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Undone Chocolate sources cacao direct trade to ensure high quality

Washington, D.C.-based startup Undone Chocolate is on a mission to combine flavor and health and to succeed it is willing to pay three times more than the premium price for Fair Trade to secure the highest quality cacao beans farm direct. 

Bar maker-turned co-packer BumbleBar furthers organic mission

Long before “gluten-free,” “sustainable” and “organic” held the marketing sway they do now, Liz Ward wanted to channel her passion for organic agriculture and social justice into a naturally nutritionally dense food product by creating BumbleBar, an all organic, whole food energy bar. 

Home cooks who watch food shows tend to be heavier than viewers who do not cook

New research suggesting sourcing recipes online, in print and in person may be healthier than from television could shed light on marketing opportunities for food and beverage companies with healthier or better-for-you options.

An apple a day: It won't keep the doctor away, but might keep the pharmacist away

While an apple a day won't keep the doctor away, it could mean fewer prescription medications, say researchers.

Oxfam: World’s biggest food companies must ‘walk the talk’ on sustainability

Eight of the 10 biggest multinational food companies have improved their food security and sustainability policies over the past year – but all must do more to put their commitments into practice, says Oxfam’s latest Behind the Brands report.

Smaller plates, smaller portions? Not always, says study

Smaller plates may not encourage overweight teenage girls to reduce portion sizes because they may be less attentive to visual cues, according to a study.

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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...

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,...

Organic check off could bring farmers into fold, clarify claims

An organic check off campaign could bring more farmers into the fold, clarify claims, OTA says

Demand for organic in the U.S. is soaring with more than 80% of families buying some organic...

Nut milk ‘melloream’ case a cautionary tale in product identity

Nut milk ‘melloream’ case a cautionary tale in product identity

A New York law initially created for regulating nondairy coffee whiteners resurfaced last year for a Brooklyn-based...

Choco Treasure brings whimsy of chocolate wrapped toys to U.S. legally

Choco Treasure brings whimsy of chocolate wrapped toys to U.S. legally

Thanks to a little ingenuity, Candy Treasure has brought to the U.S. legally a line of much-loved...