News highlights, market trends, and original data analysis related to the U.S. retail food & beverage industry … by Jay Nargundkar

Five Products We Loved at Expo West 2015

Presented here are brief profiles of five products we loved at Expo West: chickpea pasta, cold-brewed coffee blends, environment-championing chocolate bars, organic meat bars, and savory yogurt spreads.

March 23, 2015

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo West 2015

Several emerging trends and interesting new food and beverage products were on display at the latest natural products mega-conference.

March 15, 2015

Emerging Brands: Good2Grow

Atlanta’s In Zone Brands merged existing brands under new “Good2Grow” label, added a snazzy bottle re-design — and has a hit new kids’ beverage.

November 4, 2014

Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo East 2014

Several emerging trends and interesting new food and beverage products were on display at the nation’s largest natural products exhibition.

October 5, 2014

Emerging Brands: JOIA Thinks Soda Should Be More Interesting

A quick profile on JOIA Natural Sodas, which uses unique fruit flavors and herbs to make a complex, interesting beverage.

September 21, 2014

Going Beyond Greek in the Yogurt Aisle

In the red-hot yogurt sector, inspired by “Greek” yogurt’s success, niche brands like Noosa (“Aussie-style”) and Siggi’s (“Icelandic style”) are growing quickly.

September 16, 2014

General Mills Buys Annie’s for $820 Million, Gets Backlash for Free

General Mills acquires natural/organic maker Annie’s but draws the ire of customers distrustful of large food corporations.

September 10, 2014

Plum Organics Upends Baby Food, Corporate Responsibility

Business is booming for organic baby foods manufacturer Plum Organics, which is advancing its social mission even after being acquired by packaged foods giant Campbell Soup Company.

July 29, 2014

Kashi the Latest to Back Off “Natural” Claims

The FDA does not set strict rules regarding usage of “natural” claims on food and beverage products — but consumer backlash and lawsuits are reining in manufacturers.

May 10, 2014

All About Milk (and Milk Substitutes)

Almond milk has leapfrogged soy milk as king of alternative dairy. Organic milk sales are growing faster than traditional milk. And whole milk is making a comeback.

April 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Loco for Coco: Coconut Water Sales Hit $400M

A decade ago, coconut water was almost unheard of in the U.S. In 2013, the leading coconut water brands, foremost among them Vita Coco, sold $400 million.

April 28, 2014

GMO-Free Can’t Slow Cheerios’ Decline

Eliminating GMO ingredients in Cheerios has not been enough to stem the brand’s declining sales, which are falling along with the entire cereal category.

April 23, 2014

Next Step for Organic: Priced for the Masses

Sales growth in organic and “natural” food has far out-paced conventional food, but high prices are still a barrier to some consumers. Wal-Mart wants to change that.

April 22, 2014

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