Natural sweeteners

Sugar-sweetened beverages do not easily fit within a healthy diet, says Anderson

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

Sanford Bernstein: “We would have expected inflated sales considering the ‘novelty factor’ surrounding the launch of this new product line extension.

'The feedback we received appears to be merely satisfactory or mixed'

Coca-Cola Life off to 'lackluster' start in the US, says analyst

By Elaine Watson

Initial feedback suggests the US debut of Coca-Cola Life has been “lackluster”, with staff in some of the first stores to feature the product reporting “satisfactory” sales, but nothing to set the world on fire, says Ali Dibadj, senior analyst at Sanford...

Montgomery on why Suavva could be bigger than acai: “Most people who try acai or even coffee for the first time have to get accustomed to it. But unlike many of the other new beverages on the market, this is intrinsically very palatable.”

Big interview: Joseph Montgomery III, CEO of Agro Innova

Suavva taps ‘unexploited’ part of the cacao fruit: the pulp

By Maggie Hennessy

A long beloved refreshment for cacao plantation workers—albeit previously underused part of the cacao fruit—the nutritional powerhouse cacao pulp is making its way to US supermarket shelves in smoothie form.

Is the term 'all-natural' still resonating with consumers?

Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

By Elaine Watson

How clean is your label, and who decides - plaintiff's attorneys or Whole Foods Market? Are ‘all-natural’ claims still resonating with consumers or are other on-pack cues more important? And do shoppers understand the difference between natural and...

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Interview with Co Yo CEO Ian Johnson

Co Yo CEO: Maybe it's time for a 'non-dairy' dairy section

By Maggie Hennessy

The concept of a healthy diet is one that continues to evolve—as special diets gain more attention and consumers become more attuned to ingredient lists, the role of animal vs. plant fats and the growing fervor surrounding what’s considered natural. 

Mike Post, on the role of cooking shows in expanding use of preserves: “Consumers may see a cooking show where the host adds a jar of raspberry preserves to a savory dish and they go, ‘I never thought of that.’”

Culinary trendwatching

Jams, jellies go beyond smearing on toast

By Maggie Hennessy

Whether it’s bringing bold heat, blending unusual flavors, adding a punch of superfruit or cleaning up the label, Millennials are driving food trends on the supermarket shelf and shaking up the longtime pantry staple of jams and jellies in the process,...

Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

By Maggie Hennessy

Obviously taste rules when it comes to any food or beverage. But many consumers are also looking for indications that what they’re eating has been minimally “messed with”—hence the growing incidence of “all natural” and related terms on product labels. 

Coca-Cola Life has been launched in Latin America, and will soon hit shelves in the UK and Sweden - but will it reverse the fortunes of the US carbonates market?

Register for the Foodnavigator-USA beverages entrepreneurs forum on July 23

Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

By Elaine Watson

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as Coca-Cola Life restore the category’s flagging fortunes?

SGF's Mel Jackson on the potential for its Natrose I stevia enhancing ingredient: “We see very strong interest in several areas, including proprietary defined blends designed to deliver specific stevia levels, as well as strong interest in organic stevia.”

Natrose I flavor shows promise with stevia blends

By Maggie Hennessy

Aiming for a lower cost way to boost flavor and mouthfeel of stevia extract, sweetener supplier Sweet Green Fields (SGF) launched Natrose I natural flavor at last month’s IFT 2014 show in New Orleans. 

Innova's LuAnn Williams: “In terms of protein innovation, now is really the time. Consumers are looking for more, even though most of them get enough of it.”

Trendspotting from Innova Market Insights

Protein, sugar and hybrid products: Innova teases IFT agenda

By Maggie Hennessy

Can anything top protein? What’s a “silver consumer” and why should we care? Would salty caramel work in a soft drink? Innova Market Insights teased a very full agenda of trendwatching presentations at next week’s Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT)...

Food attorney: The honey guidance could suggest the FDA is responding to pressure created by food labeling litigation, as in the case of reopening the comment period on the draft evaporated cane juice guidance.

FDA honey guidance: a response to labeling litigation?

By Maggie Hennessy

Honey mixed with other sweeteners must be labeled as a blend, rather than just “honey”, according to a draft guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration last week. So what’s the most interesting part about the guidance? 

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