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Delivery format key to reaching Gen Y supplement users

By Hank Schultz

Kids don’t listen to the music their parents did.  When they got their driver’s licenses, they didn’t drive the family Buick, unless there was no choice.  And now that they are a little older, they don’t take supplements the way older generations do,...

R&D challenge: Developing texture-modified foods for the elderly

R&D challenge: Developing texture-modified foods for the elderly

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Texture-modified foods for the elderly are likely to become an important area for R&D in the coming years as the population ages – but there are many challenges to producing foods that provide all the nutrition elderly people need that are still palatable...

What do the most successful CPG companies have in common?

What do the most successful CPG companies have in common?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Investment in emerging channels, the Hispanic market, and employee development are among the strategies that set the most profitable consumer packaged goods firms apart from their peers, finds a new report.

Are nutrition products meeting the needs of greying populations?

Longer lifespans create new elderly nutrition concepts

By Shane Starling

As average lifespans push beyond 80 years, demand is growing for products that meet the particular nutritional needs of the elderly such as cognitive performance and bone health. But is it a generation that buys into nutrition-led disease prevention over...

The fight against obesity: A new investment megatrend?

The fight against obesity: A new investment megatrend?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Obesity is a ‘global sustainability megatrend’ likely to take decades to address – but it could also provide opportunities for investors looking to support those industries aiming to be part of the solution, including parts of the food industry, according...

Loblaw's released its Black Label range in October 2011

Canadian private label makers target affordable luxury: Euromonitor

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The Canadian private label sector is no longer confined to cheap, lower quality alternatives to branded products, as Canadian retailers look to appeal to those seeking affordable luxury, according to a new analysis from Euromonitor International.

Beer: A popular choice among Hispanics

US Hispanics prefer beer over wine: Mintel

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

US Hispanics’ beverage consumption is the latest aspect of this influential group’s spending habits to enter the spotlight, in a new report from market research organization Mintel.

Consumers seek added benefits from foods: FMI research

Consumers seek added benefits from foods: FMI research

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A desire for healthier diets and the stagnant economy have led consumers to cook at home more often, and they are increasingly seeking foods with added benefits, according to a new survey from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).

Sowders: “This is a real step change for our business.”

Big interview: Rod Sowders, CEO and president, Synergy Flavors

Synergy Flavors plans move into new innovation facility

By Elaine WATSON

Synergy Flavors aims to move all of its product development, marketing, commercial and admin functions to a new flavor innovation and manufacturing campus less than a mile from its current facility in Wauconda, Illinois, by the end of August.

Some like it hot: But precisely how hot? asks Kalsec...

Some like it hot: But precisely how hot? asks Kalsec...

By Elaine Watson

What does ‘heat’ really mean in a flavoring system? Heat that burns at the back of the throat or tingles on the tongue?  Heat that lingers or heat that provides an intense sensation on the tip of the tongue?

IFT 2012: Day one in pictures. From Ingredion to Elvis...

IFT 2012: Day one in pictures. From Ingredion to Elvis...

By Elaine Watson

The IFT annual meeting and expo in Las Vegas started as it meant to go on, with inspirational speeches from Starbucks boss Howard Schultz and PepsiCo's R&D chief Dr Mehmood Kahn, a whole new look for Corn Products International - launching here...

Mango and coconut will trump acai and pomegranate this year, predicts Sloan Trends

Special edition: FoodNavigator-USA 2012 trendspotter

By Elaine Watson

What’s on the menu for 2012? Traditional fruits, Thai and Indian cuisine, freshness, different varieties of chili, plant proteins, smoke flavors, more part-prepared foods and Asian and Latin American flavors, predict trendwatchers…

Flavor trends: What's hot and what's not?

Flavor trends: What's hot and what's not?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Which flavors are we likely to see more of in the coming year? And what's on the way out? FoodNavigator-USA asked flavor and seasoning experts at the recent Research Chefs Association expo in Texas.

Linda Eatherton: 'Consumers want food companies to behave more like NGOs. They want you to be activists and advocates for social change...'

Dispatches from IFT Wellness 2012

IFT Wellness 2012 trend watch: Protein is hot hot hot

By Elaine Watson

Once the preserve of sweaty men pumping iron, protein has emerged from an image overhaul as the ingredient of choice for food developers targeting consumers of all ages and both genders keen to battle the bulge and stay strong, according to one trends...

Peruvian, local, and Thai: Trends for 2012?

Peruvian, local, and Thai: Trends for 2012?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Trend predictions for the year ahead have begun to pour in, with a spin on economic uncertainty featuring on most of them, as well as American regionalism, insects, and Peruvian foods.

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