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Plant-based 3.0: Industry insiders share strategies for pushing alternative proteins forward

By Elizabeth Crawford

After a challenging few years in which falling sales and units dragged plant-based protein into the trough of disillusionment, stakeholders are finding ways up the other side of the Gartner Hype Cycle by leveraging emerging technologies, novel ingredients...

WILDE raises $20m to expand consumer awareness of protein-rich chips

WILDE raises $20m to expand consumer awareness of protein-rich chips

By Ryan Daily

Protein snack brand WILDE raised $20m in a round led by private-equity firm KarpReilly, which will help raise the brand’s awareness as more consumers seek nutrient-rich foods to improve their health, Jason Wright, Founder and CEO of WILDE told FoodNavigator-USA.

Cargill explores cocoa and nut-free vegan confectionery

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Cargill explores cocoa and nut-free vegan confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Global cocoa and ingredients company Cargill has announced a new commercial partnership with Voyage Foods to produce alternatives to cocoa-based products and nut spreads without using cocoa, peanuts, and hazelnuts.

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Startup Spotlight

Amia's snack bars are formulated with migraines in mind

By Deniz Ataman

In this episode of Startup Spotlight, Jon Katz, founder of baked oat and seed bar brand, Amia Snacks, focused on using functional ingredients to address migraines, as outlined by a trigger-free diet, which includes eliminatings ingredients that may trigger...

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Emotional Utility Beverage focuses on optimizing brain health

By Deniz Ataman

Emotional Utility Beverage sparkling functional drinks were developed to provide a functional, healthy tool to support consumers’ evolving emotional and cognitive states, Charles Gores, chairman and owner of Emotional Utility Beverage, explained to FoodNavigator-USA...

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Startup Spotlight

[Watch] How Zend Coffee is building its functional coffee business

By Deniz Ataman

Fusing together adaptogens with single-origin coffee, subscription-based Zend Coffee features functional coffee blends that support skin, cognitive, immunity and emotional health using responsibly sourced coffee beans – a blurred category that the company’s...

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New Culture self-determines GRAS status for its animal-free casein

By Deniz Ataman

New Culture self-affirms its animal-free casein is Generally Recognized As Safe following an independent review of experts, which brings it one step closer to selling its animal-free cheese in retail, while strengthening its partnerships with foodservice...

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Smoove's prebiotic beverages place African culture in the spotlight

By Deniz Ataman

Tapping into the multi-billion dollar functional beverage market, Smoove’s RTD prebiotic juice is a cultural nod to African representation through indigenous and traditional ingredients, like tropical almond, tamarind and African cherry, while responding...

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