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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Gluten free movement spawns divergent grain-free vs ancient grain trends

As the tenacious gluten-free trend continues to grow and mature into a market behemoth in the US, it is paving the way for the emergence of two trends that both claim to reduce the risk of inflammation and offer increased nutrient density despite opposing basic tenets.

Your guide to IFT 2017: From clean meat and cannabis edibles to space farming

What does 'processed' food mean? And how much is too much? Will consumers embrace 'clean' meat? And what can we grow in space? Check out FoodNavigator-USA's guide to the hottest topics at the Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Las Vegas on June 25-28.

Attorney: ‘Slapping another undefined term on packages that could be attacked legally’ is risky

'GoCleanLabel certified' scheme rolls out, but what does it mean?

A new 'clean label' certification scheme has been launched in the US market as the concept of ‘clean’ eating continues to gain traction. But will CPG brands embrace the ‘Go Clean Label Certified’ logo, and are there risks to using a term that lacks a clear legal definition on food packaging?

SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL: Whole grain labeling… Should Brazil follow US or European criteria?

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) is looking into ways to regulate whole grain labeling, with a definition expected to be ready for public comment by the end of the year. But should it follow US or European criteria, or come up with something new? 

Grainful closes $3.3m financing round as Americans embrace savory oats

Savory oats pioneer Grainful has already convinced a growing number of consumers on the east and west coasts that steel-cut oats aren’t just for breakfast, and has now persuaded investors to part with a cool $3.3m to take that message to a wider, national, audience.

Taste Test Friday: Consumers’ love the simple taste of Bobo, but not its simplistic packaging

In the highly-saturated bar category, Bobo’s nut butter filled oat bars stand out for balancing decadence and better-for-you ingredients for an easy to eat and satiating snack, but in our taste test they lost points for packaging elements. 

Organic sales growing ‘at a good clip’ thanks partly to consumer interest in animal welfare

Despite pressure created by food inflation and price deflation, sales of organic continue to grow “at a good clip,” with protein, dips and seasoning breaking out “to find their stride” in the market, according to the head of the Organic Trade Association.

Trump administration sees four ways to help ag ‘punch above its weight’

As part of a larger strategy to reduce the US deficit, the Trump Administration wants to help the agriculture sector “punch above its weight” by promoting trade, providing an affordable workforce, easing regulatory burdens and including it in the infrastructure conversation, according to a special assistant to the president.

ABA: Fiber suppliers are stuck in a 'holding pattern'

Nutrition Facts overhaul proves double-edged sword for inulin

The arrival of the new-look Nutrition Facts panel (which will require manufacturers to list added sugar), is generating renewed interest in inulin: a widely-used ingredient from chicory root that also serves as a sugar replacer. But this enthusiasm is tempered with uncertainty over whether it will be classified as a dietary fiber.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Evolving views on breakfast create challenges, opportunities for CPGs

Breakfast has long been known as the most important meal of the day, but when people are eating it and what they are reaching for is quickly evolving and as such creating both challenges and opportunities for manufacturers of packaged products, according to industry insiders. 

Delaying added-sugar labeling could hurt manufacturers in the long run, experts warn

Industry efforts to delay added-sugar labeling and the new Nutrition Facts panel could damage manufacturers’ long-term sales by eroding consumer trust in them, and pushing shoppers to more transparent options, industry experts suggested at the Building a Healthier America Summit in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: What snacks are hot and where consumers are buying them is evolving

US consumers are snacking more than ever, according to IRI data, but an analyst for the market research firm warns that CPG companies shouldn’t take this upward trend for granted because while many shoppers reach for packaged products to satisfy their growing habit, competition also is heating up from quick and limited service restaurants.

Bugs could hold the key to fighting childhood obesity, suggests former President Clinton

According to former President Bill Clinton bugs could hold the answer to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic and to stemming the rising tide of Americans developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases related to poor nutrition.

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores and Cumberland Farms hope to change that by teaming up with Partnership for a Healthier America to provide consumers with healthier choices and "clues" on how to find them.

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu labeling regulations are insulting to consumers, suggests Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Confections hold steady in face of the war on sugar

Despite significant headwinds generated by the escalating war on sugar and increasing consumer preferences for healthy products, the confectionery industry is holding its own with sales climbing 1.2% in the last year to reach a whopping $25 billion, according to market research from IRI. 

Trendspotting at SIAL Canada reveals quinoa, meat snacks and premium chocolate

Quinoa-based foods, bean-to-bar chocolate, innovative meat-snacks and plant-based convenience foods continue to emerge as on-trend products that consumers want as illustrated by exhibitors showcasing new packaged foods at SIAL Canada in Toronto May 2-4.

Nature’s Path facility receives third ‘zero waste’ certification

Canadian cereal company Nature’s Path received yet another Zero Waste certification from a sub-organization of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), known for its LEED certification in architecture.

Taste Test Friday: The Little Kernel has consumers wanting more

The founders of The Little Kernel argue that smaller is better when it comes to ready-to-eat popcorn because they say it is sweeter, crunchier and easier to eat than regular sized popcorn – but will consumers in the US, where bigger is often perceived as better, agree?

Tapping into craft beer craze, DIY beer bread mix by woman-run molly&drew expands in grocery

Small brand molly&drew was inspired by a county-fair vendor and is distributed independently to smaller retail chains, independent stores, and gift shops. It’s entering the grocery space with a Meijer deal scheduled for June 2017.

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