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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,...

Manufacturers are responding to consumers' shifting definitions of clean label which can vary greatly.  ©GettyImages/Ridofranz

Flavorchem on clean label: 'People's definitions are all over the place'

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Clean label seems to be as commonplace of a term as the contentious ‘natural’ moniker with many food and beverages retooling their ingredient formulations to conform to this vague industry expectation. According to Flavorchem, one thing is very clear,...

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IFF CEO on the Frutarom mega-deal: 'This transaction is all about growth'

By Elaine Watson

Terms such as ‘streamlining overheads’ and ‘footprint optimization’ conjure up images of job cuts and factory closures, but IFF’s $7.1bn megadeal to acquire Israeli flavors and natural ingredients firm Frutarom is “all about growth, not cost savings at...

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What’s the real reason behind Halo Top’s success? Mintel explains

By Mary Ellen Shoup

‘Dieting’ and ‘reduced fat’ have become passé phrases in the world of packaged food replaced with terms like ‘clean label’ and ‘locally-sourced’, so what can explain low-calorie ice cream alternative Halo Top’s dramatic takeover of the frozen dessert...

Em+Pact empowers women to eat healthier and become ‘goal diggers’

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Em+Pact empowers women to eat healthier and become ‘goal diggers’

By Elizabeth Crawford

Industry newcomer Em+Pact is carving out an underserved niche in the $600 million protein bar category by targeting women with products that are crafted to meet their specific nutritional needs and by working with nonprofits to empower them to be “goal...

Cargill launches EverSweet fermented steviol glycosides

Cargill launches EverSweet fermented steviol glycosides

By Elaine Watson

EverSweet - the hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener from Cargill and Evolva produced via fermentation – is now available in commercial quantities, say the partners, who have also struck a deal to explore whether other high intensity...

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Shaka Tea unveils new look, closes second round of financing

By Elaine Watson

Honolulu-based Shaka Tea - the first Hawaiian ready-to-drink iced tea, and the first brewed with māmaki, a plant that only grows in the Hawaiian islands – has unveiled a new look, reformulated its wares to reduce sugar, and closed its second round of...

Arctic Zero CEO: People aren’t really eating ice cream to get their protein

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Arctic Zero CEO: People aren’t really eating ice cream to get their protein

By Elaine Watson

The success of high-protein, low cal brands Halo Top and Enlightened notwithstanding, most Americans don't head to the ice cream aisle for a protein fix, argues the CEO of Arctic Zero, who says his new light ice cream can compete with these brands...

FOOD VISION USA 2017 VIDEO: What's your vision for the future of food?

VIDEO: What's your vision for the future of food?

By Elaine Watson

From entrepreneurs pioneering new farming methods and food technologies, to big brands adjusting to the changing landscape, FOOD VISION USA 2017 brought together a wide cross-section of industry players to explore how the industry is facing the challenges...

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