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Age is just a number: Huge potential for protein in aging market, says DuPont

DuPont's Megan DeStefano:

The rising aging population in the US presents an underexploited opportunity for food and beverage marketers—particularly in the already massive protein market, as older consumers are just as desperate for sustained energy as their younger counterparts.

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Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

In a sign of how much American palates have changed, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip is building on the success of their original seaweed chip line with a reformulated organic version that will launch at this week’s Expo East trade show in Baltimore.

Almonds are a ‘snack choice for a healthy diet’

A mid-morning snack of almonds may decrease food intake at lunch and dinner, making the nuts a ‘snack food choice for a healthy diet’, according to a new study from England.

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'90s redux: Surge soda returns

Twelve years after it was discontinued, the Coca-Cola Co. is reviving Surge soda after fans of the citrus-flavored soda launched a Facebook campaign to bring it back.

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‘Soda declines look a lot like those seen for cigarettes’: Analyst from BeverageDaily.com

Soda sales trends in the US look quite similar to those seen for cigarettes, according to one analyst, but she warns that the industry can’t rely on the same pricing power to manage declines.

Consuming high-fat dairy slashes type 2 diabetes risk: Study from DairyReporter.com

A high intake of high-fat dairy products such as cream could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a Swedish study suggests.

Researchers call for ‘radical rethink’ of free sugars targets from FoodNavigator.com

Intakes of free dietary sugars should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake in order to battle the ‘significant’ financial and social burdens of tooth decay, warn researchers.

Global hunger is falling, but malnutrition still a big issue, says UN report from FoodNavigator.com

The number of hungry people has fallen by more than 100 million over the last decade; however 805 million people around the world are still chronically undernourished, according to a new joint UN report.

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013 from BakeryAndSnacks.com

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue an upward trajectory for the next four years, according to a Key Note report.

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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’...

Pink slime comeback?
Record beef prices see FTB volumes increase, albeit slowly: Cargill

Is finely textured beef staging a comeback?

Could record ground beef prices in the US mean a return to finely textured beef (FTB)? 

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, and moving beyond coconut water
'We are looking to be more disruptive at retail'

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, staying independent, and class action lawsuits: ‘Things have got totally out of hand’

When Coca-Cola & PepsiCo invested in Zico and O.N.E. in 2009; Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael...

Pepsi explores how to make juice as nutritious as whole fruit
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Patent watch: PepsiCo explores how to make juice as nutritious as whole fruit

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of adding fiber- and polyphenol-rich co-products from fruit and veg...

Chia + garbanzo beans = The Neat Egg

Chia + garbanzo beans = neat egg

Pennsylvania-based neat Foods has unveiled its latest innovation: neat egg, a combination of ground chia seeds and...

NPD Group: more men the main grocery shopper

Where’s aisle five? Never mind, I’ll find it: More men the primary grocery shopper

In yet another indication of the shifting US consumer landscape, men are the primary grocery shoppers in...

Beyond Meat unleashes The Beast, the ultimate burger (minus the beef)
Beyond Meat products are now in 5,000+ stores

It’s a burger Jim, but not as we know it… Beyond Meat prepares to unleash The Beast

Beyond Meat - the California-based firm that claims to have unlocked the secret to making ‘near-perfect’ replicas...

ProTings take high-protein craze to the chips aisle

NYC snacking entrepreneurs take high-protein craze to the chips aisle with ProTings

While entrepreneurial start-ups touting healthier snacks have been entering - and leaving - the category with startling...

Judge allows most claims to proceed in all-natural lawsuit vs Kashi

More ‘all-natural’ blues for Kashi as Florida judge allows GMO/all-natural class action to proceed

Just months after Kashi agreed to settle a California class action lawsuit accusing it of deceptively advertising...

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal to expand natural & organics portfolio

General Mills has made a bold move to expand its presence in the fast-growing natural and organics...