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Abe’s Market: natural for the masses

With a million customers nationwide and counting, online natural products retailer Abe’s Market looks to make it easier for natural products consumers to buy everything in one place by focusing on trial, convenience and value. 

Reed’s sees growth potential with liquor companies, convenience stores & supermarkets

Natural soda maker Reed’s Inc. is exploring ways to expand awareness and distribution of its iconic ginger brews through partnerships with liquor companies, convenience stores and mainstream grocery stores, executives said. 

ConAgra Foods outlines 3 point plan to grow consumer business

ConAgra Food outlines a three-point plant for growing sales of commercial brands, including Swiss Miss, Pam and Orville Redenbacher's, which continue to struggle despite improved share, profit and volume stabilization.

Special Edition: VitaFoods South America

Rising health trend in Brazil creates opportunity for supplements, healthy foods, analyst says

The demand for health food and dietary supplements in Brazil is being driven by consumer trends in the country, according to recent market research presented by Mintel.  Almost a third of Brazilians who consume healthy products would like to see a wider range of offerings in supermarkets, the research showed....

COOL fallout

American-made chocolate could disappear from Canadian shelves with ‘retaliatory duties’, says NCA

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) is worried retaliatory taxes in Mexico and Canada from country-of origin labeling could see American-made chocolate disappear from its main export markets.

Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Friend or foe: Can big beverage brands and small start-ups work together?

Big beverage companies now recognise the speed and energy of start-ups, but corporations maintain the might and muscle when it comes to distribution. So could both worlds work together?

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Perfect Bar sales grow 120% in 2014 says CEO Bill Keith

Bars get fresh! Perfect Bar founder on bootstrapping, refusing to quit, and creating a completely new snacking category

While it’s taken a while to convince retail buyers that stocking protein bars next to kombucha in...

GMO Arctic apples and Simplot low-acrylamide potatoes safe, says FDA

GMO update: Non-browning Arctic apples and Innate low-acrylamide potatoes are safe, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says two high-profile genetically engineered foods - Simplot's low acrylamide...

Judge tosses ‘no refined sugars’ case vs KIND Healthy Snacks

Judge tosses ‘no refined sugars’ case vs KIND Healthy Snacks, but attorney says it had a lucky escape

A judge in Illinois has thrown out a class action lawsuit against KIND LLC over “no refined...

Grocers rearrange stores to better position healthy foods, FMI survey

Grocers rearrange stores to better position healthy foods, FMI survey finds

As consumers’ understanding of food as a health management tool expands, retailers nationwide are changing how they...

NPA lobbies to protect definition of organic to include non-GMO

NPA lobbies legislators to protect definition of organic to include non-GMO

Consumer confusion about organic verses non-GMO claims abounds, and the Natural Product Association wants to set the...

Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

Bread is back! Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

While retail sales of packaged bread have been pretty sluggish in recent years, one company that’s bucking...

One out of 13 children has food allergies, Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Foods at Expo West: One out of 13 children in North America has food allergies

One out of 13 children in North America has food allergies today compared with one in 50...

Tiny Farms: Edible insects will be be mainstream in future

Tiny Farms: Edible insects are a novelty today, but they’ll be mainstream tomorrow

Two or three years ago, you could count the number of US firms using cricket flour in...

Kraft & Heinz merge to accelerate growth, expand distribution globally

Kraft & Heinz merge to accelerate growth and expand distribution globally

The mega-merger between Kraft Food Group and H.J. Heinz Company announced March 25 will allow the U.S....

Sales of indulgent snacks outpace healthy options, IRI data shows

Sales of indulgent snacks outpace healthy options, IRI data shows

Consumers may be seeking more healthy and fresh foods in general, but when it comes to snacks,...