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Smaller brands can flourish under big corporate umbrellas, says General Mills CEO: ‘We've been very good, I think, about leaving them alone’

Ken Powell: 'We’ve learned a tremendous amount from the natural and organic companies that we’ve acquired over the years'

General Mills will help newly acquired natural & organic brand Annie’s expand into new categories, channels and markets; and will use its clout to drive procurement and operational/logistical efficiencies, CEO Ken Powell told analysts this week. But it won’t try to change the culture of the company.

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Beverages dominate erythritol market but oral health gums and confectionery should increase, says Cargill

As the dental benefits of erythritol become more widely known, gum and confectionery products positioned for oral health are set to increase, says Cargill, but they have a long way to go to compete with beverages as the main use.

Organic production: To certify or not?

Subsidies have led to high rates of organic certification in Europe – while costs and confusion often prevent US organic producers from certifying their products, according to a new study.

Sensient unveils next-generation technology to tackle off notes from stevia, caffeine, nutraceuticals...

Chicago-based Sensient Flavors has unveiled a new toolbox of natural flavor masking ingredients that can tackle bitterness associated with everything from stevia to caffeine by selectively targeting multiple taste receptors.

'No high fructose corn syrup' claims featured on 2.35% of new products launched in 2013

'No high fructose corn syrup' claims featured on around 2.35% of the 20,000+ new products launched in the US in 2013, compared with 2.30% of new products launched in 2012, 2.09% in 2011 and 1.56% in 2010.

Global Industry News

WHO targets a trans fat-free Europe from FoodNavigator.com

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a complete ban on trans fats throughout Europe as part of a new action plan on diet and health.

FOCUS ON…SPARKLING WATERS IN THE US: RAKHEE BURGESS, INSIGHT ANALYST, CANADEAN

Success in sparkling waters : Why Crystal Geyser leads the US pack from BeverageDaily.com

As sparkling water sales soar in the States, Canadean analyst Rakhee Burgess tells us flavor variation is vital and the reasons why Crystal Geyser is the leader of the pack.

PLANS INCLUDE REGIONAL COFFEE HUB

Nestlé South Africa appoints new MD, announces $181m investment from FoodProductionDaily.com

Nestlé South Africa has announced a five-year $181m investment plan in the country and the appointment of Ian Donald as company chairman and MD.

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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...

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...

Himalaya International founder interview
Entrepreneur interview: Sanjiv Kakkar, managing director of Himalaya International

Himalaya International: Indian food hasn’t taken off because there’s no standard of identity

The flavors of Asia have no doubt made their mark on American palates—as Chinese, Japanese and Thai...

FBULA Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for the new

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler...

If it says ‘coconut’, it sells: Trailblazer Foods
Trendspotter: coconut inclusions

If it says ‘coconut’, it sells: Trailblazer Foods

As it ramps up flaked and shredded coconut production in anticipation of another holiday season, private label...

INDUSTRY VOX POP: What does natural & clean label mean?

INDUSTRY VOX POP: Do natural claims still resonate with consumers? Mamma Chia, Runa, Saffron Road, Cargill et al weigh in

Are consumers weary of 'all-natural' claims? And if so, what other cues do they look for on...

General Mills, ConAgra, Kevita new products gallery

New products gallery: Cinnamon Toast Crunch turns 30, ConAgra makes snacking ‘guilt-free’, Kevita’s kombucha for the mainstream

Here’s a look at the latest and greatest in new product launches—from General Mills making the old...

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

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...