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Quaker Oats targeted in ‘100% natural’ lawsuit over glyphosate; but case ‘is a stretch’ for plaintiff’s bar, say attorneys

If your product contains even trace levels of pesticide residue, and you are calling it '100% natural', are you at risk of a false advertising lawsuit? Complaints filed vs Quaker Oats on Friday suggest the answer is yes, although legal experts predict the plaintiffs face an uphill battle.

5 food trends revealed by top Google searches

After suffering scorn for years from carb-counters, wheat-haters and consumers embracing a gluten-free diet, pasta is coming back in style with a vengeance, suggests analysis of Google searches. 

Online snack company NatureBox expands to brick-and-mortar with Target launch

Online subscription snack service NatureBox crosses over to the physical realm with the launch of eight products in 900 Target stores nationwide this week with the hope of reaching consumers who still prefer to buy food in brick-and-mortar stores rather than online. 

Addition of peanut flour to some Kellogg’s snacks “outrages” consumers, prompts petition

Kellogg’s efforts to appease consumers who asked it not to add peanut flour to several previously allergy-safe snacks has backfired on the manufacturer – further aggravating parents of children who are allergic to the ground nut and tarnishing the brand’s reputation in some shoppers’ eyes.

WHERE NEXT FOR ORGANICS?

From croplands to chicken coops, organic manufacturers get their hands dirty to anticipate looming shortage

Companies from Chipotle to Costco are creatively coming up with ways to keep their organic supplies steady, but mid-sized, natural category veterans are concerned about the big fish jumping into a small and shrinking pond.

GRAS process for evaluating ingredient safety threatens FDA’s mission, Sen. Markey argues

The “loose structure” and voluntary process for companies to self-determine if new ingredients are “generally recognized as safe” without required input from FDA undermines the agency’s ability to ensure the US food supply is safe and should be strengthened, Sen. Edward Markey argues.

Nearly three-quarters of families make an effort to buy organic food, OTA survey reveals

Buying organic is a top priority for many American parents, especially when it comes to the food they feed their children, according to new research form the Organic Trade Association. 

Gruma to take Mission brand into new markets as net sales grow 17% in Q1

Tortilla and corn flour supplier Gruma – owner of brands including Mission and Guerrero – has reported a 17% year on year hike in net sales in the first quarter of 2016.

Earth-friendly strategies help capture consumers’ attention

Environmentally friendly practices can do more than help the Earth – they can also help product sales and increase brand value as more consumers care about sustainable practices and how their food is made and transported.

FDA’s 2016 food agenda prioritizes FSMA, product labeling, GRAS, GMOs

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is plowing ahead with an ambitious and wide-ranging agenda for the remainder of 2016 without pause after knocking out five final or proposed rules related to food safety and nutrition in just as many weeks.

Grupo Bimbo to buy General Mills Argentina bakery and foodservice arm

General Mills is to sell its Argentina bakery and foodservice business to Grupo Bimbo.

11th hour reprieve from the courts or from Congress increasingly unlikely

Bounty hunters could come after you from day one if you are not compliant with Vermont GMO labeling law, warns attorney

Private litigants, or so-called ‘bounty hunters’, may start targeting food manufacturers over alleged violations of Vermont’s new GMO labeling law from day one (July 1), lawyers at Hogan Lovells have warned.

Many toddlers eat as much sodium, added sugar as recommended limit for adults, research shows

Parents’ lack of knowledge about how much and what to feed children as they transition from baby food to more solid foods means most toddlers in America eat too much sugar and sodium and not enough whole grains and vegetables, new research reveals. 

Research could help bread shake its bad rap of contributing to weight gain

New research could help debunk the commonly held belief that bread or other grain-based foods contribute to obesity or are too low in nutrients to justify the calories.

Marketing children’s products without advertising to kids takes finesse & balancing parents’ desires

Anyone who has shopped with children knows they heavily influence grocery purchases, but with advertising directly to kids frowned upon by many adults, children’s food and beverage manufacturers must embrace less direct strategies that balance what parents and offspring want.

Frontier Snacks taps into ‘bite-sized’ trend: ‘This business is all about perseverance’

When you launch a new food brand, says Frontier Snacks Inc founder Matt Oscamou, “people will tell you a 100 things you should know about working in this industry, and you’ll say ‘I won’t make that mistake,’ but the reality is, you almost certainly will.”

Walmart & Otis Spunkmeyer join cage-free egg movement in the US

Retail giant Walmart and baked sweets manufacturer Otis Spunkmeyer join the swelling ranks of companies switching to cage-free eggs, but both are doing so cautiously with long timelines that likely take into account concerns about potential supply shortages related to so many firms transitioning in the near future.

VMG Partners & TerraVia launch algae-fueled investment vehicle TerraBrands

It is only a matter of time before microalgae becomes a mainstream food ingredient, predict the founders of TerraBrands, a new partnership between private equity firm VMG Partners and microalgae specialist TerraVia (formerly known as Solazyme).

What’s New? Brands grow as consumers eye better-for-you options

As the number of health-conscious consumers increase, so do the number of brands touting a healthier alternative to what’s out there. Here’s an update from brands in this category that we’ve covered before.

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Granola and healthy children’s products are bright spots in cereal category, Barbara’s says

It is no secret that the cereal aisle is struggling with Euromonitor estimating a 19% drop in sales in 2015 compared to 10 years earlier and a projection to lose another $1 billion in sales in the next 10 years. 

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