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CSPI asks FDA to add sesame to list of allergens, mandate labeling

FDA should protect the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Americans who are dangerously allergic to sesame by mandating the ingredient be labeled clearly when in foods and when products are made on the same machinery as foods with the ingredient, the Center for Science in the Public Interest argues.

The gluten-free category still has room to grow in entrees & decadent desserts, Elevation Brands CEO says

Even though Ian’s Natural Foods specializes in gluten-free foods, the CEO of Elevation Brands is not worried about a negative impact on the firm if the gluten-free fad ever fades because he says the Framingham, Mass., firm’s products hold broad consumer appeal. 

Reed's CEO: Mainstream supermarkets are embracing kombucha now

While mainstream food retailers discovered kombucha later than their counterparts in the ‘natural’ channel, they are playing catch-up now, says natural soda maker Reed’s, which entered the market in 2012 with its Culture Club kombucha range and now claims to be the #2 player behind GT’s Kombucha. 

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

Special edition: Functional foods

Phood booed: Why big pharma fails at functional food

Faced with mounting difficulties in their drug businesses, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are looking at getting into functional foods and beverages, notes food marketing expert, Julian Mellentin in this guest article.

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article.

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Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?
Special edition: Sodium reduction

Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Four years ago sodium was public enemy #1. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was calling for the...

The gluten-free diet “fad” may be unsustainable

The gluten-free diet “fad” may be unsustainable

The increasing number of U.S. adults reducing or eliminating gluten from their diet who are not diagnosed...

Rhythm Superfood CEO worries if kale will jump shark in natural stores

Will kale jump the shark? Rhythm Superfoods CEO says no, but expects “shaking out”

While kale chips have a lot of growth potential in conventional food stores, Rhythm Superfoods CEO Scott...

Trade spending, the elephant in the boardroom?

Trade spending: The elephant in the boardroom?

Tune into an earnings call from a big consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, and you’ll likely hear...

Legal reaction to Unilever vs Hampton Creek Just Mayo lawsuit
'Hampton Creek is up against a well-financed plaintiff'

Unilever vs Hampton Creek case will hinge upon what a ‘reasonable consumer’ thinks Just Mayo is, say attorneys

While Unilever’s lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods has generated a lively debate about corporate bullying, industrialized egg production,...

Senomyx finds natural sweeteners more potent than Reb A stevia

Senomyx: ‘We have identified natural sweeteners that are more potent than Rebaudioside A’

Senomyx has identified novel natural sweeteners “that are more potent than Rebaudioside A [the best-known sweetening component...

Smartphone use among 5 key trends driving interest in healthy eating
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Smartphone use among 5 key trends driving interest in healthy eating

Unprecedented access to information about foods through smart phones and social media is a driving factor in...

Tate & Lyle Q2: Sucralose prices still completely unrealistic

Tate & Lyle: We cannot see how we - or frankly anyone else - can make any money out of sucralose at these prices

Up until relatively recently, sucralose was a key profit driver at Tate & Lyle. But as the...

FDA rejects two citizen petitions calling for aspartame ban

FDA rejects calls for aspartame ban: ‘No new credible scientific evidence has been presented’

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected two citizen’s petitions urging it to ban the...

Whole Foods lowers prices to ditch 'whole paycheck' nickname

Whole Foods tries to ditch “whole paycheck” nickname with lower prices, added perks

Whole Foods Market hopes to ditch its unwanted moniker “whole paycheck” and reinvigorate slowing sales by lowering...

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