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Food brands missing the boat on digital couponing

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Although grocery lags other sectors when it comes to e-commerce, the effects of digital marketing are beginning to show, as a growing number of shoppers seek out coupons before and during store trips. But the majority of food brands have yet to shift their coupon programs to reflect this new online...

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Food manufacturers divulge chemical use; shouldn’t be the last word, CSPI says

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has decided to share its database on how food manufacturers use chemicals that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) with the US Food and Drug Administration, an initiative the trade group claims will “improve the process and increase transparency for making GRAS determinations of ingredients added...

Hershey unveils new logo, brand makeover: 'Today we are much more than the Great American Chocolate Bar'

Hershey has unveiled a new logo as part of a corporate brand makeover designed to reflect its “evolution from a predominately U.S. chocolate maker to a global confection and snack company”.

Kidney disease patients unable to discern phosphorus levels in foods, AND claims

Nutrition Facts overhaul a missed chance to label phosphorus: AND

The FDA’s proposed revamp of the Nutrition Facts panel misses a public health opportunity to mandate disclosure of phosphorus content on nutrition labels, despite the micronutrient’s association with adverse outcomes among kidney patients and growing evidence linking it to health problems in healthy people, claims the Academy of Nutrition and...

Special K US annual sales slump 9.7%

US total sales for Special K dropped $56m for the year; a slump that could be rescued with lifestyle-focused NPD, says the head of innovation at Mintel.

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So Häagen-Dazs ‘says no to synbio’?

When it comes to reporting the position of some of the world’s biggest food companies on genetically engineered foods, Friends of the Earth, it seems, has been engaging in some pretty creative PR ‘engineering’ of its own.

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NBTY sued over allegedly pumping up protein claims for whey product from NutraIngredients-USA.com

As observers of the class action lawsuit game had predicted, lawsuits based on alleged protein spiking are starting to pile up, and an initial target is one with deep pockets: NBTY.

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Veteran marine, paraplegic, and CEO: Derek Herrera; RuckPack from BeverageDaily.com

Derek Herrera signed on as CEO of US energy drink company RuckPack this month. He is a veteran Marine Special Operations Officer and paraplegic, who was injured taking an enemy bullet in the spine in 2012 while leading his team during combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Innovating with microalgae: A day at the Solazyme HQ

Algae dream becomes reality for Solazyme: ‘Today we’re making products, not power point presentations’

Given its apparently limitless potential to feed and fuel the world, there is a huge buzz around...

Gluten-free market: what's next?
What new gluten-free product launches, market analysis tell us

The gluten-free definition has been standardized; now what?

Aug. 5 marked the deadline for manufacturers making voluntary gluten-free label claims to ensure they meet the...

Nutrition Facts changes could impact perceptions of dairy products

Milk would no longer qualify as an excellent source of vitamin D or a good source of potassium in new-look Nutrition Facts panel

FDA proposals to increase the RDI for certain nutrients as part of an overhaul of the Nutrition...

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...

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...

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’...

Stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life makes US debut
US version of Coca-Cola Life has 60 calories per 8-oz glass bottle

Coca-Cola Life makes US debut, but can it reverse the cola category’s flagging fortunes?

Stevia-and-sugar-sweetened Coca-Cola Life is making its US debut this week following successful launches in Latin America and...

Natural claim tarnished, but still meaningful: RD
Special edition: Natural & Clean Label Trends

RD: ‘Natural’ claim tarnished, but still meaningful

Despite the legal hot water in which many manufacturers and retailers have found themselves in recent months...

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