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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.

BMJ study: If you don’t have celiac disease, there's no evidence that avoiding gluten reduces heart disease risk

Eliminating gluten from the diet is essential for the estimated 0.7%* of the US population with celiac disease. But consumers avoiding it because they think it reduces their risk of heart disease should think again, according to new research.

General Mills seeks to patent high-protein oat variety

General Mills is seeking to patent a new oat variety with more than double the protein of standard cultivated varieties and a more stable fatty acid profile, making the oats less prone to oxidation. 

Think clean label just means no artificial ingredients? Think again

CLEAN LABEL 2.0: Natural flavors and preservatives, pesticide residues, and Non-GMO in the spotlight

Think 'clean label' just means ditching ‘artificial’ ingredients and avoiding anything attracting negative press (warranted or otherwise)? Think again. Today, brands are also questioning whether ‘natural’ flavors, preservatives and sweeteners are really ‘clean,’ whether Non-GMO claims should only apply to what's in the final product, and whether pesticide residues – even at trace levels – belong in ‘natural’ or ‘clean label’ foods. So where will this all lead?

Goodman Gluten Free’s baked goods enter 2,000 stores with new Ahold deal

As more shelf-space is dedicated to gluten-free products in the snack and bread aisles, one retired baking industry veteran noticed a void in the in-store bakery section—and it pulled him out of retirement and back to the drawing board.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Will Moringa knock kale out of the top superfood spot?

For years kale has reigned supreme as the go-to superfood for many Americans thanks in part to its relatively low cost, nutrient density, broad accessibility and the plethora of ways to enjoy it from green smoothies to chips to raw salads and stir-fries. 

Converting native land to organic farms has ‘unintended consequences’ on biodiversity, economies

To increase supply of organic and avoid the financially challenging three-year transition period necessary to convert conventional farm land, some producers are converting native ecosystems to organic farms – a practice that the National Organic Standards Board wants to discourage.

Post Holdings prevails in bidding war for Weetabix; appoints new MD

There will be a management shuffle once US cereal giant Post Holdings has concluded the £1.4bn ($1.76bn) deal for the UK’s 84-year-old cereal business the Weetabix Food Company.

School nutrition standards under fire again, threshold for free, reduced meals increased

Congressional pressure on federal agencies to back down from nutrition policies created under the Obama Administration continues to mount with the standards for school meals now in the cross-hairs. 

News in brief

Purely Elizabeth raises $3m from Gen Mills/301 INC, announces mushroom ‘Wellness Bars’

Known for its ancient grain and gluten-free granolas, Purely Elizabeth aims to expand distribution and will test the waters of mushroom-powered granola bars this summer, thanks in part to a minority investment of $3mn from General Mills’ 301 INC.

Mars to invest $70m to up American M&M’s and goodnessknows production

Mars Chocolate North America plans to increase M&M’s capacity and will add goodnessknows flavor variants in a $70m manufacturing investment in the US.

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