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Walmart cranberry pomegranate juice is mostly grape & apple juice, says lawsuit

Walmart sued over juice labels; echoes of POM Wonderful v Coke?

Reasonable consumers might assume that this product contains primarily cranberry & pomegranate juice, say the plaintiffs. But they would be wrong

Six weeks after the Supreme Court gave POM Wonderful the green light to sue Coca-Cola over its juice labels, Walmart has been targeted in a consumer class action lawsuit making near-identical allegations.

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Vermont has serious concerns over cost of defending GMO labeling law, claim CFS/VPIRG

Activist groups file motion to help State of Vermont defend GMO labeling law vs 'corporate bullies'

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) and anti-GMO activist group the Center for Food Safety (CFS) have formally asked for permission to help the state of Vermont defend its new GMO labeling law in the wake of a legal challenge from food industry associations.

The RD's perspective

Mexico restricts junk food ads; time for rethink on advertising?

Mexico announced last week that it was restricting television advertising on high-calorie food and soda in an effort to stem the rising tide of obesity. Registered dietitians weigh in on the impact of the measure, which is the farthest any country has gone to restrict advertising. 

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From almond milk to tea for kids: Last chance to register for FoodNavigator-USA's beverage entrepreneurs forum!

Will tea replace 100% juice in your child's lunchbox? And what's the next $1bn beverage brand? Find out what our panel of beverage entrepreneurs thinks at our free-to-attend online forum kicking off at 11.30am EDT tomorrow.

‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance'

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

Monster Energy 'truly sorry' for teen’s heart attack injury but denies responsibility

Monster Beverage Corporation has moved to quell investor disquiet as a jury trial starts to decide if it is liable for injury suffered by a teen whose mother claims its drinks caused his heart attack.

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Wrigley discovers ‘pectin surprise’ for gelatin-free chewy candies from ConfectioneryNews.com

Wrigley has filed a patent to develop chewy confectionery products without animal-derived texturizing agents such as gelatin.

UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice from FoodNavigator.com

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

Tart cherry concentrate may combat post-exercise oxidative and inflammatory responses from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Daily consumption of a Montmorency tart cherry concentrate may reduce increases in markers of inflammation and oxidative stress after exercise, says a new study with trained cyclists.

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Kids' tea could overtake 100% juice: Drazil
Big Interview: Drazil Kids Tea founder Christine Wheeler

Kids’ tea could overtake 100% juice as healthy ‘gold standard’: Drazil founder

The CEO of Drazil Kids Tea thinks this unusually named (lizard spelled backwards!), ready-to-drink tea brand has...

Trader Joe’s accused of breach of contract by dairy vendor, broker
Trader Joe's 'purposefully railroaded business relationships', alleges lawsuit

Trader Joe’s move to cut out the middlemen in dairy supply chain left key vendor & broker ‘high and dry’, says lawsuit

Trader Joe’s move to ditch a broker and a vendor it had been working with for years...

Hormel, Virun patent new way to add omega-3s to foods, beverages
Hormel & Virun help ease omega-3 F&B fortification headaches

Think you need to pop pills to get a decent dose of omega-3? Think again, say Hormel and Virun

While food & beverage manufacturers have been fortifying their wares with omega-3 fatty acids EPA + DHA...

Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?
Register for the Foodnavigator-USA beverages entrepreneurs forum on July 23

Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just...

Judge tosses HPP-treated juice lawsuit vs Hain Celestial; says plaintiff derailed his own case

Judge tosses HPP-treated juice lawsuit vs Hain Celestial; says plaintiff derailed his own case

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Hain Celestial over the marketing of its BluePrint high-pressure-processed (HPP)...

NUWI ‘drinkable snacks’ pioneer on building a new category: Be patient, be persistent, and be flexible
Consumers are tired of bars, says quinoa 'snack in a bottle' founder

NUWI ‘drinkable snacks’ pioneer on building a new category: Be patient, be persistent, and be flexible

While a scary percentage of new food & beverage brands end up quietly disappearing when their backers...

Americans have fallen out of love with gum, says Rabobank
Volumes in US gum market have slumped 20% in past five years

Americans have fallen out of love with gum, leaving mints to pick up the slack, says Rabobank

It’s well known that the American love affair with soda has hit a pretty significant rough patch,...

Professor: What exactly is this mythical ‘pristine’ alternative to GMOs that presents no risks?

Professor: What exactly is this mythical ‘pristine’ alternative to GMOs that presents no risks?

When consumers think about GMOs, they tend to contrast them with “some hypothetical alternative food that is...