The Natural Products Expo East, held last month in Baltimore, showcased thousands of new products for health and wellness as usual. But there were also some interesting trends worth taking note of. Sustainable and Free-Trade are making aggressive inroads, cherries are back, and editor David Feder admits he was wrong about the popularity of açai.
The editors, contributing writers, Editorial Advisory Board and readers of Food Processing collectively picked eight top product of the past year: Dannon Activia, PepsiCo's Diet Pepsi Jazz, Kool Freeze's Kulfi bars, Birds Eye Foods Steamfresh, Campbell V8 V-Fusion, Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers, Nspired Natural Foods - OCocos cocoa crisps, and Kellogg Co.'s Special K Protein Meal and Snack Bars and Special K20 Protein Waters.
Nanotechnologys promises may be fulfilled earlier in the processing and packaging areas than in the ingredient realm, with improved filtration, new structural materials and sensors that detect pathogens.
This month's best new food products include fruit parafaits from Dole Food Co. Inc; Roasted Vegetable Ritz from Kraft Foods; Crunchy Nut Sweet and Salty Granola Bars from Kellogg Co.; Hershey's Cacoa Reserve; Betty Crocker Seasoned Skillets from General Mills and Ball Park Top It!'s from Sara Lee Food and Beverage.
Motivation and marketing expertise lead to winning track record for Miami-based Lucini Italia, a maker of award-winning extra virgin olive oil, single estate vinegars and hand made tomato sauces. Food Processing caught up with David Neuman, president, and asked for a taste of his plans to increase brand awareness.
The overwhelming attention paid to the childhood obesity crisis these days is laudable. Unfortunately, some approaches are forgetting a key factor: Children are not miniature adults. For some processors, this means it's back-to-school time.
ACNielsen US, Schaumburg, Ill., for the first time has tracked consumer purchase behavior on health and wellness products (as identified by label claims) across all categories. The results are an important tool for trend watchers, marketers and product developers.