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Watch for the Growth of These Five Functional Ingredients

In Processing, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In her monthly FoodBev Media column, Imbibe Marketing Coordinator Ilana Orlovsky highlights five functional ingredients she believes may be poised for growth as consumer demand increases for better-performing food products. Orlovsky cites factors like versatility, cost-effectiveness, supply chain feasibility, and origin stories rooted in homeopathic treatments for common ailments. Among the benefits of the ingredients she identifies are relief from …

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Six Degrees of Seaweed: Better For You Than Kale and Tastes Like Bacon

In News, Sustainability, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

The war is over between nutrition and taste. Researchers at Oregon State University have patented dulse, a translucent, red strain of seaweed. So far it’s been farmed and fed to Abalone. Now, says Chris Langdon of OSU, there may be a growing market for dulse among human consumers. Why? Simple. Because it tastes like bacon. Thanks to a grant from …

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Flexitarian Lifestyle is New Trend

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+24% CAGR in global meat substitute launches (2011-2015) ARNHEM, The Netherlands, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Innova Market Insights data shows a +60% rise in global food and beverage launches using a vegetarian claim between 2011 and 2015. Launches featuring the term “vegan” also rose to account for 4.3% of total introductions in 2015, up from 2.8% in 2014 and just …

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Report: Prepared Foods and “Grocerants” Are on the Rise

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

Sales of grocery prepared foods are growing fast. And as consumers continue to demand high-quality, convenient options, the trend is likely to continue. Several recent studies provide more details. Prepared foods are a high-growth sector Prepared foods at grocery outlets are seeing sizable growth. “In-store dining and take-out of prepared foods from grocers has grown nearly 30% since 2008,” according to …

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Filling Food Industry Skills Gaps

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Change is afoot in the food industry. In the next decade, it’s predicted that 2 million factory jobs will be left unfilled. Besides facing a labor shortage, the nature of food industry work is also changing. Technology now permeates every aspect of the most competitive food companies. Automation and connectivity are defining new norms in research, testing, supply chains, plant operations, food …

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Fourth-of-July Consumer Trends Stick to Tradition

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Want to know what America’s eating on Independence Day?  A national consumer poll released last week from Instantly says hamburgers win over hot dogs, 43% to 19%. Top favorite side dishes on the Fourth are baked beans, corn-on-the-cob, and potato salad. Frito-Lay/Lay’s is the brand of chips chosen by 50% of respondents, followed by KC Masterpiece, Kettle Chips, and Doritos, …

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Survey: Food Companies to Focus R&D on Developing New Products, Clean Up Existing Ones

In News, Processing, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

In their 45th Annual R&D Survey, Food Processing asked manufacturers about what they’re focusing on in 2016. Here’s what they had to say. R&D Focuses “Really new” product development will continue to be most important for R&D efforts this year, followed by “cleaning up” current products. Food safety will continue to have the most impact on R&D strategy, followed by …

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Report: Transparency Is Key for Consumers

In News, Trends by Amelie Welden0 Comments

A new report confirms that consumers are demanding more and more transparency when it comes to food products. For its 2016 Food Revolution Study, Label Insight surveyed more than 1,500 consumers “to determine how they make food choices, shop, and what they expect from brands when it comes to product information.” Overall, the study found that consumers: Value product transparency, …

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Food Industry Venture Capital Seeks Stakes in Startup Innovation

In News, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

Food and food tech startups can add Kellogg’s to their growing list of potential investors. The cereal giant announced Monday they’ve established a venture capital fund to invest in “companies pursuing next-generation innovation, bolstering access to cutting-edge ideas and trends.” Included in its mandate are pioneers of new ingredients, foods, packaging, and food-related technology. According to Fortune,’s John Kell, many …

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Food Industry E-commerce Strategies for Success

In Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

In March of this year, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reported on the accelerating penetration rate of e-commerce in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) markets, from 1% in 2014 to a predicted 5% average or higher by 2018 and beyond. The report estimates that half of all growth in CPG sales between now and 2018 will come from e-commerce. So far, says …