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Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, staying independent, and class action lawsuits: ‘Things have got totally out of hand’

Vita Coco co-founders Michael Kirban (left) and Ira Liran (right)

When Coca-Cola & PepsiCo invested in Zico and O.N.E. in 2009; Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael Kirban admits he became a little nervous as pundits predicted he’d get sidelined as the world’s biggest beverage companies slugged it out for supremacy in the burgeoning coconut water market.

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Food manufacturers divulge chemical use; shouldn’t be the last word, CSPI says

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has decided to share its database on how food manufacturers use chemicals that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) with the US Food and Drug Administration, an initiative the trade group claims will “improve the process and increase transparency for making GRAS determinations of ingredients added...

Chobani rapped over knuckles by NAD over ‘Farmland’ Greek yogurt ads

Chobani has been rapped over the knuckles by ad watchdog the National Advertising Division (NAD*) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus over its ‘Farmland’ ad, which implied that its Simply 100 Greek yogurts came straight from the farm, while competing products were made in labs from “fake milk” and...

Special edition: Natural & clean label trends

There’s a general lack of consumer education on natural colors: FMC

More and more consumers are digging into ingredient labels and questioning what’s in their food, down to what’s used to color it. 

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Indian government urges PepsiCo to cut soda sugar levels

The Indian government has urged PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi to cut sugar levels in soft drinks further and launch more healthy and nutritious products.

Kraft recalls American Slices over 'premature spoilage' fears

Nearly 8,000 cases of Kraft American Singles have been recalled in the US over concerns about "premature spoilage."

Global Industry News

Cargill to acquire ADM’s chocolate business for $440m from ConfectioneryNews.com

Cargill has agreed a deal to acquire ADM’s global chocolate business for $440m.

Chocolatiers offered ‘some release’ as ICCO extends cocoa surplus from ConfectioneryNews.com

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has revised its estimate for the 2013/14 cocoa season and now expects a slightly larger supply surplus.

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Judge allows lawsuit v Coca-Cola over phosphoric acid to proceed
Coke fails to disclose use of artificial flavoring and/or chemical preservatives, claims lawsuit

Judge allows class action lawsuit vs Coca-Cola over ‘artificial’ phosphoric acid to proceed, but admonishes money-grabbing plaintiffs

A class action lawsuit alleging that Coca-Cola misrepresents its flagship product as being free from added preservatives and artificial...

Kellogg: ‘Added sugars’ on Nutrition Facts panel confuses shoppers

Kellogg: Including ‘added sugars’ on Nutrition Facts panel will just confuse shoppers

Almost a quarter of primary grocery shoppers are unable to correctly identify the total amount of sugar...

Private label a complex landscape: Hartman Group

Private label takeover imminent? Picture more complex, says Hartman Group

Despite market watchers’ predictions that private label will all but take over the world, its share of...

Bulletproof coffee: start of a revolution or a magic elixir?
Big interview: Dave Asprey, CEO of Bulletproof Exec

Bulletproof coffee: start of a revolution or a magic elixir?

For the creator of Bulletproof Coffee, the butter-infused, "low-toxin" coffee that’s created something of a media storm,...

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’...

Nutrition Facts proposal's bizarre consequences for fruit juice
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...

Bottled water co Nirvana Inc files unfair competition lawsuit v Nestlé
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

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a...

Nutrition Facts changes could impact perceptions of dairy products

Milk would no longer qualify as an excellent source of vitamin D or a good source of potassium in new-look Nutrition Facts panel

FDA proposals to increase the RDI for certain nutrients as part of an overhaul of the Nutrition...

Gluten-free market: what's next?
What new gluten-free product launches, market analysis tell us

The gluten-free definition has been standardized; now what?

Aug. 5 marked the deadline for manufacturers making voluntary gluten-free label claims to ensure they meet the...

Innovating with microalgae: A day at the Solazyme HQ

Algae dream becomes reality for Solazyme: ‘Today we’re making products, not power point presentations’

Given its apparently limitless potential to feed and fuel the world, there is a huge buzz around...