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California Bans Red Food Coloring and Other Artificial Additives

In October 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Food Safety Act (AB 418). The act, which comes into effect in 2027, makes California the first state to prohibit manufacturing, selling, or distributing foodstuffs containing Red Dye No. 3, propylparaben, brominated vegetable oil, and potassium bromate. Sounds good. However, what are these dyes and […]

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Savory Cocktails and Vegetable-Based Beverages

Usually, sweet drinks come to mind when we think about cocktails and refreshing beverages. At the same time, however, according to the renowned MICHELIN guide, “there is a whole world of savory drinks to explore.” With bold, smoky, umami, and nostalgic flavors already trending in 2024, we think you might be pleasantly surprised.   Tea […]

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Regenerative Agriculture Comes to the Coffee Industry

According to Statistica, coffee producers can expect an annual growth rate of 10.52% into 2028, with the United States generating the highest revenue globally in 2024 (USD $11.4m)1. At the same time, in line with a global consumer trend towards healthier ingredients and cleaner labels, coffee drinkers are demanding more sustainable products from ethically sourced […]

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The Importance of Accurate Labeling for Natural Energy Drinks

Energy drinks, particularly natural energy drinks, are increasingly popular, with most containing caffeine. The category yielded an estimated $159 billion USD in revenue in 2021 and continues to grow. There are some caveats for users and brands, however.   In September 2022, a 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania student – Sarah Katz – drank a Panera […]

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Are Nuts a Sustainable Plant-Based Protein Source?

Growing consumer awareness and demand for healthier ingredients, including plant-based protein, cleaner labels, and technological advances in nut processing, are driving a surge in the market. The segment is predicted to increase by a CAGR of 7%, from USD 53.12 billion in 2022 to USD 78.5 billion by 20291.   While Europe experiences a rising […]

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Healthy, Organic, and Sustainable Fats and Oils for Baking

Like most food industry segments, the baked goods division is transforming. People are no longer satisfied with convoluted labeling standards and low-quality ingredients that may cause environmental harm. Snacks and sweet treats are not going anywhere. However, the types of fats and oils they contain may need to change.   The Role of Fats and […]

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Soups and Sauces Sector Goes Natural

Making soup from scratch is no easy task, which is why many people prefer prepackaged options. MarkWide research predicts the global soups and sauces market will grow at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2023 to 20281. This growth may be attributed to the rising demand for convenience foods. However, soups and sauces must also deliver […]

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A Guide to Kosher Salt

Salt is a naturally occurring mineral that humans have been mining, trading, and ingesting for centuries. It’s been a culinary delicacy, a currency, and a key to new food preservation techniques that helped advance human civilization. Much of the world’s salt is buried in ancient caves that were once tidal pools filled with seawater and […]

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A Guide to Natural Dog Shampoo

Keeping your pet clean helps maintain their coat’s shine and reduces allergens on their fur. It provides regular exfoliation for their skin and keeps it moisturized, preventing itching and irritation. The shampoo we use to clean dogs’ coats plays a significant role in their comfort during and after washes. Today, many consumers prefer all-natural formulations […]

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Vanilla Farming is Coming to Florida

Florida is an agricultural giant in the US, most known for its citrus, cattle, and sugar cane farming. The subtropical climate is a grower’s paradise, and many homesteads produce fruits and vegetables on a small scale. However, there may be opportunities to expand their operations soon. The University of Florida has identified vanilla beans as […]