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SPECIAL FEATURE: So Soylent secures $20m… Money well spent?

While uncharitable observers have described Soylent as “only slightly more appealing than an IV bag”, news that the LA-based food substitute firm has just secured $20m in funding and is now generating “millions of dollars per month in subscription revenues” from a loyal online  fan base  suggests that it may be...

Post to acquire MOM Brands in $1.15bn deal; securing 18% dollar share of US RTE cereal market

Post Holdings is to buy rival MOM Brands in a $1.15bn cash and stock deal that will solidify its position as #3 in the US ready-to-eat cereal category (behind Kellogg and General Mills) and boost its presence in bagged and hot cereal.

Rebranding meat jerky as health food drives sales as category nears saturation, IBISWorld reports

The meat jerky industry is growing steadily thanks to innovative flavors, new all-natural options and an intentional re-positioning of the food as a source of healthy, lean protein, market research from IBISWorld reports.

Mediation fails in lawsuit alleging Heinz stole idea for Dip & Squeeze; case is ‘groundless’ says Heinz

Attempts to use mediation to resolve a lawsuit alleging that Heinz stole the idea for its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packs have failed, with the case now likely to go to trial.

Chewing gum daily reduces the mouth’s bacterial load, says Wrigley-backed study

Researchers from the University of Groningen and Wrigley say that sugar-free chewing gum can trap and remove bacteria from the mouth that are responsible for oral disease such as caries.

Nestlé CEO: Business should not lead the social agenda

Business plays a crucial role in meeting sustainable development goals – but it should not lead the social agenda, according to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking at the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos.

Pulp fiction? Oranges vs orange juice: ACS study asks which is healthier

Researchers have pitted oranges and orange juice against each other, in an effort to find out which is better for health.  

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HPP cold pressed Suja Juice predicts 2015 revenues of $70-80m

Suja Juice predicts revenues of $70-80m in 2015 as super-premium juice category explodes

There is room for new players in the burgeoning super-premium juice category, but the barriers to entry...

Three Happy Cows on standing out in the Greek yogurt market

Three Happy Cows: The party isn’t over for Greek yogurt; but the category is maturing

Are Americans falling out of love with Greek yogurt? No, says Three Happy Cows director of marketing...

beverage trends 2015, Beverage Innovation Summit
Hear from the founders of Jin+Ja, Core Power, Vertical water, Reed's, Mamma Chia...

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2015?

Whether it’s a new ingredient (coffee fruit, maple water, coffee leaf tea), novel technology (barrel-aged tea, ‘raw’...

Kickstarter helped Genki-Su launch, but isn't ideal for foods & drinks
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Kickstarter helped beverage firm Genki-Su launch, but may not be ideal platform for foods & drinks

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter helped the beverage company Genki-Su raise nearly twice as much money as necessary...

Video highlights from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2015

Caught on camera! Highlights from the Winter Fancy Food Show

With buyers from Whole Foods, Kroger, KeHE, Compass Group, Dean & DeLuca and hundreds of other retailers...

Sales of gluten-free products will continue to grow double digits

Sales of gluten-free products continue to grow double digits on quality, selection

Improving the quality and selection of gluten-free foods available in mainstream channels will help sales in the...

Chao Slices promise to revolutionize vegan cheese as a “real” food

Chao Slices promise to revolutionize vegan cheese as a “real” food

Field Roast Grain Meat Co. expands its portfolio into the retail vegan cheese category with the Jan....

Developing celiac doesn't hinge on when infants try gluten

Risk of developing celiac does not hinge on when infants first try gluten, study finds

When infants first eat gluten does not appear to influence whether they are diagnosed with celiac disease,...

IRI report on CPG trends and private label food trends
Private label penetration rates have not budged since 2011

CPG industry sales trends are ‘stagnant’, with dollar sales growth being largely driven by price increases, says IRI

Dollar sales of foods and beverages edged up a modest 2.1% to $470bn in the US retail...