All of these questions and a host of others were addressed at the 2013 Food Technology & Innovation Forum in Chicago last month, which attracted R&D professionals from the nation’s leading food and beverage companies, from PepsiCo to Hershey, Mondelez, Abbott Nutrition, Unilever and Nestlé.
In this special edition, we collate the highlights from the event. Click on the headlines below to go to the stories, or go to the homepage of FoodNavigator-USA.
The phrase 'all-natural' featured on 12% of new launches in 2012 versus 14% of launches in 2010, according to Mintel research. Not a big drop, but perhaps a sign that the all-natural trend may be losing a little of its luster?
When Hershey was preparing to launch its iconic Kisses brand in China, consumer research suggested it would have to radically alter its recipe - and tweak its packaging - to meet local tastes, revealed global product development VP Dr Jorge Bouzas.
Consumers expect to see added sugar in donuts and candy bars. But when they discover reams of it in dried fruits, juices and other products marketed as ‘healthy’ foods, they feel deceived, and rightly so, said Professor Jim Painter.
In a surprisingly frank round table debate to close the conference, R&D bosses at Starbucks, Molson Coors & Abbott Nutrition debated how greater information sharing - and trust - between trading partners is key to getting innovative products to market more efficiently.
Our picture gallery round up of day one’s presentations includes Dr Jim Painter on portion control, Symrise on consumer trends, PepsiCo on personalized nutrition, IFIC on label claims, Dole Foods on social media, USDA on MyPlate 2.0, Dairy Queen on global expansion, Leavitt Partners on FSMA and Insights Now on targeting Millennials…
Our picture gallery round up of day two’s presentations includes McDonald’s on oatmeal, Unilever on consumer insights, Nestlé on biotech and sodium reduction, Mintel on health & wellness, Godiva on branding and MorningStar Foods on winning R&D…
The 7th annual Food Technology & innovation Forum was organized by WTG Group.