RightRice raises $5.5m led by Strand Equity and celebrity investors

RightRice raises $5.5m led by Strand Equity and celebrity investors

By Mary Ellen Shoup

RightRice, the brainchild of Popchips co-founder Keith Belling, has closed a $5.5m minority investment led by Strand Equity and a roster of celebrity investors and industry veterans, including Impossible Foods, COO David Lee, and celebrities Karlie Kloss,...

Enjoy Life Foods elevates baking mixes with functional ingredients

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Enjoy Life Foods elevates baking mixes with in-demand, functional ingredients

By Elizabeth Crawford

Retailers that initially warned Enjoy Life Foods not to enter the baking mix segment are now clamoring to stock the manufacturer’s new line of five ready-to-use mixes in large part because they go beyond the convenience of competitors to include hot functional...

Source: Oldways Whole Grains Council

Assessing whole grains consumption: Part 2

Consumer confusion about gluten is a double-edge sword for whole grains

By Elizabeth Crawford

Ongoing consumer interest in gluten-free foods has opened a door for less common ancient grains to step into the limelight that wheat, rye and barley have dominated for so long. But at the same time, lingering consumer confusion about the exact definition...

A new method for cooking rice that could slash calories by increasing levels of resistant starch may have applications for food companies using rice.

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

By Nathan Gray

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say researchers.

Goya: from ingredient to prepared foods company in 10 years

In conversation with Goya VP Bob Unanue on the $250 mn US expansion

Goya: from ingredient to prepared foods company in 10 years

By Maggie Hennessy

Historically a mainstay brand in ethnic grocery stores and the international aisle of supermarkets, Goya has grown into much more than an ingredient company—with a portfolio of more than 2,000 SKUs ranging from beans and olive oil to coconut milk and...

A combination of saturated markets and slow population growth is putting pressure on the packaged food industry, say analysts

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

By Nicola Cottam

A slowdown in global packaged food markets is expected over the next five years as supply in developed countries reaches saturation point combined with insufficient opportunities elsewhere, but health and Asia offer hope.

Hain Celestial buys Basmati rice expert Tilda

Hain Celestial buys Basmati rice expert Tilda

By Elaine WATSON

Organic and natural products giant Hain Celestial Group has acquired UK-based specialty rice products company Tilda - known for its Basmati rice - for an undisclosed sum.

Axiom: Rice protein market growth ‘happening now’

Special edition: Amino acids and protein

Axiom: Rice protein market growth ‘happening now’

By Maggie Hennessy

Mounting interest in the benefits of rice protein from the technical and sports nutrition communities alike has turned to increased sales of Axiom Foods’ brown rice protein powder. 

NutraCea narrows Q2 loss

NutraCea narrows Q2 loss

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Stabilized rice bran (SRB) supplier NutraCea has narrowed its loss in the second quarter of 2011 and increased revenues 29 percent, although sales of rice bran for food and feed applications did not grow as quickly as anticipated, the company said.

Martling: Open innovation

60-second interview: Scott Martling, International Food Network

The secret to bigger, better, faster NPD? Share the love …

When it comes to ground-breaking NPD, two heads – or possibly six or seven - are always better than one, International Food Network’s (IFN’s) group leader Scott Martling tells Elaine Watson

NutraCea is expanding its rice bran oil facility in Brazil

NutraCea: Defatted rice bran could provide key to lower-fat nuggets

By Elaine Watson

A raft of higher-value products targeting humans rather than animals - from an ultra-potent antioxidant-rich rice bran oil to rice lecithin and food grade defatted rice bran – will help NutraCea puts its troubled past behind it in 2011/12, bosses have...


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