INSIGHT-Small food makers on fast path to US store shelves, threatening big producers NEW YORK, May 21- Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. More mass-market retailers want niche brands that shoppers view as healthier to drive traffic in stores, particularly as they face rising competition from natural food and specialty chains like Whole Foods Market Inc..
| By: Anjali Athavaley
Bill Gates backs high-tech foods for the masses Food-tech companies are rushing to develop meat and dairy substitutes to meet global food demand. Will consumers have an appetite for these products?
| By: Bob Woods, special to CNBC.com
Disruptor 50: No. 24 Hampton Creek Many believe Hampton Creek's plant-based products are shaping the future of food, including Bill Gates and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
| By: CNBC.com staff