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Caliwater cactus drink founder: ‘We’re where Zico was 10 years ago’

Longtime friends and film and television industry colleagues Matt McKee and Melissa Reed’s plans for a locally sourced juice bar in downtown Los Angeles morphed into a beverage company whose flagship product is ready-to-drink prickly pear cactus water sourced from their own backyard. 

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'I was astonished by this line of questioning.' More reaction to POM v Coke at the Supreme Court

The questions posed by Supreme Court Justices during oral arguments in a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against Coca Cola were nothing short of “astonishing”, according to one food law attorney that has been closely following the case.

POM v Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top?

POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola both got a grilling at the Supreme Court on Monday as they traded blows in a false advertising case, but while the justices seemed to give Coke a tougher time, this doesn’t necessarily mean POM is going to emerge victorious, say legal experts.

Whole Foods Market tests novel food waste technology developed by ex-Microsoft execs

Is there a smarter way to deal with food waste? One firm convinced the answer is ‘yes’ is WISErg  - a start-up founded by two former Microsoft execs that have just convinced Whole Foods Market to give their patent-pending technology a test-drive at its Bellevue store.  

Punching holes in pop-science theory: Whole grains may cut inflammatory biomarkers in obese kids

Consuming whole-grain-rich foods for six weeks may slash levels of inflammatory biomarkers in overweight children, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research .

Hillshire Brands snaps up Van’s Natural Foods in $165m deal

Hillshire Brands has struck a $165m deal to buy frozen breakfast and snack foods maker Van's Natural Foods from private equity firm Catterton Partners.

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FBI joins FTC in investigating Herbalife's business practices from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Network marketing giant Herbalife is under renewed pressure with the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the way the company recruits new distributors.  This comes on the heels of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into the company’s business model.

North Korean Emmental production training reports 'not true': French college from DairyReporter.com

French training institute the National Dairy Industry College (ENIL) has rubbished reports it has agreed to school a North Korean delegation on the art of cheese making.

Putting the joy back in US juice: Mintel’s top trends for $15.5bn market from BeverageDaily.com

Tropical flavors may help US juice brands stem sales losses, according to Mintel, which notes a raft of recent launches using tastes popular in exotic destinations where some consumers have roots.

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Doritos Jacked unveils bold flavors experiment from BakeryAndSnacks.com

PepsiCo will roll out three mystery Doritos Jacked flavors next week for consumers to vote on.

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The organic food industry has been engaged in a 'multi-decade public disinformation campaign', claims report
Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

The organic food industry has been engaged in a 'multi-decade public disinformation campaign', claims report

Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief -...

Hard and crunchy = fewer calories?

Hard and crunchy = fewer calories?

Consumers perceive foods that are either hard or have a rough texture as having fewer calories, says...

Chobani takes on oatmeal, ice cream and snacks with new summer launches

Chobani takes on oatmeal, ice cream and snacks with new summer launches

Chobani has unveiled a raft of new products that will start hitting shelves this summer, including Chobani...

Two weeks to go! Register for FoodNavigator-USA’s Gluten-free in Perspective Forum

Two weeks to go! Register for FoodNavigator-USA’s Gluten-free in Perspective Forum

There are just two weeks to go until FoodNavigator’s live (and hopefully very lively) online debate on...

Quaker looks to patent lower cost soluble oat fiber

Quaker looks to patent lower cost soluble oat fiber

Oatmeal boasts a long list of health benefits, though this fiber-rich ingredient isn’t traditionally associated with the...

Quirky, cult-like, aspirational, but affordable: The rise and rise of Trader Joe’s

Quirky, cult-like, aspirational, but affordable: The rise and rise of Trader Joe’s

If you want to see what success looks like in US grocery retailing, look no further than...

The slow death of the microwave and the rise of the Crock-Pot: Can food be too convenient?

The slow death of the microwave and the rise of the Crock-Pot: Can food be too convenient?

Can food be too convenient? Just ask General Mills, which saw sales of its Betty Crocker instant...

Is Big Food the new tobacco?
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Is Big Food the new tobacco?

As the class-action lawsuits pile up amid growing public health concerns over obesity and ongoing labeling debates,...

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