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Lux Research: Cost, speed & sustainability benefits of synthetic biology will make it a ‘permanent and growing aspect' of flavors market

Synthetic biology will become a “permanent and growing aspect of the flavors & fragrances landscape” predicts a new report from Lux Research, which says the approach is more sustainable than traditional techniques such as synthesizing flavors from petrochemicals, or devoting vast tracts of land to growing plants containing minuscule levels...

Yakult USA confident of "eventual and ultimate vindication" in probiotics class action

Probiotic specialist Yakult USA has challenged allegations in a class action alleging it is misleading US shoppers about the digestive health benefits of its fermented drinks and says it is confident of "eventual and ultimate vindication at trial, if not before".

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Small, rotating flavor portfolios engage but don't overwhelm consumers, expert says

Increasingly adventurous consumers may say that they want a wide selection of flavors from which to select, but if manufacturers provide too many options they may actually deter shoppers, warns the CEO of a leading market analytics firm. 

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Fine-tuning flavors could help Moose Munch & The Popcorn Factory boost sales

Gourmet food and gift company Harry & David has an ambitious goal to make its iconic and decadent Moose Munch popcorn line a $100 million brand within the next two to three years in part by expanding distribution and fine-tuning its flavors to create consistent sales all year, according to...

Letter shows FDA is serious about enforcing standards of identity, says lawyer

FDA warning letter to Hampton Creek could trigger new wave of lawsuits, predict attorneys

While Unilever dropped a false advertising lawsuit over egg-free spread Just Mayo last year amid an avalanche of bad PR, the FDA has picked up where Unilever left off with a warning letter advising brand owner Hampton Creek it is playing fast and loose with federal food labeling regulations.

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of diets, argue public health experts.

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Kraft Heinz recalls 2m pounds of turkey bacon

Kraft Heinz is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon linked to illness.

Pre hypertension link to risk in young adults widens scope for grape seed extract, Polyphenolics says

High blood pressure has been called the silent killer, and a recent study indicates its effects may be more widespread than previously believed.  It creates a market opportunity for those few dietary supplement ingredients that have data backing their blood pressure benefits, said Anil Shirkhande, PhD, president of Polyphenolics.

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