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Whole Foods' labels are misleading, deceptive, unfair and fraudulent, alleges lawsuit

Whole Foods targeted in new lawsuit over 'all-natural' claims

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Whole Foods Market has been targeted in another class action lawsuit alleging that products it labels as ‘all-natural’ are misbranded because they contain “artificial ingredients and flavorings, artificial coloring and chemical preservatives”. 

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No matter how much or how little consumers understand the concept of “energy”, one thing’s for certain. They want more of it. 

Beyond the focus group? Next generation concept testing

Instant.ly app takes concept testing to next level with real-time feedback from target shoppers ... as they shop

A new mobile app enabling CPG companies to get instant feedback on new product concepts from target consumers while they are grocery shopping will slash the time and money spent on testing new ideas, claims consumer insights expert uSamp.

A third of youth misjudge their weight status; focus on weight not helpful, expert says

Nearly one in three (30%) children and adolescents in the US misperceive their weight status—the equivalent of 9.1 million youth, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  

Bimbo Bakeries USA notes ‘surprising’ decline in private label

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) saw a 7% dip in US private label packaged bread sales in its Q2 results.

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Swapping to low-calorie sweeteners does help weight loss, finds review of RCTs from FoodNavigator.com

Swapping full-calorie foods and drinks for ones containing low or zero calorie sweeteners results in modest weight loss, according to a new systematic review of clinical data.

China overtakes US to become world’s largest economy in PPP from FoodProductionDaily.com

An economic milestone occurs this year as China overtakes the US to become the world’s largest economy in purchase power parity, or PPP.

Three year olds rebel against healthy foods, research suggests from FoodNavigator.com

When children as young as three hear about the benefits of healthy food, they're less likely to eat it, a new study suggests.

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Walmart sued over juice labels; echoes of POM v Coke?
Walmart cranberry pomegranate juice is mostly grape & apple juice, says lawsuit

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

Six weeks after the Supreme Court gave POM Wonderful the green light to sue Coca-Cola over its...

Ibotta shopping app aims to be truly social
Big Interview: Ibotta CEO Bryan Leach

Ibotta CEO: loyalty won’t come from a one-shot coupon; we're a truly social app

Bryan Leach, a law firm partner turned founder of mobile savings app Ibotta, has a different idea...

Egg white chips entrepreneur rides protein snacking wave

From semiconductors to snacks: Egg white chips entrepreneur rides crest of protein wave

A mechanical engineer with a keen interest in semi-conductors, ips All Natural co-founder Sean Olson is not...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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