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Voluntary labeling of non-GMO products is a better use of resources, says Safeway

Safeway shareholders reject GMO labeling proposal; board says it would cost $15m+ and provide zero consumer benefits

Safeway: Products making affirmative non-GMO and organic claims are already clearly labeled and readily available throughout our stores

Shareholders at Safeway have rejected a proposal from the Green Century Equity Fund calling for mandatory GMO labeling on its store brands, which company bosses claim would cost $15m+ to implement, while providing zero consumer benefits.

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Protein: the bridge to fitness for the rest of us

We have become a nation of fitness and nutrition go-getters, as evidenced by the skyrocketing number of fitness and nutrition apps and the mainstreaming of the sports nutrition market. 

Added sugars account for 14.1% of total energy intakes for Americans

What are the biggest contributors of added sugars to the US diet?

While we tend to assume that fast food outlets (the bottomless soda cup) contribute a disproportionate amount of added sugar to the US diet compared with store-bought groceries, new data shows that the reverse is actually true.

Big Interview: Maggie Radzwiller, Maggie's Conscious Vegan Cuisine

Vegan, gluten-free meals founder: I started with clean food; others had to backpedal there

A chef and caterer was motivated by her special diets customers to launch a vegan, gluten-free line of globally inspired meals with no added sodium or oil to provide clean, flavorful meal solutions for everybody. 

Dollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar in $8.5bn deal to create discount giant

Dollar Tree has struck a deal to acquire rival Family Dollar in $8.5bn all-stock deal. 

‘When you overdo it it’s an arms race!’ IRI Consulting warns of US food and beverage promo fever

IRI Consulting warns that US food and beverage manufacturers risk a significant impact on their profitability when they get sucked into unduly aggressive promotional cycles.

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'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report from FoodNavigator.com

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to simply go for cheaper products, it warns.

Pecans: America's forgotten nut? from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can move way beyond the famous pie, says the head of Georgia’s Center for Pecan Innovation.

Vitamin D supplements may ‘protect against cardiac failure in older people’, says study from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Daily supplements of the sunshine vitamin may reduce the risk of heart failure in older individuals by 20%-25%, says a new study.

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Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum: This is the only business where you send a customer an invoice, and you end up owing them money!

Launching a beverage brand is the easy part. The challenge is growing and sustaining it without running...

Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum highlights: Coca-Cola Life, Keurig Cold
Will Keurig Cold disrupt or disappoint?

Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum: Is mid-calorie cola a failed concept, why Keurig Cold may disappoint, and is ‘healthy’ in the eye of the beholder?

While beverage’s biggest guns have pumped some serious cash into developing ‘mid-calorie’ versions of their iconic brands...

Co Yo CEO says it's time for non-dairy dairy section
Interview with Co Yo CEO Ian Johnson

Co Yo CEO: Maybe it's time for a 'non-dairy' dairy section

The concept of a healthy diet is one that continues to evolve—as special diets gain more attention...

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...

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...

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