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

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

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler alert: ‘Let me get back to you on those numbers’ will not inspire confidence), food & beverage industry veterans and financiers took to the podium at the BevNET’s food & beverage university event...

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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 influences have made their way from niche to mainstream retail and foodservice outlets. Even tiny Malaysia appears to be moving up the ranks of popular flavors among US consumers. 

Group forms to clarify roles of vitamins and minerals in diet

A new group called the Global Nutrition & Health Alliance has formed with the mission to clarify the role of food fortification and nutritional supplementation. The issue of the role of these nutrients in the diet is still a matter of some confusion, one of the group’s founders has said....

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GMA et al seek injunction to stop Vermont implementing GMO labeling law until legal dispute is resolved

Food trade associations are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the state of Vermont from implementing its GMO labeling law (Act 120) until a lawsuit they have filed that challenges the law has “run its course”.

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Canadean predicts US fizzy water sales will soar at expense of CSDs from BeverageDaily.com

Canadean predicts that US carbonated water sales will grow 12% in 2014 as health-conscious consumers embrace the category's health halo in preference to carbonated soft drinks.

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Senator pushes for guidelines on safe energy drink use by young athletes from BeverageDaily.com

US senator for New Jersey Bob Menendez has introduced a bill into Congress to ‘promote youth athletic safety’ that includes a call for government guidelines on use of energy drinks in this context.

Food type, not just calories, may play vital role in type 2 diabetes risk from FoodNavigator.com

The type of food we eat, and not simply how much we eat, could play an important role in the risk of type 2 diabetes by influencing circulating metabolises and the makeup of our microbiota, say researchers.

Wasted potential? FAO review highlights food and feed uses for fish and shellfish by-products from FoodNavigator.com

The huge amounts of waste produced from fish and shellfish processing have potential for use in food production and as animal feed, say researchers.

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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...

Pepsi explores how to make juice as nutritious as whole fruit
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Patent watch: PepsiCo explores how to make juice as nutritious as whole fruit

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of adding fiber- and polyphenol-rich co-products from fruit and veg...

Chia + garbanzo beans = The Neat Egg

Chia + garbanzo beans = neat egg

Pennsylvania-based neat Foods has unveiled its latest innovation: neat egg, a combination of ground chia seeds and...

NPD Group: more men the main grocery shopper

Where’s aisle five? Never mind, I’ll find it: More men the primary grocery shopper

In yet another indication of the shifting US consumer landscape, men are the primary grocery shoppers in...

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...

ProTings take high-protein craze to the chips aisle

NYC snacking entrepreneurs take high-protein craze to the chips aisle with ProTings

While entrepreneurial start-ups touting healthier snacks have been entering - and leaving - the category with startling...

Judge allows most claims to proceed in all-natural lawsuit vs Kashi

More ‘all-natural’ blues for Kashi as Florida judge allows GMO/all-natural class action to proceed

Just months after Kashi agreed to settle a California class action lawsuit accusing it of deceptively advertising...

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal to expand natural & organics portfolio

General Mills has made a bold move to expand its presence in the fast-growing natural and organics...