As clean-label zero-calorie natural sweeteners continue to be attractive to consumers, SweeGen announced the expansion of its natural sweetener portfolio with the commercial production of Bestevia® Reb I, a next generation high-purity stevia sweetener and flavor unique to SweeGen.
AKFP expands line with organic premium cassava flour
October 13, 2020
American Key Food Products (AKFP) has introduced an organic version of its pioneering King Lion Premium Cassava Flour, which will enable gluten-free and grain-free bakers to now offer high-quality organic products to their consumers.
Consumers have long shown a reluctance to purchase food containing artificial preservatives, with research finding that 57% globally prefer products that are free from additives and 62% are concerned about ingredients that sound chemical.
Nicole Rakobitsch will build a new centralized sustainability team and improve the cooperative's sustainability leadership in organic food and agriculture
September 3, 2020
Organic Valley promoted Nicole Rakobitsch to director of sustainability, launching a new centralized department for the nation's largest farmer-owned dairy cooperative. While dairy faces questions around climate change and the impact of animal agriculture, Rakobitsch leads projects to improve the sustainability of organic family farms.
Certification adds further criteria to ensure soil health, animal welfare, and social fairness, making it the highest standard for organic agriculture
August 12, 2020
The Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA), a group of experts in farming, ranching, soil health, animal welfare, and fair trade, announced that the Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) certification standard for food, fiber, and personal care products has completed its pilot phase and is now open for general certification. Additionally, the ROA is thrilled to announce the availability of the first ROC products in the marketplace.
Gold Coast Ingredients offers new flavors for hard seltzers
August 11, 2020
Manufacturers introduced original product lines with classic fruit flavors such as lime, lemonade, black cherry, mango, watermelon, and pineapple. As hard seltzer popularity has expanded across the globe, new competitors and flavor varieties have emerged. Companies experimented with additional flavors such as cucumber, mint, and fruit fusions.
Ingredion uses IFT20 to introduce PURITY Bio organic native starches
July 16, 2020
Ingredion Incorporated launched three new organic native starches for the US and Canada, PURITY® Bio 201 organic native corn starch, PURITY Bio 301 organic native tapioca starch and PURITY Bio 805 organic native waxy rice starch at SHIFT20.
Butter Buds showcases dairy, non-dairy, organic and clean label ingredients at IFT20
July 14, 2020
Butter Buds® Inc. used the 2020 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo (IFT20) virtual event to showcase its on-trend, better-for-you flavor ingredients. Virtual attendees can discover new solutions made possible with Butter Buds plant-based dairy-alternative ingredients. Other non-dairy, certified organic and clean-label ingredients will also be on show.
A variety of industry trends are responsible for an uptick in healthy snack options:
There is a growing preference amongst snackers for products that provide more healthful options than typical snacks.
"Free from" remains a top driving trend for healthy-ingredient snack sales, with allergen- and gluten-free claims the most popular.
Protein, bite-sized snacks, and innovative flavors are in high demand.
There has been an increase in the percentage of adults who believe they snack healthier, which has climbed to 30% in the last decade. Relatedly, younger Americans are more likely to believe they eat healthier than are older adults.
Finally, the term "natural" as a marketing tool may have to change if the US Food and Drug Administration adopts regulations concerning the term.