These Female Execs are Driving Serious Innovation in Specialty Food

These Female Execs are Driving Serious Innovation in Specialty Food

This year's Summer Fancy Food Show was jam-packed with must-have specialty products and groundbreaking innovators reimagining the future of food. Foodable welcomed more than 15 innovators to the SFA Live Stage where we dissected some of the industries greatest issues and opportunities. Three innovators stood out from the pack, making major moves in their sectors. These are the Power Women of Specialty Food. Check out the full interviews above!

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Alternative Foods Hit the Mainstream, Providing Better-for-You Options

Alternative Foods Hit the Mainstream, Providing Better-for-You Options

Consumers today are making a notable shift towards eating cleaner. It’s led to the success of a number of small, artisanal companies with lofty values, and now, a wave of large brand names are also getting into the game, often by acquiring these smaller, innovative companies.

Carmel Hagan, Founder of Supernatural New York City explains how once trendy lifestyle changes like organic, plant-based, and vegan are now being adopted by larger shares of the market.

“The idea that we need to be taking care of ourselves through food is becoming more and more mainstream and that’s something that I think, at a baseline, is probably the number one thing that most people can do in their lives to have autonomy over their health,” she says.

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Food Labeling: Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Clean Label Movement

Food Labeling: Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Clean Label Movement
  • According to Simply Lyons, 58% of consumers read the ingredient list and 72% of consumers say they prefer ingredients they can recognize.

  • Papa John’s is spending $100 million to remove artificial ingredients from its menu, according to Simply Lyons.

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we’re taking a closer look at the history behind the ‘Clean Label’ consumer movement, which demands a “return to real food and transparency through authenticity,” according to Go Clean Label™. As identified by Foodable Labs, this is important because food transparency, health, and wellness are key factors to restaurant success now and in the coming years.

To learn more about what that exactly means for farmers, suppliers, retailers, and restaurants, be sure to watch the video above. If you’d like more information about the Clean Label movement, visit the Go Clean Label™ website.

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'Artificial Exit': The Food Industry’s Newest Pandora’s Box

'Artificial Exit': The Food Industry’s Newest Pandora’s Box

By Suzy Badaracco, Foodable Industry Expert

A Pandora’s Box is the term used to describe a type of trend that is all encompassing, ties in with many other trends, has very little chance of ever diminishing, and has attributes making it virtually unstoppable.  Once opened, a Pandora’s Box is extremely unlikely to close again. It behaves like a virus, spreading into and influencing other trends, thereby replicating its own influence and increasing its alliances. Pandora’s Boxes also have the rare attribute of having few or no adversaries. There are no two sides to this coin – everyone is on board and moving it forward on one tract or another, but with the common purpose to keep it alive and growing.

The “Artificial Exit” is one of newest Pandora’s Boxes in the food industry. It joins the ranks of sustainability and adultized kids’ meals as an unstoppable trend. 

Blurred Lines

Its birth is a Morph, whereby a cousin to a current trend steals the spotlight. The trend began with “natural” then moved to “free from,” which then moved briefly to “pure,” and finally to “artificial exit.” The FDA has refused to define the term “natural,” and it therefore remains one of the leading arguments in lawsuits against the industry, particularly with suits involving products containing GMOs, as to what constitutes “natural” since there is no legal definition. That may change since The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would prohibit the mandatory labeling of biotech foods, was approved by the House of Representatives in a 275-150 vote on July 23rd, 2015. It would set up a voluntary program for companies that want to disclose genetically modified ingredients. Firms that want to claim their food is GMO-free would have to submit to a certification process overseen by the Department of Agriculture. It would also allow the Food and Drug Administration to define the label “natural” to include genetically engineered material.  

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