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Nestlé offered stores financial incentives to stop carrying rival's products, claims lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in ‘deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior’ says Nirvana Inc in unfair competition lawsuit

2011-12 takeover talks were a 'ruse to get access to Nirvana's confidential information' claims bottled water co.

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a small competitor out of business, alleges New York-based Nirvana Inc in a lawsuit accusing the world’s biggest bottled water company of illegal anti-competitive practices.

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WhiteWave pulling carrageenan from Silk, Horizon

Citing mounting consumer pressure, WhiteWave Foods says it will remove carrageenan from its Silk and Horizon brands.

Move could create a wholly unnecessary bureaucratic nightmare, claims Bayer Healthcare

Dietary fiber proposals in Nutrition Facts overhaul will create bureaucratic nightmare, warn industry commentators

FDA proposals that would require the pre-approval of certain fiber ingredients before the agency will count them as ‘dietary fibers’ on the Nutrition Facts panel are illogical and unfair, claim industry commentators.

100% juice from concentrate may have to declare its sugar as 'added'

GMA: Nutrition Facts ‘added sugar’ proposal could have bizarre consequences for fruit juice labels

One bizarre consequence of FDA proposals to include ‘added sugars’ on the Nutrition Facts panel would be that not-from-concentrate 100% fruit juice could boast 0g ‘added sugar’ on the new-look labels, whereas 100% juice made from concentrate (containing an identical amount of sugar) would have to list its sugar as ‘added’.

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Government fails to fund free school meals from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Councils and schools have had to divert money from other budgets to ensure all pupils aged seven and under receive free school meals when the school year begins, because of lack of government funding.

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California’s clean reputation credited for rising China exports from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Californian food producers are a major beneficiary of Chinese consumer concerns in the wake of a spate of domestic food scandals. 

Sweeteners face slow growth prospects in Europe and US from FoodNavigator.com

Changes in consumer behaviour are having major impact on demand for high-intensity sweeteners globally, with Europe and the US facing the prospect of slower growth while demand remains strong in Asia and South America, says IHS.

Gut feelings: Researchers suggest microbiota may manipulate eating behaviours from FoodNavigator.com

The link between our microbiota and health and behaviour may go as far as playing a role in the foods we crave, and could be controlled by modifying our gut bacteria speak to us, suggest researchers. 

Barry Callebaut opens Chilean factory to source Arcor from ConfectioneryNews.com

Barry Callebaut has opened its first plant in Chile to source Latin American confectioners Arcor and other industry players.

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Gallup: Americans still avoid fat over carbs; RD says still too much federal emphasis on low fat

Gallup: Americans still avoid fat over carbs; RD says still too much federal emphasis on low fat

Nearly twice as many Americans say they are actively trying to avoid fat in their diet (56%)...

America's 1st kettle chip? Saratoga Chips heads back to the future
The small guy can still win in the snacks aisle, says Jim Schneider

Saratoga Chips head back to the future: Second time lucky for America’s first kettle chip?

The ‘Saratoga chip’ - a snack food sensation first cooked up in 1853 by George Crum in...

FDA approves tomato lycopene to color processed meats

FDA approves use of higher levels of tomato lycopene to color processed meats, offering alternative to carmine, Red #40

The FDA has approved a petition from LycoRed seeking the green light to use higher levels of...

Claims that mycoprotein is unsafe 'lack scientific credibility', Quorn
FDA issued letter of no objection to GRAS notification for Quorn in 2002

Claims that Quorn mycoprotein is unsafe 'lack scientific credibility', says meat substitute maker

UPDATED - Quorn Foods has launched a vigorous defense of its fungus-derived meat substitutes in the wake of a...

Pure Via to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims
Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by...

Mintel, Datamonitor: Slowdown in natural claims ‘inevitable’
Special edition: Natural & Clean Label Trends

Slowdown in natural claims ‘inevitable’, say market researchers

Natural claims on food and beverage products appear to be leveling off, according to recent product launch...

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’...

Euromonitor: Monster energy deal 'a brilliant move' for Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola partnership with Monster Beverage a "huge win" for both companies, say analysts

Taking a significant minority stake in Monster Beverage Corp rather than launching a full-scale takeover is a...

Why do 85% of new CPG products fail within two years?
Launching big is not the definitive way to sustainable growth

SPECIAL FEATURE: Why do 85% of new CPG products fail within two years?

How many consumer packaged goods that launch in the US today will still be around in two...

Food entrepreneurs to watch: From coffee flour to almond water

Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch: From coffee flour & hybrid burgers to egg white chips

Selling everything from coffee flour to ‘Chimp Food’, egg white chips, artichoke water and kids’ tea, here's...

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