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Strong double-digit growth at gardein, says Pinnacle Foods: ‘Plant-based proteins represent a very significant opportunity’

Net sales at plant-based protein brand gardein grew at a “strong double-digit rate” in 2016, according to Pinnacle Foods (which acquired gardein in late 2014), with new production capacity coming online this quarter at a refurbished facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.

gardein plant-based proteins a significant opportunity, Pinnacle Foods

Diet to Go stands test of time in volatile meal delivery market: 'It’s the customer experience that makes or breaks you'

Investors are continuing to throw money at meal kit companies; but fully prepared meal delivery services offer greater convenience, says the founder and CEO of Virginia-based Diet to Go, which has been in the meal delivery business for 26 years.

Private label is a growth engine at Sprouts, says CEO

Private label sales now account for more than one in every ten dollars spent at Sprouts stores, said the Phoenix-based retailer, which posted a 0.7% rise in same store sales in the latest quarter while rival Whole Foods Market has continued to see its comps decline.

Terrafertil Nature’s Heart enters US natural channel through acquisition of Essential Living Foods

Ecuador-based snack company Terrafertil Nature’s Heart has acquired California-based organic and vegan ‘superfood’ firm Essential Living Foods, marking the global company’s first step into the US market.

Stonyfield Organic survey explores consumer attitudes toward probiotics for babies

A majority of surveyed parents (77%) don’t include probiotics into their baby’s daily diet, and only 36% of them think it’s even important at the age. Stonyfield Organics saw this as an opportunity to promote the reformulation of its YoBaby yogurt with an added probiotic.

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to Chris Elliott, professor of food safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast....

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