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Rising Consumer Confidence Boosts Spending

Consumer confidence is looking up in early 2015. As views about the economy were up globally, Americans in particular are seeing their recessionary sentiment(...)

Fruits, Breakfast Inspiration Trending in Sweets, Snacks

Sophisticated fruits and breakfast inspiration were among the top trends at the National Confectioners Association's 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which took place(...)
Specialty Products Steal Shelf Space from Food Giants

Specialty Products Steal Shelf Space from Food Giants

Small, specialty food producers are gaining shelf space as big retail chains increase their selection of specialty products to compete against natural and gourmet(...)
Majority of Americans Seek Transparency, Clean Labels

Majority of Americans Seek Transparency, Clean Labels

Transparency and clean ingredient labels continue to influence increasing numbers of consumers. According to new research from Packaged Facts, two out of three(...)
Protein, Global Flavors, Ingredient Swaps Top Trend List

Protein, Global Flavors, Ingredient Swaps Top Trend List

Ingredient alternatives, protein boosters, and global flavors are among the nine top natural and organic food trends identified by Sterling-Rice Group to be(...)
Organic Labeling Stirs Consumer Skepticism

Organic Labeling Stirs Consumer Skepticism

Sales of organic products may be on the rise, but actual consumer penetration appears to have plateaued. According to a new report by Mintel, major grocery(...)
Vodka Sales Revive with Smaller, Newer Brands

Vodka Sales Revive with Smaller, Newer Brands

Whiskey's success was vodka's slump in recent years, but the clear spirit may enjoy a resurgence in 2015, with sales projected to increase this year, according(...)
France Leads Yogurt Innovation with Goat, Sheep's Milk

France Leads Yogurt Innovation with Goat, Sheep's Milk

France is turning to goat, ewe, and sheep milk to revamp its yogurt and chilled dessert offerings. The nation accounted for more than a fifth of all alternative-milk(...)
Kangaroo: Australia's Sustainable, Profitable Alternative Meat

Kangaroo: Australia's Sustainable, Profitable Alternative Meat

Kangaroo meat could be the next big alternative meat. Long seen as a sustainable meat in Australia, the marsupial is now appearing on menus in cities like New(...)
Bacon Back in Full Force as Retail Prices Plummet

Bacon Back in Full Force as Retail Prices Plummet

Cheap bacon has flooded the market, bringing the perennial trend back into the spotlight. Even vegetarian restaurants are jumping on the bandwagon. Prices(...)
Urban Farmers Seek University Support for Research

Urban Farmers Seek University Support for Research

Urban farmers are pushing for universities to open urban research farms, in hopes of providing greater insight into the best practices for produce grown in(...)
Members in the News: Probiotic Punch

Members in the News: Probiotic Punch

Family Circle tells readers in its June issue to "Go with Your Gut" in a feature on probiotics. Included among several products is Napa Cabbage Kimchi from(...)
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