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Exclusive interview: Dr. Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief scientific officer for global R&D at PepsiCo

PepsiCo R&D chief: ‘Over $6bn in net revenue is coming from innovation’

PepsiCo’s research and development used to be focused on brand refreshes but we’re now working with a whole new strategy that is ‘paying off in buckets’, says its global R&D...

Patent Watch

Hot chips! Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating.

Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

SkinnyPop maker Amplify Snack Brands announces IPO of common stock

Austin, Texas-based Amplify Snack Brands has announced it will launch the initial public offering of its common stock, putting up 15m shares for sale. 

News in brief

ConAgra Foods: Trans-fat labeling is a matter for the FDA, not the courts…

ConAgra Foods has urged a California court to throw out a lawsuit* alleging it misled consumers with the '0g trans-fat' claim on its Crunch 'n Munch popcorn, and stressed that...

‘The goal would be to be everywhere’: Nourish Snacks launches in retail shops across US

Nourish Snacks is marking its entry into wholesale distribution after a strong debut year selling online.

'There’s going to be little tweaks in the direction of better-for-you because it isn’t just a niche group like granola people, it’s everybody'

Trendy snacks: Will seaweed, hummus and cassava spell the death of the potato chip?

The alternative chip craze has exploded with a flurry of root veg and plant products on shelf, but can they compete with or even kill off the infamous potato chip?

US consumers are pretty clueless about gluten, reveals new survey from NSF

While celiacs – by necessity – are pretty clued up about gluten, most Americans are less well-informed, with a sizable number erroneously believing rice and potatoes contain gluten, according to a...

The woman behind Element Snacks shares how to make it as an entrepreneur in “a man’s world”

Fundraising is a major challenge for entrepreneurs regardless of their gender, but women face unique hurdles that they must proactively address early or else risk not raising sufficient money to...

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

Diamond Foods opens doors to US innovation center

Diamond Foods will heat up flavor NPD at its newly-opened US innovation center, says its VP of innovation.

How is Californian drought affecting almond supply?

California provides 83% of the world’s almonds, but drought is affecting supply. FoodNavigator spoke to the Almond Board of California about how the industry is tackling water shortages – and...

Lights, camera, action! Edible insects in focus at IFT 2015

No self-respecting food conference would be complete these days without a session on edible insects. But are they a gimmick or a serious source of alternative protein? FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine...

DISPATCHES FROM IFT 2015

Emulsifiers, fat, sugar may cause inflammation and alter gut bacteria, say researchers

Fatty, sugary snacks have been popular in the US and UK for decades, but new research shows that the emulsifiers, fat and sugar content of some snacks, baked goods and...

Quinoa's protein potential: From healthy whole food to versatile ingredient

After years in the making, quinoa protein concentrate will be the latest plant-based protein to be commercialised, competing with the likes of whey, soy and pea.

Adding a twist: JJ Food Solutions rolls out German pretzels to Brazilian consumers

Brazil’s food company JJ Food Solutions is bringing the complete line of premium frozen bakery products manufactured by Germany’s pretzel and frozen pastry manufacturer Ditsch to the Brazilian market....

Dispatches from IFT 2015

ADM deZaan claims 'industry first' natural dark cocoa powder

ADM deZaan claims its newly launched dark cocoa powder is the first of its kind to be alkaline free, meeting the chocolate industry's demand for clean label ingredients.

Seabrook Crisps sold for £35M in management buyout

Seabrook Crisps has been sold for £35M in a management buyout, after the Yorkshire-based manufacturer returned to growth with a post-tax profit of £1.3M last year.

Lawsuit against Nestlé USA

Gerber Graduates Puffs fruit images 'mislead parents', class-action suit claims

Nestlé USA plans to defends what it calls a 'frivolous' class-action complaint filed against its Gerber subsidiary that alleges fruit images on its snacks line for toddlers is misleading for...

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

News focus

Boredom and energy cravings the key drivers for Millenial snackers, says Mintel

Research from Mintel suggests Millenials snack around four times a day, mostly for an energy boost, because they are bored or want to reduce stress levels.

Croatia’s government to pull out of snacks and cereal-maker Podravka

The Croatian government will invest in leading snacks and sweets producer Podravka to preserve its controlling stake, but then intends to sell its share.

From online to in-store: graze.com aims to ‘transform snacking’ with UK retail move

Graze.com is set to launch in over 1,200 major retailers in the UK as the firm looks to build on its successful US launch with further rapid expansion.

Puffed corn maker Cosmos Creations: ‘We’re riding on the popcorn wave’

Cosmos Creations is growing fast in the US thanks to consumer association between puffed corn and popcorn and the plan is to seek out other parallel segments to spark global...

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