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'The number one consumer driver is natural or clean label, followed by glycemic index and keto friendly...'

Sweeteners in focus: Where next for allulose, stevia, isomaltulose?

By Elaine Watson

Are sugar alcohols losing their luster, will allulose take off, and is stevia still hot? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Icon Foods, Cargill and Beneo to explore formulation trends as brands come under increasing pressure to reduce sugar and keep labels...

Natural and clean label trends 2019: Have you registered yet?

Natural and clean label trends 2019: Have you registered yet?

By Elaine Watson

We clocked a number of brands using terms from 'clean candy' to 'clean protein' on the showfloor at Expo West, but what does 'clean eating' mean, is 'clean' a term that brands should use on product labels, and where...

Soom Foods hopes consumers will use date syrup as a substitute for maple syrup, honey, and agave. Photo: Soom Foods

Soom Foods sees bright future for date syrup in the US market

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Soom Foods spent over five years educating American consumers on the versatility of tahini (sesame paste) that can be used in anything from milkshakes and smoothies to a popcorn topping and as a salad dressing. The company’s next conquest is silan, a...

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Color trend alert: shades of yellow and orange to shine bright in 2019

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Move over millennial pink, because shades of sunshine are expected to be the color of choice for food and beverage manufacturers in 2019 driven by consumers seeking to enhance their mood through food, according to global colorings company GNT Group.

Launched in Chicago earlier this year, Matt n' Mikes is aiming to add a natural retailer (either Whole Foods or Fresh Thyme) account to its distribution by the end of 2019.

Behind the Brand: Matt n' Mike's on making a superfood bar for kids

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Within the adults snack bar category consumers can find everything from cold-pressed chilled bars made with whole fruits and vegetables to a myriad of clean label alternatives of protein bars. But when it came to snack bars for kids, the options were...

Symrise expands US natural food ingredients business

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Symrise expands US natural food ingredients business

By Mary Ellen Shoup

German flavors and fragrances company Symrise AG has opened a US facility near Atlanta, Georgia, for the production of natural food ingredients, investing approximately US$57m in the nearly 100 acre site to grow its US business.

Moringa and emerging Ayurvedic ingredients could soon have similar consumer acceptance as stevia and monk fruit, Nielsen projects.  ©GettyImages/Hero Images

Nielsen: ‘Purposeful ingredients’ drive US retail growth

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Consumer attention to health and wellness when making food and beverage purchases has impacted specific areas of the grocery store, specifically the rise in sales of no sugar added products and items that contain stevia or monk fruit, Nielsen data found.

Cave Shake aims to be the #1 brand in the RTD ketogenic beverage category, according to CEO of L.A. Libations.      Image: Instragram @caveshake

Cave Shake to take on new markets with investment from L.A. Libations

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Los Angeles-based Cave Shake – a ready-to-drink (RTD) vegan, ketogenic shake brand – said that despite droves of consumers ‘going keto’, the company is taking a steady, targeted approach to becoming the #1 brand in the category guided by a recent investment...

Sparkling water Fizzique takes protein in a new, refreshing direction

Sparkling water Fizzique takes protein in a new, refreshing direction

By Elizabeth Crawford

With retail sales of protein expected to reach $21.5 billion globally by 2025, manufacturers are incorporating the ingredient in everything from the standard shakes, bars and smoothies to the unexpected, such as, pancakes, chips and now with the launch...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How is the war on sugar impacting chocolate?

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How is the war on sugar impacting chocolate?

By Elizabeth Crawford

While the ongoing war on sugar is taking a toll on sales of conventional chocolate in the US, it is creating an opportunity for once-niche, better-for-you options, including sugar-free – as long as the taste and experience are not compromised in the trade-off,...

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