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Big interview: Joseph Montgomery III, CEO of Agro Innova

Suavva taps ‘unexploited’ part of the cacao fruit: the pulp

Montgomery on why Suavva could be bigger than acai: “Most people who try acai or even coffee for the first time have to get accustomed to it. But unlike many of the other new beverages on the market, this is intrinsically very palatable.”

A long beloved refreshment for cacao plantation workers—albeit previously underused part of the cacao fruit—the nutritional powerhouse cacao pulp is making its way to US supermarket shelves in smoothie form.

News in brief

Chasing umami: the rise and rise of fermented food

At the intersection of consumers’ growing interest in bold, spicy flavors, health and a desire to expand their horizons through food, fermented foods have re-entered the spotlight owing to their deep flavors and health halo as a longtime form of food preservation with related digestive benefits, according to the latest...

Rice Bran Technologies' revenue grows despite production gaps caused by plant expansion, World Cup

Rice Bran Technologies posted strong earnings growth in its second quarter of 2014 despite having to shut down a major production plant for three weeks as part of a planned expansion and having to absorb the effect on productivity of the World Cup on its plant in Brazil.  

Nestlé steps up commitment to farm animal welfare

The world's largest food manufacturer, Nestlé, has pledged to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain after agreeing a new a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection.

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for sodium-reduction via enhanced saltiness

General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.

Global Industry News

Swiss sidestep: Efforts to evade Russian sanctions by labelling products as Swiss blocked from FoodNavigator.com

Industry efforts to sidestep Russian sanctions against Western food exports by labelling foods as being of Swiss origin have been rebuffed by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, according to reports.

Bimbo Bakeries USA soccer sponsorship will cash in on World Cup fever from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) has renewed its multi-year soccer jersey sponsorship with Philadelphia Union in a deal rumored to be more than $11m.

AHPA's data shows FDA ramping up enforcement on tainted weight loss, sex products from NutraIngredients-USA.com

The presence of undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients in products purporting to be dietary supplements is garnering an increasing amount of attention and enforcement from the Food and Drug Administration, databases compiled by the American Herbal Products Association show.

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Spotlight

WhiteWave pulling carrageenan from Silk, Horizon

WhiteWave pulling carrageenan from Silk, Horizon

Citing mounting consumer pressure, WhiteWave Foods says it will remove carrageenan from its Silk and Horizon brands.

Bottled water co Nirvana Inc files unfair competition lawsuit v Nestlé
Nestlé offered stores financial incentives to stop carrying rival's products, claims lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in ‘deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior’ says Nirvana Inc in unfair competition lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a...

Nutrition Facts proposal's bizarre consequences for fruit juice
100% juice from concentrate may have to declare its sugar as 'added'

GMA: Nutrition Facts ‘added sugar’ proposal could have bizarre consequences for fruit juice labels

One bizarre consequence of FDA proposals to include ‘added sugars’ on the Nutrition Facts panel would be...

Dietary fiber plans in Nutrition Facts overhaul make no sense, Bayer
Move could create a wholly unnecessary bureaucratic nightmare, claims Bayer Healthcare

Dietary fiber proposals in Nutrition Facts overhaul will create bureaucratic nightmare, warn industry commentators

FDA proposals that would require the pre-approval of certain fiber ingredients before the agency will count them...

Gallup: Americans still avoid fat over carbs; RD says still too much federal emphasis on low fat

Gallup: Americans still avoid fat over carbs; RD says still too much federal emphasis on low fat

Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%)...

America's 1st kettle chip? Saratoga Chips heads back to the future
The small guy can still win in the snacks aisle, says Jim Schneider

Saratoga Chips head back to the future: Second time lucky for America’s first kettle chip?

The ‘Saratoga chip’ - a snack food sensation first cooked up in 1853 by George Crum in...

Pure Via to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims
Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by...

Mintel, Datamonitor: Slowdown in natural claims ‘inevitable’
Special edition: Natural & Clean Label Trends

Slowdown in natural claims ‘inevitable’, say market researchers

Natural claims on food and beverage products appear to be leveling off, according to recent product launch...

Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

How clean is your label, and who decides - plaintiff's attorneys or Whole Foods Market? Are ‘all-natural’...

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