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From 'all-natural' claims to GMO labeling: The food litigation trends we're watching in 2015

With class action lawsuits still filed almost weekly over 'all-natural' claims, the Supreme Court casting a slide rule over Coca-Cola’s juice labels, and all eyes on Vermont as the legal row over GMO labeling heats up, 2014 was another bumper year for lawyers. FoodNavigator-USA takes a look at some of...

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Unilever drops 'Just Mayo' lawsuit: 'We share a vision with Hampton Creek Foods of a more sustainable world'

Unilever has withdrawn its false advertising lawsuit against plant-based foods pioneer Hampton Creek Foods and issued a statement applauding its commitment to innovation and noting that it shares the company's "vision of a more sustainable world".

5 GMO food myths dispelled

All the rhetoric for and against genetically modified organisms voiced leading up to November when several states voted on GMO labeling initiatives can make it difficult to understand exactly what genetic engineering is, let alone the benefits and downsides. 

Restaurants will balance local and global in 2015

Restaurants in 2015 will act locally when it comes to sourcing ingredients, but think globally when incorporating flavors into new dishes, the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot culinary forecast reveals.

General Mills net profit plummets 37% amid continued cereal woes

General Mills has reported a significant slump in profits for its second quarter, pulled down by a tough environment in North America, particularly across breakfast cereals.

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Grupo Bimbo strengthens Canada footprint with Saputo Bakery buy

Grupo Bimbo has bought Saputo Bakery via its Canadian subsidiary Canada Bread for C$120m ($103m).

Researchers poke holes in modern ‘paleo' diet

There was more than one Palaeolithic diet, and none of them may have been that healthy - but barely any of the foods eaten are available anymore anyway, say researchers.

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Supermarket loyalty cards are not delivering, says TABS Group

Supermarket loyalty cards are not delivering, says promotions expert

Whether supermarket loyalty cards actually drive loyalty, or provide retailers with killer consumer insights that give them...

2015 food trends with Mintel, Euromonitor, Rabobank,Trailblazer Foods
Trendwatching with Mintel, Euromonitor, Rabobank & Trailblazer Foods

From private label as a ‘strategic weapon’ to health, wellness and wearable technology: Four trendwatchers look ahead to 2015 in food culture

From the 'astounding' reinvention of popcorn as "Millennial friendly, cool and healthy", to the proliferation of apps &...

Veggies will appear in unexpected places in 2015
Innovation in action

2015 will see veggies appearing in unexpected places & more demand for healthy foods

Eating all your vegetables might be easier in 2015 than in recent years as they increasingly show...

Mintel food trends label claims gluten-free, kosher, vegan, natural
The biggest rise was in products making non-GMO or GMO-free claims

Non-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, all-natural… What can we learn from claims made on new products in the US in 2014?

Non-GMO, Kosher, gluten-free, ethical, environmentally-friendly, lactose-free, vegan, no additives/preservatives, and on-the-go claims are all gaining more traction...

Monsanto in Intelligence Squared debate, GMOs not the Holy Grail

Monsanto exec: GMOs are not the Holy Grail. What they are is an important tool if used properly

Genetically engineered crops are not a magic bullet and some weeds have become resistant to the herbicide...

Just Mayo maker Hampton Creek Foods raises $90m in financing round

Hampton Creek Foods raises $90m to support ‘massive’ growth: ‘Just Mayo has gone from zero to 15,000 locations in a little over a year’

A high-profile lawsuit*  filed by Unilever accusing Hampton Creek Foods of falsely advertising its flagship product ‘Just Mayo’ has not, it...

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