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Unilever drops 'Just Mayo' lawsuit: 'We share a vision with Hampton Creek Foods of a more sustainable world'

Unilever has withdrawn its false advertising lawsuit against plant-based foods pioneer Hampton Creek Foods and issued a statement applauding its commitment to innovation and noting that it shares the company's "vision of a more sustainable world".

Hampton Creek Foods raises $90m to support ‘massive’ growth: ‘Just Mayo has gone from zero to 15,000 locations in a little over a year’

A high-profile lawsuit*  filed by Unilever accusing Hampton Creek Foods of falsely advertising its flagship product ‘Just Mayo’ has not, it seems, dented Silicon Valley’s enthusiasm for the plant-based foods pioneer, which has just raised another $90m from some very high-profile investors.

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Kraft Foods chairman John Cahill to succeed Tony Vernon as CEO on Dec 27

Kraft Foods Group chairman John Cahill will also take on the role of CEO at the end of this year following the retirement of current CEO Tony Vernon on December 27.

Weight management and digestive wellness will heavily influence food purchases in 2015

Consumer desire to effectively manage their weight and improve their health through food will continue to influence new product development and sales in 2015, according to New Nutrition Business, a food- and nutrition-focused market research firm. 

Gretchen’s Grains finds freezing could help whole grains category thaw

The significantly longer amount of time necessary to prepare whole grains compared to refined grains is a substantial hurdle that stops many people from eating more whole grains, even though they are more nutritious.

Food-X seeks ‘best and brightest disruptors in the food space’ to join accelerator program

Food-X - a new food business accelerator program backed by venture capital firm SOSventures that runs twice a year - is seeking the ‘best and brightest disruptors in the food space’ to join its second accelerator program starting in New York in early 2015.

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Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!

In-depth on carbonates with Euromonitor International

Want your fizz back? Get into the water aisle, go retro and hit new day parts, say experts

Carbonates will never return to the buzz of the 80s but beverage makers can inject life back into the category from side-stepping into the water aisle to bottling up retro-style or moving into new day parts, says Euromonitor International.  

Opportunities for US agriculture, greater food security for Cubans

US food industry welcomes President Obama’s plan to normalize US-Cuba relations

President Obama has announced he is updating US policies on Cuba, including reestablishing diplomatic relations and promoting travel and trade opportunities between the two countries. Both Cargill and the USA Rice Federation immediately issued statements applauding the move.

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GLG unveils stevia plant with ultra high Reb C levels

GLG unveils Reb C breakthrough: 'An astounding leap forward in the natural, non-GMO agronomic development of historically scarcer steviol glycosides'

Vancouver-based GLG Life Tech has developed a new variety of stevia containing “remarkably high” levels of Reb...

Supermarket loyalty cards are not delivering, says TABS Group

Supermarket loyalty cards are not delivering, says promotions expert

Whether supermarket loyalty cards actually drive loyalty, or provide retailers with killer consumer insights that give them...

2015 food trends with Mintel, Euromonitor, Rabobank,Trailblazer Foods
Trendwatching with Mintel, Euromonitor, Rabobank & Trailblazer Foods

From private label as a ‘strategic weapon’ to health, wellness and wearable technology: Four trendwatchers look ahead to 2015 in food culture

From the 'astounding' reinvention of popcorn as "Millennial friendly, cool and healthy", to the proliferation of apps &...

Veggies will appear in unexpected places in 2015
Innovation in action

2015 will see veggies appearing in unexpected places & more demand for healthy foods

Eating all your vegetables might be easier in 2015 than in recent years as they increasingly show...

Mintel food trends label claims gluten-free, kosher, vegan, natural
The biggest rise was in products making non-GMO or GMO-free claims

Non-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, all-natural… What can we learn from claims made on new products in the US in 2014?

Non-GMO, Kosher, gluten-free, ethical, environmentally-friendly, lactose-free, vegan, no additives/preservatives, and on-the-go claims are all gaining more traction...

Is WTRMLN WTR cold-pressed juice the next coconut water?

Move over coconut water, says WTRMLN WTR boss: This product belongs everywhere that people sweat

While premium juice brands hit the market every week hoping to become the next Suja, and the...

Monsanto in Intelligence Squared debate, GMOs not the Holy Grail

Monsanto exec: GMOs are not the Holy Grail. What they are is an important tool if used properly

Genetically engineered crops are not a magic bullet and some weeds have become resistant to the herbicide...

Boxed Water Is Better offers environmentally friendly packaged water

Boxed Water Is Better taps into consumer desire for environmentally friendly packaged water

By thinking inside the box and packaging water in cartons instead of plastic containers, Benjamin Gott identified...

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