled while others are highly resistant and remain during the entire digestion process, researchers from Italy have found.

Gut bacteria could predict food allergies

Gut bacteria could predict food allergies

By Niamh Michail

Levels and variety of infant gut bacteria may be used to predict food allergies or asthma, say researchers from the University of Alberta. 

What are the hottest snacking trends to watch in 2015?

Meet the CEOs of KRAVE, Health Warrior, Fruigees, HUMAN and Barnana

What are the hottest snacking trends – and companies - to watch in 2015?

By Elaine Watson

With the percentage of energy derived from snacks in the American diet doubling since the late 1970s, the pressure is on to make those snacking calories count. But what is a healthy snack, and are the boundaries between snacks and meals blurring as consumers...

The 2015 Product of the Year winners include several ready to eat foods. Source: Product of the Year

Product of the Year seal helps new products increase distribution, sales

By Elizabeth Crawford

While the upfront cost of third-party credentialing from Product of the Year is sizable for many small firms, winning the right to display its iconic red logo for two years can open distribution doors and increase sales in the long-run for new products,...

Restaurants will balance local and global in 2015

Restaurants will balance local and global in 2015

By Elizabeth Crawford

Restaurants in 2015 will act locally when it comes to sourcing ingredients, but think globally when incorporating flavors into new dishes, the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot culinary forecast reveals.

Brett Carver, Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University. Source: Whole Grains Council

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers

5 myths about wheat and whole grains dispelled

By Elizabeth Crawford

The ideas that wheat is genetically modified, bred to have more gluten, is addictive and causes inflammation are “myths” that the Whole Grains Council wants to bust.

Alessio Fasano, founder and director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment. Source: Oldways Whole Grains Council

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers Conference

Pseudoscience, taste & cost hinder sales of whole grain products

By Elizabeth Crawford

Consumers’ perception of whole grains have come a long way, but with most Americans consuming only 15% of the recommended daily intake of them, whole grains still have several barriers to overcome before they are fully integrated into the average person’s...

Source: Whole Grains Council

The gluten-free diet “fad” may be unsustainable

By Elizabeth Crawford

The increasing number of U.S. adults reducing or eliminating gluten from their diet who are not diagnosed with celiac disease likely is an unsustainable fad, clinical researchers argued at the Whole Grains Council Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers...

June Jo Lee of The Hartman Group presents consumer trends impacting whole grain consumption. Source: Whole Grains Council

Oldways Whole Grains Breaking Barriers Conference

Smartphone use among 5 key trends driving interest in healthy eating

By Elizabeth Crawford

Unprecedented access to information about foods through smart phones and social media is a driving factor in consumers’ increasing interest in healthy eating, according to a leading food culture researcher.

Jim Breen: 'Consumers want to see what you are putting into the product as well as what isn’t in there'

Consumers want to see what you are putting into the product as well as what isn’t in there

The meteoric rise of Way Better Snacks: ‘All-natural’ is all very well, but what really matters is nutrient density

By Elaine Watson

With revenues going from zero to “north of $20m” in three years, the growth of Way Better Snacks has been nothing short of meteoric. But while great branding, its focus on ‘sprouted’ seeds and the CPG experience of its founder & CEO Jim Breen have...

Columbia marketing professor Michelle Greenwald: “It’s interesting because there are some products where gluten-free is the primary point of differentiation—the package screams it, it’s even bigger than the organic seal. For others, it’s just one more little stamp alongside no trans fat, no carbs, etc.

What new gluten-free product launches, market analysis tell us

The gluten-free definition has been standardized; now what?

By Maggie Hennessy

Aug. 5 marked the deadline for manufacturers making voluntary gluten-free label claims to ensure they meet the FDA’s definition of a gluten-free food (less than 20 parts per million of gluten). And while gluten-free product launches have risen every year...

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