Drinking polyphenol-rich coffee may help improve blood flow and moderate blood glucose levels after meals, according to a study by Kao Corp. in Japan. The researchers noted that the study's small sample size -- 19 men -- means further studies are needed to verify the possible effects of polyphenols.
Matcha green tea, fermented foods and cake flavors including wedding cake and red velvet will be trending in 2016, according to Anton Angelich, marketing executive for flavor house Virginia Dare. The company is preparing to debut dark amber maple flavors for beverages and has developed banana water in response to the plant-based water craze.
B&G Foods is close to acquiring General Mills' Green Giant vegetable business, according to sources close to the deal. Cerberus Capital Management, Platinum Equity and Bonduelle have also made bids which could value Green Giant at between $600 million and $800 million, the sources said.
Bitter flavors have been gaining popularity in foodservice, and the trend is moving into packaged foods as more brands turn to ingredients such as bitter greens and matcha tea powder, according to Mintel. The trend could help consumers cut salt from their diet. "Bitter flavors offer a big mouthfeel and may provide enough flavor boost that consumers no longer need a salty taste as well," said Mintel analyst Marcia Mogelonsky.
PepsiCo will reformulate two of its soda brands to include Senomyx's Sweetmyx flavor enhancer. The company will roll out a new version of Manzanita Sol nationally and test a new version of Mug Root Beer in two US markets. PepsiCo first partnered with Senomyx in 2010 and is the only company permitted to use Sweetmyx products in beverages.
Netherlands-based Tanis Confectionery has launched an Australian subsidiary to support the pump technology company's entrance into the gum and jelly molding equipment, says CEO Leo Tanis. The new division will be based in New South Wales.
Crystal Farms has debuted a new Bacon Cheddar cheese in advance of International Bacon Day on Sept. 5. The cheese, which is packaged in chunks or slices, combines real bacon with a mild, creamy white cheddar and is ideal for snacking, cooking, grilling or as a sandwich topping, the company said.
Good culture unveiled a range of organic cottage cheese in savory and sweet flavors including strawberry chia, blueberry acai chia, sundried tomato and Mediterranean kalamata olive. The thick, creamy products are high in protein, calcium and live probiotic cultures.
New Zealand-based Fonterra is looking to strengthen its foothold in the Chinese market with the launch of its ultra-premium Anchor Kids' Golden Milk, which features 20% more protein than the average children's milk on the market, the company said. The vitamin-enriched, ultra-premium milk is free from sweeteners and additives and is available for purchase on e-commerce sites and television shopping channels.
Lotte Confectionery kicked off operations at its second plant in India on Wednesday, boosting production of its Choco Pie, which long has been popular in South Korea. The New Delhi facility will fulfill growing demand in India for the chocolate-covered mini cake. Sales in India are expected to reach $85 million this year and $153 million by 2018.
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