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Expo East

5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

By Elizabeth Crawford

The coconut water category in the US may be crowded, but it still has room to grow with sales projected to reach $1.97 billion in 2019 -- up from $778 million in 2015, according to Statista. Much of this growth likely will come from innovative twists...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How can manufacturers meet sodium, sugar & calorie reduction demands?

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How can manufacturers meet sodium, sugar & calorie reduction demands?

By Elizabeth Crawford

Finding solutions to reduce sodium, sugar and calories in finished products is essential as regulators and consumers demand healthier products – but the increasing desire for “clean labels” adds a complicating twist to the process of sourcing suitable...

New sugar labeling a boon for alternative sweeteners

New sugar labeling a boon for alternative sweeteners

By Hank Schultz

The added sugars portion of the newly revamped nutrition facts labels for food products will provide a significant opportunity for purveyors of alternative sweeteners, an industry expert says.

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Limit certifications on packs to most important to maximize impact

By Elizabeth Crawford

Product packaging today often is cluttered with so many certifications that consumers’ can’t absorb everything in the brief time they look at labels in stores, and as a result the icons’ impact is diminished and manufacturers likely aren’t getting their...

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Food Preservation

4 strategies for preservative-free food from Grain-Free JK Gourmet

By Elizabeth Crawford

Retailers and manufacturers that want to meet consumers’ growing demand for food free from preservatives need to rethink their strategies for packing, shipping and stocking products, suggest the husband and wife team behind Grain-Free JK Gourmet. 

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Crush Cubes offer fresh flavors & convenience in frozen aisle

By Elizabeth Crawford

Fresh ingredients may be the must-have foods of the moment, but they also often require time-consuming prep and can lead to food waste when they come in amounts far exceeding those called for in recipes.Thirty-year food industry veteran Jon Startz has...

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Chobani Simply 100 ad campaign sparks legal spat with Dannon

By Elaine Watson

Chobani’s provocative new ad campaign for Simply 100 – which directly attacks the ingredient choices of two rival brands – has landed it in legal hot water, with Dannon’s lawyers demanding an immediate halt to the campaign and Chobani responding with...

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

By Elizabeth Crawford

Hoping to build on the momentum driving up sales of tea in the US, manufacturers are offering new flavors and delivery platforms that keep consumers engaged. At Expo East, companies showcased innovated tea bags, ready-to-drink options and even a tea consumers...

Co-founders Shannan Swanson and Liane Weintraub

Making Tasty a household name in kids’ snacks

By Maggie Hennessy

Tasty Brand co-founders Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson originally had their sights set on an organic frozen baby food line, but the 2008 economic crash saw the market for premium baby food drying up. So they shifted gears to more seriously pursue...

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