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And now the lawsuits… FDA warning letter to KIND triggers wave of consumer litigation

As widely predicted, multiple class action lawsuits were filed against KIND on Friday following the publication of a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter citing a long list of concerns over label claims on its bars and its website.

organic and non-gmo trends

Organic food sales grow 11% in 2014 with politically, geographically diverse shoppers

Organic is outgrowing its moniker as a specialty category thanks to a double digit increase in sales last year by consumers nationwide of all political leanings and ethnic backgrounds, according to data from the Organic Trade Association. 

Millennials have a general distrust of big companies and a different set of priorities than baby boomers

Recruitment focus: ‘The consumer products industry is facing a serious talent shortage’

While working at sexy new food & beverage companies such as Hampton Creek or Suja Juice sounds like a pretty exciting way to earn a living, the most talented people coming out of business school today are still more likely to pick technology or investment banking than consumer packaged goods...

Kraft to remove artificial colors & preservatives from Original Mac & Cheese in 2016

Kraft has unveiled plans to remove artificial preservatives and synthetic colors from its iconic Original Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the U.S. starting January 2016. Meanwhile, Kraft Dinner Original in Canada will be free from synthetic colors by the end of next year.  

Taiyo carves out niche in natural caffeine market with slow-release whole green coffee bean ingredient

It’s been 10 years and more since ephedra was taken off the market and in that time the importance of caffeine as an energy and thermogenic ingredient has grown significantly.  

News in brief

Where next for hydrocolloids?

Once considered purely technical ingredients (thickeners, stabilizers, gelling agents), hydrocolloids are “going through a transformation from purely functional to nutritional ingredient status”, say the organizers of a conference dedicated to the $7bn market spanning everything from guar gum, cassia, cellulosics, and locust bean gum, to carrageenan.

FAO urges sustainability over immediate profits to safeguard water supplies

Water is likely to be sufficient for food production in 2050 – but increased competition means two-thirds of the world will be affected by water scarcity, according to a joint report from the FAO and the World Water Council.

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Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food

Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food

Investing in 3D printing could open new markets and generate huge cost savings for food manufacturers and...

Wild Oats organic products are now sold in 3,800 Walmart stores
US organic food sales rose 11% to $35.9bn in 2014

Wild Oats organic products are now sold in 3,800 Walmart stores

Around 3,800 Walmart stores now carry at least 30 Wild Oats organic products, while 2,200 stores carry...

Is ALDI the most underestimated grocery retailer in the US?

Is ALDI the ‘most underestimated grocery retailer in the US?'

While Trader Joe’s gets plenty of plaudits, its German parent company ALDI – which operates nearly 1,400...

Food & beverage entrepreneurs, chickpea pasta to banana flour

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From chickpea pasta and banana flour to barrel-aged tea

From the purveyors of banana flour to chickpea pasta, barrel-aged tea, chilled nutrition bars, gourmet oatmeal and...

Heinz-Kraft merger comes from weakness, not strength, says CPG expert
Big CPG firms are not nimble enough to innovate and align with changing consumer tastes, says TABS Group founder

Heinz-Kraft merger comes from weakness, not strength, says CPG expert: ‘It’s almost as if the large tier one guys have surrendered’

The impending marriage of Heinz and Kraft Foods Group will create a $29bn consumer packaged goods powerhouse....

Soda should come with a warning label, say lawmakers in CA, NY

Soda should come with a warning label, say public health scientists, researchers

Legislation requiring warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages alerting shoppers to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth...

Will 2015 be the year of tempeh?

Will 2015 be the year of tempeh?

Manufacturers are cautiously reinvesting in tempeh, which is well-positioned to capitalize on multiple growing consumer trends, but...

Could Lemna (water lentil) be the next big plant-based protein?
Lentein has more essential and branch chain amino acids than any other plant protein

Could the water lentil be the next big thing in plant-based protein?

A new form of non-GMO plant-based protein boasting an amino acid profile comparable to whey, plus high...

Boulder Brands CEO on Millennials, food trends and crossover brands
Steve Hughes: 'You'd be surprised how fast brands can scale now.'

Boulder Brands CEO: In 3-5 years there will be a bunch of $300-500m brands that you've never heard of today

As the rapid growth of brands such as Suja Juice and Just Mayo demonstrates, new, on-trend brands...

KIND LLC working with FDA over string of labeling errors
FDA: KIND bars do not meet the requirements for use of the nutrient content claim ‘healthy'

KIND LLC working with FDA over string of labeling errors; consumer litigation could follow, predict attorneys

KIND LLC says it is working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address...